International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 7 February 2014
Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetan man sets himself ablaze in first burning protest this year - RFA
6 February | Phagmo Samdrub (29 yrs old) set himself ablaze “for the cause of Tibet” at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday near the Panchen Day School in Dokarmo township in Tsekhog county in the Malho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local resident told RFA.
China Tightens Security Presence in Kardze Ahead of Tibetan New Year - RFA
4 February | The stationing of paramilitary police in Kardze county in Sichuan’s Kardze prefecture follows a similar deployment in the prefecture’s Draggo county two weeks ago on the second anniversary of a deadly crackdown by police on protesters, according to sources.
Spanish judge orders compliance with order to arrest Jiang Zemin and other Chinese leaders - ICT
6 February | Spanish lawyers working on the lawsuits against the Chinese leaders said that the new move by Judge Ismael Moreno was evidence that the case will now progress, even though the ruling is against the wishes of the Spanish government, under pressure from the Chinese leadership.
MSP condemns China’s human rights record in Tibet [with video] - BBC
4 February | Scottish National Parliament MSP Maureen Watt described Chinese oppression in Tibet of such things as "religious freedoms, language rights, access to employment and the destruction of water resources and grazing lands by large scale mining projects".
Dalai Lama to return to Tibet soon: Sangay - New Indian Express
4 February | "He (Dalai Lama) will very soon return to Tibet. The universal slogan is we want to see the return of Dalai Lama to Tibet. Given a choice, Tibetans will like to be led by a Tibetan rather than governed by the Chinese," Sangay told journalists.
Opinion and Analysis
'Punishing Ilham Tohti is the Latest in a Litany of Errors' - RFA
6 Februrary | Gao Yu writes that China “will have no peace” if it continues to oppress Uighurs, Inner Mongolians, and Tibetans.
Freedom, Independence, and Autonomy: A Little More Accuracy Please - TPR
6 Februrary | As part of TPR’s effort to contribute toward a more level-headed discussion on the independence/autonomy debate, a good place to start is greater accuracy in distinguishing between “freedom” (rangwang), “independence” (rangzen), and “autonomy” (rangkyong).