Dhondup Dorjee, a former political prisoner who spent years in prison for standing up for the rights of the Tibetan people, passed away in Lhasa on 25 August 2021.
Although China is holding large festivities to mark 70 years of its authoritarian rule in Tibet, the Tibetan people themselves have no reason to celebrate, the International Campaign for Tibet said today.
Newly revealed testimony from a Tibetan businessman and philanthropist who is in critical health after years of torture and imprisonment documents the horrifying abuse he received in pre-trial detention.
Chinese authorities in the Tibetan capital have announced the cancellation of all activities connected to the annual “Shoton” festival, citing the risk posed by the surge in COVID-19 cases in China.
Disturbing footage has emerged from China’s Gansu province, where local authorities shut down a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and ordered the monastics to disrobe.
World-renowned scientists and the US State Department have warned the Chinese government after it attempted to intervene to stop the Dalai Lama from speaking at a gathering of Nobel laureates earlier this year.
In a sign of America’s enduring support for Tibet, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held an unannounced meeting with Ngodup Dongchung, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, during his just-concluded visit to India.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made an unannounced visit to Tibet. Video clips shared on Chinese social media today show Xi addressing people in the city of Nyingtri, stepping out of a shop in the Barkhor area in Lhasa and giving remarks to the public while facing the “Monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” in front of the Potala Palace.
The Dalai Lama defended religious freedom as freedom of thought while calling for an end to religious conflict in a special video message to the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, DC last week.
Despite the Chinese government’s brutal crackdown on support for the Dalai Lama inside Tibet, brave Tibetans celebrated the religious leader’s birthday last week, with several arrested as a result.