Monday, March 18, 2013

Week Ending March 18, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 18 March 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetan Monk Dies in Self-Immolation on Sensitive Date for Amdo Ngaba - VOA
16 March | Kirti monk Lobsang Thokmey (28) died following his self-immolation in Ngaba, becoming the 108th confirmed Tibetan to self-immolate inside Chinese-occupied Tibet.

Tibetan Detained in Sichuan After Year-Long Search - RFA
15 March | Pema (22) was shot in the arm a year ago by Chinese police during a protest in Serthar. He survived and escaped into the hills, but was recently caught after visiting his family.

China arrests five Tibetans on uprising anniversary - TCHRD
11 March | 3 Monks staged a protest with a huge flag of HH Dalai Lama in Sershul on 10 March, and were arrested along with 2 lay Tibetans who were trying to persuade the monks not to protest.

Authorities Restrict Cell Phone Use in Lhasa - RFA
11 March | Chinese military try to restrict flow of information to the outside world by conducting sweeps of mobile phones searching for ‘politically sensitive’ writings and images.

10-12 March Events: Tibetan Uprising Day and Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day
Tibetan attempts self-immolation in Dharamsala, now faces FIR - Indian Express
11 March | Dawa Dhondup (30) drank petrol and tried to set himself on fire before being stopped by fellow Tibetans and police. His condition is stable.

Tibet March 10th Mexico - Vimeo
11 March | Almost 100 Mexicans gathered to honor the memory of Tibetan self-immolators.

Nepal jails Tibetans on uprising anniversary - Aljazeera
10 March | Nepalese authorities have arrested 18 people in Kathmandu on suspicion of “anti-China activities”.

Day in Pictures 12 March - BBC News
12 March | Indian policewomen try to break apart a human chain formed by exiled Tibetan women.

Tibetan college girls storm Chinese Embassy - Phayul
12 March | 13 Tibetan college students, members of RTYC Rohini, painted their faces with the Tibetan flag and shouted slogans as they locked themselves together outside the Embassy.

Chinese leaders vow fairness, frugality, as nation strives for ‘Chinese dream’ - CNN
17 March | Xi Jinping aims to “strive to achieve the Chinese dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” in a keynote speech, and other officials rejected charges of hacking.

Xi Jinping Becomes China’s President - VOA
14 March | Xi Jinping was ceremonially elected by the National People’s Congress, and officially became president of China, completing the once-per-decade leadership transition in China.

Opinion and Analysis
Drupchen’s Body is a Litmus Test for Nepal - Huffington Post
15 March | Tenzin Dorjee of SFT HQ writes on how Nepal has turned from a sanctuary for Tibetans into a nightmare, with self-immolation protester Drupchen’s body in Nepalese custody.

Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Rising - The Diplomat
15 March | Cases of self-immolation by Tibetans have risen and are linked to the change in Beijing’s leadership and China’s choices to repeatedly ignore the root causes of the situation.

Theurang: Fighting for Universal Human Rights is an Act of Seeking Truth - TCHRD
14 March | Theurang aka Tashi Rabten, now in Mianyang Prison, wrote this essay on freedom and democracy in 2009.

Authorities try all means to prevent self-immolation in Tibetan areas - Global Times (China)
13 March | Chinese authorities claim Tibetans were turning violent against police methods of ‘stability maintenance’ and that Tibetans self-immolated for personal reasons or family gain.

Tibetan Uprising Day Reminds Us - Huffington Post
12 March | Rajiv Malhotra warns against counting on a change of heart among Chinese.

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