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Maiden ‘All Pala Football Association Gold Cup’ kicks off in Dehradun

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, June 18: In a vibrant celebration of sportsmanship and community spirit, the All Pala (Father) Football Association (AFPA) Gold Cup, a pioneering football tournament for male Tibetan aged 40 and above, began on Father’s Day, June...

Canadian parliament unanimously passes motion supporting Tibetan people’s self-determination

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, June 13: Canadian MP Alexis Brunnelle-Duceppe of the Bloc Québécois on Monday presented a motion in the House of Commons supporting the right of Tibetans to self-determination. The motion recognises Tibetans as “people and a...

Memorial to honour CIA trained Tibetan resistance fighters held at Camp Hale, Colorado

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, June 10: The Vail Symposium, a grassroots and non-profit organisation, in partnership with the Eagle County Historical Society, hosted a panel discussion on Friday on the CIA’s program to train Tibetan resistance fighters at Camp...

CTA funded river barriers nears completion in Kullu Manali Tibetan settlement

By Tsering Dhundup Dharamshala, June 8: Ahead of the onslaught of India’s monsoon rains, the Central Tibetan Administration funded river-barriers are nearing completion at Tibetans settlements near Manali in Northern India,  which are vulnerable to overflowing rivers. Tibetan settlements along...

Opinion: Football on the Roof of the World

By Karma T. Ngodup Picture this:  “For the estimated 3.2 billion viewers who get up early, stay up late, cheer at the television, bay at the moon, go out and beat drums in the middle of the night because...

CTA leadership attends swearing-in ceremony of Taiwan’s new president

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, May 20: In what is seen as a clear gesture of support for Tibetan government in exile by Taiwan, officials from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and lawmakers of the Tibetan parliament in exile attended...

Tibet Museum counters China’s narrative, says TPI research fellow

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, May 18: Dr. Tenzin Lhadon, a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), a think tank under the Central Tibet Administration, emphasised the significance of the Tibet Museum during a talk titled, “Museum for...

Former Chinese spy expose covert operations against dissidents overseas

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, May 15: A former Chinese secret agent named Eric, once a dissident himself, has come forward with crucial information exposing the Chinese Communist Party’s covert operations targeting dissidents overseas. He was assigned to infiltrate pro-democracy...

Tibet’s Derge printing house’s historic printing blocks earn UNESCO recognition

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, May 11: The printing blocks housed at the Derge Printing House in Tibet have been included in this year’s UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific regional register of memory of the world on May 8. Listed among this year’s 20 successfully...

Thousands of Tibetans protest against “Dictator” Xi Jinping in Paris

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, May 6: As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Paris for a high-profile summit, a group of student activists affiliated with Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) and the International Tibet Network (ITN) staged a...

Student activists protest against Xi Jinping’s visit to Paris

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, May 5: On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anticipated arrival in Paris for a summit with French President Emmanuel Macron, student activists of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) held a peaceful protest...

Tibetan MMA Fighter wins professional debut fight

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, May 5: Rinchen Griffithsgolha, a Tibetan mixed martial artist from London, United Kingdom, marked a historic moment in his career on last week by clinching his first victory in the professional circuit.  The event Bloodline Fight...

Exile Tibetans mark 35th year of Panchen Lama’s disappearance

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 25: The mood in the air was bitter sweet as Tibetans in Dharamshala, the exile seat of the Tibetan diaspora community commemorated the 35th birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima on...

Helmut Kutin, the long serving President of SOS passes away at 82

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 25: Helmut Kutin, the long-serving president of SOS Kinderdorf, a humanitarian organisation that supports children, has passed away in Thailand at the age of 82 on Tuesday.  Kutin, born in 1941 in Bolzano, South Tyrol,...

Panchen Lama’s monastery urges China to make his whereabouts known ahead 35th birthday

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 24: Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement in South India, the spiritual and cultural seat of the Panchen Lama in exile, has issued a poignant statement urging the general public to demand accountability...

Opinion: Thus, we can speak of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

By Kyisar Ludup His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the embodiment of the existential spirit of the Tibetan people. Going against your own people’s existential spirit is ultimately going against yourself. Commenting on perspectives from legal, ethical, cultural, and...

Torrential rainstorm hits Mundgod Tibetan settlement, no casualties reported

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 19: A heavy torrential rainstorm has damaged a Buddhist monastery, among other properties in the Tibetan Settlement of Mundgod in South India on Thursday evening. Heavy wind and rain broke trees on the main...

Activist Sonam Wangchuk leads call for border march amidst land encroachment concerns by China

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 6: Climate activist Sonam Wangchuk, known for his advocacy on environmental issues, recently concluded a 21-day fast during which he urged the people of Ladakh to participate in a border march on April 7, to...

China pressured our government against inviting the Dalai Lama, says top Sri Lankan Buddhist leader

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 6: Venerable Dr. Waskaduwe Mahindawamsa Nayaka Thero, head of Amarapura Sambuddha Sasanodaya Maha Nikaya from Sri Lanka in an interview with Wion, disclosed that China exerted pressure on the Sri Lankan government against inviting...

Tibetan monk arrested during peaceful protest in Ngaba

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 6: A Tibetan monk named Pema hailing from Surima village in Ngaba County was arrested during a peaceful protest along the renowned ‘Martyr’s Road’ on March 26, reported by Tibetan news outlet Tibet Times. According...

Dalai Lama offered Buddha’s sacred relics from Sri Lanka

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 5: The foremost Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama was presented with a revered relic of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha. This offering was made by a group of Sri Lankan Buddhists led by...

7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan, Dalai Lama offers condolence

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 5: At least nine individuals have been confirmed dead and hundreds injured following a magnitude 7.2 tremor off the eastern coast of Taiwan on Wednesday morning. On Thursday, the National Fire Agency reported, “1,038 people...

Assam CM proposes Tit-for-Tat response to China’s gimmick

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 3: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma suggested on Tuesday that India should rename 60 places in the occupied Tibet in response to recent actions by Beijing renaming 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh.  Speaking to journalists after...

China celebrates annexation of Tibet with events in border villages

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 2: China has organized celebratory events in newly built border villages close to the borders with India and Bhutan to commemorate the anniversary of its annexation of Tibet last week on March 28. Chinese state-run...

Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’ sparks backlash in China over depiction of Cultural Revolution

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 2: Netflix’s recent global sensation, “3 Body Problem,” has ignited controversy due to its portrayal of the Chinese Communist Party. Adapted from Liu Cixin’s 2006 acclaimed Chinese science fiction novel “The Three-Body Problem,” the...

US government allocates $23 million to support Tibetan programs

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, April 2: The US has earmarked $23 million to support Tibetan programs, according to the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). This allocation forms part of the extensive $1.2 trillion government funding bill recently passed...

China renames 30 places in disputed border region with India

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 2: China has announced the renaming of 30 additional places within a disputed border region with India, in a move seen as a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the area. The Chinese Ministry...

Arrest made in fatal stabbing of Tsering Wangdu in New York city

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, April 2: Three months after the incident, police have arrested a 35-year-old bar bouncer in the case of Tsering Wangdu who was killed on New Year’s Day in New York City, according Daily News. Torrence Holmes was apprehended...

New green book registration extended until end of September

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 29: The Tibetan Parliament in Exile has passed a resolution to extend the registration period for new Green Book (Tib. Chadrel Lakdep) by an additional six months until September 30, 2024, during the 10th day...

Gonpo Kyi sue police over ill-treatment in detention

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 29: Gonpo Kyi and her husband, Choekyong, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the police over their ill-treatment in December 2023. The duo has said that they were treated harshly during a protest outside the...

Tibetan artist urges parliament to safeguard the dignity of the national flag

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 28: During the ongoing budget session of the Tibetan parliament in Exile on Wednesday, Tsewang Dorjee, a Thangka artist residing in Dharamshala, distributed documents to ministers and members of Parliament which proposed a bill aimed...

Amendments for nomination of Tibetan Justices fails floor test

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 28: There is no breakthrough in the matter regarding the amendment to the articles of the Charter regarding the nomination of judges of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, as proposals for the same failed the...

US, UK impose sanctions on China over state-sponsored cyber espionage

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Mar 27: The United States and the United Kingdom have imposed sanctions on individuals and groups allegedly involved in state-sponsored cyber espionage activities linked to Beijing. The operation, purportedly orchestrated by a division of China’s...

House committee on amendment of Charter presents report in the parliament

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 25: Ahead of the much anticipated proceedings for amendments in the charter of the Tibetan government in exile, the house committee on amendment submitted its report to the parliament on Monday, during the ongoing budget...

Opinion: A Gullible Singer And a Few Questions

By Bhuchung D Sonam About a week ago, a minor-league Swiss-based Tibetan singer named Dechen Shak-Dagsay attended an event organised in Geneva by the China Society for Human Rights – one of many propaganda fronts of the Chinese Communist Party...

Tibetan musician advocates colonial boarding school in Tibet, sparks backlash

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Mar 23: A controversial remarks by a Tibetan musician named Dechen Shak-Dagsay based in Switzerland advocating the colonial-style boarding schools run by China in Tibet, has sparked condemnation and censure from fellow Tibetans. In a...

TCHRD 2023 annual report highlights China’s persistent violations of human rights

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Mar 21: The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), based in Dharamshala, has released its 2023 annual report, shedding light on the deteriorating situation within Tibet over the past year. Published in Tibetan,...

Over 3000 Tibetans vacate their home mountain fire rages in Kardze

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 20: A fire reportedly broke out on the evening of March 15 on the slopes of a mountain near Petse village, compelling over 3000 Tibetans from approximately 11 villages in three areas of Nyagchu County,...

Tibetan activist awarded Snow Lion Human Rights Prize

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Mar 20: Well known Tibetan activist Lhadon Tethong, the Co-Founder/Director of Tibet Action Institute (TAI) was honoured with the ‘Snow Lion Human Rights Prize’ by advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) on Saturday, for...

CTA’s proposed budget increases by 30 Crore rupees for fiscal year 2024-25

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Mar 19: A substantial increase in the budget by almost 30 Crores (35,86,100.85 USD) for the fiscal year 2024-25 was proposed by the administration on Monday during the first day of the budget session (seventh...

Delhi High Court rules in favour of ‘Dolma Aunty Momos’ in trademark case

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 18: The High Court of Delhi has ruled to cancel the registration of ‘Dolma Aunty Momos’, a trademark which was registered to Mohd. Akram Khan, a resident of Uttar Pradesh on March 6. This ruling...

Tibetan writer’s fate in limbo after three years in Chinese prison

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Mar 18: The condition and whereabouts of a well-known Tibetan writer and poet named Gendun Lhundrup who was reportedly arrested on unspecified charges since December 2020 in eastern Tibet’s so-called Qinghai province, continues to remain...

New resolution on Tibet introduced in the US House

By Tsering Dhundup Dharamshala, March 15: A new resolution has been introduced in the United States House of Representatives titled “Recognizing the 65th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day of March 10, 1959, and condemning human rights violations related to the hydropower...

TPI raises concerns over Dege Dam impact on International Day of Action for Rivers

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 15: On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Rivers, the Tibet Policy Institute, a think tank under the exile Tibetan government organized a panel discussion in Dharamshala titled “China’s Dam in Dege:...

Tibetan prisoner released with Injuries after forced labour

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 15: A Tibetan prisoner named Ludup, who had been held in prison for three and a half years, was released last month with injuries sustained during his incarceration where he had been compelled to undergo...

CTA’s ‘Household Listing Survey’ becomes a much discussed topic in the parliament

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, March 15: The ongoing initiative by the current administration to gather comprehensive data of the exile Tibetan community through the ‘Household Listing Survey 2024’ was a much discussed topic in the ongoing sixth session of...

No evidence against MP Monlam Tharchin meeting Chinese embassy staff, concludes Dept. of Security report

By Tsering Dhundup Dharamshala, 14 March: Months after the issue of Bon MP Monlam Tharchin’s alleged meeting with a Chinese embassy staff resulted in an adjournment of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile’s session in September last year, the Department of...

Opinion: The Tibetan flag and its Brief History

By Sharpa Rinpoche The Tibetan national flag is intimately connected with the authentic history and  royal lineages of Tibet which are  thousands of years old. In the Tibetan Royal year 820 or  in the seventh century, at the time...

