International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 21 February 2014
Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Three Tibetan Monks Detained for Freeing Yaks Headed to Slaughter - RFA
14 February | Ringpu, 50, Yutruk 51, and Salshap, 47, all three respected senior monks from the Golog Gangshar monastery, "were taken away on Feb. 6 to the Pema county center and detained for saving about 300 yaks by purchasing them from the slaughterhouse,” a Tibetan from Golog told RFA's Tibetan Service.
China announces unprecedented harsh measures to deter self-immolations in Tibet’s Dzoege County - TCHRD
14 February | In a document recently smuggled out of Dzoege County dated 8 April 2013, the government announced that if there was a self-immolation it would punish the immolator’s village, monastery, and family.
Security intensified in Ngaba after former Kirti monk self-immolates - ICT
14 February | Lobsang Dorje (25 years old), from Chukle Gongma nomadic area in Cha Ruwa, Ngaba set fire to himself in the same street as Kirti monk Tapey, who was the first Tibetan in Tibet to self-immolate five years ago this month in February 2009. He later died from his injuries and was cremated secretly by police; his ashes handed over to family.
在焚身火焰中双手合十的洛桑多杰（图） - Woeser Middle Way
17 February | [Warning: Graphic images] Still images from a video shared on social media of Lobsang Dorje’s self-immolation on “Heroes Street”. (Chinese and English)
Obama to host Dalai Lama at White House - BBC
21 February | Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said Mr Obama would meet the Dalai Lama "in his capacity as an internationally respected religious and cultural leader".
China urges Obama to cancel meeting with Dalai Lama - Reuters
21 February | The White House National Security Council said Obama would meet the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, at the White House on Friday in a show of concern about China's human rights practices.
Jailed Tibetan Student Leaders in 'Poor Health,' Relatives Say - RFA
20 February | Two Tibetan students jailed in northwestern China’s Qinghai province for leading protests calling for the use of the Tibetan language in their schools are in “poor health,” according to family members, sources said.
China says it will win West over to its view on Tibet, Xinjiang - Reuters
19 February | China has "time on its side" to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, a senior official wrote on Wednesday, vowing with unusually strong language to ignore foreign pressure on human rights.
Opinion and Analysis
Tibet should be a no-go zone for Canadian mining investment - Embassy News Canada
12 February | Carole Samdup, Executive Director of Canada Tibet Committee writes, “Even if Canada were to adopt the world’s best CSR strategy, it would not have any effect in Tibet. It’s better to discourage deals there until a happier time in its history.”
The Securitization of Social Media in China - Jamestown
7 February | Xi Jinping’s administration is concerned that social media represents an innovative mechanism for petitioning and collective action that has proven at times capable of achieving concrete results in lieu of a tightly regulated environment for civil society mobilization.
Labrang monk Jayang Jinpa reflects on his daring 2008 protest - TCHRD
4 February | Jayang Jinpa, 26, was among the 15 Tibetan monks who staged a daring protest in front of a group of international and Chinese journalists at Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Sangchu County.