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Tech companies should follow ‘Code of Conduct for Businesses Operating in Tibet’

Early this year, Microsoft concluded that Chinese authorities were responsible for hacking thousands of Hotmail accounts belonging to Tibetans and Uyghurs. The hacking occurred from 2009-2011 and involved forwarding e-mails the victim received to an e-mail account controlled by the attacker. At the time Microsoft decided not to inform the victims because it could not identify the source of the attacks. Microsoft has since changed its policy and will warn victims if their accounts are attacked.  At about the same time that the Hotmail accounts were being hacked, activists using Gmail had their e-mail accounts targeted. Google was already wary …

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TCHRD and Nanda Center host a conference on Tibet: Rights, Reality and the Law

On Wednesday 17 February 2016, a conference on Tibet, “Rights, Reality and the Law” was held in Denver, Colorado. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) hosted the event with the Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law, the International Law Society, and the Korbel School’s Center on Rights Development. There were six speakers at the conference divided into two panels. The first panel included Dukthen Kyi, a Tibetan MA candidate at the University of Denver’s Joseph Korbel School of International Relations; John Gaudette, a legal researcher at TCHRD; and Galen Murton, a PhD Candidate in Geography at …

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Tibetan writer sentenced to three years maintains his innocence

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has received conflicting information on the recent sentencing of Tibetan writer, intellectual and blogger Druklo (pen-name: Shokjang) in Thunding (Ch: Tongren) County in Malho (Ch: Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. Exile Tibetan sources claim that Shokjang, 30, has been sentenced to three years in prison by a court in Thunding County, while other sources contacted by TCHRD maintain that the court has merely issued a verbal order that Shokjang be sentenced to three years, and that the actual sentencing order has not been issued yet. Exile Tibetan sources last week …

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