On 3 May 2022, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy organised a panel discussion on the topic, ‘Role of Media in Advancing Tibetan Democracy’  to observe World Press Freedom Day at Norbu House Hotel, Dharamshala. The panel consisted of media professionals, legislators, activists, digital security experts, and independent researchers with extensive knowledge and experience in their respective fields.

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The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has learned about the release of Tibetan writer, teacher and environmentalist Kunchok Tsephel on 18 March after serving more than 13 years at two different prisons including Dingxi near Lanzhou city in Gansu Province. Tsephel’s 15-year prison term had been reduced by almost two years after he saved the life of a fellow prisoner and collected ‘points’ for exhibiting ‘good behaviour’. 

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TCHRD has been informed that a 30-ft Maitreya Buddha statue in the courtyard of Drango Namgyal Ling Monastery has been destroyed and at least a dozen local Tibetans detained for sharing news of the destruction of a 99-ft Buddha statue that was reported last month in Drango (Ch: Luhuo) County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham.

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