The Chinese Communist Party appointed a new governor of the so-called Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) to replace Jampa Phuntsok (also known as Qiangba Puncog), who resigned suddenly last week, just three years short of his retirement pension, for reasons on which neither he nor the government will elaborate.

Dharamshala: Tsering Dorjee is a firm discipline of Truku Tenzin Delek, a prominent Buddhist leader who founded two Tibetan schools, developed educational programs for impoverished nomads and advocated environmental conservation. Tsering Dorjee's backing of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche led to a successful teaching position in one of Tenzin Delek's schools, as well as arrest, jail time and repeated torture.

The so called Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Intermediate People’s Court in Dartsedo (Ch: Kangding) on 23 December 2009 sentenced renowned Tibetan lama Tulku Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche to eight years and six months in prison, according to the latest information received by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and other reliable sources.

Dharamshala: Dhondup Wangchen, the famous Tibetan filmmaker who made the documentary "Leaving Fear Behind", was sentenced to six years in prison at the end of last month. His family members were depressed by the unfair sentence, a report said.

A source from Tibet said on 2 December, a nun named Choedon, aged 48, and two men named Tenzin Dharjee, aged 21, and Norbu Sangpo, aged 17, were arrested in front of the main Jokhang temple gate, in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. The three were going to offer food to relatives who were praying and prostrating in front of the Jokhang temple when they were arrested.

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