Dharamshala, India – “I want to urge the world to join our movement and boycott the upcoming Beijing Olympics,” said Gonpo Dhondup, President of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) at a press conference organized by Tibetan NGOs and activists on February 3, 2021. The press conference was for the release of their official statement and to request leaders across the globe to boycott the Beijing Olympics in. It marked a one-year countdown to the Olympic games.

Paris, France – The Tibetan community held a demonstration to protest the unfair and unjust death of the young Tibetan monk, Tenzin Nyima, outside the Chinese embassy in Paris. The young monk sadly passed away after suffering serious injuries and torture at the hands of Chinese police while he was still under their custody on January 19, 2020. At the time of his death, Tenzin was only 19 years old.

Pretoria, South Africa — Prince Mangosuthu G. Buthelezi the President and Founder of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) congratulated Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on the successful signing of the Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020 (TPSA), in a heartfelt letter sent on January 26, 2021. The bill was passed and signed into law by the government of the United States.

Dharamshala, India – “As long as there is a way to overcome the problem, we must make the effort,” said His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama while in a conversation with the students of The British School in New Delhi, from his residence at Dharamshala, HP India on January 22, 2021.

Dharamshala, India — In a statement released by the Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU), Chinese authorities were strongly urged to unconditionally free Tashi Wangchuk and all other prisoners of conscience. The statement also assured that the European Union will continue to engage with China on human rights issues. The statement was released on January 29, 2021.

Dharamshala, India – “We can combat all challenges if we act like one family,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a conversation with mayors from different countries on the topic Kind and Compassionate leadership. The virtual conference was organised by Strong Cities Network and United States Conference of Mayors on January 27, 2021.

Dharamshala, India —  Pema Jungney, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) extended his heartiest congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on being sworn in as the 46th President and 49th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2021.

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