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Revised Chinese government regulations on religion are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.
The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ to China’s security, creating a more dangerous political environment for monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists, isolating them further from their counterparts outside China.
The Chinese state media also announced a focus on the ‘Sinicization’ of religion, stating: “The direction of religions is to integrate them with Chinese culture” (Global Times, September 7, 2017). The Buddhist community is one of the main targets of ‘Sinicization’ of religion, which represents a more far-reaching effort to mould and shape Tibetan Buddhism to the diktats of the Chinese Communist Party in line with a more entrenched regulatory framework that has already deepened religious oppression over the last decade. Read more

A charred body was found near the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamsala on Saturday (July 29), with one eyewitness reporting seeing a man in flames near the pilgrimage route. It is the first self-immolation in Dharamsala, India, base of the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.

The man has been identified as Dhondup (also known as Passang Dhondup) a wood painter at Norbulingka Institute, near Dharamsala. The 49-year old man was born in Gyantse (Chinese: Jiangzi) in Tibet and had arrived in India in 1991 and had been working in Norbulingka institute from 2012, according to Tibetan media. Read more

Liu Xiaobo has died

Published in Latest news
Friday, 14 July 2017

Liu XiaoboChina has lost an icon for a democratic future, the world a Nobel Peace laureate, and the Tibet movement a dear friend.

Read Liu Xiaobo, We Miss You by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.

Liu Xiaobo, a democracy and human rights activist, literary critic and scholar, was imprisoned in 2008 for his role in crafting the Charter 08, a manifesto that calls for political reforms and an end to the communist one-party rule in China.

A long-term supporter of the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom and justice, Liu Xiaobo was one of the key intellectuals who signed a 12-point petition to the Chinese authorities in 2008, calling for dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, noting the “serious mistakes” in China’s policies in Tibet, and criticising the Chinese government’s response to the 2008 Uprising in Tibet as lacking “a style of governing that conforms to the standards of modern civilisation.”

Here are some of Liu Xiaobo’s works:

Charter 08, the political manifesto that got him thrown in jail

June Fourth Elegies, a book of poetry

I have no enemies, Nobel lecture delivered in absentia

Love poems for wife Liu Xia

A few of the numerous media reports:

Reuters: China dissident Liu's condition critical, breathing failing, hospital says 

ABC: Liu Xiaobo: Imprisoned Chinese dissident's condition critical, hospital says

New York Times: China Won’t Let Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Get Cancer Treatment Abroad

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In a highly charged political environment today a UNESCO committee voted to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.

Members of the Committee representing different governments spoke up in turn to praise the Chinese government over the nomination, and ICT representative Tenzin Choekyi spoke to the Committee about the dangers and significance of the inscription while Chinese delegates celebrated on the main floor of the meeting.

However, in response to a report that the International Campaign for Tibet had submitted to the Committee members about the threats posed to Tibetan nomads, the Chinese government was forced to respond to UNESCO and come out with a statement stating that it will “fully respect the will of the local herders and their traditional culture, religious beliefs, and lifestyle”. Read more

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