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Asian Solidarity Mission to Support Tibetans in Exile Preliminary Elections 2015

From Dharamsala, India the Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration announced that the preliminary election for Sikyong (A Tibetan term meaning Political Leader) and members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament will be held on October 18, 2015 and the final elections to be followed on March 20, 2016. In a 2011 public statement on the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising, the Dalai Lama built upon the democratic reforms he introduced in the 1960’s and strengthened the Tibetan democratic system when he requested to more fully devolve his political power to an elected leadership. Since then, the Tibetan people …

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Starbucks and disneyfication of Tibetan culture in Amdo

On 22 September, Xi Jinping began his first state visit to the United States in Seattle. This segment of Xi Jinping’s visit will focus on businesses expanding into the People’s Republic of China (PRC). For American businesses investing in the PRC involves a careful balance between gaining access to the largest market in the world and fulfilling their obligations to respect human rights. The PRC has tried to use its size to force companies to follow Chinese laws that violate human rights. For businesses that are considering investing in Tibetan areas of the PRC the threats to human rights are …

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Tibetan protesters detained less than a month ago identified, special anti-riot police force deployed in Ngaba

Details have emerged on the identities of some of the unknown number of peaceful Tibetan protesters Chinese authorities have detained less than a month ago in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Their identities remained unknown for weeks due to state surveillance and Internet blockade in Ngaba County, which has steadily intensified in the past several years partly due to the rising number of self-immolation protests. It was Tapey, a monk of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba who staged the first self-immolation protest in Tibet. New information received …

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