February 2012

BEIJING: An influential Communist Party leader in China is asking for completely erasing the legal identity and minority status for Tibetans as a means to deal with escalating protests and do some damage-control for the country's image, dented by a spate of self-immolations by Tibetan activists and monks

On February 22nd, 2011 on the first Losar day, the Tibetan Community Section organized aprayer session in Linthal.

tibetswiss.ch, 23.02.2012 - Solidarity peaceful march on the first day of the Tibetan New Year on 22nd February, 2012, organized by the Tibetan New Generation Association, led by its President Ngimotsang Thupten Pawo and his Patriotic Association members.

DHARAMSHALA, February 23: Tibetan Youth Congress, the largest pro-independence group in exile launched an indefinite fast in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York on February 22, the first day of Losar – Tibetan New Year.

Statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) on the occasion of the day-long Hunger Strike by its Members and the public on the first day of the Water-Dragon Tibetan New Year on 22nd February, 2012 at the Theckchen Choling, Main Temple, Dharamsala Amongst the patriotic Tibetan men and women who have been committing the heroic act of self-immolations in Tibet under the two main slogans demanding “the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet” and “freedom and human rights for the Tibetan people”, Venerable Tapey of Kirti Monastery set the trend on 27th of February, 2009. Since then, between the 16th of March, 2011 and 19th of February, 2012, some 23 Tibetans both lay and ordained, have committed self-immolation in Tibet for the sake of Tibet and its people. Two Tibetans have done the same outside of Tibet totaling 25 so far. Fifteen of them including three nuns have lost their precious lives in the process and we have not been able to ascertain the condition and whereabouts of the rest.

Tashi Delek to Tibetans and friends around the world! Warm Losar greetings from Dharamsala, which falls on February 22. As requested, please do not celebrate Losar this year, but

A Tibetan monk burned himself to death on Friday after protesting Chinese security intrusions at his monastery in China’s western Qinghai province, adding to tensions in protest-hit Tibetan-populated areas, sources said.

Human rights groups say China has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions with the Dalai Lama. Chinese authorities are insisting that overseas forces are inciting violent separatist acts in Tibet.

FEBRUARY 18, 2012, DHARAMSALA, INDIA — The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply concerned and shocked over the recent news of yet another self-immolation that occurred around 6am local time at the ground of Bongthak Monastery, Amdo in North Eastern Tibet on Friday, 17 February 2012.

DHARAMSHALA, February 15: Coinciding with the White House meeting between US President Barack Obama and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, the Chairmen of the bipartisan US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) in a release yesterday called on Xi to recognise that the Dalai Lama “remains the best hope for restoring stability to Tibet”.

DHARAMSHALA, February 15: Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay formally inaugurated the Tibet Policy Institute, a new policy and research think tank under the Central Tibetan Administration, earlier today at a small ceremony held at the Kashag Secretariat, Dharamshala.

DHARAMSHALA, February 11: In confirmed reports coming out of Tibet, a teenage Tibetan nun set her body on fire raising slogans against the Chinese government in Ngaba, eastern Tibet today.

Tibetans in Switzerland, under the auspice of Tibetan Community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein gathered at the Swiss city of Zurich to commemorate a candle vigil and peace march in a show of solidarity with the recent spate of self immolations in Tibet.

DHARAMSHALA, February 2: In a ‘Resolution Expressing Support for the People of Tibet,’ US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Monday expressed “deep concern” about the current situation in Tibet and “steadfast support” for the Tibetan people.

DHARAMSHALA, February 2: Speaking at a candle light vigil yesterday in Dharamshala, a member of the Tibetan parliament called for massive protests in the exile community in solidarity with the ongoing critical situation inside Tibet.