China is to spend an estimated 30 billion yuan ($4.9 billion) to build a Lhasa-Nyingchi (Tibetan: Nyingtri) railway line over the next three to four years, with the construction set to begin later this year, reported the official China Daily newspaper Mar 10 (also posted on the official eng.tibet.cn website Mar 10).
Police in Nepal detained up to 10 Tibetans on Mar 10 for staging or allegedly planning to stage protests against China on the 55th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule in their homeland.
Fifty-five activists of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) concluded on Mar 9 a month-long march over more than 500 km from the north Indian hill town of Dharamsala to capital New Delhi in the run up to the 55th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day Mar 10.
Zhu Weiqun, the director of the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and China’s point man for past contacts with the Dalai Lama’s envoys, has said talks between the two sides had remained halted but not been terminated yet.
The Dalai Lama on Mar 6 morning led the traditional opening prayer in the US Senate, met with lawmakers, and held discussions with senior congressional leaders who voiced strong bipartisan support for Tibet’s struggle.
The ruling conservative Popular Party may have got the law it seeks under intense pressure from China to annul the ongoing two Tibet genocide lawsuits being heard by the country’s National Court after it fast-tracked the legislative procedure for the purpose.
In a second reported incident of its kind from the area in recent days, Chinese authorities have detained a second Tibetan Buddhist monk in Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu) Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Prefecture on Mar 4 after they found on him documentary and audio-visual materials considered separatist by them.
Writing in The Huffington Post Mar 6, noted Buddhist scholar Prof Robert Thurman has said the cult of the Dolgyal-Shugden spirit continues its campaign against the Dalai Lama at the behest of, and with substantial funding from, the United Front Work Department of the People’s Republic of China, the agency handling relations with non-Chinese “minority nationalities.”
An unknown woman staged a self-immolation protest on Beijing's Tiananmen Square on Mar 5, the opening day of the annual session of China’s rubberstamp parliament. Police acted swiftly to bring in a water truck to extinguish the flames and removed all traces of the incident, which took place around 11:00 am, within 30 minutes, reported the Mandarin Service of Radio Free Asia (Washington) Mar 5.
Chinese police in Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu) County of Tibet autonomous Region have detained a learned Tibetan Buddhist monk for what it considered politically sensitive materials and tortured and beaten him to such extent that he died while being taken to hospital a day after his release.
Tibetans in many parts of Qinghai and Sichuan Provinces who have since the 2008 uprising protests refused to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, as a mark of mourning for and solidarity with those who had been killed or who continued suffer persecution have been marking the occasion this time with special religious fervour.
Independent human rights experts working as Special Rapporteurs to the UN under its Special Procedures have on Feb 24 released a joint report compiling a series of communications they had sent to the government of the People’s Republic of China, expressing serious concern over the human rights situation in Tibet.
The Dalai Lama celebrated his first Losar, the Tibetan New Year, outside Tibet and India on Mar 2 in the US City of Minneapolis which declared the day as ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s day of peace and compassion’.
China’s fifth generation leadership which took government power under President Xi Jinping in March last year was responsible for the harshest suppression of civil society in over a decade, reported US-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) Mar 3, quoting prominent rights lawyer Teng Biao.
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Tibet in History this Week
March 1890 : Tibet repudiated a "convention relating to Sikkim and Tibet" signed in Calcutta between the British Viceroy, Lord Lansdowne, of India and the Chinese Amban in Lhasa, Shheng Tai. The treaty recognised Sikkim as British protectorate and provided for the delimitation of the boundary between Tibet and Sikkim.
News in Quotes
I'd like to wish you all a happy new year. Let's each make a determination to be a more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted and non-violent human being trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we can actually make it a happy year.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 1 January 2014, www.dalai lama.com