March 2011

Wednesday, 30th of March 2011, about 250 Tibetans and sympathizer gathered in Zurich commemorating the late monch Phuntsok Jaru Tsang.  

Dharamshala, March 31: Tibetan Youth Congress, single largest NGO based here on Thursday, slammed China over accusation in a recent article that described the organization as a “terrorist” group.  

This month, the Voice of America Tibetan Service is marking its twentieth anniversary. The broadcasts began in March 1991 to meet the need of the Tibetan population for uncensored news and information about events in their own area, in the rest of China, and around the world.

DHARAMSHALA: Despite the Chinese government's massive economic investments in Tibet, “influx of Chinese population, growing income inequalities and restrictions on religious practices are fueling discontent and unhappiness among the Tibetans,” a US Senate delegation which visited Tibet in September last year said in its report issued yesterday. (Read full report)

DHARAMSHALA: The Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat today announced the proceedings of the Second Tibetan National General Meeting to be held in Dharamsala from 21 - 23 May 2011.

Young Tibetans have grappled for years with the radical idea of a Tibet without the Dalai Lama. Now, as His Holiness steps down, Tenzin Tsundue traces their difficult moment of change

Dharamsala, March 29 – A five – member "Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee" representing both Kashag (Cabinet) and the Parliament in exile was formed yesterday as per a resolution passed unanimously on the last day of the 14th Tibetan parliament's regular session (budget session) that concluded last week.

DHARAMSHALA: Lhaden, a Tibetan monk has launched a book on 2008 Tibetan people's peaceful protests against the misrule of the Chinese government this month in Tibet. The book was launched at the third anniversary of the protest, and on the occasion of the ongoing 16th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

A fortnight after the Dalai Lama expressed his desire to give up his political duties, Tibetan Parliament in Exile today agreed to amend its Charter to grant his wish but proposed that he continues as the 'symbolic head' of the exiled Tibetan government.

Dharamshala: A rally was attended by several hundred people on Sunday (26 March) in Brooklyn, New York, in support of the over 90 million Chinese who have quite the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 2004.

Dharamsala, March 28 – Chinese authorities in Tibet’s Ngaba County have arrested 3 Tibetans including a younger brother and uncle of Phuntsok, a Tibetan monk of Ngaba Kirti Monastery who died after immolating himself on March 16 marking the third anniversary of a bloody crackdown on Tibetans of Ngaba in 2008.

Dharamsala, Mar 28 (PTI) After ''Miss Tibet'', a first pageant for men will be organised for the community in June this yearThe first ''Mr. Tibet'' as well a singing competition ''Tibet Idol 2011'' has received "the blessings of both the Central Tibetan Administration and the Dalai Lama," its organiser Mahesh Yadav said after meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader at Mecleodganj.

In his message to the 11th Session of the 14th Assembly of the Tibetan People's Deputies, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,presenting a letter based on sound reason and Tibet's history and reality, said

DHARAMSHALA, INDIA--In the 17th century, the Fifth Dalai Lama assumed both religious and political authority. This year, the 14th Dalai Lama voluntarily relinquished it. Tibetans praise him for his humility, but they also have trepidations about the future they are facing.

Chinese authorities move against Tibetans celebrating elections for an exile government.Chinese security forces have detained several Tibetans as they moved this week to clamp down on celebrations marking elections held for an exile government, Tibetan sources said.


DHARAMSHALA: A new book authored by a Chinese writer, Zhu Rui which gives a comprehensive description of old Tibet's social structure before the Chinese Communist takeover was launched here in Dharamsala by Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla of the Department of Information and International Relations on Friday, 25th March 2011.

Dharamsala, March 25: Prompted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s unbending decision to pass on his political power to an elected leadership, Tibet’s parliament in exile Friday formally decided to accept and act on his proposal.

Dharamsala, March 25 – Nepal has reassured China of its support and commitment to ‘One China Policy’ during a meeting between Nepalese leaders and a 15-member Chinese delegation led by Chen Bingde, the Chief of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

DHARAMSHALA: Senator Dianne Feinstein has made a speech in the United States Senate expressing her concern at the situation in Tibet, supporting the Dalai Lama's decision to devolve authority as well as his call for fact-finding delegations to Tibet to see for themselves the current situation on the ground.