Tibetan institutions cyber-attacked by China-linked threat

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 9: A cyber threat group with ties to China, identified as Evasive Panda, has been found to be responsible for a series of targeted cyberattacks against Tibetan users since September 2023 reported ESET on Thursday. The attacks,...

“Neither India nor Taiwan is part of the PRC and we’re not its puppets” Taiwanese FM

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 7: The Chinese embassy in India has issued a statement condemning an Indian media channel’s interview with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. The embassy alleges that the interview provided a platform to advocate “Taiwan independence,” on March...

Minor nun sexually assaulted, alleged perpetrator in police custody

By Tenzin Nyidon and Tenzin Dharpo DHARAMSHALA, Mar 7: Reports have emerged of a shocking incident where a 12-year-old nun enrolled at Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement in South India’s Karnataka state, has been sexually assaulted by a local Tibetan...

China committing violations in Tibet and East Turkistan: UN human rights chief

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 6: U.N. human rights chief Volker Turk urged China to implement recommendations to amend laws that violate fundamental rights, particularly in the East Turkistan (Ch: Xinjiang) and Tibet, during a session in Geneva, Switzerland on...

Book Review: Echoes from the Forgotten Mountains

By Vijay Kranti Jamyang Norbu’s book ‘ECHOES FROM FORGOTTEN MOUNTAINS : TIBET IN WAR AND PEACE’ is a monumental documentation of the brave armed fight of Tibetan people against a powerful and ruthless colonial power. It is going to...

Turkish police detain six for spying on Uyghurs for China

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 4:  Turkish authorities have detained six individuals in Istanbul on suspicion of spying on prominent Uyghur figures for China, with an ongoing search for another suspect, as reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency. The detainees...

Rabgey family honoured with ‘Meritorious Service Cross’ in Canada

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, March 4: The respected Tibetan-Canadian Rabgey family based in Lindsay, Ontario, was awarded the ‘Meritorious Service Cross’ by Canada’s Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon in Ottawa, Canada on December 7. Phuntsok (Pencho) Rabgey,...

China imposes lockdown on seven monasteries in Kham Dege

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Mar 1: Chinese authorities have imposed lockdown on seven monasteries situated along the two banks of eastern Tibet’s Drichu River in Kham Dege, reported Radio Free Asia, which cited a local Tibetan source from the...

Tibetan cast film “Shambhala” lauded at Berlin International Film Festival

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Mar 1: In a landmark moment, the 74th Berlin International Film Festival, widely known as the Berlinale selected “Shambhala,” for inclusion in this year’s prestigious line up. Directed by Nepalese filmmaker Min Bahadur Bham and...

Tibet receives zero rating in Freedom House 2024 report

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Mar 1: Tibet has received a rating of zero for political rights and civil liberties, in the annual “Freedom in the World 2024” report. The US-based human rights and democracy organisation allocated a score of -2...

Some Tibetans protesting against dam construction released after international coverage

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 1: Around 40 Tibetans have been released from among more than 1,000 people arrested by Chinese police for protesting against a dam project that threatens to submerge ancient monasteries and several villages, according to various...

Tibetan runner shatters China’s Half Marathon record

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Mar. 1: In a remarkable display of sporting feat, Tashi Tsering, a 21-year-old Tibetan athlete, etched his name in the annals of Chinese sports history by breaking the national half marathon record at the Meishan Renshou...

SFT commemorates self-immolator Tsewang Norbu’s second death anniversary

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 28: Activist group Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) on Sunday organised a commemorative event at the Danny Foundation in Jackson Heights, New York, to honour the memory of Tsewang Norbu on the occasion...

Arunachal Pradesh to transform Dalai Lama’s escape trail into a spiritual tourism hub

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 28: The north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh will transform the escape trail of the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, into a religious and spiritual tourism circuit. Lumla, a lesser-known region in...

CTA Prez, Tibet Support Groups call for release of those protesting against dam construction

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 26: The recent events surrounding the detention of over 1,000 Tibetan protestors and the ongoing crackdown on dissent in response to protests against a dam construction on the Drichu River in Kham Derge, have...

Tibetans protesting against dam construction face violence and detention

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 26: Chinese police in Kham Dege have reportedly been conducting harsh interrogations of Tibetans who were detained for protesting against a dam project, with some subjected to severe beatings requiring medical attention, according to sources...

Feature story: Is the migration of exile Tibetans to the west a boon or bane?

By Tenzin Nyidon and Tsering Dhundup The Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 forced approximately 80,000 Tibetans to seek refuge in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Decades later, a demographic survey conducted by the Tibetan government in exile known officially...

Sister of imprisoned Tibetan businessman continues protest

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 23: A new video has surfaced showing Gonpo Kyi, sister of the imprisoned Tibetan businessman Dorjee Tashi peacefully protesting outside the People’s High Court in Lhasa on February 20. In the video, Gonpo Kyi...

Activists rally against forced resettlement of Tibetans

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 23: Five Tibetan NGOs organized a peace march in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala to show solidarity to Tibetans protesting against forced resettlement that will make way for a Chinese dam project on the Drichu River in...

Division and factionalism in exile “regrettably shameful”, says Dalai Lama in new letter

By Tenzin NyidonDHARAMSHALA, Feb. 21: A letter to felicitate the 50th founding anniversary of the Kollegal Dhondenling Tibetan settlement in South India, by the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama discouraged the divisive leanings among exile Tibetans...

Video exposes forced relocation of Tibetans for dam project in Kham Dege

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 21: A new video has surfaced showing the Chinese government’s plan to forcefully relocate thousands of local Tibetans from their ancestral lands to build a hydroelectric dam in the Kham Dege region along the Yangtze...

Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center receives over $1.4 million in federal funding

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 21: The Tibetan community at the Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center (TCCC) in Toronto, Canada, marked the celebration of Tibetan New Year on February 17 with joy, as they received news of federal funding exceeding...

China expands border villages in Bhutan despite ongoing talks

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 21: China is reportedly proceeding with construction of border villages in the disputed territory with Bhutan, despite ongoing border talks between the two countries.  According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, at least...

