Thursday, December 19, 2013

Week Ending December 20, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 20 December 2013

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Respected Tibetan monk burns himself to death in Gansu - RFA
19 December | Tsultrim Gyatso (43) burned himself to death in Gansu province on Thursday in protest against "suppressive Chinese law," saying in a suicide note that he wanted to "sacrifice" his life for the interest of the Tibetans, according to sources.

Last words of Tsultrim Gyatso - Burning Tibet
19 December | Tibetan poet and writer Bhuchung D. Sonam has translated Tsultrim Gyatso’s final message on his blog, with a photograph of the hand-written note.

Diru crackdown: senior Tibetan Buddhist scholar beaten to death in police custody - TCHRD
19 December | A senior Tibetan Buddhist scholar known for his keen intelligence and mediation skills died while being detained in police custody. Ngawang Jampel, 45, was among the three monks from Tarmoe Monastery who were detained on 23 November 2013 while on a vacation in Lhasa.

Tibetan teen detained over freedom posters in Driru - RFA
18 December | Sonam Tobgyal, 16, a resident of Driru county in the TAR’s Nagchu prefecture, was taken into custody on Nov. 26, a day after he posted notices declaring that Tibetans have no freedom under Beijing’s rule, sources reported.

Joint statement: Spanish government Tibet lawsuits- International Tibet Network
19 December | Tibet campaigners deeply concerned about Spanish government threats to close down Tibet lawsuits. Decisions by Spain’s independent judiciary to indict and order arrest warrants for former Chinese leaders have angered China.

Grasping hearts with an iron fist in Tibet - China Digital Times
18 December | Reports from BBC and Reuters on the depictions of minorities in China and the continued restrictions and surveillance of Tibetans.

North Korea is more accessible to foreign journalists than Tibet is - Washington Post
17 December | Dr. Carole McGranahan discussed the rising trend of Tibetan self-immolations – a form of political protest against Chinese rule – and the challenge of understanding Tibet's turmoil. [Video of 1-hr lecture available at:]

Free jailed Tibetan singers, stars tell China - Free Tibet
16 December | Peter Gabriel, Thom Yorke and Ed O’Brien (Radiohead), Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and Tjinder Singh (Cornershop) are the first signatures on a petition launched by Free Tibet calling on China to release eight singers jailed in Tibet for songs celebrating Tibetan culture and calling for freedom.

Opinion and Analysis
Next year in China: The top ten stories of 2014 - The New Yorker
18 December | Evan Osnos speculates on emerging news themes from China, with unrest in Tibet and Xinjiang at the top of the list for 2014.

Infected with politics - Tibetan Political Review

18 December | The editorial board writes, “WHO and China Turn Public Health into Political Battleground” over a Tuberculosis research prize.

This Tibetan filmmaker has been in prison for 4 years - It’s time for the Chinese government to let him go - Huffington Post

17 December | Amnesty International advocates for the release of Dhondup Wangchen.

How China distorts its minorities through propaganda - BBC

16 December | The People’s Republic wants Tibetans and Uyghurs to sing and dance on TV – but do little else. Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore reveals how the government exoticises, and marginalises, its non-Han Chinese ethnic groups.

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