Friday, February 15, 2013

Week Ending February 15, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 15 February 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet

Further self-immolation in Tibet despite harsh legal measures to deter protests; Tibetan who set fire to himself in Nepal dies - ICT14 February | Tibetan scholar and monk Lobsang Namgyal (37) set fire to himself Feb 3 in Amchok town. Drongchen Tsering (25) self-immolated and died in Nepal.

Burnings Rage On Despite Controls - Radio Free Asia14 February | Drugpa Khar leaves behind his parents and small children after passing away in his protest against Chinese policies.

Tibet continues to burn, Father of three passes away - Phayul15 February | Drugpa Khar (26) set himself on fire on February 13, in Amchok town.

Self-immolation milestone: Tibetan becomes 101st protester to set himself ablaze since 2009 - Huffington Post12 February | A Tibetan monk in Nepal set himself on fire in a market area near Boudhanath Stupa.

Tibetan protester sets himself on fire in Nepal’s capital in protest against China- Washington Post12 February | [Contains graphic images] 6 photographs and reactions from activists and locals to the self-immolation by a Tibetan man in Nepal.

Statements and Political Action

Joint Statement: Self-immolations by Tibetans living under Chinese rule reaches 100 - International Tibet Network13 February | Global Tibet movement calls for joint action by world governments to urgently address China’s crackdown in Tibet.

100 Burn for Freedom in Tibet video

TJC Marks Independence Centenary by Releasing Updated Report on Tibetan Sovereignty and Self-Determination - Tibet Justice Center13 February | The updated report addresses Tibet’s right to self-determination, and an update and executive summary, and briefing paper are available to download.

British MPs appeal to China to listen to Tibetan grievances - Tibet Society13 February | British MPs have condemned China's crackdown in Tibet and called on the Chinese government to examine their policies in Tibet and urgently address the grievances of the Tibetan people.

Tibetans commemorate centennial of Tibetan independence - Times of India14 February | Tibetans and supporters in Dharamsala, India, held a daylong exhibition followed by a concert, candlelight vigil, and prayers.

Opinion and Analysis

Nothing to celebrate - The Economist15 February | An assessment of the current tense situation between Tibet and China on the occasion of lunar new year, Losar, as self-immolations and security crackdowns continue.

To the Cast and Crew of “Tibet’s Secret”: Tibetan Rappers Demand RESPECT - High Peaks Pure Earth13 February | A Tibetan rap group “Sheep Droppings” releases a song addressing the misrepresentations and distortions of Tibetan culture in a popular Chinese TV series.

VOA and China’s Latest Narrative on Tibet- Tibetan Blog Station14 February | Bhuchung K Tsering writes on China’s narrative about the Tibetan self-immolations and counters Chinese state media allegations against VOA.

How Many Self-Immolating Tibetans Does It Take to Make a Difference? - Time13 February | Time Magazine examines the controversial issue of self-immolation by Tibetans to protest against oppressive Chinese policies.

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