Scientific journal retracts 18 papers from China due to concerns regarding human rights

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 20: A genetics journal from a leading scientific publisher has retracted 18 papers from China, marking what is believed to be the largest mass retraction of academic research concerning human rights concerns. The articles were...

Late Pema Tseden’s film ‘Snow Leopard’ wins top prize at the Vesoul Asian

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 20: Critically acclaimed film “Snow Leopard” which was directed by the late Pema Tseden from Tibet, received the highest award at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema. The festival was held from...

Robert Batinder, friend to Dalai Lama and Tibet, passes away aged 95

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 20: Robert Batinder, the former French justice minister who abolished the death penalty in 1981 and known for his unwavering advocacy for Tibet and his close friendship with the Dalai Lama has passed away...

US House passes bill recognising Tibet’s unresolved political status

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 16: In a display of bipartisan unity, the United States House of Representatives made a historic decision on Thursday, passing the ‘Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act’. This landmark legislation not only...

China’s forceful relocation over dam construction in Kham Derge sparks protest

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 15: Hundred of Tibetans in Derge County, in Kham region in Tibet on Wednesday protested against the Chinese government’s plan to relocate thousands of local Tibetans from their traditional lands to facilitate the construction...

‘Cycling for a Free Tibet’ event launched ahead of Tibetan Uprising Day in Taiwan

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 15 : The Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan (HRNTT) organized a “Cycling for a Free Tibet” event in Taipei on Wednesday to raise public awareness on the Tibetan struggle for freedom ahead of...

Tibetan poet arrested for possessing photograph of Dalai Lama

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 15: A young Tibetan monk, Tenzin Khenrab, also known by his pen name Dhong Rangchak, was reportedly arrested by the Chinese government. The poet was apprehended a year ago in 2023 for allegedly possessing a...

New report reveals disturbing progress of China’s digital surveillance apparatus in Tibet

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 14: A new report by a network of Tibetan researchers titled, “Weaponising Big Data: Decoding China’s Digital Surveillance in Tibet” has uncovered concerning the development of China’s digital surveillance apparatus in Tibet. The report...

Dalai Lama congratulates new President-Elect of Finland Alexander Stubb

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 14: The foremost Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has extended his congratulations to the newly elected President of Finland in a letter penned on Wednesday. Former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has won...

Mayor of Belleville defies Chinese pressure, hoists Tibetan Flag on Losar

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 14: The celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year, has stirred controversy in Belleville Township, New Jersey. Despite objections from the Chinese Consulate, Mayor Michael Melham of the Township in New Jersey, proceeded to...

TCHRD releases report on Chinese Transnational Repression of Tibetan diaspora

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 7: Research group Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) unveiled its latest report, titled ‘Chinese Transnational Repression of Tibetan Diaspora Communities’, on February 6, at the Press Club of India in New Delhi....

China sentences Tibetan singer to 3 years in a secret trial

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 7: A Tibetan singer named Palden, 30, hailing from Yotak village, Dedha Township, Pema County in eastern Tibet, has been arbitrarily detained and sentenced to three years in prison following a secret trial in...

Writer Yang Hengjun receives suspended death sentence in China

By Tsering Dhundup  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 7: Australian writer and pro-democracy blogger Yang Hengjun has received a suspended death sentence in Beijing, China, on Monday according to multiple reports. Yang, an Australian citizen born in China, is known for his...

China arrests library director of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 5: Chinese authorities in eastern Tibet’s Ngaba region have reportedly arrested and detained Lobsang Thapkhe, the library director of Kirti Monastery in Ngaba for a period of eight months, according to a source based...

Confusion over Guthuk day celebration ahead of Losar

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb 3: In the rich tapestry of Tibetan traditions, the celebration of the New Year holds profound significance, marked by age-old rituals and customs. One of the key customs is the Guthuk on the 29th day...

CTA launches “Household Listing Survey” in India and Nepal, calls for public participation

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 3: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) declared today the commencement of a household listing survey in India and Nepal, urging active participation from the public. The announcement took place during a press conference held at...

Tibetan monk released after four and a half years in prison

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA Feb. 3: Rinchen Tsultrim, a Tibetan monk from Ngaba in Eastern Tibet’s Amdo region who was sentenced to four years and six months in prison in 2020, following an incommunicado detention for over a year...

CPC probes Vice-Chairman of TAR for violations of discipline, laws

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 2: Wang Yong, the Vice-Chairman of the government in the Southwest Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), is currently undergoing disciplinary and supervisory investigations, as reported by Xinhua, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party....

Herders in Ladakh clash with intruding Chinese army over grazing lands

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Jan 31: In the remote Ladakh-Tibet border region, ongoing tension persists as local herders on the Indian side of the border were confronted and denied grazing land for their livestock by intruding Chinese Army patrolling unit...

China strongly opposes to CTA President’s visit to Estonia

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 30: The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Estonia on Friday voiced strong opposition to the President of the exile Tibetan government Penpa Tsering, for his visit to the Estonian Parliament. The...

Feature story: Is the Tibetan Women Helpline helping?

By Tenzin Nyidon and Tenzin Dedan Away from the loud touristy attractions of McLeod Ganj town, a tiny alley on the Jogiwara road lead to a building with a modest iron gate. On one of the floors of the...

Opinion: Will Lai Ching-te move away from Tsai Ing-wen, The Tibet Question in Taiwan’s New Era

By Dr. Tenzin Lhadon On May 20th, 2024, Lai Ching-te of the Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) will be sworn in as the 8th President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in a ceremony that will be closely watched not...

Tibetan monk imprisoned for religious activities during Covid-19 pandemic

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 25: Lobsang Tashi, a Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in Eastern Tibet’s Ngaba County was reportedly imprisoned by Chinese authorities in 2021 on the charges related to leading prayer ceremonies during the COVID-19 lockdown...

China is an expansionist empire, says former CTA President

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 25: In a recent edition of ANI Podcast Smita Praksha, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the former President of the Tibetan government in exile, emphasised the importance of understanding Tibet to comprehend China’s behaviour on the...

China’s human rights record, Tibet raised at UN Universal Periodic Review

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 24: The United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva became a focal point of international attention, attracting scrutiny on China’s human rights record. During...