Dharamsala, March 24 – 3 Tibetan youth and several others have been arrested from their homes in the last two days in Tibet's Ngaba County as Chinese authorities have gone on a drive to arrest Tibetans during night since Monday, a Tibetan source with contacts in the region said.

It’s been startling to witness mass demonstrations in countries across the Middle East for freedom from autocracy, while, in the Tibetan community, a die-hard champion of “people power” tries to dethrone himself and his people keep asking him to stay on.

DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama today visited Tibetan Medical and Astro. Institute to celebrate 50 years of its establishment on 23rd March 1961 in Dharamsala.

Brussels, March 23 : Tibetan exiles in Belgium and elsewhere in the free world on Sunday went to polls to elect the new Kalon Tripa (Chief of Cabinet) and also new Members of their Parliament in exile.

Dharamsala, March 22: China on Tuesday labeled Dr Lobsang Sangay, the “43-year old Harvard trained legal scholar”, who is dubbed by many as next Prime Minister of the Tibet's Government in exile after Sunday’s elections as a “terrorist”.

Switzerland, March 20:  Tibetans in Switzerland and Liechtenstein as elsewhere around the world went to polls on sunday to elect a new Prime Minister (Kalon Tripa) and members of the 15th Tibetan Parliament (law making body).

The Tibetan Community Horgen celebrated Losar on the 19 and 20 March 2011 in Waldegg School Hall. The 2 day celebration started on Saturday morning at 10:00 with prayers for His Holliness the Dalai Lama, the tragic deaths of

Dharamsala, March 19 – Tension ran high Friday as thousands of Tibetan residents of Amdo Ngaba paid their last respects to Phuntsok, a 20 year old monk of Kirti monastery who died after he set himself ablaze on Wednesday, marking the third year since deadly crackdown on protesters in Ngaba on March 16, 2008.

Dharamsala, 19: Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama rejected the resolution of the Tibetan parliament appealing the 75 year old exiled Tibetan leader to reconsider his decision. The Tibetan leader, in a letter sent to the ongoing Tibetan parliament session, said he can not accept the parliament's resolution and that he stands firm on his decision made clear in his statement of March 14, 2011.

Dharamsala/Shimla: Thousands of Tibetans across the world today voted to elect the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, an exercise that may usher in a transition in the community's leadership following the Dalai Lama's "flat refusal" to reconsider his decision to retire as its political head.

TOKYO: The Tibetan community in Japan organised a prayer gathering at Gokokuji Temple in Tokyo in which some 60 people participated despite the radiation fear lurking in the city. The prayer gathering was in tandem with the one held in Dharamsala and other monasteries in India for the people affected by the massive earthquake in Japan.

BRUSSELS: Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice President of the European Parliament responsible for Democracy and Human Rights and Ms. Kristiina Ojuland, MEP hosted a seminar on Tibet in the European Parliament in Brussels "52 Years since the Tibetan Uprising:

A member of the US Congress has pledged her support for efforts to address the plight of the Tibetan people, saying the United States has an obligation to stand up for human rights and the rule of law.

WHEN I first told my son Ferran that the 17-year-old king of Tibet would be staying with our family for a week, he raised a 14-year-old eyebrow and said, “I hope he’s not expecting me to serve him.” My 17-year-old son, Alex, was more generous.

Finding itself in a catch-22 situation, the Tibetan–parliament–in exile, known as the Assembly of Tibetan Peoples Deputies (ATPD) on Friday passed a resolution with a voice vote, pleading Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama to reconsider his decision to devolve his political powers.

DHARAMSHALA: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a short teaching based on the "Jataka Tales" (Life Stories of the Buddha) from the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India, on March 19th, 2011.

An appeal letter to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile from Tibetan Youth Congress. Today as His Holiness the Dalai Lama makes a very positive move in the development of Tibetan democracy and ensure the survival and sustainability of the Tibetan cause in the long run, we make this appeal to the members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile.

BEIJING — A young Tibetan monk who set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in the vast Tibetan regions of western China died early on Thursday. It was the first time that a monk protesting against China had killed himself through self-immolation, according to historians of modern Tibet.

