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Teenage Tibetan Monk Detained After Solo Street Protest

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 09:48
Lobsang Tsultrim, a young monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, a Tibetan region incorporated into the Chinese province, took to the main street of the town displaying a portrait of the Dalai Lama around 8:30PM on Saturday. A witness has stated that he saw Lobsang Tsultrim shouting slogans as he walked along the street, and that within minutes he was overpowered and taken away by security. Ngaba is the town that saw the first of the Tibetan self-immolation protests in 2009, and since then, both the main local monastery and the town itself has been highly securitized and under virtual lockdown.  

Tibet Fund Celebrates Tibetan New Year - Year of Fire-Bird Royal Calendar 2144

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:09
New York based Tibet Fund celebrated the Tibetan New Year: Year of Fire Bird Royal Calender 2144, at Baruch College in New York City on February 21, 2017. The representative of the Washington based Office of Tibet, Mr. Penpa Tsering was the chief guest at the celebration with other guests including the sponsors and donors for Tibet Fund, long time supporters of Tibet cause, and presidents of major regional chapters of the Tibetan non-governmental organizations in New York.   In an interview with the Executive Director of Tibet Fund about the purpose of organizing the event, he says, “...there are many in the United States who are interested in the Tibet cause, Tibetan culture and religion, yet the opportunities to directly participate in cultural events are rare for them. This led to our decision to initiate the annual celebration of Tibetan New Year three years ago.”  

White Crane Lend Me Your Wings: Book Release in Dharamsala

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:56
Lobsang Sangay, the political head of the Dharamsala based Central Tibetan Administration released 'White Crane Lend Me Your Wings', a book by late Dr. Tsewang Yeshi Pemba on February 23, 2017. Lhamo Pemba, daughter of the author speaks to VOA on her father's book, his life and writings.   Thubten Samphel, a Tibetan novelist; Bhuchung D Sonam, a writer and poet; Shelly B Sood, an Indian writer and poet also discusses the book with Lhamo Pemba la. Full report below:    

TCHRD Releases 2016 Annual Report on Human Rights Situation in Tibet

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:44
The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) based in Dharamsala, North India released the 2016 Annual Report on Human Rights Situation in Tibet at a press conference on February 23, 2017. In an interview with VOA, Tsering Tsomo, the director of TCHRD, says that the report highlights tightened controls over the right to freedom of expression, opinion, privacy, religion, and assembly. In addition, it focuses on the substantial barriers faced by Tibetans in accessing the Chinese justice system due to PRC’s politicized and emasculated judiciary. The report is available in English and Tibetan languages.      

New Tibetan Movie Getting Ready for Festival Screening

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 13:42
Tibetan film makers Tsultrim Dorjee and Tashi Wangchuk's latest joint movie project My Son Tenzin (Bhu Tenzin) has been completed and is ready to participate in an international film festival. Set in California’s San Francisco area, the movie traces the story of an elderly Tibetan monk from Tibet who visits the San Francisco Bay area to look for his long-lost son, Tenzin.  The movie director, Tashi Wangchuk tells VOA that the response from the private screening of the movie had been overwhelming and that after completing the festival round, the movie will be released for general public's viewing. More on the report below:  

Dharamsala Holds First Women's Empowerment Conference

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:22
The Women's Empowerment Desk under the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala, North India began its three day conference on 'Women's Empowerment' on February 21, 2017.  Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Kalon for Department of Home while giving the introductory speech said that the conference aims to collect suggestions on ways to implement the recently announced updated women's empowerment policy. Dr. Lobsang Sangay, political head of the Tibetan administration in exile, gave the keynote speech and added that the conference is one of the ways to fulfill the Dalai Lama's visions and that March 12, Women's Uprising Day will officially be marked as 'Tibetan Women's Day' to discuss and empower Tibetan women. He also urged the participants to brainstorm new ideas and suggest different ways to mark the day. 348 participants from 53 different places are taking part in the first Tibetan Women's Empowerment Conference.  More on the participants' reaction to the conference below.   

