Thursday, May 23, 2013

Week Ending May 24, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 24 May 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Freed Tibetan Prisoner Receives a Hero’s Welcome - Radio Free Asia
23 May | Dondrub (30) had been jailed for taking part in a March 18, 2012 demonstration challenging Chinese rule in Qinghai province’s Gepasumdo county, and was released this year on May 20.

Video: A Rare Glimpse Inside Tibet at a Time of Unwelcome Change - Washington Post
22 May | A French journalist traveled undercover for seven days in Tibet to interview locals.

Tibetan writer sentenced to 5yrs in prison for writing book on self-immolation - TCHRD
21 May | On 14 May 2013, monk and writer Gartse Jigme was sentenced to five years in prison for writing a book on Tibetan issues including the self-immolation protests.

Tibetan activists launch boycott of InterContinental over hotel plans  - The Guardian
23 May | Free Tibet and SFT launch a new campaign to boycott luxury hotel brand IHG due to its massive construction and unethical branding in Lhasa.

China rejects universality of human rights in latest white paper - TCHRD
23 May | The Information Office of the State Council issued a white paper on “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2012” as a part of its propaganda activity for the upcoming UPR.

Chinese troops suffering from post traumatic stress disorder in Tibet - The Telegraph
21 May | A leaked Chinese military manual tries to address the psychological consequences for soldiers responsible for the brutal repression of Tibetans.

Three Tibetan activists detained in Delhi - Phayul
20 May | Three Tibetan activists staged a protest against Chinese Premier Li Keqiang near the Taj Palace Hotel, unfurling a long banner and shouting slogans.

20 May | Tibetan NGOs were denied permission to hold peaceful demonstrations at Jantar Mantar in Delhi during the visit of Li Keqiang.

Opinion and Analysis
Development or destruction in Tibet? - Hindustan Times
22 May | Hutong Cat discusses an ongoing petition related to the ‘construction’ or ‘destruction’ work being done around the Barkhor in Lhasa.

Self-immolation loses its power as a means of protest - South China Morning Post
21 May | Andrew Lam argues that the world has become cynical about self-immolation.

Re-thinking the Tibet Movement - Rangzen Alliance
19 May | First published in Seminar Magazine, Tenzing Sonam considers important questions facing the future of the Tibet movement.

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