Dharamshala, India — The India based Tibetan 'Women's Association (TWA) has staged a peaceful protest on the 23rd year of the 11th Panshen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima abduction by the Chinese communist regime in Beijing (1995). The protesters shouted slogans such as "Where is Tibet's 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima? CHINA ALONE CAN ANSWER!!!."

Berlin, Germany — While addressing to the Tibetan community based in Germany, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dr Lobsang Sangay, asked Tibetans in-exile not to forget the sacrifice made by people of Tibet, including the 152 Tibetans who self-immolated for a cause that all Tibetans are part of.

 
Dharamshala, India — The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has said that "China has intensified and strengthened its surveillance program through out Tibet, sending thousands of cadres into nomadic communities to keep an eye on the Tibetans inside Tibet."
 
The India based Tibetan rights group released its annual report on human rights situation in Tibet at a press conference held at the conference hall of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) in Dharamshala, India on May 7, 2018.
 
The 2017 Annual Report on the human rights situation in Tibet presents an analysis of major human rights abuses committed by Chinese government authorities in 2017 and provides specific recommendations to the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on ending repressive policies and practices in Tibet, the group said in a statement. 
 
Key areas of concern the report highlights are mass surveillance and its repercussions on right to privacy and freedom of expression and opinion; right to freedom of religion and belief; arbitrary detention and torture; and development policy with special focus on poverty alleviation programs.
 
“New repressive laws, regulations and policies backed by advanced technology were implemented to preempt and suppress peaceful political dissent and government criticism. Throughout the oppressive surveillance state, Tibetans continued to protest and self-immolate in order to draw attention to crimes against humanity and other human rights violations perpetrated by Chinese authorities in Tibet.
 
“Arbitrary and arrests and detention persisted and torture remained rampant in pre-trial detention where detainees are frequently forced into false confessions. Several cases of torture uncovered this year contribute to the overwhelming testimonial evidence of the inhuman Chinese justice system. The common use of enforced disappearance guarantees full discretion to law enforcement agencies to subject detainees to torture and deny them the right to legal representation and fair trial,” the group further said. 
 
Tightening control over religious institutions, the group added, indicates that the raft of monastery management measures implemented in the past five years would become a permanent feature. “This would further contribute towards the securitization of Tibetan religious and cultural issues resulting in increased religious freedom violations.”

Dharamshala, India —The 30th meeting of the Task Force on Sino-Tibetan Dialogue concluded on Thursday in Dharamshala, with "a detailed discussion on the situation inside Tibet, the perceptible shifts in global political landscape and the overall prospects for the resumption of dialogue between Dharamshala and Beijing to resolve the issue of Tibet."

Dharamshala, India — 'Your presence here means a lot, sending a message of hope to Tibetans inside Tibet, under occupation, Tibetans are repressed, they are suffering and in prison and 152 Tibetans have committed self-immolation,' said President Dr Lobsang Sangay in his remarks, while welcoming the European Parliamentary delegation who is on a six-day visit to Dharamshala from Monday.

Dharamshala, India — 'Tibet is going through one of the most difficult periods in its history, and those who are serving for the Tibetan cause during such crucial times are connected through karma with the greatest kings of Tibet,' His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Friday told the 8-member Cabinet led by President Dr Lobsang Sangay, upon completing their second year in office.

Dharamshala, India — “Even in the past although politically Tibet was divided into many territories, our language, culture and religion have united all of us as people of Tibet," the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, while honouring retired Tibetan officials in recognition of their tireless service to the just cause of Tibet.

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