Tibetan activist honoured by US State Department, but under RoC-Tibet designation

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 19: Lhadon Tethong, a prominent Tibetan activist and the Co-Founder/Director of Tibet Action Institute (TAI), has been honoured with the International Religious Freedom Award by the Secretary of State under the designation of People’s...

Appeal for Tibetan anti-corruption activist stagnates amid ongoing concerns

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 19: The plight of Tibetan anti-corruption activist and community leader A-Nya Sengdra continues to be in limbo as per his defense lawyer, Lin Qilei, who visited the Sixth Circuit Court of the Supreme People’s...

Young Tibetan woman killed in Chinese custody

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 19: A young Tibetan woman named Tsedon from Nyemo County has reportedly died in Chinese custody, according to Dharamshala-based Tibet Times. Her family members were reportedly informed about her death nearly half a month...

Chinese FM warns Taiwan against independence after election

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 17: Days after Taiwan elected a pro-sovereign President who vowed to defend it against foreign influences, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, issued a stern warning during a press meeting in Cairo, Egypt. He warned...

Feature story: The continuing saga of housing for Tibetan Exiles in India

By Tsering Dhundup The issue of housing for Tibetan exiles in India persists as a complex challenge, despite concerted efforts from multiple stakeholders, including the Indian government, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), and associated...

Activists from TYAE protest Chinese Premier Li Qiang’s visit to Switzerland

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 16: A group of activists affiliated with Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) on Monday staged a protest, as Swiss President Viola Amherd welcomed Chinese Premier Li Qiang to Bern, Switzerland. The meeting between...

Dalai Lama congratulates Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 16: The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Sunday congratulated Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te, who won the presidential election, securing an unprecedented third term for his party, the Democratic Progressive...

Art collective’s exhibition explores artistic journeys and boundaries of emerging talents

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 12: Khadhok Collective, a group of Tibetan artists known for their expression through art, inaugurated their second exhibition titled, “Thin Line” at The Other Space cafe on Jogiwara road here on Tuesday. The display...

Miss Tibet ousted from international pageant amid Chinese government pressure

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 10: The participation of Tenzin Paldon, representing Tibet at an international beauty pageant held in Cambodia came to an abrupt end after the Chinese government exerted pressure on the organisers. The incident has sparked...

Tibetan youth killed, another in critical condition in New York

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 9: A tragic incident unfolded in New York City during the early hours of New Year’s Day, involving two Tibetan youths at the KTM Bar and Lounge in Queens. An altercation as reported by...

China carves into Bhutan despite ongoing border talks

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan 9: Recent satellite imagery, dated less than a month ago, has revealed an alarming acceleration in China’s illicit construction activities within the Beyul Khenpajong region of northeast Bhutan. The images captured the rapid development...

Tibetan monk’s body found after reported missing in US

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 9: A body matching the description of Geshe Tenzin Chodrak, also known as Dadul Namgyal, a 64-year-old Buddhist monk, was found by the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, following an extensive search...

Thermo Fisher to halt sale of DNA collection kit in Tibet

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Jan 4: Boston-based biotech company Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced that it will stop selling DNA kits, specifically the Human Identification (HID) products, in Tibet as of December 31, 2023. The move follows persistent advocacy by Tibet...

Dalai Lama expresses sympathy, offers prayer for victims of earthquake in Japan

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 3: The foremost Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday expressed his profound sympathy and extended prayers for the victims affected by the earthquake in Japan during a ceremony held in...

Child-ed group Manjushri unveils new books

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Jan 3: Manjushri, a Dharamshala based organization dedicated to promoting Tibetan children’s literature and education, unveiled new books that included five Tibetan folktale books, a Tibetan jigsaw puzzle, and an activity book on Tuesday. Jamyang Gyaltsen,...

Chinese military purge signals deep corruption, raises concerns over PLA’s stability

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 2:  China’s top lawmakers ousted nine senior military officers from the national legislative body on December 29, prompting observers to question such drastic measure and the overall stability of Chinese military set up. Analysts...

Tibetan woman detained over social media posts

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 2 : A 39-year-old Tibetan woman named Tsering Tso has reportedly been detained in Drachen County in the so-called Rangkyongjong Tibetan Autonomous Region on December 19 due to her online posts that were perceived as...

Late Pema Tseden’s final film secures Best Director at Hainan Island International

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 30: The 5th Hainan Island International Film Festival concluded with a poignant tribute to the late Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden, as his final film, “Snow Leopard” secured the title of Best Director. Following its...

China sentences Tibetan man to 11 years for alleged spreading rumour

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Dec 30: A Tibetan man named Lhakdor has been reportedly detained by Chinese authorities in Palyul County (Ch. Baiyu) in Kardze Autonomous Prefecture for allegedly spreading rumours online about Tibet’s independence, according to TibetTimes. He...

Earth Quake-affected areas in Tibet lack support, many without essential supplies

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Dec 30: The recent devastating magnitude 6.2 that struck the so called Gansu and Tsongon (Ch. Qinghai) provinces of Tibet has left a trail of destruction, claiming at least 149 lives and causing extensive damage...

Rights group exposes China’s use of collective punishment

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 30: China has been using collective punishment as a means to clampdown on dissent and further its repressive policies, according to a new report byMadrid-based human rights organization Safeguard Defenders (SD) . The report titled ‘FAMILIES...

Tibetans coerced to commemorate Mao Zedong’s 130th birth anniversary

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 29: Chinese authorities in Tibet has reportedly coerced Tibetans to commemorate Mao Zedong’s 130th birth anniversary, according to Radio Free Asia, crediting him with the “peaceful liberation of Tibet” in 1950. The official Chinese...

Xi Jinping reasserts sovereignty claim over Taiwan ahead its election

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 29: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday made a resolute declaration, emphasizing China’s steadfast determination to prevent the separation of Taiwan from the mainland. His remarks come at a crucial juncture, just a little...

Beijing sanctions US firm that provide research on East Turkestan

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 27: Beijing has imposed sanctions on the US risk intelligence firm Kharon and two researchers in response to recent East Turkistan (Xinjiang)-related sanctions imposed by Washington. The Chinese foreign ministry disclosed that Kharon, recognized for...

Feature story: A look at crowdfunding in the exile Tibetan community

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 26: The digital age has brought about a profound transformation in the way people engage in philanthropy, and this shift has become even more evident in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The adoption...