European Nations Support International Investigation into Case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:07
A Tibetan delegation consisting of the Dharamsala based Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Information and International Relations’ (DIIR) two officials, Kalden Tsomo, and Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s niece Nyima Lhamo are on an advocacy tour in Europe, where they are requesting for an international investigation into the circumstances that led to the sudden death of Nyima Lhamo’s uncle, a highly respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher, environmentalist, and human rights defender in a Chinese prison in July, 2015. The delegation visited seven European countries including Germany, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Switzerland in the past couple weeks, where they have met with various parliamentarians, Tibet support groups, human rights advocacy groups, and are scheduled to attend the Annual UN Human Rights Summit in Geneva on February 21, where Nyima Lhamo will be one of the eleven speakers at the summit. The advocacy tour, which is jointly organized by the UN & Human Rights Desk, Department of Information and International Relations, in coordination with the Offices of Tibet in Geneva and London, will conclude at the end of March 2017. Full report below:  

California’s Berkeley City Council Adopts Resolution for Tibet

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:34
A city in the state of California, United States has adopted a resolution on Tibet that calls on China to respect Tibetan people’s right to self-determination, safeguard Tibet’s human rights, and the resumption of dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives. The unanimous resolution adopted by the Berkeley City Council on February 14 has also made the decision to raise the Tibetan national flag on the city flagpole on the occasion 58th Tibetan National Uprising day that falls on March 10, 2017. Kalsang Phuntsok, President of the Tibetan Association of Northern California(TANC) tells VOA that this is the 21st time that Berkeley City Council has decided to raise the Tibetan flag on the occasion of Tibetan National Uprising day and for that, they are very grateful to the Council members and the people of Berkeley for their continued support for Tibet. Phuntsok adds that other cities in California such as San Francisco and Richmond has also adopted similar resolutions.  Full report below:      

Young Tibetan Detained for Shouting Long Live Dalai Lama

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:52
 According to Golog Jigme, a former political prisoner now residing in Switzerland, on January, a 20-year old Tibetan named Sonam Tashi was detained by Chinese police after he shouted the slogan, 'Long live the Dalai Lama and Tibetans want freedom' while putting on prayer flags in the market of Serta County in Eastern Tibet. Right after Tashi's slogan against the Chinese government took place, he was taken away by Chinese police. So far, there is no any information of his whereabouts and conditions. His family members went to various government offices to find out about Tashi and efforts have not been successful.  

CTA Mourns Demise of Narkyi Ngawang Dhondup

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:42
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based in Dharamsala, North India held a special prayer on February 16, to mourn the demise of Narkyi Ngawang Dhondup, a former civil servant of the Tibetan government. During the prayer, the secretary of the Tibetan Cabinet (Kashag), Topgyal Tsering urged the civil servants to remember the work of late Narkyi Dhondup and pray for his swift rebirth. The offices of CTA remained closed following the prayer service to show solidarity and mourn the loss. Listen to reporter Tenzin Sangmo's full coverage below.  

Exile Tibetan Leader Urges Japan to Support Genuine Autonomy for Tibet

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:10
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, political head of the Tibetan Administration in Exile, urged the Japanese government to support the Middle Way Approach of the Tibetan people towards seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet during his Japan visit on February 14, 2017.  Sangay spoke to over 70 members of the Japanese Parliament, which formed a Japanese Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet last November to show their support for the Tibetan cause.  Listen to Tseten Chodon's report on the the Tibetan political leader's Japan visit with officials, lawmakers, writers, intellectuals, and members of the media at the Foreign Correspondence and Journalist Club.   

Gyutoe Monastery Performs Changkar Chenmo, Special Fire Puja

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 10:47
The Gyutoe monastery in Dharamsala, North India performed a special fire prayer called 'Changkar Chenmo' on the evening of February 14, where nearly a thousand people gathered to witness the ritual performance.  Jado Rinpoche, Abbot of the monastery speaks to VOA's Dharamsala based reporter Tenzin Sangmo on the significance of this ritual, and the reasons behind holding the same puja on the 19th day of ninth lunar month.  Full report below:  

Winners of Kids Essay Competition Declared

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 08:00
After witnessing firsthand how the Jewish communities in England are actively preserving their language and culture by teaching their kids at an early age, a Scotland based Tibetan man Ngawang Phuntsok decided to initiate an essay competition to preserve Tibetan language. Phuntsok tells VOA that although his Tibetan is not good, his decision to organize a Tibetan essay competition for kids below the age of ten was to encourage the youngest kids in the community to show interest in their mother language.  A total of 167 students from Tibetan schools in India participated in the essay contest, which was organized through Facebook and unlike other competitions, Facebook users decided the winners based on the number of likes each essay received. Full report below:      

