International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 13 December 2013
Protests and Restrictions in Tibet
China must befriend Tibet monks to build 'impenetrable defense': official - Reuters
13 December | China must grasp the heart of the people with one hand and seize the law with the other to strike down illegal groups, the ruling Communist Party chief in Tibet, Chen Quanguo, said in the official People's Daily newspaper.
China Clamps Down Harder on Tibetan Writers and Singers - Epoch Times
12 December | CCP continues to crack down on freedom of expression in Tibet, further implementing President Xi’s Maoist “mass line” campaign of repression and surveillance. These arrests follow several other recent arrests of Tibetan writers and musicians.
China Expands Mass Re-education Campaign in Restive Tibetan Area - VOA News
11 December | Tibetan exiles say Chinese authorities have expanded a re-education campaign in the restive county of Driru by locking down at least three monasteries and calling back locals who were studying outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).
International Campaign for Tibet appoints Matteo Mecacci, leading rights advocate, as President - ICT
12 December | ICT is honored to announce the appointment of Matteo Mecacci, a leading defender of human rights and democracy, as the new President of the International Campaign for Tibet. Matteo Mecacci takes the helm at the world’s largest advocacy organization for the Tibetan people this week, based in Washington, DC.
US Calls for Liu Xiaobos Release - The Diplomat
11 December | The U.S. Secretary of State publicly called for Liu Xiaobo’s release – for the fifth straight year.
Opinion and Analysis
A Controversial Legacy - Economist
11 December | Mr Mandela was a source of inspiration to many Chinese dissidents. Yet during his decades-long involvement with China, he often found himself taking positions that surprised and disappointed many of his admirers.
‘Paying Respect to Dhondup Wangchen and Golog Jigme’ - High Peaks Pure Earth
10 December | Woeser writes about the current and past situation surrounding filmmakers Dhondup Wangchen and Golog Jigme, from a 1 December blog post.
Behind China’s Cyber Curtain - New Republic
5 December | Christopher Beam reports from Aba: Visiting the country's far reaches, where the government shut down the Internethttp://www.newrepublic.com/article/115709/chinas-aba-county-where-government-shut-internet