International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 30 May 2014
Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetans Forced to Participate in Anti-Self-Immolation Campaign - RFA
29 May | Chinese authorities in a protest-hit Tibetan county in Sichuan are forcing area residents to participate in training designed to counter self-immolations and other protests challenging Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas, according to local sources.
China Arrests Popular Tibetan Singer After Packed Concert - VOA
27 May | A Tibetan singer has been arrested following a concert with performers from other Tibetan regions of China. Gepe was arrested Saturday by security forces after a concert that thousands of fans and music enthusiasts attended.
Tibetan monk escapes after criticizing Beijing - Washington Post
28 May | Golog Jigme, 44, who had been arrested in China a few times since the documentary and alleges he was beaten severely during detention, said he was most recently detained in the Labrang monastery area in China’s Gansu province in 2012 for what he said was spreading pamphlets about Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama.
Plight of Tibetan ‘substitute teachers’ in Rebkong County - TCHRD
26 May | In regards to rural Tibetan regions, substitute teachers have played a fundamental role in increasing the availability of education. However, despite playing a crucial role in providing education to some of the most disadvantaged regions in Tibet, they have never been granted the same degree of benefits as their public teacher counterparts.
Opinion and Analysis
China: Persecution of Tiananmen activists exposes President Xi’s reform lies - Amnesty International
27 May | The widespread persecution of activists in the run-up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown exposes the lie behind President Xi Jinping’s claims to be delivering greater openness and reform.
A Tale of Two Tibetan Songs - Tibetan Review
9 May | Kalsang Wangdu writes “While folks in Tibet before 1959 were spontaneous and pithy in their street-song ridicule of the aristocratic high and mighty without any fear of reprisal, Tibetans today are locked in a grim battle of wits, not knowing what degree of self-censorship might suffice to hold back the occupying China’s brutal machinery of suppression from knocking at their doors.”