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 […]

China: Release Tibetan singer Lhundrub Drakpa from arbitrary detention

Chinese authorities must release from detention a popular Tibetan singer unjustly sentenced for peacefully expressing dissent against Chinese rule, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) said today. Lhundrub Drakpa, 36, was sentenced to six years in prison for performing a song that criticised repressive government policies in […]

Tibetan Singer Sentenced to Six Years in Prison in Driru: China Committing ‘C...

Chinese authorities have sentenced a popular Tibetan singer, Lhundrub Drakpa, to six years in prison for performing a song that criticised repressive government policies in Driru (Ch: Biru) County, Nagchu (Ch: Naqu) City, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), in the Tibetan province of Kham. Drakpa was detained in May 2019, less […]

Dissenting Hero Kunga Dorjee: Passing on the torch of activism

Kunga Dorjee, a human rights activist, is our dissenting hero of the week. He was a former member of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and the Tibetan local assembly in Dekyiling Tibetan settlement in Dehradun, India. As an activist, Dorjee has been at the forefront of numerous protests across India. […]

Call for comprehensive reform of treaty body system on 75th anniversary of Un...

Today is the 75th anniversary of the United Nations when the UN charter went into effect in 1948. As we commemorate the UN Day to reaffirm and recognize our common challenges and belief in multilateralism, it is incumbent upon all stakeholders to devise sustainable solutions and take concrete actions to […]