Activist group SFT expresses solidarity with Palestinians amid ongoing conflict

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 23: Activist group Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) have issued a robust statement expressing their solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination. SFT while reiterating its commitment to nonviolence, mourned the...

International Sangha Forum 2023 concludes with key resolutions

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 23: The International Sangha Forum (ISF) 2023, themed “Bridging Traditions, Embracing Modernity: A Dialogue on the Buddha’s Teachings in Today’s World,” concluded on Friday, with a series of resolutions aimed at fostering unity and addressing...

Gonpo Kyi released after eight days in detention

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 23: Gonpo Kyi, the sister of the imprisoned Tibetan businessman Dorjee Tashi, has reportedly been released from Chinese custody after eight days in detention, according to advocacy group Tibet Watch. Her husband Choekyong was...

Sixth session of the TPiE rescheduled to March 2024

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 22: The parliament secretariat of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile in an official circular on Thursday announced that the remainder of the sixth session of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) has been rescheduled later...

Opinion: China’s Patriotic Education Law- An assimilative xenophobic measure to annihilate people’s mindset

By Tsewang Gyalpo Arya China released a new law, “Patriotic Education Law of the People’s Republic of China”[1], purported to be adopted at the 2023rd Session of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People’s Congress on October 24...

Gonpo Kyi’s whereabouts unknown, her husband released

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 21: Gonpo Kyi’s husband, Choekyong, was reportedly released by the Lhasa police on Dec. 18, after being held for a few days. However, the current whereabouts of Gonpo Kyi remains undisclosed, according to information...

Former political prisoner Kunchok Lodoe passes away aged 54

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 20: Former Tibetan political prisoner Kunchok Lodoe, who spent 13 years incarcerated in Drapchi prison in Lhasa, has reportedly passed away at the age of 54 on December 11, according to various sources. Born...

6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Tibet, 131 lives lost, hundreds injured

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 20: A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck Gansu and Tsongon (Ch.Qinghai) provinces of Tibet on Monday, claiming the lives of at least 131 dead, 980 injured. The quake, which occurred just before midnight at 11:59 p.m. (1559...

Book on ‘The Tragedy of the Modom House’ launched

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Dec 16: A serenading performance by Kharag Penpa and his flutes set the mood for the evening at The Other Space café on Friday evening as book lovers, enthusiasts and supporters gathered for the launch...

European house passes resolution condemning colonial boarding schools in Tibet

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 15: The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday, denouncing the enforced assimilation of Tibetan children in Chinese state-run boarding schools in Tibet. This resolution, passed with a majority of 477 votes in favour, 14 against, and...

Sister of imprisoned Tibetan businessman and her husband detained for staging protest

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 14: Chinese authorities have reportedly detained Gonpo Kyi, the sister of the imprisoned Tibetan businessman Dorjee Tashi, and her husband, Choekyong for staging a protest in front of the Lhasa People’s Court on Dec....

US Commission condemns violence and harassment by pro-China groups

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 14: The bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) conducted a press conference at Capitol Hill on Tuesday, highlighting the escalation of violence and harassment directed towards Tibetans and others by pro-China factions...

Authorities detain four Tibetans for carving mani stone in Kegudo, Tibet

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 13: Four individuals accused of violating the law while overseeing donations to create mani stones were reportedly apprehended in Kegudo town of Kham in Tibet on December 12 at 8:30 a.m. local time, according to...

Nepalese police detains five Tibetans for commemorating Nobel Peace Prize Day

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 13: The Nepalese police have reportedly detained five Tibetans on Sunday morning for peacefully commemorating the 34th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize day in Kathmandu, Nepal, according to multiple sources.  According...

Thousands attend Dalai Lama teaching in Sikkim

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 13: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a teaching on Tuesday at Gangtok’s Paljor Stadium, drawing thousands of devotees from across the globe. The morning of December 12 saw devotees gathering at...

CTA Prez condemns global conflict, advocates for non-violence

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 12: The President of the exile Tibetan government Sikyong Penpa Tsering delivered a poignant statement during the commemorative event to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize conferment on His Holiness the...

Italy to exit China’s Belt and Road Initiative in 2024

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 12: Italy is scheduled to withdraw from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2024, signifying a noteworthy change in its involvement since becoming the first major Western nation to join the program in 2019....

New report reveals China’s alarming sway on Tibetan refugees in Nepal

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 10: A report detailing the plight and challenges faced by Tibetan refugees residing in Nepal was jointly released on Saturday by the Dharamshala-based human rights group, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)...

Tibetan woman imprisoned on alleged charges of sharing state secrets

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 8: Chinese authorities in Dhamgzhong County has reportedly imprisoned Semkyi Dolma, a Tibetan woman, on alleged charges of transmitting ‘State Secrets’ abroad, according to Tibettimes. Under the backdrop of stringent internet regulations in China, and...

EU raises human rights violation in Tibet during summit with China

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec 8: The 24th EU-China Summit, held on December 7-8 in Beijing, witnessed high-level engagements between the European Union and China. European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met...

29th GCM football tournament to be held in Hunsur Tibetan settlement

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 8: The next edition of theGyalyum Chemo Memorial Gold Cup (GCMGC ) football tournament is slated to take place at the Hunsur Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement in south India,the apexTibetansports body, Tibetan National Sports Association (TNSA)...

Two women arrested for sharing clips of religious teachings

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 5: Two Tibetan women were reportedly arrested on Nov. 23 in Sershul County, Eastern Tibet by Chinese authorities for disseminating religious teachings via social media platforms, reported Tibet Times.  The arrested women, Tsomo and...

Two Karmapas to jointly recognise the reincarnation of Shamar Rinpoche

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Dec 5: Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Karmapa Thaye Dorje, foremost leaders of the Karma Kagyu lineage, issued a joint statement on December 4, 2023, to affirm their collective responsibility and agreement in recognising another key...

“Old friend” of China Kissinger passes away at 100

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 1: Henry Kissinger, the former U.S. Secretary of State and a key figure in shaping American foreign policy, particularly with China has died at the age of 100 at his residence in Connecticut. Known...

