» 04/30/2008, 00.00
TIBET – CHINA
Beijing imposes life in prison, uses torture, to test world reaction, says Tibetan leader
Urgen Tenzin talks about the sentencing of 17 Tibetans (including two life terms) for taking part in protests in March in Lhasa. For decades Tibetans have been tortured in prison to extort confessions. Many fear state violence may increase. Two people die in more clashes in Tibetan Qinghai.
17/02/2009 TIBET – CHINA
People arrested for not celebrating Tibetan New Year, showing Dalai Lama photo
Monks and ordinary citizens protest peacefully, shouting “Free Tibet” and “No Losar Celebrations” to mark their opposition to Chinese rule. Police beat them and take them away. Nothing has been heard about them since.
29/07/2008 TIBET – CHINA
Shame on Olympic committee and foreign heads of government going to Beijing, says Tibetan leader
The head of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy criticises Jacques Rogge’s silence on human rights, calls on political leaders attending the Olympics to ask Hu Jintao about the fate of 5,500 Tibetan prisoners. There are great fears that repression will increase after the Olympics.
21/08/2008 INDIA – TIBET – CHINA
Dalai Lama’s words misinterpreted, there was no massacre, says Tibetan leader
The Prime Minister of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile Samdhong Rinpoche tells AsiaNews that there was no massacre by the Chinese army in Tibet in recent days. Any current controversy stems from a wrong translation during the Tibetan leader’s interview with French daily Le Monde.
25/03/2008 TIBET - INDIA – CINA
Monks tortured in Lhasa prisons, exiled Tibetans say
All Tibetan groups say that more than 100 people have died in recent incidents; thousands more have been hurt and arrested. They denounce torture and continued brutality, making pressing appeals to the international community to push Beijing to stop its repression, calling for an enquiry. The peaceful march from Dharamsala (India) to Tibet is suspended.
21/04/2009 TIBET – UNITED NATIONS
Durban II: pro-Tibet groups discriminated
China objects to the participation of pro-Tibet human rights groups. The Conference’s accreditation committee postpones a decision, de facto excluding them. Tibetan leader in exile slams Chinese racism and China’s anti-Tibetan cultural genocide.
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