Sunday, 29 September 2013

Tibetan Colony in Delhi Reports 200 Cases of Dengue Fever

Tibetan Colony in Delhi Reports 200 Cases of Dengue FeverAs Delhi is under the grip of Dengue fever,  Mr. Legkey Dorjee, the Tibetan welfare officer of Samyeling Tibetan colony, Majnu ka Tilla in Delhi said that around 200 cases of dengue fever have been reported from the colony. Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is considered as an infectious tropical disease which is caused by the dengue virus.

"The dispensary of the Health Department of Central Tibetan Administration [CTA] in the Tibetan colony have treated around 100 dengue cases so far apart from many Tibetans who are under the treatment of private and government hospitals in Delhi. Around 200 positive cases of dengue have been reported and around 10 to 15 fresh cases are reported every day. It's not stopping but no fatalities so far in the colony," says Mr. Dorjee.

Despite repeated efforts by the Delhi government and other organizations, such as defogging and spraying, they have failed to check the out-break of dengue in the Tibetan colony. The number of cases reported so far in this year is 200, it was 160 in 2012. It is still expected to increase.

The Delhi city has reported around 2000 total number of dengue cases (till September 24); and the hospitals across the city have reported 16 deaths so far. Many Indian cities are under the grip of dengue fever including Mumbai.

121 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet

DHARAMSHALA, September 28: A Tibetan man died after setting himself on fire today around 4.30 PM(local time) in Gomang Thawa township in Ngaba County, reported the Tibet Times.

Engulfed in flames, Shichung, 41, ran from his house towards the main road before collapsing, a Tibetan monk from south India told the the Tibet Times. He succumbed to his burns and passed away at the site of his protest.

Following his self-immolation protest, local Tibetans tried to take the body to his home but were confronted by Chinese security personnel numbering over 150, who were already stationed for the Man-sTon festival, which involves collection of lists of prayers local Tibetans have said at home and an entertainment show. The locals did manage to take the body to his home but the authorities eventually confiscated the body and drove with it towards Ngaba county.

Every year, the local Tibetans of Gomang Thawa township gather for the religious festival called Man-sTon. Shichung had just returned to his home after the program today. He had lit a butter lamp in front of a portrait of the exile Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama before setting himself on fire.

He also reportedly told his friend yesterday during the preparations for the festival where police were patrolling, “These Chinese will not let us live, I think I should burn myself in front of them.”

Shichung is survived by his wife and two children.

Since 2009, as many as 121 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet calling for freedom in Tibet and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Tibetan poet found detained after months of disappearance

A Tibetan man who authored a book of poetry was found detained nine months after his disappearance from his work place in Chengdu city in Sichuan Province.

According to information received by TCHRD, Lobsang Namgyal, 26, was secretly detained sometime around 15 May 2012 from Buddha Cultural Centre, where he was working as a part-time employee in Chengdu. For months, his family members and relatives made many attempts to find him but to no avail. Local sources cite unsubstantiated information that he was picked up by Public Security Bureau officers from the centre.

Under the pseudonym Sangmig (Eng: Secret Eye), Lobsang Namgyal had authored a collection of poetry titled Tsol (Eng: Search) in which he wrote about his life’s goals and about the state of fellow Tibetans. In February 2013, sources learned that he was being held at a detention centre in Chengdu.

More than a year after his arbitrary detention, the police have yet to press formal charges against Lobsang Namgyal. Sources say local authorities suspect him of publishing and distributing speeches of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other political contents. Since his detention, his family members have been barred from visiting him. As the police take their time in charging him, sources say family members of Lobsang Namgyal live in constant fear that he would be given a heavy sentence without any access to due legal process and a fair trial.

Lobsang Namgyal had been detained earlier in 2008 when widespread protests broke out in Machu (Ch: Maqu) County in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. He was among the six Tibetans detained from a local Nangma nightclub.
An undated photograph of Lobsang Namgyal

Lobsang Namgyal is a native of Kongney Ruchen Village in Belpen Township, Machu County. Son of Mr Tseten and Mrs Pema, Lobsang Namgyal completed his high school from Ragya Sherig Ling, a private school run by the famous Ragya Monastery in Golog (Ch: Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

