Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Tour operators have announced the closure of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to tourists again next month, coinciding with the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in March 1959 and the related protests across Tibet in March 2008.

The ‘annual closure’ of Tibet to foreigners will run this year from February 25 to April 1, with all foreigners being instructed to leave before February 24. Read more

CNN reporter Matt Rivers was given permission to report from Lhasa in September 2016- the first time a CNN team has been given access to the Tibet Autonomous Region since 2006. In the story he filed, Rivers compares the Chinese-imposed isolation in Tibet to that of North Korea, and notes that government minders followed him constantly and recorded the responses Tibetans gave to his questions.

In a rare moment free of official oversight, he spoke to a young Tibetan laborer who complained about Tibetans receiving substantially lower wages than their Chinese counterparts for the same work. The story- which cites ICT over the number of Tibetan self-immolation protests- concludes that Chinese-ruled Tibet is a ‘tinderbox’ with no space for dissent.

Read the story on CNN.

My name is Nyima Lhamo and I am the niece of late Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. I was born in Kham Lithang in eastern Tibet. I am 26 years old and am the second born of five siblings. I have a six-year old daughter and her name is Dawa Dolma. My father Thupten Kalsang is no more. With my mother Dolkar Lhamo are elder sister Tenzin Palmo who has a nine-year old son and two younger brothers. My youngest sister has also passed away.

My uncle Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was a highly respected lama in our village. He was falsely accused and unlawfully detained by the Chinese authorities leading to his death while serving his life sentence in jail on 12 July 2015 in Chengdu. known for his philanthropic works in eastern Tibet where he established schools, clinics, orphanages, and old-age homes. I consider my uncle as my teacher who taught me the real meaning of being a Tibetan Buddhist, someone who always helped others in need and had no ill intentions toward others. So when I heard the news of his arrest in 2002, I was 12 years old and the first thing that came to my mind was he would be released soon since he had not committed any crime. However I was wrong. Justice was not done in my uncle’s case. He was falsely accused and unlawfully detained by the Chinese authorities leading to his death while serving his life sentence in jail on 12 July 2015 in Chengdu. Read more

ICT Mongolian BuddhistsOne of the outcomes regarding the Dalai Lama in the post-1959 period is the clarity that has emerged about the nature of his followers. The conventional thinking about the Dalai Lama being merely the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people has changed.

He has not only gained thousands of followers in both the Eastern and Western world, but more importantly the traditional followers of Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, along the Himalayan region as well as in Mongolia and present-day Russian Federation, have become more visible.