In the first of a series of special interviews conducted by American journalist Paul Eggers, Soepa, a student at Gu Chu Sum college for Tibetan ex-political prisoners in Dharamsala, north India, speaks about his experiences of torture in Chinese prisons in Tibet and his hopes for the future.

Melbourne: - I met with Frank Ruanjie on a Monday afternoon in the centre of Melbourne, at the city-end of Chinatown. We found a quiet spot in a restaurant upstairs where only a few teenagers came to hang out after school, and had a long chat over coffee and hot chocolate.

Dharamshala: A Tibetan campaigner has appealed to fellow residents of a south Indian settlement to 'fight for the common cause.' Indian born Lobsang Tenzin, 51, a volunteer settlement representative at the Hunsur, Rabgyal Ling settlement, near Mysore, told the Tibet Post: 'In our society many people fight for themselves only.

Protests by Tibetans who defy Beijing's sovereignty have been routine for 50 years. However, over the past 11 months a new type of demonstration by Tibetan Buddhists, mostly monks and nuns, has taken place, shocking the world community. Tibetan Buddhists are sacrificing their lives by setting themselves on fire, sending the message loud and clear - the Tibet issue is alive.

Dharamshala: - On the 25th of October, the Tibet Post International was given the opportunity to interview three imminent Taiwanese delegates during their week-long visit to Dharamshala, and discuss several matters in relation to Tibet, including the issue of Chinese dominance over Taiwan and Tibet, and how the alliance of the two countries might be beneficiary to the development of democracy in both places.

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