Thursday, November 14, 2013

Week Ending November 15, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 15 November 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Three Tibetans Detained for Putting Up ‘Freedom’ Posters - RFA
14 November | Chinese police in a restive county in Tibet have taken into custody three men for putting up posters calling for freedom, following a wave of detentions in the area after villagers refused orders to fly the Chinese national flag from their homes.

Tibetans Resisting Chinese Flag Campaign Destroy Flagpole Stands - RFA
13 November | Tibetans have destroyed flagpole stands erected to hoist Chinese flags in a restive county in Sichuan province as part of a growing campaign opposing forced displays of loyalty to the Chinese state.

Young Tibetan Monk Sets Himself on Fire to Protest Chinese Rule - RFA
11 November | Tsering Gyal, 20, set himself ablaze at 6:30 p.m. in Pema county in Qinghai province's Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a source in Tibet said.

Tibetan Protester Dies of His Burns - RFA
12 November | A young Tibetan monk who set himself ablaze on Monday in a challenge to Chinese rule has died on his way to a hospital in Xining, capital city of northwestern China’s Qinghai province, sources said.

Push to Release Writer Leads to Detentions in Tibet - The Epoch Times
11 November | 15 Tibetans were arrested in Driru county’s Shamchu township in Tibet last week after pushing for the release of a writer and his friend, and petitioning in groups of over five was prohibited as the Chinese regime clamps down harder in the region.

China and Tibet News
China Media: New Security Body - BBC
14 November | A media row is breaking out in Hong Kong over China's new security body, while official media defend Beijing's aid to Manila in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Tibetans outraged at China's reelection to UNHRC - Business Standard
13 November | Tibetans have expressed outrage at the reelection of China to the UN Human Rights Council and demanded that the member states of the global body use this as an opportunity to hold Beijing accountable for its policies on Tibet that have led to over 120 self-immolations.

Blythe’s Panther: How We Found The Oldest Big Cat - Slate
12 November | Scientist Jack Tseng describes in detail how his team of researchers discovered fossils of a new species of extinct big cat in Tibet.

This Fossil Skull Unearthed in Tibet is the Oldest Big Cat Ever Found - Smithsonian Blog
12 November | Reconstructions of the newly discovered species Panthera blytheae, based on a skull discovered in Tibet that is estimated to be between 4 and 5 million years old.

Opinion and Analysis
Dalai Lama: China ‘softening’ on Tibet - Bangkok Post
14 November | The new Chinese leadership under President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang and the modern-day Chinese intelligentsia are more receptive to the Tibetan cause and Tibetans' demand for high-level autonomy, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Thursday.

China's Opportunity to Live Up to Its 'Human Rights Dream' - Huffington Post
12 November | Bianca Jagger appeals to Xi Jinping and writes “President Xi Jinping has been in power for nearly a year - conditions in Tibet continue be a nightmare. But China has an opportunity to realise its Chinese dream by making a number of transformative commitments.”

Theatre of the Absurd - The Economist
12 November | Erasmus blog writes, “For an organisation to work credibly for human rights at a global level, with no geopolitical or cultural bias, it needs to be as independent as possible from all govermments, and hence from all violators.”

Chinese Party Meeting Calls for Establishing ‘National Security Council’ - Jamestown Foundation
12 November | “...the leadership’s recent decision to apply the concept of “top-level design” to foreign affairs suggest that this body may come to function as a Chinese equivalent of its international counterparts, as a venue for inter-agency coordination on security issues...”

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