Thursday, July 25, 2013

Week Ending July 26, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 26 July 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Discussions on anti-Dalai Lama policy shut down in Qinghai; Kalachakra in Tsolho cancelled - ICT
24 July | [10 images included] New developments appear to reflect the authorities’ fears over the erosion of their authority as self-immolations continue and as Tibetans take bolder steps to affirm their religious and cultural identity.

Tibetan teenage monk dies after self-immolation in Dzoege - ICT
22 July | 18-year old monk Konchok Sonam set himself on fire on July 20 and died outside his monastery in Dzoege, Ngaba, where the crackdown has been among the most intense.
New crackdown by China on Dalai Lama photos - RFA
22 July | Chinese authorities in Tibetan-populated counties in Qinghai province are placing new restrictions on the display of photos of the Dalai Lama, searching personal vehicles and beating and detaining those who resist the photos’ confiscation, Tibetan sources say.

After terror alert, Sikyong appeals to Tibetans to remain vigilant -
24 July | Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay today appealed to the Tibetan community remain vigilant after India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) alerted the Himachal Pradesh police of possible terror attacks on Buddhist population and monasteries across the state.

Gansu quake survivors lack food - RFA
24 July | The death toll rose to 94 in the quake-hit area around Gansu's Dingxi city. One person was listed as missing and 1,001 as injured in an earthquake Monday, which toppled walls and houses, brought down telephone lines, and buried roads in piles of mud and rock.

China sentences three Tibetans for up to 10 years for rescuing self-immolator - Phayul
22 July | A Chinese court in Siling sentenced Doptrug, 51 to ten years; Ugyen Dorjee, 40 to 21 months and Choekyab to 18 months for taking part in a protest demanding the body of Tibetan self-immolator Lobsang Gedun last December.

Opinion and Analysis
A Bombing, A Self-Immolation, and A Double Standard - ICT
24 July | Drastically different media reactions in China to a paralyzed petitoner’s airport bomb detonation and a Tibetan monk’s self-immolation belie strong prejudices against Tibetans.

Resilience and Fortitude: Tibet Movement Through the Youngest Tibetan Woman Parliamentarian - Lhakar Diaries
23 July | Dawa interviews Dhardon Sharling about her path from TWA to CTA and her thoughts on the future of the Tibet movement.

Refugee Testimony: Former Disciple of Disappeared Buddhist Scholar Escapes Tibet - TCHRD
20 July | In his testimony to TCHRD, Tenzin Dawa recounts the current situation inside Tibet in particular his hometown in Dzoege where local Chinese authorities have planted spies in every village to monitor conversations and keep a strict watch over Tibetan activities, in an ongoing effort to prevent self-immolation and other protests.

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