CTA in talks with Indian govt on work permit of Tibetan nurses

Sikyong Dr Lobsang SangayDHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay today said the Central Tibetan Administration is making efforts to resolve the problems faced by Tibetan nurses in view of the recent circular issued by Indian Nursing Council  (INC).
The circular, which stated that nurses of foreign nationalities cannot practice in India, he said, clarifying that there has been a misunderstanding. 
The original INC circular states that “Foreign nationals (including Nepali, Bangladeshi, Bhutanese and Tibetan Refugees) having valid certificate of Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife in their own Country as on date of admission; they can be admitted for higher nursing education in India. However, they will not be registered to practice in India. Even no temporary registration will be provided to them during their study period or upon completion under any circumstances, what so ever.”
Sikyong Dr Sangay clarified that the circular says foreign nationals having valid certificates from countries other than India are barred from working. But, Tibetans having studied and earned certificates from institutions in India, are not barred from practising in India, he said.
After the circular was issued, four Tibetan nurses had approached the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in New Delhi. On the same day, Representative Mr Tempa Tsering went to the external affairs ministry to reconsider the decision of INC if possible or issue an advisory regarding Tibetans. The ministry then issued letters to the four nurses, stating that Tibetan refugees should be given special consideration.
But the Indian Nursing Council has said it would not change its decision.
Sikyong said the Indian government plans to hold an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss the over all employment opportunities for Tibetans. He expressed hope for a positive outcome from the meeting.

Monday, 23 September 2013

CTA Saddened by Demise of Shri Mohan Singh

Late shri Mohan Singh, Samajwadi Party leader and a long-time friend of Tibet.
DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay of the Central Tibetan Administration today sent his heartfelt condolences to Mrs Urmila Singh over the sad demise of her husband, Shri Mohan Singh, a staunch Tibet supporter and a long-time friend of the Tibetan people.

“We are saddened to hear about the passing away of Shri. Mohan Singh. With his passing away, we not only lost a very true friend but also a great parliamentarian – a man of high principles. He will be remembered by Tibetans for his unflinching support in the most trying of circumstances,” the Sikyong said in his condolence message.

“This sad news has been conveyed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama who has also expressed his sadness and has offered his prayers,” he said.

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay also highlighted Shri Mohan Singh’s strong support and contribution towards the Tibetan struggle. He said, “Shri Mohan Singh has been a long time friend of Tibet. He played a vital role in the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APIPT) as its Convenor and helped raise the profile of Tibet in the Indian Parliament and other international platforms.”

“I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to you and your daughters in this difficult moment,” the Sikyong said.

Chinese political star Bo Xilai gets life in prison

4973630-3x2-700x467Former Chinese political star Bo Xilai has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of corruption, accepting bribes and abuse of state power.
The highly anticipated verdict of the man once tipped as future leader of China was handed down amid tight security at the Jinan Intermediate People’s Court.
“The court sentences Bo Xilai to life imprisonment for taking bribes, deprives him of his political rights for life and confiscates all his property,” it said in a statement.
He was convicted of taking 20.4 million yuan (US$3.3 million) in bribes.
He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power.
Bo will also have more than 20 million yuan and all other property confiscated, including a villa in France given to his wife by a corrupt businessman
According to transcripts of the judgment which were posted on the court’s microblog, the court rejected defence arguments that Bo’s earlier testimony was given under duress.
It found that Bo had not been tortured or illegally interrogated and as such, the evidence against him stood.
It also dismissed the defence’s argument that the testimony of Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, was unacceptable due to her mental illness.
During the 64-year-old’s five-day trial in August, he dismissed his wife’s testimony as “insane”.
Prosecutors had demanded the former commerce minister and party boss of Chongqing be severely punished for showing a lack of remorse.

Tight security

The proceedings took place amid stepped up security outside the court, with dozens of police surrounding the building in Jinan.
Dozens of police, some uniformed and others in plain clothes surrounded the court.
Barricades and barriers were erected more than 50 metres away from the court to prevent people from approaching.
A select group of media was allowed into a penned off area in front of the courthouse, where they clamoured to take photos of vehicles entering the court.
The sentence was publicly announced by the court on its verified page on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
It also posted photos of Bo during and after the sentencing.

