Friday, March 8, 2013

Week Ending March 8, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 8 March 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet

Uncle of Tibetan self-immolator sentenced to prison - TCHRD
4 March | Yarphel (42) was sentenced to 1 year and 3 months in prison for carrying his nephew’s ashes during a procession.

Tibetans Jailed for Up to 15 Years Over Burnings - RFA
4 March | 3 of 9 Tibetans tried last week received lengthy prison sentences from 10 to 15 years.


Kirti Rinpoche briefs the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion - Phayul
5 March | On his tour abroad, Kirti Rinpoche spoke to Heiner Bielefeldt about the crisis in Ngaba.

Woeser Dedicates Award to Tibetan Self-Immolators - RFA
6 March | Woeser won the International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. State Department, and dedicated the award to Tibetans who self-immolated in protest of China’s rule.

China rebukes Tibetan monastery as inciting self-immolation protests - Washington Post
7 March | Wu Zegang accused Kirti monastery of collaborating with exiled Tibetans, including spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, to organize locals to set themselves on fire.

Opinion and Analysis

Richard Gere on selling guitars for the Tibetan cause - BBC News
3 March | Actor Richard Gere explained why money raised from selling his massive guitar collection went straight to the Tibetan human rights campaign.

The people of Tibet need help now - BoingBoing
6 March | Ven. Thepo Rinpoche writes about his personal experiences to urge others to participate in cultural resistance in the Tibetan movement.

Unrest in Tibet: The views of a Marxist demon - The Economist
7 March | The Dalai Lama explains his plans for the future and why he places the blame for self-immolations on increasingly tight religious and cultural controls in Tibet.

Nepal Entrapped - Global Times (China)
7 March | Several perspectives on living as a Tibetan in Nepal near the Chinese border.

The limits of despair - The Economist
9 March | The impact of Tibetan self-immolations 5 years after the uprisings in 2008.

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