Hi guest, Register | Login | Contact Us
Welcome to Phayul.com - Our News Your Views
Sun 25, Feb 2018 03:02 PM (IST)
Search:     powered by Google
 MENU
Home
News
Photo News
Opinions
Statements &
Press Releases

Book Reviews
Movie Reviews
Interviews
Travels
Health
Obituaries
News Discussions
News Archives
Download photos from Tibet
 Latest Stories
China censoring information on Jokhang fire raises concern over the extent of damage
Tibetan singer Shawo Tashi released after serving 5 years in prison
Tibetans holding valid passports and visas denied entry in China
Repression severe in Tibetan populated areas: Amnesty International report
UN experts call for Tashi Wangchuk’s immediate release, condemn criminalization of linguistic right advocacy
China ramping up air force on Tibetan plateau, fighter jets conduct exercise
Dalai Lama congratulates new SA Prez Ramaphosa
Universality of human rights under threat: Golog Jigme at Geneva Summit
Tibet issue is simply about truth and justice: former Tibetan PM
Former political prisoner sentenced to three years for ‘inciting separatism’
 Latest Photo News
His Holiness the Dalai Lama looks at a picture of his former home, the Potala palace, in Drepung Monastery, Dec 14, 2017, Phayul Photo/Geleck Palsang
Tibetans participate in a candle light vigil to mourn the passing away of Chinese activist Liu Xiaobo in China, TCV Day School, July 14, 2017 Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
His Holiness the Dalai Lama leaves for Gaggal airport, June 11, 2017. The Tibetan leader is scheduled to give a public talk on "Embracing the Beauty of Diversity in our World" at the University of California San Diego on June 16, 2017. Phayul Photo: Kunsang Gashon
more photos »
Advertisement
US congressman condemns “illegal takeover” of Larung Gar
[Friday, February 02, 2018 17:52]
By Tenzin Dharpo

Congressman Jim McGovern. file
Congressman Jim McGovern. file
DHARAMSHALA, Feb. 2: U.S. Congressman and a senior House Democrat Jim McGovern on Wednesday raised voice against the Chinese government’s recent move to install over 200 Chinese cadres, effectively replacing personnel at majority of the positions at the Buddhist learning institute of Larung Gar, where demolition drive has been going on over a year.

McGovern called it a “draconian new control” and an “illegal takeover” of the renowned Buddhist learning centre that saw mass evictions of students and demolition of many structures since 2016.

The co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission said that, “according to information published by Human Rights Watch on January 24, 2018, some 200 Communist Party cadres and lay officials are taking over all management, finances, security, admissions, and even the choice of textbooks at the Larung Gar centre, following demolitions and expulsions carried out last year.”

The Congressman also said that the incident exposes the wider picture of religious freedom under fire in Tibet which is counter to Beijing’s claims. “China says it respects constitutionally protected religious beliefs that is a lie. When the state puts officials who are required to be atheists in charge of your religious institution, that is not religious freedom. When admission requires a firm political stand when the state tells you what to teach and students must honour the communist party that is not religious freedom,” he said on Jan. 31.

McGovern objected that the Trump administration has been silent on the issue and that such inaction will push Congress to act to counter China’s “egregious actions”.

Earlier in October, London based NGO Free Tibet released satellite images captured by specialists at Apollo Mapping that showed drastic changes in the landscape at Larung Gar which was once the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist center boasting over 10,000 students.

Over 4,800 people have been removed and 4,700 buildings, mostly residences, have been destroyed since July 2016.

Print Send Bookmark and Share
  Readers' Comments »
Be the first to comment on this article

 Other Stories
Dalai Lama’s Sikkim visit cancelled on doctor’s advice
US congressman condemns “illegal takeover” of Larung Gar
Advertisement
Advertisement
Photo Galleries
Advertisement
Phayul.com does not endorse the advertisements placed on the site. It does not have any control over the google ads. Please send the URL of the ads if found objectionable to editor@phayul.com
Copyright © 2004-2018 Phayul.com   feedback | advertise | contact us
Powered by Lateng Online
Advertisement