International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 14 June 2013
Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Two Tibetan singers secretly sentenced but whereabouts unknown - TCHRD
13 June | Singers Pema Trinley (22) and Chakdor (32) from Meuruma nomadic village, had recorded and distributed a music DVD containing songs about current situation in Tibet including self-immolation protests, as well as songs in praise of the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama, Kirti Rinpoche, and Lobsang Sangay. They were detained for 6 months and sentenced to 2 years in prison, but there whereabouts are currently unknown.
Tibetan student leader jailed, Nuns released - RFA
12 June | A court in northwestern China’s Qinghai province has jailed Wangchuk Dorje for helping lead a student protest last year, while authorities in neighboring Sichuan released two nuns and another woman after they completed prison terms for their roles in protests challenging rule by Beijing, sources said.
After serving 5 years, Tibetan political prisoner comes out in poor health - Phayul
11 June | Tsewang Dakpa, a monk at the Jangang Monastery in Drango region of eastern Tibet was released on June 5. According to Tibetan exile sources, Dakpa, who is in his late 20s, is in “poor health” and one of his hands is “severely injured.”
Tibetan nun sets herself ablaze in new self-immolation protest - RFA
11 June | A Tibetan nun set herself ablaze on Tuesday during a large religious gathering in China’s Sichuan province in protest against Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas, sources said.
Tibetan nun self-immolates in apparent anti-China protest - VOA
11 June | The unidentified nun self-immolated Tuesday afternoon near a monastery in the Tawu district. Her condition was not immediately known, as Chinese security personnel took her to a nearby hospital. Sources say all communications to and from the district have been blocked and travel restrictions have been imposed.
Chinese diplomats threaten French journalist after Tibet report - Reporters Without Borders
13 June | Chinese embassy personnel went to the France24’s headquarters in Paris to demand the documentary’s withdrawal from its website. The Chinese embassy in Bangkok then threatened Cyril Payen by telephone after he arrived in Thailand.
Next Dalai Lama could be a woman, Tibetan leader says - France 24
13 June | "If the circumstances are such that a female Dalai Lama is more useful, then automatically a female Dalai Lama will come," he told a press conference in Sydney to launch a 10-day tour of Australia.
Katzenberg’s Tibet film won’t be controversial, he maintains - Contact Music
10 June | Mention Tibet and the image of the exiled Dalai Lama and the brutal suppression of Buddhist protesters comes to mind, but Jeffrey Katzenberg apparently believes he has found a way to skirt the controversy with his upcoming The Tibet Code, based on a ten-book Chinese series of novels that has sold over 10 million copies in China.
Sinopec Southern to explore Tibet’s Lunpola basin - Oil and Gas Journal
10 June | Sinopec Southern Exploration Co. of China and the Oil and Gas Resources Research Center of Geological Survey Bureau of Ministry of Land Resources signed an agreement on joint exploration for oil and gas in selected areas of the Lunpola basin in Tibet.
Climate change on the Tibetan plateau - The Guardian
10 June | Photojournalist Sean Gallagher talks about his latest project, Meltdown: climate change and environmental degradation on the Tibetan plateau, a series of photographs that capture melting glaciers, grassland degradation and the loss of Tibetan culture.
Opinion and Analysis
Questions and concerns about developments in Lhasa - International Tibet Network
14 June | A new report targeting UNESCO on the subject of current ‘development’ construction in Lhasa and how it relates to World Heritage Site guidance. http://issuu.com/internationaltibetnetwork/docs/unesco_lhasareport_2013
Looking back at the past few years of not celebrating Losar - High Peaks Pure Earth
13 June | Woser’s blog from February 2013 discussing the effects of the recent custom of not celebrating Losar since 2009.
An open plea: Xi and Obama can accomplish one thing - Committee to Protect Journalists
6 June | Bob Dietz advocates for Xi Jinping and Barack Obama to agree to release jailed Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen so he can join his family in the United States.