Activists disrupt Chinese envoy’s speech in Australia

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 24: Former Tibetan parliamentarian Kyinzom Dhongdue, student activist Drew Pavlou and other protestors disrupted the Chinese ambassador Xiao Qian’s speech at an event in University of Technology Sydney in Australia on Friday. The coordinated protesters called out the Chinese envoy on his country’s poor record on human rights in Tibet, East Turkistan and […]

Parliamentarians at 8th WPCT vow to support Tibetans by opposing Chinese narrative

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 24: More than 100 participants including lawmakers and officials from 26 countries at the 8th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (WPCT) in Washington DC vowed continued support for Tibet by countering Chinese narrative among other efforts to resolve the Tibetan issue. Members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, CTA President Penpa Tsering, Speaker […]

Tibetan writer and poet wins Ostana Prize for writing and translation

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 22: Noted Tibetan poet and writer Bhuchung D. Sonam, based in Dharamshala, has been awarded the Ostana Prize youth award for his writing, especially through his translation work bringing focus to Tibetan language and literature. “I am extremely honoured to be given this award, which [brings] recognition for Tibetan language and culture […]

Sino-Tibetan dialogue among key agendas at 8th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 22: The 8th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet is underway at Washington DC beginning June 22 to 23, which is organized by the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile based in Dharamshala. Over 100 participants from 26 countries and ten members from the Tibetan parliament will attend the convention to discuss matters including the resumption […]

Obituary: Thubten Samphel- A Man of Few Words and Many Works

By Dr. Tenzin Tsultrim In this world, we will meet many people and there are few in this world who will leave an indelible impression. I believe Thubten Samphel-la is one such person. My first encounter with Thubten Samphel-la(TS) was through his remarks. For my M.Phil. dissertation work on India-China relations, I have quoted him […]

Tibetan writer sentenced to four and a half years for “inciting separatism”

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 20: A Tibetan intellectual and writer named Thupten Lodoe (pen name: Sabuchey) has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison, according to information provided by Dharamshala based research group Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy on Saturday. The 34-year-old was detained since last October by Chinese […]

Tibetan monk self immolates amid widespread religious crackdown

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 18: An unidentified Tibetan monk has reportedly self-immolated in front of a portrait of the exiled leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama to protest the widespread crackdown of Tibetan Buddhist institutions in the so called Kanlho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province, which is in the traditional Amdo region. Dharamshala-based […]

Chinese police arrests Tibetan pilgrim for demanding access into Potala palace

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 17: A Tibetan man named Tsewang Norbu who was on pilgrimage to Lhasa city’s Potala palace has been arrested by Chinese authorities, according to information supplied to Phayul by the Dharamshala-based organization Tibet Watch. The 40-year-old pilgrim from Kham region reportedly urged the authorities to prioritize Tibetans to visit holy […]

47 nations question China on rights abuses in Xinjiang

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 17: 47 countries voiced their grave concerns over alleged human rights abuses in East Turkistan (Ch: Xinjiang) and demanded the details on the long-delayed report on the Uyghur Muslim community at the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday. The Dutch ambassador Paul Bekkers told the council, “We continue to be […]

Dalai Lama concludes two-day Avalokiteshvara empowerment in Dharamshala

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, June 15: The octogenarian Tibetan leader on Tuesday concluded a two-day Avalokiteshvara empowerment to a group of devotees including Tibetans, Vietnamese, along with locals and tourists at Tsuglagkhang temple in McLeod Ganj. “The focus of my meditation is bodhichitta, and it brings me peace of mind. Bodhichitta is fundamental to my own feelings of joy […]