Sunday, March 31, 2013

Week Ending April 1, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 1 April 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Breaking: A Monk Sets Self Ablaze in Tibet - Phayul
29 March | 28 year old monk Kunchok Tenzin self-immolated and died on 26 March; due to severe communications blackouts, news did not reach exile until 2 days after.

Dismay over hasty secret cremation of Tibetan monk who self-immolated in Nepal - ICT
29 March | The body of Tibetan monk Drupchen Tsering (Drupche), who self-immolated on 13 February, has been cremated late at night by Nepali authorities without any religious rituals, despite diplomatic and direct actions by Tibetans in Nepal and around the world asking for the proper Buddhist rituals to be performed.

Self-Immolations of a Tibetan forest guard and mother of four in eastern Tibet - ICT
26 March | Forest guard Lhamo Kyab (43) set fire to himself on a wooden pyre and died on 25 March, and Kalkyi (30) a mother of four young children under 15 years old, self-immolated and died on 24 March.

China jails 20 on terror charges in Xinjiang - BBC
27 March | 20 Uighur men were jailed for terms up to life imprisonment for reportedly sending video clips abroad and listening to foreign radio broadcasts. They were charged with a variety of crimes including separatism and religious extremism.

Burning Protests Hinge On ‘Motivation’ -- Dalai Lama - BBC
26 March | In South Sikkim, the Dalai Lama addressed self-immolations by saying that the motivation of the self-immolators determines whether their actions are ‘good or bad’.

Opinion and Analysis
Moving Past The Wreckage of China’s Tibet Policy - The Diplomat
29 March | The time is ripe for Beijing to consider a dramatic re-orientation of their Tibet policies, and engage the Dalai Lama in productive dialogue instead of villifying him.

Is apartheid alive and well in Tibet? - News 24
27 March | Alistair Currie of Free Tibet writes about Chinese occupation of Tibet, and the racism and repression Tibetans face on a daily basis, on the occasion of Xi Jinping’s first visit to South Africa for the BRICS conference in Durban.

Will the Tibetan Parliament’s March 10 Statement Chill Free Speech? - TPR
25 March | TPR’s editorial board questions whether or not the TPiE’s 10 March statement will have a negative effect on exile Tibetans using their free speech to voice dissenting opinions.

“I am like an isolated patient with an infectious disease” by Woeser - High Peaks Pure Earth
21 March | Woeser describes her everyday experiences as a Tibetan in Lhasa: detainments, friends refusing to meet her out of fear, being surrounded by hostile Chinese propaganda.

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