Dharamshala, India — A former Tibetan political prisoner who was severely tortured for singing the Tibetan national anthem in 2016, passed away in a hospital in Chengdu on Friday 26 April. A local source indicates that he died from prolonged illness sustained through torture suffered while in Chinese police custody in April 2016.

Chinese authorities in Qinghai province have sentenced nine Tibetans to to prison terms ranging between three and seven years for for running an “illegal organisation,” demanding the return of community land taken by authorities but then left unused since 2011.

Dharamshala, India — Chinese authorities have sentenced Lodoe Gyatso, a former Tibetan political prisoner, to 18 years in prison while his wife has been given a two-year prison term. Last year, on 28 January, Lodoe Gyatso, alias Sogkhar Lodoe, staged a peaceful solo protest in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet shouting slogans against Chinese oppressive authoritarian regime's rule in Tibet.

Dharamshala, India — A senior Tibetan Buddhist monk in eastern Tibet has recently called on exiled Tibetan President Dr Lobsang Sangay to send His Holiness the Dalai Lama's special envoy to restart the dialogue with the Chinese government because China always says it's door is always open for the dialogue with the Tibetan representatives on resolving Tibet issue.

Dharamshala — A Tibetan student, expressing critique about the declining number of job opportunities for Tibetans, was currently detained by the Chinese authorities. Tibetans are increasingly disadvantaged as civil service exams, requiring proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, are biased towards Chinese students.

Dharamshala, India — Foreign travelers, including tourists, journalists, and diplomats are barred from visiting Central Tibet for two months as the totalitarian communist regime in China has closed the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to the world.

Dharamshala, India — Two young Tibetan men reportedly set themselves on fire in Ngaba County of Tibet on Sunday in protest against China's repressive rule in the occupied Himalayan region—one of them reportedly died and the other was severely injured.

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