Friday, June 27, 2014

Week Ending June 27, 2014

International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 27 June 2014

Self immolations, Protest and Restriction in Tibet
Midnight Freedom For Tibetan Nun Held For 'Political Reasons'- RFAJune 26 | 

Chinese authorities in Sichuan have released a Tibetan nun from prison on completion of her sentence, driving her immediately to her home at midnight in order to prevent public celebrations by family members and supporters, sources said.

Tibetan Man Who Desecrated Chinese Flag Freed After Serving Jail Term - RFA
June 24 | A Tibetan man jailed for three years for protesting Chinese rule has been freed after serving his term but must regularly report to police in his home county and seek permission to travel, sources said. Sonam Norgye, aged about 30, was released on June 22 from the Powo Tramo prison in Nyingtri (in Chinese, Linzhi) county in the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Kongpo (Linzhi) prefecture, a resident of the area told RFA’s Tibetan Service on Tuesday. 

New Information about imprisoned Tibetan Abbot raises fears - ICT 
June 24 | There is serious concern for the welfare of a respected and popular Tibetan lama, Khenpo (Abbot) Karma Tsewang, who remains in prison six months on from his detention without access to relatives, or doctor, and only intermittent access to his lawyer. Karma Tsewang, also known as Khenpo Kartse, is seriously ill with a liver condition according to Tibetan sources, and there are fears that he faces serious criminal charges.

Spain drops 'genocide' case against China's Tibet leaders - BBC News
24th June : Spain has dropped a judicial investigation into alleged genocide and human rights violations against a number of Chinese leaders in Tibet. The High Court said the case did not comply with new legislation that limits Spain's ability to investigate crimes against humanity committed abroad. 

China attacks call to name US embassy road after dissident Liu Xiaobo- Guardian
June 25 | China has dismissed as a "farce" and a "smear" a vote by a United States panel of lawmakers to rename a Washington road in front of its embassy after the imprisoned Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.The Republican Frank Wolf from Virginia submitted the amendment to the annual state department spending bill, instructing the secretary of state, John Kerry, to rename the street "No 1, Liu Xiaobo Plaza", the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. 

UN to facilitate safe passage of Tibetan refugees in Nepal - The Tibet Post
June 22 | Dharamshala: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has stated that it will facilitate the safe passage of Tibetan refugees through Nepal. “UNHCR facilitates the safe transit of Tibetan new arrivals through Nepal to India, where they visit to meet their spiritual Guru the Dalai Lama, and ensures that their protection and material needs are addressed while in Nepal,” the UNHCR said today at a press conference to mark International Refugees Day. 

Opinion and Analysis
This article by Jamyang Norbu in Phayul discuss about the need of a true Chinese democracy advocates and their role in the Tibetan movement.

 June 23 | Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan examines the status of Tibetan refugees and their right to return to their homeland. It notes “ There are certain international legal standards and treaties that the PRC is legally bound by in regards concerning visas of foreigners and more specifically; the “right of return” of Tibetan refugees in concert with “People’s Republic of China Immigration Control Act (2012)”[4] issued by Chinese Presidential Decree LVII.”