Thursday, May 30, 2013

Week Ending May 31, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 31 May 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetan Writer is Sentenced in Secret - Radio Free Asia
30 May | Tritsun (26) has been ordered jailed after he published a book containing politically sensitive writings amid a crackdown by Chinese authorities on assertions of Tibetan national and cultural identity, sources said.

New Tibetan Self-Immolation After One Month Hiatus - Radio Free Asia
29 May | Tenzin Sherab (31) burned himself in Yushu TAP. His body was returned to his family but they have been unable to travel to a monastery to complete funeral rites.

Thousands of Tibetans Protest Against Mine - Radio Free Asia
28 May | As many as 5,000 Tibetans have protested against Chinese mining operations at a site considered sacred by local residents, drawing a large security force to the area and prompting fears of clashes, according to Tibetan sources this week.

CTA rejects China’s allegations; appeals to Tibetans not to self-immolate - Radio Free Asia
30 May | The Kashag rejected allegations made in a CCTV documentary, and announced the Nechung Oracle divined that an end to the self-immolations would be best.

Tibetan Religious Leader, Writer, Freed After Serving Prison Terms - Radio Free Asia
30 May | Sungrab Gyatso and Adrel Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche were both released with health problems after serving their full prison terms.

Sichuan Police Manual Details Tibet Repression Psychology - NDTV
17 May | TCHRD obtained this internal instruction for police in China’s Sichuan province. Entitled “Guide on Psychiatric Wellbeing While Maintaining Stability,” the manual has 29 questions and answers meant to help officers deal with the mental stress of repressing Tibetans and the moral dilemmas accompanying it.

Opinion and Analysis
Inside Job: Beijing’s New Allies in its War on Tibet - Huffington Post
30 May | Lhadon Tethong writes on the power of grassroots organizing and advocacy to pressure governments and academic institutions to resist Chinese bullying.

My words are not tainted by lies and deception: Gartse Jigme - TCHRD
30 May | TCHRD has translated an essay of imprisoned writer Gartse Jigme which addresses the social and political value to be gained if Chinese officials would legitimately reach out to the Dalai Lama and Tibetans and work to relieve their burdens and grievances.

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