Tibetans pressured to denounce Dalai Lama for employment

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Dec. 1: Chinese authorities have recently imposed a requirement to denounce the exiled spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama among Tibetans seeking public sector employment in Tibet, according to Radio Free Asia.  A directive...

US House committee approves bill recognising Tibet’s unresolved political status

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 30: The House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) in a historic hearing on Nov. 29 unanimously approved the bipartisan ‘Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act,’ also known as the Resolve Tibet Act. The...

China sentences Tibetan singer without trial

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov 28: In the ongoing crackdown on Tibetan intellectuals and artists, reports indicate that China has sentenced a young Tibetan singer named Golog Palden from the Golog Pemajong District. Palden received a three-year sentence in Pemajong...

Tibetan ecologist among BBC top women conservationist

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 28:  A Tibetan woman named Palyang (Ch. Bayang), is listed on the esteemed BBC “100 Women” for her outstanding efforts to champion the ecological conservation of the Tibetan Plateau. Since 2018, Palyang has been...

Chinese journalist Sun Lin murdered by Chinese police

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov 28: Chinese independent journalist Sun Lin, also known as Jie Mu, was reportedly beaten to death by Chinese state security police officers at his home in Nanjing on November 17, 2023. Lin, who had been...

Dalai Lama to visit Sikkim in December

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 21: According to a circular issued by the Government of Sikkim’s Home Department, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is set to visit Gangtok, Sikkim on December 11, 2023. The spiritual leader’s visit,...

Four Tibetans arrested and sentenced in secret trial

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 21: Four Tibetans from Eastern Tibet, who were previously detained and subjected to mistreatment last summer, were recently arrested again and subsequently sentenced to prison in a secret trial, according to a research group Tibet Watch....

Lesser mother: Is CTA’s maternity policy stuck in another age?

By Tenzin Dharpo and Tenzin Nyidon An uncharacteristic chatter is abuzz in sections of the Tibetan community these past few days. A YouTube vlog by a young Tibetan mother lamenting her position of having to choose between her child...

Former political prisoner Golog Jigme honoured with Democracy Award

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov 17: Former Tibetan political prisoner Ven. Golog Jigme was honoured with the prestigious Democracy Award for his unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The award was conferred...

Parliament to reconvene sixth session in December

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov 17: The 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) will reconvene its sixth session from Dec. 25 to 29, the Parliamentary Secretariat announced in an official circular on Thursday, adding that all members of the parliament must...

Cross movement mass protest at San Francisco as Biden meets Xi

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 17: In a protest of solidarity and advocacy for human rights, activists representing Tibet, Uyghur, and Hong Kong jointly organised a mass protest on the day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, where...

Disney bans Scorsese’s ‘Kundun’ over Chinese pressure

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 15: In a yet another move that signals the power dynamics between Hollywood and China, entertainment giant Disney has banned Martin Scorsese’s 1997 film “Kundun” in all formats, in response to Chinese government pressure....

Tibetan publishing houses in Tibet under severe clampdown

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 15: The publishing industry in Tibet has faced escalating control and censorship lately, with the Chinese government imposing stringent restrictions on independent Tibetan publishing houses, according to Tibet Times. The Chinese government’s  White Paper, released...

Activists in San Francisco hang ‘Free Tibet’ banner ahead of Xi’s visit

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 14: In a bold and attention-grabbing act of protest, three activists from the San Francisco chapter of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) on November 10 unfurled a large “Free Tibet” while also boldly...

V-TAG India strategy meeting and training underway in Dharamshala

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov 14: The flagship grassroots advocacy initiative of the current CTA administration began a three-day ‘V-TAG India Strategy Meeting and Training’ at Dharamshala’s on Monday. Voluntary Tibet Advocacy Groups (V-TAG) are voluntary associations of Tibetans formed...

Tibetan woman arrested for sharing photo of Dalai Lama

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 12: A Tibetan woman named Wangchuk Tso has reportedly been arrested on October 26, 2023 by Chinese authorities for sharing a photo of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a WeChat...

Indian activist on fifth cycle rally, calls for freedom of Tibetan environmentalist

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 12: Sandesh Meshram, a prominent Indian Tibet supporter and Regional Convener of the Core Group for Tibetan Cause – India (CGTC-I) has started his fifth cycling rally, which will cover eight Indian states from...

CTA rejects China’s claims in latest White Paper

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov 12: The exile Tibetan government known officially as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) vehemently rejected the latest White Paper by China titled “CPC Policies on the Governance of Xizang in the New Era: Approach and...

Emory and Drepung Loseling renew partnership to advance Dalai Lama’s vision

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov 10: In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, the Emory News Center issued an official announcement on November 7, announcing the renewal of the partnership between Emory University and Drepung Loseling...

HRW calls on APEC to address human rights concerns during Xi’s visit

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov 10: Human Rights Watch has released a statement, urging United States and foreign leaders to address concerns related to human rights during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the United States. President Xi is scheduled...

Strategy committee of CTA convenes for 5th meeting in Dharamshala

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov 9: The Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration held its 5th strategy committee meeting on Wednesday in Dharamshala. This three-day bi-annual meeting serves as a follow-up to the measures outlined in previous meetings and includes...

Chinese authorities urge Tibetan parents to educate minors against religion

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 9: A middle school predominantly attended by Tibetan pupils in the so called Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai, has sent a letter to parents, in what is seen as yet another Chinese Communist Party’s...

Tibetan monk arrested in Têwo county

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 9: A Tibetan monk named Kunchok Dakpa from Tashi monastery in Têwo county, Gansu province has reportedly been arrested by the Chinese police on October 29, according to Tibet Times, a Tibetan-language news outlet...

Denounce Dalai Lama and love one-state party says China to Tibetan teachers and students

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, November 8: Chinese authorities have recently taken a step to enforce political loyalty and discourage religious practices among teachers and students in western Tibet, according Radio Free Asia. Two Tibetans living in western Tibet have disclosed...

‘Seeds for the Future’ conference underway in Dharamshala

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 7: Nearly 100 individuals, primarily youth, representing six different countries, have convened in Dharamshala to discuss Tibet’s future. The official commencement of the conference took place on November 6 and is scheduled to continue until...

