Dharamshala, India — At least 13 Tibetans were detained by Chinese authorities for allegedly posting photos of the recently demolished 99-foot tall Buddha statue and the three-story statue of Jetsun Jampa Gonpo (Maitreyanatha) on China's social media platform (Wechat) and for having "politically sensitive content" on their mobile phones.
Chinese authorities continue to crack down on Tibetans in Draggo County
Dharamshala, India — Chinese authorities continue to crack down on Tibetans in Draggo County after a Buddha statue was destroyed in Draggo County, Kham Region, Eastern Tibet. The plight of former Tibetan political prisoners is worsening, with no freedom of movement in Draggo County.
Exercise of basic rights still subject to grave abuses in Tibet: HRW Report 2022
New York, USA — ‘Chinese authorities were committing crimes against humanity as part of a widespread and systematic attacks including mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution. Tibetans inside Tibet continued to be subjected to grave abuses, including harsh and lengthy imprisonment for exercising their basic rights,’ said Human Rights Report 2022.
China destroys a giant Buddha statue in Draggo County, eastern Tibet
Dharamshala, India — The 99-foot-tall Buddha statue and 45 prayer wheels were destroyed by local Chinese authorities in Draggo county, Kham, Tibet. Even though local Tibetans have legal documents for the construction of the giant Buddha statue, Chinese authorities demolished it six years after it was built.
Tashi Wangchuk interrogated after urging China to strengthen Tibetan language use
Dharamshala, India — Tashi Wangchuk, the former political prisoner and Tibetan language advocate, went to Yushu city to meet with top officials to ask them to strengthen the use of the Tibetan language inside and outside the government and schools, but later Chinese police summoned him to the police station and interrogated him for more than two hours.
China detains at least 10 Tibetans who expressed their refusal to destroy the Buddha statue
Dharamshala, India — Chinese authorities have detained at least 10 Tibetans from Draggo County, Kham region of eastern Tibet, who have expressed their refusal to destroy the Buddha statue or to cooperate with the Chinese authorities in their removal.
Tibetan monk sentenced to five years in prison for distributing Dalai Lama's books
Dharamshala, India— A Tibetan monk was recently sentenced to five years in prison by Chinese authorities, for merely sharing the teachings of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and distributing his books.