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Berlin, Germany — While addressing to the Tibetan community based in Germany, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dr Lobsang Sangay, asked Tibetans in-exile not to forget the sacrifice made by people of Tibet, including the 152 Tibetans who self-immolated for a cause that all Tibetans are part of.

New Delhi — The 1st' International Conference on ‘Building Freedom. Democracy and Peace in Asia' held from May 11 - May 12, 2018 at the India International Center in New Delhi India. The conference has brought together members of the civil society, activists, NGO's and youth organisations who gathered to discuss strategies to promote and build freedom, democracy and peace in the Asian region.

 
Dharamshala, India — The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has said that "China has intensified and strengthened its surveillance program through out Tibet, sending thousands of cadres into nomadic communities to keep an eye on the Tibetans inside Tibet."
 
The India based Tibetan rights group released its annual report on human rights situation in Tibet at a press conference held at the conference hall of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) in Dharamshala, India on May 7, 2018.
 
The 2017 Annual Report on the human rights situation in Tibet presents an analysis of major human rights abuses committed by Chinese government authorities in 2017 and provides specific recommendations to the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on ending repressive policies and practices in Tibet, the group said in a statement. 
 
Key areas of concern the report highlights are mass surveillance and its repercussions on right to privacy and freedom of expression and opinion; right to freedom of religion and belief; arbitrary detention and torture; and development policy with special focus on poverty alleviation programs.
 
“New repressive laws, regulations and policies backed by advanced technology were implemented to preempt and suppress peaceful political dissent and government criticism. Throughout the oppressive surveillance state, Tibetans continued to protest and self-immolate in order to draw attention to crimes against humanity and other human rights violations perpetrated by Chinese authorities in Tibet.
 
“Arbitrary and arrests and detention persisted and torture remained rampant in pre-trial detention where detainees are frequently forced into false confessions. Several cases of torture uncovered this year contribute to the overwhelming testimonial evidence of the inhuman Chinese justice system. The common use of enforced disappearance guarantees full discretion to law enforcement agencies to subject detainees to torture and deny them the right to legal representation and fair trial,” the group further said. 
 
Tightening control over religious institutions, the group added, indicates that the raft of monastery management measures implemented in the past five years would become a permanent feature. “This would further contribute towards the securitization of Tibetan religious and cultural issues resulting in increased religious freedom violations.”

Washington, DC — President Donald Trump congratulated the Korean leaders on the historic summit and said that he was encouraged by their expressed goal of “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula.

Dharamshala, India — Dharamshala, India — The Terminology Desk of Department of Education, CTA Tuesday launched its first website and 11th volume of Glossary of Standardised Terms, in Dharamshala, India.

Dharamshala — A delegation of European Parliamentarians will visit Dharamsala in the second week of May, as was announced April 25 at the Tibet Interest Group (TIG) meeting in the European Parliament.

Dharamshala — A presentation on pre 1949 China and Tibet was given by Professor Hon Shiang Lau on April 21, showing that Tibet was never part of China through historical documents of Ming and Qing dynasties.

Delhi — Tibetan political scientist Dawa Norbu's memorial lecture was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and organized by Tibet Forum JNU.

Varanasi, India — A cultural program titled ‘India and Tibet’ was held on Friday March 9 in the Performing Arts Faculty’s Auditorium of Banaras Hindu University.

Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok yesterday launched a book of interviews with exiled Tibetan women writers and their works titled “Women who hold the book” at the Tibet Post International office in Mcleod Ganj.

A delegation from University of Denver with Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in-Exile in Dharamshala, India, December 12, 2017. Photo: TPI/Ford Sanger

Education and Society

Dharamshala — Every December since 2000, a group of 10-20 students from The University of Denver come to Dharamshala to experience first hand the city's unique learning opportunities with hopes of achieving a greater good. With their presence and energy, the students strive to learn and show support to the Tibetan population in exile to increase international attention to the Tibetan cause.

Dharamshala — HLT is publishing a new Tibetan language book titled "The Future of Tibetan Language" in 2018 which will focus on Tibetan language. This book will consist of interviews with over 40 Tibetan writers both inside and outside Tibet. It will focus on the Tibetan language and its importance in today's world.

Moscow, Russia — the Russian academy of Science released a book “Tibetology & Buddhology on the Border of Science and Religion”. The articles are devoted to different issues of Buddhilogy, Buddhism in its interaction with education and science, history and culture of Tibet.

Global media has been reacting to the news of the Communist party of China central committee on Sunday, proposed changing the country’s constitution to allow dictator Xi to remain in power beyond his scheduled departure in 2023. Now he’s poised to make characteristics of the history of Chinese regime by staying in office for potentially decades to come that was designed to guard against Mao-style personality cult in China.

Chinese dissident leader Yang Jianli. Photo: File

Views & Analysis

Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a "public opinion" protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology.

CTA President Dr Lobsang Sangay speaking to France24 TV.

Interviews and Recap

Dharamshala — Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay had an interview with FRANCE24, during his recent visit to Paris, highlighting the suffering inside Tibet and his hope for France to play a part in negotiations.

President Dr Lobsang Sangay with the Thank You India Souvenir – A Dharmachakra representing the wheel of Universal Truth, at the press conference at Press Club of India on January 18, 2018. Photo: CTA/DIIR/Tenzin Phende

Interviews and Recap

New Delhi — "As far as the historical status is concerned, Tibet was an independent country. Any country including India or whoever says Tibet was historically a part of China is wrong, and we cannot accept that," Tibetan President said during a press conference in New Delhi, the capital of India on Thursday.

Palden Gyatso at his residence in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India, on December 19, 2017. Photo: TPI/Yangchen Dolma

Views & Analysis

Dharamshala — "Everyone has a history," he said, "and mine is special." Even at 87, Palden Gyatso's piercing, infinitely deep blue eyes and wrinkled hands displayed the history of which he spoke.

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Berlin, Germany — The Vice-President of the German Bundestag, Claudia Roth "officially" met with Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration at the German Parliament in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, May 14, 2018.

Dharamshala, India — The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama urged a “oneness of humanity” Saturday in a talk before hundreds of international guests at the main temple in Dharamshala, India, and said all major religious traditions are "dedicated to conveying the same message—peace and happiness among all humanity."

Surat, Gujarat: - “Without technology humanity has no future, but we have to be careful that we don’t become so mechanised that we lose our human feelings,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said at an event in Surat, Gujarat, India, on January 1, 2015.

Dharamsala, HP, India — "Those of us in exile should never forget the Tibetans in Tibet, who lack the freedom we enjoy—we are their representatives to the rest of the world,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, while speaking to members of the Tibetan Women's Association at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on May 14, 2018.

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