Dharamshala: A High level Tibetan delegation led by Mr Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, the special envoy of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will leave on Monday for China's Hunan Province for new talks on Tibet issues. The meeting will be the first face-to-face contact between the two sides after submitting a "Memorandum" to Chinese officials on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan People was submitted in 2008.

The World Forum for Democracy in Asia (WFDA) published a press release on the latest human rights abuses and positive developments in the region. The report highlighted events in China and Tibet, noted below.

China has become displeased over Ottón Solís's, the presidential candidate for the Partido Acción Cuidana (PAC), pledge to name a new stadium in the Costa Rican capital city of San Jose after exiled Tibetan leader "Dalai Lama"; claiming, "it is not in line with the common desires of the two countries".

The US yesterday signaled a growing impatience with the Burmese regime after complaining that it had received a "mixed bag" of results following its decision to engage with the pariah state.

Top Chinese officials, including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, gathered in Beijing from 18 to 20 January for the fifth conference on Tibetan Work. The meeting, a probable reaction to continuing unrest in the "TAR" and other Tibetan regions since the March 2008 protests, aimed to promote development and integrate the Tibetan Autonomous Region with neighboring provinces.

A former leader of the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests has been jailed for nine years for fraud, after authorities in Hong Kong handed him over to China, his lawyer and a rights group said Thursday.

Tibetans arrested near Nepal-Tibet border handed over to UNHCR  
Nepalese immigration authorities have handed over ten Tibetan refugees, to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Monday. The group was arrested in Dolakha, close to the border with Tibet, last week.

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