Appeal expected

Bo had denied all charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.
China politics expert at City University of Hong Kong, Joseph Cheng says he expects the sentence will be appealed although court spokesman Liu Yanjie said after the sentencing that Bo did not indicate whether or not he would do so.
He has 10 days from Monday in which to lodge an appeal.
“It is likely that he may appeal since in the initial trial, he strongly defended that he was innocent,” Mr Cheng said.
“And apparently he wanted to make sure that he has a chance of making a political comeback through proving, or at least declaring, his innocence. So an appeal is likely.”
During the trial, Bo put up a surprisingly strong defence, with a scathing attack on his former police-chief Wang Lijun, saying he was “full of lies and fraud”, and compared another prosecution witness to a “mad dog”.
But he wrote to his family days ago saying he was ready to go to gaol like his revolutionary hero father and that eventually his name would be cleared.
Joseph Cheng says Bo’s active contestation of the charges during his trial was a factor in the harsh sentence.
“A defiant attitude and refusing to admit one’s guilt is considered bad behaviour and attracts a heavier sentence,” he said.
“Bo Xilai would certainly like to retain a chance of a political comeback, and a heavier sentence from the state certainly indicates a rejection of any chance of giving him a political comeback,” he added.
Prior to his ousting, Bo was one of China’s top 25 ranking officials who form the party’s Politburo.
But he fell from grace last year after his police chief fled to a US consulate and his wife was later convicted of the murder of a British businessman, Neil Heywood.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Several Nations Urge China to Respect Rights of Tibetans at UNHRC Session

The United National Human Rights Council (UNHRC).DHARAMSHALA: Over five countries including the US, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and the UK, on Tuesday issued statements at the ongoing 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, urging China to respect human rights in Tibet.
The European Union in its statement expressed concerns about reports of ongoing use of force against peaceful protests, especially in Tibetan-inhabited areas and Xinjiang as well as the widespread exercise of capital punishment in China. It urged the Chinese government to respect the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and rights of persons belonging to minorities in China.
The US stated that China increased internet controls, press censorship; and limits religious freedom, particularly in Tibetan and Uighur areas. It also highlighted the increasing incidents of arrests, enforced disappearances and extra legal detentions of public interest lawyers, activists, journalists, and religious leaders in China.
Germany called on China to address the deep-rooted causes of the ongoing self-immolations in a peaceful manner, respecting cultural and religious rights of Tibetans. It also urged China to facilitate a visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to Tibet to investigate the ground realities in Tibet.
The United Kingdom urged China to ensure the constitutionally guaranteed rights of freedom of assembly and demonstration are fully protected in China, including in ethnic minority areas. The Chinese delegation pledged to guarantee the lawful rights and interest of ethnic minorities as part of its bid for re-election to the  Human Rights Council, the statement said.
In the run up to the ongoing UNHRC session, the representative at the Office of Tibet in Geneva, Mr Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, made representations to diplomats of 15 countries, the UN and the EU.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


Dalai Lama weighs in on Myanmar anti-Muslim violence
PRAGUE (AFP) - The Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Myanmar monks to act according to their Buddhist principles, in a plea to end the deadly violence against the country's Muslim minority.
"Those Burmese monks, please, when they develop some kind of anger towards Muslim brothers and sisters, please, remember the Buddhist faith," the Buddhist leader told reporters at an annual human rights conference in the Czech capital Prague.
"I am sure (...) that would protect those Muslim brothers and sisters who are becoming victims," Tibet's exiled spiritual leader said.
Sectarian clashes in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine last year left around 200 people dead -- mostly Rohingya Muslims who are denied citizenship -- and 140,000 others homeless.
Having earned scorn for her failure to clearly condemn the violence, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's pro-democracy icon turned opposition leader, said last week she alone could not stop it.
Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest under military rule in Myanmar before she was freed after controversial elections in 2010, said the solution was to install the rule of law.
"It's not something that I could learn to do, but I think what this whole society has to strive to do," she told reporters in Warsaw before heading to the Prague conference via Budapest.
"We need rule of law in order that our people may feel secure and only secure people can talk to one another and try to establish the kind of relationship that will assure harmony for the future of our nation."
The Dalai Lama, 78, who fled his homeland for India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, also said there was "too much emphasis on 'we' and 'they'" in the world, and that "this century should be a century of dialogue, not wars".
He and the 68-year-old Suu Kyi, both Nobel Peace laureates, met privately on the fringes of the Prague conference on Sunday.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

68 year old Tibetan senior beaten up for "independence" protest

DHARAMSALA, September 13: Chinese authorities in Driru County have arrested a Tibetan man on September 3 for protesting Chinese rule and demanding “independence” for Tibet, Ngawang Tharpa, a Tibetan exile with reliable contacts in the region, said.

68 year old Dayang was severely beaten up and arrested after he shouted slogans demanding “independence” for Tibet and praying for the long life of the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama during a visit of Chinese work-team officials and a cultural troupe from the Tibet Autonomous Region government, Tharpa said, citing his source in Driru.

