Friday, February 1, 2013

Week Ending February 1, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 1 February 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet

The news of 8 Tibetans being sentenced related to the self-immolations has been widely reported around the globe. Below are several links to articles on this case.

Tibetans sentenced for murder at show trial to discredit self-immolation protests - TCHRD1 February | This decision is the first of its kind where a Tibetan has received a death sentence with two year reprieve related to self-immolation.

Distress at death sentence for Tibetan accused of ‘inciting self-immolation’ - ICT31 January | No evidence was presented to justify the sentencing of Lobsang Kunchok and Lobsang Tsering, who were not represented by the own lawyers.


Fears of New Crackdown on Monks - RFA30 January | Tibetan monks who are missing or ‘disappeared’ are widely believed to be taken by Chinese authorities for ‘political re-education’ campaigns.


Sit-in mass prayers and daylong fast by Tibetans at Jantar Mantar - CTA1 February | A 4 day ‘Solidarity with Tibet’ campaign has included 6,000 Tibetans from all over India, leaders from monasteries, and members of the CTA including Sikyong Lobsang Sangay.

Hackers in China Attacked The Times for the Last 4 Months - NY Times30 January | Chinese government hackers stole employee passwords and entered the NY Times computer network just before the release of an expose on Wen Jiabao’s family wealth. The hackers appeared to be searching for informant data, however, the reporter’s article was researched using publicly available documents.

China appoints new Tibet governor, hardline policies to remain - Reuters29 January | Former mayor of Lhasa and Marxist theory teacher, Losang Gyaltsen (55), replaces Padma Choling as governor in Tibet.

Opinion and Analysis

Let’s Celebrate Coming Losar in Grand Festivity - Rangzen Alliance31 January | A Tibetan, Invincible Courage, writes “Let us not mourn in despair, but fight for our rights” and celebrate the New Year holiday with gusto instead of limiting Losar to somber religious ceremony.

Tibetan self-immolations expose Chinese oppression: Tenzin Tsundue - Meri News31 January | An interview with Tibetan activist and writer Tenzin Tsundue on the development of the Tibetan independence movement and the role of self-immolations.

My nephew self-immolated for Tibet - Washington Post29 January | Tsering Kyi writes on receiving the news of her nephew Tsering Tashi’s self-immolation on January 12.

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