Friday, April 18, 2014

Week Ending 11 April, 2014

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 11 April 2014

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetan Youth Detained Following Solitary Protest - RFA
9 April | The April 8 protest in Manikengo town in Sichuan’s Dege county prompted cries of support from Tibetan onlookers, who echoed the young man’s calls for the long life of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Chinese officials order Tibetan ‘prayer wheels’ destoryed - RFA
8 April | Chinese authorities in a Tibetan county in Qinghai province have ordered a local clinic to destroy “prayer wheels” dedicated to the healing of disease, at the same time threatening to seize a sacred mountain and open it to exploration by mining firms.

12 Years Too Many: Release Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on medical parole - TCHRD
7 April | TCHRD observes with deep concern the 12th anniversary of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s arbitrary arrest on 7 April 2002 which eventually led to life imprisonment. Tibet Groups are campaigning for his release on medical parole.

Lawyers Walk Out of Trial of Chinese Anti-Graft Activists in Protest - RFA
9 April | Lawyers representing two anti-corruption activists walked out of a Beijing district court on Wednesday in protest on the second day of their resumed trials, citing flagrant breaches of legal procedure and the rules of evidence. The trial of New Citizens' Movement activists Ding Jiaxi and Li Wei on charges of "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order" had resumed for a second day.

Illegal detentions of protestors in Belgium during the visit of Chinese president - ICT
7 April | Tibetans and Belgian supporters seeking to peacefully protest during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Bruges, Belgium on April 1 were detained for hours, in one case partially strip-searched, and had Tibetan flags confiscated. Permission to organise a peaceful protest had been granted earlier by the Mayor of Bruges.

Opinion and Analysis
PLA Joint Operations Developments and Military Reform - Jamestown Foundation
9 April | Kevin McCauley writes, “Now the log-jam impeding some of the more far reaching reforms appears to be breaking, as indicated in the recent push in the Third Plenary Session for significant military reform and the creation of a leading group to push forward some of the more bureaucratically painful command, force structure and organizational changes required to create a modern military force.”

“Remembering Exiled Tibetan Activist Chungdak Koren” by Woeser - High Peaks Pure Earth
7 April | Woeser outlines her and Chungdak Koren’s collaborations, such as working on the Tibetan translation of “Forbidden Memory” and ruminates on the larger exile condition. At the same time, the piece portrays a touching friendship between two Tibetan women.

China’s intimidation measure will not stop the human rights movement - ICT
1 April | Elena Gaita writes about her first-hand experience of harassment and intimidation by a member of a Chinese “NGO” in Geneva at the UPR session.

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