Chinese work-team officials, accompanied by a cultural troupe from the Tibet Autonomous Region government are touring various villages and townships in Driru County to give political though education.

Dayang was from Dongla Rido village in Tsachu area in Driru County.

“Long live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, independence for Tibet”, chanted Dayang, raising a Tibetan traditional well-wishing scarf in his hands. He was immediately subdued and beaten up severely. He is currently receiving treatment in a hospital but his condition remains unknown as of September 9, the day Tharpa’s source gave the information.

Work – team officials from the Chinese government are carrying out various campaigns including political thought education in Dathang, Tarchen and Tsachu areas of Driru County, according to Tharpa. Around 1000 security personnel have been deployed in the various villages and townships in the County with each officer getting three households to keep an eye on.

Defying China to meet the Dalai Lama

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Today, President Dalia Grybauskaite welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, to Vilnius, Lithuania. Two years ago, her Estonian counterpart, President Toomas Ilves, also defied Beijing by meeting the Dalai Lama. Their gestures of principle and graciousness, made in the face of Chinese pressure, are very significant.
It makes sense that two Baltic countries should hold the line against Chinese pressure on Tibet.  Like Tibet, the Baltic countries have experience struggling to maintain their identity under communist occupation.  The elected democratic leader of Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, has cited the Baltic countries as a source of inspiration.  “‘Did you really believe in the 1980s that you would get back your homeland?’” Mr. Sangay has said he asked friends from the Baltics.  “And they said, ‘In our heads, no. In our hearts, yes.’”  
The comparison is no longer exact.  The Tibetan leadership has renounced independence as a goal.  The Dalai Lama’s priority is for his countrymen to live in freedom under Chinese rule.  He expresses his concern for his Chinese “brothers and sisters” by breaking through the barriers of Chinese Internet control and propaganda via online dialogues and other forms of outreach.
Many Chinese return the sentiment, studying Tibetan Buddhism and contributing to monasteries.  Some Chinese question their government’s policies in Tibet, or offer as human rights lawyers did to defend Tibetans arrested in the uprising of 2008.  By resisting Chinese pressure on Tibet, leaders like Presidents Ilves and Grybauskaite (indirectly) support these Chinese who of course are risking a great deal more than they are.
Indeed, like President Ilves, President Grybauskaite will now experience diplomatic and commercial retaliation.  Rather than let Beijing sow division and fear, European leaders, should step forward in solidarity.  So of course should other democratic leaders. Only that will render Chinese bullying ineffective – an achievement that will have consequences for other important issues as well.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Tony Abbott wins Australia election, outlines stand on Tibet

DHARAMSHALA: The coalition led by Liberal leader Tony Abbott, which won the general election on Saturday, has said it encourages dialogue between China and Tibetan representatives to fulfil the aspirations of the Tibetan people and pursue a policy towards improving human rights in Tibet.
The Liberal-National coalition won 88 seats to Labor’s 57 in the 150-seat Parliament. Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott promised a competent and trust worthy government. 
The coalition outlined its stand on Tibet in response to five questions from the Australian Tibet Council, an advocacy group based in Australia, before the election. The ATC also posed similar questions to Labor and Greens. 
“The Coalition has called for peaceful dialogue between China and Tibetan representatives to ensure Chinese respect for Tibetan human rights,” it said, adding that it has expressed concerns over human rights situation of Tibet.
In their response, the Labor and Greens said they would continue to urge the Chinese government to resume substantive dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representatives to resolve the issue of Tibet.
“The Australian Greens recognise the rights of the Tibetan peoples over their traditional homelands and their rights to self determination including cultural and spiritual expression. We recognise their elected representatives. Further we condemn the plundering of Tibet’s natural resources and destruction of Tibetan cultures by the Chinese Government. We call on the government of China to end the repression in Tibet and heed the call of the Tibetans for restoration of their rights and freedom,” the Greens said.
It added: “The Australia Greens have always prioritised human rights when it comes to China. We have been and will continue to be outspoken in support of the human rights of the Tibetan people. Senator Hanson-Young, our spokesperson on Tibet, has moved motions in the Senate on four occasions over the last three years calling on the Government to engage with China over Tibet. One motion was succesfully passed in the Senate. Senator Hanson-Young and her Green colleagues will continue to advocate on behalf of Tibetan people.”
Mr Kevin Rudd led Labour party said: “It remains deeply concerned by the situation in the Tibetan regions and continues to urge Chinese authorities to: (1) Acknowledge and address the underlying causes of tension in Tibetan regions (2) Protect the rights of all Chinese citizens to criticise the government, including by addressing their grievances in an open and transparent manner and (3) Lift restrictions on access to Tibetan regions, including for international media and diplomats.
Mr Tony Abbott, as the Leader of the Opposition, met His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the latter’s visit to Australia in 2009. Both Mr Abbott and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Julie Bishop MP again met the Dalai Lama during his subsequent visit to Australia in June 2011. 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Despite Centre's caution, Himachal Pradesh accords state guest status to Ogyene Trinley Dorje

