Thursday, June 5, 2014

Week Ending May 16, 2014

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 16 May 2014

Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Monk disappears after emailing protest writings to Chinese cadres’ phones - TCHRD
15 May | Choeying Kalden, 20, a monk at Tsenden Monastery was detained on 16 March 2014. The monk had shared his writings among his friends as well as Chinese ‘work team’ members through emails. [Includes information of other disappearances in Sog County and translations of writings]

Crackdown Launched in Another Tibetan County Over Anti-Mining Protests - RFA
13 May | Chinese authorities have cracked down on villagers opposed to mining projects in Tibet’s Chamdo county, deploying hundreds of armed police and detaining those who had petitioned higher levels of authority for a halt to the extraction activity.

Dalai Lama Urges Outside Inquiry Into Spate of Self-Immolations Among Tibetans - New York Times
10 May | If compassion is the reason driving those who immolate themselves, the Dalai Lama said, they should be viewed differently from those motivated by anger. The religious issues surrounding the self-immolations, he said, “are very, very complicated.”

Tibetan Protester Freed From Jail After Serving Half of a 12-Year Term - RFA
15 May | Sonam Yarphel, 34, a Tibetan jailed for his role in protests challenging Beijing’s rule that rocked Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, has been released after serving six years of his 12-year term in prison, receiving a hero’s welcome in his hometown.

Chinese Officials Head to Countryside to Try to Win Over Locals - Wall Street Journal
15 May | Some 200,000 officials in Xinjiang, the western region of China that has seen a rising tide of unrest, will be sent to live in rural areas over the next three years...The program is aimed at winning the hearts and minds of local people, particularly Uighurs, a mainly Muslim ethnic group that has a fraught relationship with Chinese authorities.

New Grassroots Database Tracks China’s Political Prisoners - The Epoch Times
6 May | Chinese human rights advocacy group has established a database of political prisoners in Mainland China. China Political Prisoner Concern (CPPC), run by volunteers, set up a Chinese-language website recently to collect, verify, and publish the status of political prisoners in China.

Opinion and Analysis
Tibetan Sisters Declare Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Girls and Women - Merab Sarpa
15 May | Members of ACHA-Himalayan Sisterhood across the United States are deeply disturbed by the news of a Tibetan cook in a TCV school accused of raping two Tibetan minors on two separate occasions. ACHA declares zero tolerance for violence against girls and women and strongly condemns all forms of gender-based violence perpetrated against Tibetan girls and women.

What does Beijing import from Tibet? A War-Zone Police State. - ICT
15 May | As governments decide to give the Dalai Lama the cold shoulder it’s worth noting not just the values they’re failing to endorse- compassion, non-violence, and tolerance- but also the values they do endorse by siding with Beijing- repression, violence, and Xi Jinping’s revitalized police state.

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