July 2013

DHARAMSHALA, July 20: The wave of self-immolations inside Tibet continues to rage on with reports of yet another fiery protest in the Zoege region of eastern Tibet earlier today.

The files, stored on three CDs, are potentially devastating to the Chinese government. They contain the reckoning of a Tibetan who once believed in the goals of the Chinese Communist Party and carved out a career within the Beijing bureaucracy. To protect his anonymity, the official, who is known nationwide, met secretly with SPIEGEL at a restaurant in a Chinese provincial city. He hopes that what he has written about the oppression of his people will be published as a book in the West, thereby exerting pressure on the leaders in Beijing.

A Tibetan singer from the Chinese province of Sichuan has released a song and musical video titled “Patriotic Martyrs” in tribute to Tibetan self-immolations, of which there have been 119 since 2009. The immolations, an increasingly severe problem for Beijing, are a form of political protest against China’s rule over Tibet and its restrictions on political and religious freedoms there.

Zurich – 16 July: Ms. Maya Graf, the Speaker of the Swiss Parliament, met with Mr. Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile based in Dharamsala in Zurich yesterday.

DHARAMSHALA: Details slowly trickling from Tibet reveal a dramatic increase in the number of Tibetans shot and injured during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday celebration in Tawu region of eastern Tibet. Leading Tibetan Rights groups now put the figure to at least 14 Tibetans who were shot and injured rather than 6 as reported earlier.

tibetswiss.ch, 09.07.2013 - Around 1,500 participants, including many fellow contrymen, invited guests and friends of Tibet, found their way to Bülach to participate for the 78th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Some 14 million people from across China will travel through the sparsely populated Tibetan Plateau in 2015 as a result of a new rail network for which several new railway lines are either under construction or being planned, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Jul 6.

HIMLA: It once connected Rampur, the seat of the erstwhile princely state of Bushair which was a major entrepot, to the Tibet border. Over the years it fell into disuse and was abandoned. Now the Hindustan-Tibet road,

DHARAMSHALA, July 7: Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that today’s terror attacks on the Mahabodhi Temple and other sites in Bodhgaya could be an act of a few individuals and shouldn’t be considered serious.

DHARAMSHALA: Expressing her deep concern over the grim situation in Tibet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said “China has to examine and address the grievances of the Tibetans”.