SHIMLA: While the Union home ministry had advised Himachal Pradesh government last year not to officially address Ogyene Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa, stating that it would be perceived adversely by his rival groups and has the potential to trigger controversies, the Himachal Pradesh government recently made the Tibetan spiritual leader a state guest during his maiden visit to Kinnaur district, bordering China, much to the annoyance of the Centre.

According to sources, central intelligence agencies have sent a report to Union government on the issue of the state government according state guest status to Dorje. Last year, as the law department of Himachal Pradesh government, in its opinion about withdrawal of case against Dorje, mentioned him as the 17th Karmapa, the Union home ministry had sent an advisory to state chief secretary, with a direction to refrain from officially mentioning Dorje as 17th Karmapa.

In a letter written to state chief secretary on April 30 last year, Union ministry of home affairs had objected to the use of Karmapa title before the name of Ogyene Trinley Dorje and had clarified that mentioning Dorje as 17th Karmapa was contrary to the neutral stand taken by the government of India on the Karmapa controversy.

"Please be informed that government of India has adopted a policy refraining from any involvement in the 17th Karmapa succession issue. Therefore, law department ( HP government) opinion suggesting Dorje as the 17th Karmapa goes against the neutral stand taken by the government of India on Karmapa issue," said the letter.

Following the letter, the Himachal Pradesh government had replaced the letter related to withdrawal of case against Ogyene Trinley Dorje and in the revised letter, he was not mentioned as Karmapa. On the request of state government, a court in Una had dropped charges against Dorje.
Over a year after the advisory to state government was issued by Union home ministry, the state government has now extended hospitality to Dorje by making him a state guest. Enjoying the hospitality of state government, Dorje ended his three-day tour to Kinnaur on Tuesday.

Kinnaur deputy commissioner Captain J M Pathania said that instructions to treat Karmapa as state guest were issued by the general administration (GAD) department of state government. When contacted, GAD secretary Subhashis Panda said that Karmapa is an important religious leader and Kinnaur residents had requested the state government to treat Karmapa as state guest.

The Tibetan leader had courted controversy after the foreign currency haul case, wherein over Rs 6.5 crore in Indian and foreign currency was recovered in a raid on Gyuto monastery. Himachal Pradesh police, in its chargsheet filed before the court of chief judicial magistrate on December 7, 2011, had made Dorje an accused in the case pertaining to unaccounted money recovered from his monastery in January 27 and 28, 2011.

The chargesheet had accused Dorje and nine others of forming illegal trust, unauthorized money transactions, unauthorized land deal and making illegal documents. Dorje was charged under Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC but later, the charges against him were dropped.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

China preventing India from patrolling border

Chinese troops have not been letting their Indian counterparts to patrol the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), mostly in eastern Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, reported Sep 3, citing a ground situation report commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The report did not say, however, how the Chinese were obstructing the Indians.

The ground situation report was delivered to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Aug 2013 by National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) chairperson Shyam Saran, the report added.

The report was said to have prompted the Prime Minister to instruct Saran to visit eastern Ladakh and Siachen sectors in the first week of August to review infrastructure development and security situation there. New Delhi was also reported to have set up an inter-ministerial panel to monitor the LAC situation and also instructed concerned officials to remove the bureaucratic hurdles in Ladakh to speed up infrastructure development. 

Chinese troops were reported to have been particularly aggressive in the Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) sector, Depsang Bulge and Chumar in Ladakh.

Much of the border between Chinese occupied Tibet and India have never been properly demarcated and is referred to as the Line of Actual control. However, due to the differences in their perceptions of their respective LAC, claims and counterclaims of border intrusions and assertions of control have been frequent, sometimes requiring direct talks between New Delhi and Beijing. 

according to the Tibet Review

UK calls on China to commute Tibetan death sentence

London, September 3, 2013: - Foreign Secretary William Hague has called upon the Chinese government to commute the death sentence of Tibetan nomad Dolma Gyab and to give him a reprieve. Dolma Gyab was sentenced to death for allegedly murdering his wife who self-immolated in March. Hague also called for "free and fair" trials in China that are "in line with international standards".

