International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 22 February 2013
Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Two teenage Tibetans set themselves on fire in Ngaba - TCHRD20 February | Rinchen (17) and Sonam Dhargye (18) self-immolated and passed away in Dzorge. Their families were able to recover their bodies.
Monk survives self-immolation but loses both legs - TCHRD20 February | Sonam Rabyang (42) has reportedly been released from the hospital and is at home with family under strict surveillance after having both legs amputated.
Tibetan Monks Held After Protest - Radio Free Asia19 February | Six Tibetan monks were detained following protests calling for Tibetan independence and the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
Tibetan farmer from nomadic area sets fire to himself in Labrang - ICT17 February | Father of four, Namlha Tsering (49), self-immolated in Labrang.
China’s Army is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S. - NY Times18 February | A report by Mandiant, an American computer security firm, tracks for the first time individual members of the most sophisticated of the Chinese hacking groups.
Government split on dealing with China: report - AFP17 February | Foreign Secretary William Hague believes London must not tone down its criticism of human rights abuses while Deputy PM Nick Clegg insists it must take a principled stand on issues such as the treatment of people in Tibet.
Opinion and Analysis
Tibet Expert: Dalai Lama is ‘Spirit of the Nation’ - NBC News21 February | This video interview with Dr. Robbie Barnett from Columbia University discusses a possible successor to the Dalai Lama and China’s control over Tibet.
Flames Of Protest: The History of Self-Immolation - China Digital Times21 February | An NPR interview with Robbie Barnett, Bhuchung Tsering, and Michael Biggs [audio] as well as news briefs of the latest self-immolation protests.
China Struggles to Curb Tibetan Unrest - Wall Street Journal18 February | Video coverage of how Beijing has tightened its grip on Tibetan areas as self-immolations reach a grim milestone.