Thursday, February 28, 2013

Week Ending March 1, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 1 March 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetan self-immolates in Ngaba County - RFA26 February | Sangdag, a monk from Diphu monastery, self-immolated publicly in Ngaba county and was hospitalized.

Two Tibetans self-immolate at monasteries during prayer ceremonies in Amdo - ICT25 February | Tsetsung Kyab (27) self-immolated at Shitsang Gonsar monastery in Luchu, and Phagmo Dundrup (20s) set himself on fire at Chachung monastery.

Tibetan youth sentenced over self-immolation photos in mobile phone - Phayul22 February | Thangka painting student Ngawang Topden (20) was sentenced to 2 years in prison because his mobile phone contained images of self-immolating Tibetans as well as the Tibetan national flag.

Chinese Police Detain, Beat Tibetan Protesters - RFA22 February | Tibetans refused to fly Chinese national flags during Lunar New Year, and were beaten and detained after stomping on the flags and holding a public protest.

U.S. Officials Hoped Chinese Liberalization Program for Tibet in Early 1980s Would Bring Significant Improvements - National Security Archives (US)1 March | Declassified government documents assess Bejing’s policies in Tibet and their collapse.

China open letters calls for reforms - BBC27 February | Over 100 prominent Chinese journalists, activists, and scholars petition that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights be ratified.

Prominent Chinese call human rights progress - ICT27 February | A translation of the open letter and context surrounding its development.

China Bars New Canadian Ambassador From Visiting Tibet - Huffington Post26 February | Guy Saint-Jacques was denied permission by Beijing to enter Tibet.

Dislocation, Dislocation, Dislocation - New York Times25 February | Tibetan nomads on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau face social and economic obstacles with forced resettlement.

Tibetans Fight China With ‘Weapons of the Weak’ - VOA26 February | Lhakar as cultural resistance movement grows stronger as it allows for multiple ways to participate and accommodates many political stances.

Opinion and Analysis
Open Letter to PM Bhattarai - Nepali Times28 February | Jigme Ugen and Tenpa Gashi write an open letter to Nepal’s Prime Minister Bhattarai concerning the remains of Drupchen Tsering (25) who self-immolated 13 Feb.

A Tibetan Intellectual, Naktsang Nulo, Shares His Thoughts On Self-Immolations In Tibet - High Peaks Pure Earth26 February | Naktsang Nulo, a Tibetan living inside the PRC, publicly appeals for Tibetans not to self-immolate.

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