Dhondup Wangchen escapes China

A Tibetan activist and filmmaker has been granted political asylum in the United States, after an “arduous and risky escape” from China, sparking cheers from Democratic politicians at his arrival. Dhondup Wangchen was jailed a decade ago over a film interviewing Tibetans about their lives in a country where the government views them with constant suspicion. His film was smuggled out of China in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and he was later convicted of subversion in China’s Communist party controlled courts. Continue reading →

China under-20 football tour suspended after pro-Tibet protests

From the Guardian Protesters unfurled Tibetan flags at a game in Mainz, Germany causing the Chinese team to walk off the pitch  Spectators raise Tibetan flag to protest China’s politics regarding Tibet at a football match between TSV Schott Mainz and China’s U20 team. Photograph: Hasan Bratic/AP Sunday 26 November 2017 02.55 GMTLast modified on Sunday 26 November 2017 03.02 GMT A tour of Germany by China’s under-20 men’s football team has been suspended after their first match was met with protests. The remaining games in Germany will be postponed, the German Football Continue reading →

Free Yeshe Choedron

Yeshe Choedron ཡེ་ཤེས་ཆོས་སྒྲོན་ A RETIRED MEDICAL DOCTOR, WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH 2008 AND ACCUSED OF PROVIDING “INFORMATION HARMFUL TO THE SECURITY AND INTERESTS OF THE STATE” TO “THE DALAI CLIQUE Yeshe Choedron, a retired medical doctor, was detained in March 2008 after protests broke out in Lhasa on 14 March. Take Action  On 7 November 2008, the Lhasa People’s Intermediate Court sentenced Yeshe Choedron to 15 years’ imprisonment for allegedly providing “intelligence and information harmful to the security and interests of the state” to “the Continue reading →

Remembering Liu Xiaobo

 Liu Xiaobo 1955—2017, the dissident writer who became China’s first Nobel Peace laureate when he won the prize in 2010, died of liver cancer in state custody in China on Thursday 13th July, having spent nearly the last nine years of his life in prison. His death is a tragedy and an outrage. His widow is still under house arrest and has not been charged with any crime. In the late 1960s Mao Zedong encouraged children and adolescents to confront their teachers and parents, root Continue reading →

Meditate for Larung gar

Imagine that a foreign power had taken over the UK and to assert control, they had picked on places of learning say Oxford or Cambridge university and then issued orders to demolish half the colleges and evict thousands of students.  The evicted students are then taken to ‘education’ camps where they are forced to undertake Maoist style indotrination.  This is Tibet today at Larung Gar Buddhist centre and the Chinese government is acting as the foreign power trying to assert control over a subjugated land. Continue reading →

Tibet women’s football team ‘denied US visas’

From BBC website A Tibetan women’s football team has claimed that they have been denied United States visas to take part in a tournament in Texas. They say they were told they had “no good reason” to visit the US. Most of the players are Tibetan refugees living in India, and had applied at the US embassy in Delhi. US President Donald Trump has imposed a travel ban (now frozen) on nationals from seven countries, but neither India or China is on the list. Tibet, Continue reading →

Take action for Tashi Wangchuk

Name: Tashi Wangchuk Age: 30 on detention Summary:  Tashi Wangchuk, a young Tibetan businessman and language rights advocate has been detained and charged with “inciting separatism”. He had no access to his family until September 2016 and has only seen a lawyer (during police investigations) twice in June and September 2016. He faces up to 15 years in prison and is at risk of torture and other ill- treatment. Charge: “Inciting separatism” Sentence: Indicted in January 2017 but not yet tried; Prison: Yushu Detention Centre Continue reading →

Tibetan PM refutes China’s denial of recalling Tibetans from Kalachakra

[Sunday, January 08, 2017 21:24] By Tenzin Monlam The Tibetan Prime Minister (Sikyong) Dr. Lobsang Sangay today in a rebuttal to China’s denial of pressuring Tibetans from Tibet to attend the Kalachakra called Beijing’s claim an ‘exaggeration’. “It is a fact that those who are here for pilgrimage with legal permits and documents from the Chinese authorities have been directed to return and failure to do so would result in severe consequences,” the PM Sangay said at a press conference in Bodh Gaya. China on Continue reading →

China Calls Dalai Lama’s Kalachakra ‘Illegal’

Authorities in Tibetan-populated areas of southwestern China are warning local residents against involvement in a major Buddhist gathering in India led by exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, calling the gathering “illegal” and threatening punishment for those spreading news of the event or organizing local ceremonies in support. More than 100,000 devotees from some 80 countries around the world have already assembled in Bodh Gaya, India—site of the enlightenment of the historical Buddha—to participate in this year’s Kalachakra empowerment, which is set to run from Continue reading →

Yesterdays Cafe Momo

We had a steady number of people at the Cafe yesterday which involved Zari Tibet , Ben Powell as well as the usual soup and cake makers.  Zari Tibet brought lots of Tibetan handicrafts and Momos which went down very well.  We also had a campaigning table that allowed people to sign letters to their MPs regarding Tibet.  We chose the situation at Larung Gar as  the main focus of the day and cards were written and sent to local MPs: Michelle Donelan and Jacob Rees- Mogg Continue reading →

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