The Tibetan Election Commission formally declared former Speaker Penpa Tsering as the next president of the Central Tibetan Administration, which provides democratic governance for Tibetans in exile. The president is known as the “Sikyong” in the Tibetan language.
The Lhasa City Buddhist Association has circulated a notice dated May 9, 2021 urging Tibetan Buddhists in the Tibetan capital to restrict their traditional religious practice during the holy fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, which began on 12 May.
The Dalai Lama urged people to act on their shared interests to create a more sustainable future for the planet in remarks this week at the first Nobel Prize Summit. He also called for a fairer distribution of wealth, better emotional hygiene and education that teaches humanity’s oneness.
On Sunday 25 April, thousands of Tibetans and Tibet supporters worldwide lit candles for the 32nd birthday of the missing Panchen Lama, who was kidnapped by China in 1995 when he was only six years old.
Ahead of the birthday of the Panchen Lama of Tibet on 25 April, the International Campaign for Tibet joins governments and concerned individuals across the world in urging the Chinese authorities to declare the whereabouts and welfare.
In what appears to be a crackdown on activists in eastern Tibet, Chinese security officers have recently detained six Tibetans across Serthar (Chinese: Seda) County in Sichuan province.
At a virtual edition of the European Tibet Lobby Days co-organised by the International Campaign for Tibet and the European Parliament’s Tibet Interest Group on 19 April 2021, Tibetans from Europe urged Members of the European Parliament to come into action in support of the Tibetan people.
Tibetans in exile have elected Penpa Tsering as their next political leader, in a two stage election, the second of which was held on April 11, 2021. More than 60,000 Tibetans (out of the 83,079 registered voters) voted in this election showing a voter turnout of over 70 per cent.
The Tibetan monk Rinchen Tsultrim has received a sentence of four years and six months in prison, according to new information confirmed by Tibetan sources in exile.
On 11 April 2021, Tibetans in the free world will participate in the final elections to select their political leader, known as the sikyong, and 45 members of their parliament.