Dalai Lama express sorrow over earthquake in Nepal

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 6: Following the devastating earthquake that struck western Nepal on Friday, the foremost Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his sorrow to the Prime Minister and people of Nepal. The exiled...

Blackpink Lisa’s account suspended on Chinese Weibo app

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 5: Chinese social media giant Weibo, one of the largest platforms in the country, has recently taken action against Korean K-pop artist Lisa from the group Black Pink, generating buzz and concern among her fanbase....

Canada bans WeChat and Kaspersky from government-issued mobile devices

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov 5: The Government of Canada has, in a bid to enhance data security and protect its government networks, banned the use of the Chinese messaging application WeChat and the Russian antivirus program Kaspersky on government-issued...

DIFF 2023 to feature 92 films from 40 countries

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov 3: The native yet international film event Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is back for its 12th edition, and it’s gearing up to deliver yet another carefully curated line-up of exciting, unusual and eclectic...

International Uyghur conference in Tokyo addresses human rights abuses

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov 2: The “International Uyghur Forum: Global Parliamentarian Convention” was held in Tokyo earlier this week, bringing together parliamentarians and Uyghur rights advocates to address pressing human rights concerns and promote international cooperation. The two-day...

Last film of late Pema Tseden’s ‘Snow Leopard’ wins Tokyo Grand Prix

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov 2: The 36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) concluded on November 1, 2023, with a poignant and bittersweet note as the late Tibetan filmmaker, Pema Tseden, posthumously received the prestigious Tokyo Grand Prix for...

China’s lithium mining boom in Tibet sparks debate in renewable energy race

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 2: A recent research report by Turquoise Roof, a network of Tibetan researchers titled “Tibet, a new frontline of the white gold rush in the global race for renewable energy” has uncovered that China’s booming electric vehicle...

US Special Coordinator calls for “immediate and unconditional release” of Go Sherab Gyatso

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov 2: The United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues Uzra Zeya on Tuesday took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to urgently demand the “immediate and unconditional release” of Go Sherab Gyatso, a Tibetan...

Advocacy group urges Biden to raise Tibet publicly with Xi at APEC summit

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 2: President Joe Biden is slated to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for a “constructive conversation” in San Francisco this November, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at the White House press briefing on Tuesday....

China enacts sweeping patriotic education law

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 1: China has implemented a new ‘Patriotic Education Law’ with the aim of promoting patriotism and embracing other civilizations. While this law emphasizes rationality, inclusivity, and open-mindedness, it has drawn mixed reactions and raised...

China censors social media tributes to former premier Li Keqiang

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 1: The Chinese Communist Party has censored posts on social media platforms that expressed shock at the sudden passing of former premier Li Keqiang, particularly those that referred to him as “a good premier...

Former Tibetan MP Drawupon Rinchen Tsering passes away aged 93

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 31: Drawupon Rinchen Tsering, former member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) known as Commission of Tibetan People’s Deputies at the time, passed away on the evening of October 27 at the age of 93....

Secretary Blinken raises Tibet, human rights issues with Chinese FM Wang Yi

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Oct 31: In a pivotal seven-hour meeting that took place on October 26-27, 2023, in Washington D.C., United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken raised a multitude of concerns with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang...

Former Chinese premier Li Keqiang dies aged 68

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Oct 27: The former Chinese premier Li Keqiang has reportedly passed away from a heart attack on Friday at the age of 68 in Shanghai. He had been “resting” in Shanghai when he suffered a...

Tibetans detained for collecting donations in Darlak County

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Oct 27: Eight Tibetans in Darlak County, located in the so called Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province, were arbitrarily detained by County police on October 20, according to research group Tibet Watch. They...

Dalai Lama congratulates newly elected Speaker of US House

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Oct 27: The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a congratulatory message to the newly elected Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Mike Johnson. The Dalai Lama extended his...

Tibetan research group releases Tibetan guidebook on UN special procedures

By Tenzin Dedan  DHARAMSHALA, Oct 26: To celebrate the 78th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) on Tuesday unveiled a Tibetan guidebook, “Engaging with the Special Procedures.” This guidebook is...

US Commission on China seeks probe to curb biometric surveillance in Tibet

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Oct 26: The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) on October 23 issued a letter urging the Secretaries of Commerce, State and Treasury to impose export controls on the technology used by People’s Republic of China’s...

Tashi Wangchuk beaten by police, refused business registration for new shop

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Oct 24: Former Tibetan political prisoner and language rights activist Tashi Wangchuk was reportedly detained and beaten by Chinese police personnel on October 17, after he posted a video of government staff refusing his request for...

2025 to be commemorated as “Year of Peace” to mark Dalai Lama’s 90th birthday

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Oct 25: The executive head of the Tibetan government-in-exile known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Sikyong Penpa Tsering in a historic announcement to the Tibetan community in New York and New Jersey declared...

Tibetan MMA fighter wins another amateur title

By Tenzin Dedan DHARAMSHALA, Oct 23: Rinchen Griffithsgolha, a Tibetan mixed martial artist hailing from London, emerged victorious on October 22, 2023, securing the Bloodline Fight Series amateur flyweight belt. This remarkable victory marks his third win of the...

China’s military build-up along LAC amidst standoff: Pentagon report

By Tenzin Nyidon  DHARAMSHALA, Oct 23: The Pentagon’s annual report “Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China” to Congress highlighted China’s continued military deployment and activities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at the Indo-Tibet...

Renowned linguist urges learning Tibetan to access traditions and philosophy

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 23: Nicolas Tournadre, a French linguist and professor at the University of Provence, specializing in morphosyntax and typology urged Tibetan youth to learn their native language to access their rich Tibetan traditions and philosophy. He...

Former Tibetan political prisoner in poor health

By Tenzin Nyidon DHARAMSHALA, Oct 22: A former Tibetan political prisoner Wangchen has reportedly sustained injuries to his stomach following an altercation with Chinese authorities in Lhasa, according to Tibet Times, a Tibetan-language news outlet based in Dharamshala. He...

Canada cautions travelling to Tibet and East Turkistan

By Tsering Dhundup DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 19: The Government of Canada issued an official travel advisory, on October 10, advising caution to its citizens intending to visit Tibet and East Turkistan.  The guidelines provided highlight that travellers to Tibet must obtain a...