China imprisons Tibetan nomad for “illegal contents” he had shared online five years ago

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is deeply distressed to learn about the sentencing of a 50 yr-old Tibetan man to one-year prison term for posting on his personal WeChat account contents deemed illegal by Chinese authorities in Machen (Ch: Maqin) County, Golok (Ch: Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous […]

China: Stop criminalisation of freedom of expression in Tibet

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) strongly condemns the arbitrary detention of two Tibetan students for promoting a self-designed flag and emblem for a local football team in Tsolho (Ch: Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo. Both had their mobile phones […]

Distorted Development: New report critiques Chinese model of development in Tibet

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) released yesterday a major report, Distorted Development: Chinese Discourse on the Right to Development and its Implementation in Tibet, that highlights how Tibet offers important lessons on the limitations of the Chinese model of development. Over many decades, China has imposed […]

Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk released from prison after five years remains incommunicado

The well-known Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced to five years in prison for “inciting separatism”, was released yesterday after completing his sentence. However, he remains inaccessible to his lawyers even as it is reported that he is staying at his sister’s home in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous […]

China’s rubber-stamp parliament declares use of minority languages “unconstitutional”

Chinese authorities have declared “unconstitutional” local regulations that require the use and development of the spoken and written language of “ethnic minorities”, further cementing the Chinese party-state’s aggressive attempts to assimilate minority nationalities into a single Chinese national identity. The National People’s Congress (NPC), which is subservient to the Chinese […]

China announces ‘strike hard’ campaign against online activities aimed at “splitting the country” and “undermining national unity” in Tibet

Chinese internet police in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have yet again announced criminal prosecutions against individuals who use online communication tools to “split the country” and “undermine national unity”, in a notice dated 24 November 2020, which was publicly made available on 24 December this year. Listing a range […]

Human Rights Day: Campaign to Free Tibetan Political Prisoners

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) calls on the international community to take affirmative actions to protect, promote and fulfill human rights for all. As we observe the anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) […]

The search for Tibet’s disappeared Panchen Lama: Tibetan translation released on the eve of Human Rights Day

The Tibetan translation of a major report, ‘The United Nations Continuing ‘Search’ for Tibet’s Panchen Lama’, on the enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama was released on the eve of the Human Rights Day at a press conference organised at Norbu House, Dharamsala, India. Authored by Ngawang Choephel Drakmargyapon […]

China: Stop harassing and detaining Tibetan civil society leaders

               Tibetan woman Tsering Tso detained and intimidated for ‘illegal’ WeChat posts The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) strongly condemns the detention and ill-treatment of Tsering Tso, a Tibetan woman known for her courage and conviction in exercising human rights to […]

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in Tibetan community

A Tibetan mother of two, who was also a popular social media personality, died at the hands of her ex-husband on 30 September because she had refused to return to her abusive marriage. Lhamo, 30, was stabbed and then set on fire by the ex-husband on 14 September while she […]