The Foreign Secretary was responding to a question asked by Nic Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, in the House of Commons on 3 September 2013. The question was prompted by Tibet Society, who raised concerns over Dolma Gyab's case with Mr Dakin and supplied background information.

Mr Dakin asked, "Will the Foreign Secretary raise concerns about Dolma Gyab's treatment and take steps to ensure that his human rights are respected by the Chinese authorities?"

Mr Hague responded, "Yes. According to state media reports, Dolma Gyab was sentenced to death on 15 August. We urge the Chinese authorities to commute the sentence and give a reprieve. We firmly believe that all trials should be free and fair and in line with international standards. We remain extremely concerned about reports of self-immolations and call on all parties to use their influence to bring them to an end."

James Gray, Conservative MP for North Wiltshire, asked, in a follow-up question, that if by making "excessively large noises" about human rights abuses with the Chinese government there was a risk to harm progress towards religious and political freedom?

Mr Hague replied, "I think that we should always be clear in the United Kingdom about our belief in universal human rights and never be afraid to give our advocacy for those rights. That includes relations with China."

Mr Hague also noted that the government is waiting for China to respond to proposed dates for the next UK-China human rights dialogue.

Dolma Gyab was sentenced to death on 15 August by a Chinese court in Ngaba, Sichuan province. Dolma Gyab was found guilty of murdering his wife, Kunchok Wangmo. Chinese state media said that Dolma Gyab had confessed to his crime and that the trial lasted just three hours.

There are serious concerns about Dolma Gyab's case and trial, not the least of which is that local Tibetans reported that Kunchok Wangmo self-immolated on 13 March. There are also fears that Dolma Gyab was tortured in order to extract a confession, and that due legal processes were not carried out.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Excerpt: China must be active to avoid the free-Tibet conspiracy

Dirgha Raj Prasai
Dirgha Raj Prasai
All things are right. But, national integration in the most issue of China. In reality, the crucial point is that the CIA is very active to break China in the name of Free Tibet.  And then, without analysis the situation of country no leadership can success to intact the country's existence. So, it is necessary to maintain the sensitive policy to eradicate the conspirator roles of western countries in the name of Free-Tibet. It was a serious mistake by China to be the first to present letter of credential to the so-called head of the state when the King was still remained the bona-fide head of state. Presenting the letter of credential-2006 by the Chinese ambassador to Prime Minister Late Girija Prasad Koirala taking him as head of the state (?) was against the international norm and practice. This ploy was actually designed by RAW and CIA the Indian and American intelligence agency. The evidences are showing that since monarchy was weakened in Nepal that anti-China activities have suddenly increased. It is say that China had invited free Tibet itself since 2006. 

Before 2005, China was in favor of Nepalese monarchy for its security. When communism was at its height in China, Chinese leader Mao from his sick bed had told late King Birendra that China understood it quite well that Nepal's sovereignty had been protected only because of monarchy in Nepal. Although communists are basically anti-monarchy, China always remained in favor of monarchy in Nepal. This amply tells why China always put its faith on King Mahendra and never believed Nepalese communist leaders. Chinese analysis during the Maoist time was that Nepalese communists wear a revolutionary cloak they have always remained puppets of the Indian designs. This character of the Maoist leaders Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai had and has been mobilizing (since-2002 according to SD Muni) according to the RAW design and other communists of Nepal, because of their relations with RAW has always been turning Nepal into another Sikkim or Bhutan. That is why they are encouraging and helping anti-China activities in Nepal. 

After the accession to the throne-2001, King Gyanendra and Queen Komal had visited China (almost 10 years ago) and had expressed- 'China was a reliable and trustworthy friend of Nepal. The King had talks with President Jiang Zemin in Beijing. The other senior Chinese leaders calling on him included Li Peng, chairman of the standing committee of the National People’s Congress, vice president Hu Jintao and premier Zhu Rongji.The leaders, who appreciated Nepal’s support on the issue of Tibet, expressed Beijing’s full support for and understanding of the efforts of the King and his government to safeguard Nepal’s sovereignty, unity and stability. Beijing reiterated that no interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country should be allowed and that China would work with Nepal along the lines mapped out by the leaders of both countries to consolidate their friendship.
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