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...”

Week Ending October 25, 2013

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 25 October 2013

Protests and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetans Call China’s Policies at Tourist Spot Tacit but Stifling - New York Times
24 October | Behind closed doors, many of Labrang monastery’s resident monks complain about intrusive government policies, invisible to tourists, that they say are strangling their culture and identity.

Tibetan denies official version of cousin's death - Yahoo News
23 October | In a rare interview conducted in this ethnic Tibetan region, the cousin told The Associated Press the man burned himself Oct. 6, 2012, at a white stupa near his Gannan village, in a personal protest over the lack of rights for Tibetans. He said Sangay Gyatso was not connected to Tibetan groups abroad.

Machine guns fired on Tibet mine protesters - Truthloader
21 October | Chinese police and paramilitary forces have fired machine guns on a group of Tibetan protesters. The group had been peacefully demonstrating for three days after the arrival of hundreds of miners who were due to start operations on a mountain that has special religious significance to the local population.

China disappears Tibetan father of three; Arrests 10 others in ongoing crackdown in Driru - TCHRD
21 October | Tenzin Rangdol, 34, was arrested on the morning of 18 October 2013 and is being held incommunicado by the police in Shagchu Town in Diru County. He was arrested on his way home in Gochu Village no. 4 after walking his children to school. Tenzin Rangdol’s wife is Tsering Pelzom, 26, and the couple has three young children.

Universal Periodic Review of China News

UN Petition - Avaaz

25 October | A signature campaign targeting UN Member States, supported by Thubten Wangchen, aims to encourage Member States to vote against China rejoining the United Nations Human Rights Council.

China on the defensive as 11 countries challenge its policies in Tibet - ICT
22 October | Eleven countries spoke up to urge China to improve the human rights of Tibetans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 22. The delegates cited the lack of religious freedom, minority rights, and access of UN officials to Tibet, and called on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama, during oral questioning at the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record.

China challenged over human rights record at United Nations - The Guardian
22 October | China told a United Nations review of its human rights record that it had made progress, but was challenged over its curbs on free speech and treatment of ethnic minorities, activists and dissidents, at the session in Geneva on Tuesday.

GE: des militants pro-Tibet manifestent devant l'ONU - RTS

22 October | Video, in French, of Tibetan protests at the United Nations UPR.

Tibetans climb UN Geneva building in protest before China rights meeting - Reuters

22 October | Tibetan activists protesting at China's rule over Tibet scaled scaffolding on the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva early on Tuesday and unfurled a banner ahead of a session convened to examine China's human rights record.

Opinion and Analysis
China: Make Concrete Progress at UN Rights Review - Human Rights Watch
21 October | Chinese officials should not repeat their systematic denials and obfuscation of their first UPR in 2009, Human Right Watch said. At that time, the government claimed that, “no individual or press has been penalized for voicing their opinions or views,” that the country had no “black jails,” and that it did not censor the Internet.

China should respect its Constitution, release human rights activists - The Asahi Shimbun
21 October | Some prominent civil activists calling for quite moderate reforms have been detained in China. The Chinese authorities’ actions against these people clearly qualify as oppression that tramples on human rights and are unacceptable.

13 Reactions to China’s Bid for Seat on UN Human Rights Council - The Epoch Times
21 October | Thirteen activists respond to China’s attempt to rejoin the UN HRC.