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NGOs LAUNCH AWARENESS CAMPAIGN ON TIBETAN DEMOCRACY

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in collaboration with Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) today launched a public awareness campaign to improve and strengthen Tibetan democracy. Through a series of activities focused on awareness raising and free and open public discussion, the campaign targets the exile Tibetan community including individuals, grassroots and civil society groups, as well as Tibetan parliamentarians, in an effort to accelerate the process of electoral reforms as a step towards wider democratic reforms in future. “In any democratic society, grassroots and civil society groups can serve as an effective conduit between the general public …

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Senior Tibetan monk jailed for protesting arbitrary detention of his uncle released after 10 years

A senior Tibetan monk was released last Monday after he completed a ten-year prison term for leading a peaceful protest against the arbitrary detention of his uncle by Chinese security forces in Lithang (Ch: Litang) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham. Adruk Lopoe, 55, was released at around 11 pm local time on 21 August and reached his home in Yonru Kharshul Village in Ponkar Township in Lithang County, according to information provided by his relative Adruk Tseten who lives in India. There is no information available on his current …

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Tightening the Noose: China appoints Communist Party members to key positions at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute

Chinese authorities have announced the appointment of Chinese Communist Party members to key positions at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Institute to exercise direct control over the management and day to day operations of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in Larung valley in Tibet’s Serthar (Ch: Seda) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The move follows a yearlong campaign started in July 2016 that saw the demolition of thousands of monastic quarters and eviction of monks and nuns from the institute. Beginning May this year, Chinese government began building roads and other amenities for the benefit …

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