Students for a Free Tibet - Delhi Marks 1913 Tibetan Independence Proclamation

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 09:52
To mark the 104th anniversary of the 1913 Tibetan Proclamation of Independence from China, Students for a Free Tibet - Delhi (SFT-Delhi) organized "Tibetan Cultural Festival" in Dilli Haat, New Delhi on February 13, 2017. "The 13th Dalai Lama proclaimed Tibetan independence on February 13, 1913 from the domination by China's Qing (Manchu) dynasty. We, the Students for a Free Tibet, mark this important day every year, and this year we have organized  the Tibetan cultural festival at Dilli Haat. Our activities include performances of cultural dances, photo exhibitions, screening of documentary films depicting the status of Tibet prior to 1949, talk shows by prominent scholars on Tibet, Tibetan food stalls, sale of books, and distribution of information literature," says Tashi Gyatso the president of SFT-Delhi. Founded in 1994, the Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) is a global grass roots network of students and activists working in solidarity with the Tibetan people for human rights and freedom. Its international headquarter is based in New York City, USA.

Dharamsala Marks Independence Day by Celebrating Potala

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 08:40
Listen to Tenzin Sangmo's report on the Dharamsala based Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) marking 'Tibetan Independence Day' by celebrating the architecture and significance of the Potala Palace, the chief residence of the Dalai Lama till he fled to exile during the uprising in 1959. SFT's photo exhibition, movie screening, and panel discussion on the 'Potala Palace' gathered the support and participation of over a hundred people; local Tibetans, supporters, and foreigners.      

Tibetans Celebrate the 112th Birth Anniversary of the Founder of Four Rivers, Six Ranges Resistance

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 02:07
The US Regional Dhokham Chushi Gangdrug, also known as Four Rivers, Six Ranges Resistance, organized the 112th birth anniversary of Dzasak Gonpo Tashi Andrugtsang with the visiting executive members of the central Dhokham Chushi Gangdrug, based in New Delhi, India. In an interview with the General Secretary of Dokham Chushi Gangdrug, India, Chamra Gyaltsen talked about the four major purposes of their visit; to learn from the public and the regional executive members about the workings of the regional chapter, to pay a visit and honor the site where the freedom fighters were trained at the military base camp in Colorado, to present an urgent appeal to the United Nations about the issue of Tibet, and to strengthen the relationship between the United States and the organization which they had since the day when CIA trained the Chushi Gangdrug Tibet resistance forces. Listen to VOA Tibetan's New York City based reporter Namgyal Norbu's coverage on the event that took place in New York City on February 11, 2017.    

Tibetan Students in Delhi University Observe Tibetan Day

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:43
The Student Council of TCV Youth Hostel based in New Delhi, India organized and observed Tibetan Day on February 12, 2017. Apart from cultural performances, screening of documentary films, and arrangement of Tibetan cuisine, the highlight of the festival was the pictorial exhibition on the relations between India and Tibet through the ages titled "India & Tibet: Ancient Ties, Current Bonds" researched and prepared by French historian Claude Arpi. The programs were arranged with the assistance of New Delhi based Tibet House and Dharamsala based Central Tibetan Administration's Department of International and Information Relations.

Dalai Lama Arrives in Indian State of Andhra Pradesh

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:11
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama arrives in Andhra Pradesh on February 9, 2017. Listen to Gyaltsen Tsering's report on the Nobel Laureate's schedule during his stay in India's southeast state.   

Buddhist Debate Congregation Held in South India

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 10:20
Gaden, one of the three major Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, organized this year’s Grand Buddhist Winter Debate in South India. The two-week long congregation of the monks was attended by over 500 monks.

Dalai Lama Addresses Indian Youths and Scholars in Delhi

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 09:58
Listen to reporter Gyaltsen Tsering's interview with Dongchung Ngodup, Former Minister of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and the current Representative of the Dalai Lama at Tibet Bureau, Delhi, as they discuss the Tibetan spiritual leader's public teachings to Indian youths, scholars, and social leaders in India's capital city, and his schedule for the next week.