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Tibetan Advocate Held in Secret for Weeks in China, Charged with ‘Inciting Separatism’

Tibetan Advocate Held in Secret for Weeks in China, Charged with ‘Inciting Separatism’

A Tibetan entrepreneur has been held in secret for weeks by Chinese authorities. Tashi Wangchuk, 30, is not a murderer, he is not a thief; he is not a violent offender of any sort. No, Mr. Tashi is actually a fierce advocate for bilingual schools across the Tibetan regions of China – and this apparently […]

China Launches “Official” Living Buddha Database and Leaves Out Key Figure

China Launches “Official” Living Buddha Database and Leaves Out Key Figure

The Dalai Lama never made it to the Chinese government’s official public database of “verified” living Buddhas, which it launched on Saturday. Among the ranks are 870 state-approved members. According to a statement by China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs, anyone who claims the holy title and is not on the list should be considered […]

China Launches Massive Surveillance Program on Streets of Tibet

China Launches Massive Surveillance Program on Streets of Tibet

The ancient site of Barkhor in the Tibetan capital often served as a battlefield between Chinese security forces and Tibetans. Today, it’s considered one of the safest places in China. Beijing attributes that peace to a vast on-the-ground surveillance and security network, which it calls “grid management.” According to Chinese state-run media, the government’s program […]

Chinese President Defends Human Rights Record

Chinese President Defends Human Rights Record

Ahead of his first state visit to the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping is celebrating his country’s human rights record. In a letter to the annual Beijing Forum on Human Rights, Xi wrote “China has been promoting economic and social development, improving people’s well-being, and toughening legal protection of human rights, among other efforts.” However, […]

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