Yeshi Tsomo is 74-years-old. When asked about His Holiness the Dalai Lama's retirement from Tibetan politics her face melts into a pool of tears. This is the fundamental problem. Emotions of the Tibetan people, both in and outside Tibet, become so elevated on this issue that the possibility of any logical analysis and factual decision dies. We must, as Bob Dylan sang, “take the rag away from [y]our face/Now ain't the time for [y]our tears.”

Dharamsala, March 16 - A prominent Chinese dissident has accused Chinese president Hu Jintao of masterminding the death of the 10th Panchen Lama who passed away in January 1989 at the age of 51.

Dharamsala, March 16 - A Tibetan monk of Kirti monastery in Amdo Ngaba is reportedly dead after he set himself ablaze at a market near his monastery, according to a reliable source with contacts in the region.

Before the era of Twitter and Facebook, political prisoners such as Ngawang Sangdrol-la recorded songs on tape cassettes to document the inhumane treatment they experienced in the Drapchi prison of China.

DHARAMSHALA: The ongoing UN Human Rights Council's 16th plenary session has been apprised on the grave challenges faced by the Tibetan people inside Tibet under the wrong policies of the Chinese government.

This year the Tibetan New Year celebration took place in the school building in Rikon.

Section volketswil organized losar celebration with special prayer service for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for late Jigme Norbu,son of Taktse Rinpoche, who passed away in 2008.

The Tibetan parliament-in-exile is debating whether to accept the Dalai Lama's resignation as its political leader.


DHARAMSHALA: In a message to the members of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has formally proposed to devolve his political authority to the elected leadership.

To the members of the Fourteenth Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies, It is common knowledge that ancient Tibet, consisting of three provinces (Cholkha-sum) was ruled by a line of forty-two Tibetan kings beginning with Nyatri Tsenpo (127 BCE), and ending with Tri Ralpachen (838 CE).

The Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein organized on 13th March 2011 in Tibet

DHARAMSALA: The movement seeking "genuine autonomy" to Tibet Autonomous Region from China will neither end nor disappear after spiritual leader the Dalai Lama transfers his authority to a elected leader though there will be difficulties, the Tibetan Government-in-Exile said today.

In a letter sent on 12 March to H.E. Naoto Kan, the Prime Minister of Japan, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his shock and sadness on hearing the news of yesterday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

The Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein commemorated the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan peoples uprising day in Bern, capital of Switzerland.

A few days ago, some people I had just made friends with made their way from Chengdu to their hometown somewhere in eastern Tibet to celebrate Losar,

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the just cause of Tibet. I express my solidarity with those who continue to suffer repression and pray for the well-being of all sentient beings.

BEIJING: Ahead of the third anniversary of the bloody riots in Lhasa next week, China today enforced restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists, citing the bitterly cold winter weather in the Himalayan region.

DHARAMSALA: Ceremonies commemorating the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day will be held on 10 March 2011 from the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India. The event will start at approximately 9:00am Indian Standard time and will include His Holiness the Dalai Lama's annual 10th March Statement. Most of the speeches will be in Tibetan language.

Jammu, Mar 9 (PTI) Maintaining that necessary steps have been initiated for addressing national security concerns, Army has said China is undertaking infrastructure development programme in the Tibet Autonomous Region which includes construction of roads, railways and airfields.

March 10 marks the anniversary when Tibetans rose up in the streets of Lhasa against China's nascent occupation of Tibet. It is also when a 24-year-old Dalai Lama fled a pursuing Chinese army and eventually crossed Tibet's border into India as a refugee. That was 52 years ago.

Dharamsala, India: Indian Police Wednesday detained several Tibetan exiles protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi to mark the anniversary of the failed uprising against Chinese rule, media reports said.

Samdhong Rinpoche, prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, calls on Tibetans not to fall into the trap of the recent Chinese slander against the Dalai Lama, but to continue to assert their identity in a non-violent way. The Jasmine revolt: China is ready to crush any protests with violence.

Dharamshala: The presence of police officers in Beijing is set to be amped up following recent calls to protest in the nation's capital. The communist regime also appears to be rolling back some press freedoms it introduced ahead of the 2008 Olympics,