Tibetans mourn the death of the Takna Jigme Sangpo

CTA observes prayer service mourning the death of Tibet's longest-serving political prisoner on Monday (Photo- CTA)

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 19: The longest-serving Tibetan political prisoner, Takna Jigme Sangpo aged 91 passed away on Saturday at an elderly home in Switzerland. He spent 37 years in Chinese prison for his relentless voice against human rights violations and repressive Chinese policies in Tibet through his stories.  The Tibetan government-in-exile known officially […]

Opinion: The Fate of Widowed Women in Tibetan Society

Sketch by Yingying Zhang

By Sang Mota For Tibetan women, the fight for equality continues through every stage of their lives. When a woman’s husband dies, as a widow she faces a double-edged sword. The widowed woman’s community, neighbors, even close family and friends treat her differently.  In Tibetan society, a widowed women’s life is forever changed as she […]

China worst abuser of internet freedom for 6th consecutive year: Freedom House

China has been deemed the worst abuser of internet freedom fo rthe sixth consecutive year by Freedom House (beebright)

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 16: China has been ranked the worst abuser of internet freedom for the sixth consecutive year in the annual Freedom House report as it scored the lowest points (10/100) from the list of 65 countries. The Washington-based Think Tank’s report published on Wednesday revealed that China curbed the net freedom even more […]

Long vacant position of US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues filled

Newly appointed Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Robert A. Destro (The Hindu)

By Tenzin Dharpo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 14: US Assistant Secretary for Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert A. Destro will also serve as the new U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, the US Secretary Mike Pompeo revealed Wednesday. An official press release said that the newly appointed official will lead U.S. efforts to promote […]

China’s re-election to the UNHRC marred by reduced support

China elected to the UNHRC with 139 votes on Tuesday (Photo- AP)

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 15: China’s re-election to the United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday during the 75th General Assembly Session at the UN headquarters in New York is marred by reduced support from member states. Despite a rigorous campaign from activist groups to vote out China from the Human Rights Council, China […]

Chinese encroachment in Nepal’s territory sparks tension

The encroached area by the Chinese government at the Nepal-China border (Photo- Kathmandu Post)

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 14: A 19-member fact finding team of politicians and officials who visited the border region of Limi region in Nepal’s Humla district on Oct. 5 confirmed Chinese encroachment with structures such as concrete buildings and reconstructed border pillar constructed without seeking permission from the Nepalese government. Last month, China’s encroachment on […]

Coalition of NGOs urge member states to vote out China from UNHRC

A coalition of 115 groups across the world has urged member states to vote out China from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) (photo-HRW)

By Choekyi Lhamo  DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 13: A coalition of 115 groups across the world has urged member states to vote out China from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it catalogued evidence for China’s “systematic efforts to undermine freedoms” in Tibet, East Turkistan, Hong Kong and Southern Mongolia ahead of the election on […]

Former Tibetan political prisoner Tsegon Gyal in critical condition

Tsegon Gyal in an undated photo (TCHRD)

By Tenzin Dharpo DHARASHALA, Oct. 13: Former Tibetan political prisoner Tsegon Gyal who was released after serving three years in Chinese prison is in critical condition after he underwent surgery just a month after his release back in January last year. “Less than a month after his release on 6 December 2019, Mr Gyal was […]

Indian media’s coverage on Taiwan angers China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen addressing the Taiwan National Day function in Taipei on Oct 10 (Photo- Twitter)

By Choekyi Lhamo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 12: The Chinese embassy in an open letter urged Indian journalists to respect the “One-China” policy after leading newspapers featured advertisements issued by the government of Taiwan on Wednesday ahead of Taiwan’s National Day on Oct. 10. India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday said that “there is […]

Dalai Lama lauds World Food Programme for Nobel peace prize honor

World Food Programme is awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace prize (photo-skynews)

By Tenzin Dharpo DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 12: Following Friday’s announcement of World Food Programme (WFP) as the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote congratulating the latter’s “vital role in reducing hunger in the world”. “Through its actions to address poverty, hunger and malnutrition, whether they arise […]