Beste Tibet supporter,
Na een intense periode van reflectie en ernstige overwegingen, willen wij, als bestuur van de Vrienden van Tibet, U op de hoogte stellen in verband met het ophouden van onze werking en het voortbestaan van de Tibet Support Group “ de Vrienden van Tibet”
Allerhande argumenten hebben meegespeeld, verschillende pistes werden nog overwogen en het doet na zo vele jaren van zéér actieve “Tibet ondersteuning”, pijn in het hart om te beslissen “de spreekwoordelijke boeken neer te leggen”.
Het waren fantastische en onvergetelijke jaren, niet altijd de makkelijkste maar steeds boeiende en leerrijke ervaringen waarin wij vele geëngageerde mensen heb mogen leren kennen die allen zeer begaan waren met het lot van de vele Tibetanen zowel binnen als buiten Tibet.
Vele jaren hebben we met het VVT bestuur ons volledig engagement in dit project gestoken , nieuwsbrieven geschreven, debatten gevoerd op alle politieke niveaus, demonstraties en wakes georganiseerd, persberichten gestuurd, lobbywerk gedaan, Interparlementaire werkgroepen geïnstalleerd, huisvesting voor vluchtelingen gezocht, logistieke steun verleend, een website onderhouden die steeds zeer up to date was, sensibiliseringscampagnes, petities en marktbezoeken gedaan….en ja ..zelfs gearresteerd geweest….het is alles heel mooi en inspirerend geweest.
Samen hebben we een hele weg afgelegd en hebben we dank zij onze werking, de Tibetaanse gemeenschap in België dermate ondersteund dat ze een zelfbewuste en volwassen werking hebben uitgebouwd waarin onze mogelijke inbreng niet meer hetzelfde karakter heeft van destijds.
Ons hart, bezieling en gedachten blijven vanzelfsprekend steeds bij Tibet en de vele Tibetaanse vluchtelingen.
Met hartelijke en dankbare groet,
Caroline De Baene
ATTENTION : NEW YEARS PARTY IN ANTWERP CANCELLED !!!!
This is to inform everyone that RTYC
Belgium has cancelled the forthcoming new year eve party in Antwerp due to
recent self-immolations in Tibet.
Through cancelling this event we solidarily stand together with our martyrs,
their families and friends. Hereby, RTYC Belgium would like to request each and
every TIbetan to pray for them.
Update november 2014
Tibetan university student detained for blogging on self-immolation
29 DECEMBER 2014
Chinese authorities have arbitrarily detained a Tibetan university student who is also an active blogger on issues sensitive for the Chinese government such as self-immolation, according to information received by TCHRD.
Chinese Security Forces Open Fire on Monks for Protecting Self-immolator in Tawo
Chinese security forces have opened fire on a group of monks from Nyitso monastery in Tawo for protecting the body of Kalsang Yeshi, who set himself on fire to protest China's repressive policies towards Tibetans on December 23, 2014.
Monk dies of self-immolation calling for Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet
24 DECEMBER 2014
Exile Tibetan media have reported yet another self-immolation yesterday of a monk in Tawu (Ch: Daofu) County in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Kham.
Tibetan Teenage Girl Carries out Self-immolation Protest
Ninteen year old Tsepey, who sources describe as a gentle and kind person, set herself on fire around 4pm on December 22, in a rural area called Meruma, close to a township that has seen the greatest number of such protests over the last 5 years.
Tibetan Man Self-immolates in Amchok
A Tibetan man has set himself on fire in Amchok town of Sangchu County, Kanlho Prefecture, Gansu Province on December 16, 2014.
Detained & Arrested
Two monks detained, many others beaten and detained in Ngaba
29 DECEMBER 2014
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has been informed by a reliable source that Chinese paramilitary forces detained a monk for staging peaceful protest and detained another for unknown reasons in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) County in Ngaba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, in the Tibetan province of Amdo.
Popular Tibetan Village Leader is Killed in Detention in Driru
Chinese authorities in Tibet’s restive Driru county were accused on Monday of murdering a popular Tibetan village chief while he was detained because of his efforts to promote Tibetan culture and the economic well-being and unity of the Tibetan people.
Tibetan Villagers, Officials Clash Over Forced Vote in Darlag County
Tibetan villagers in northwestern China’s Qinghai province clashed with county officials this week after being ordered to vote for a government-backed candidate for local office instead of the candidate they preferred, sources said.
Tibetan Activist Dies After Suspected Beating, Torture in Jail
A Tibetan political prisoner has died less than six years into his 15-year jail term after suspected beating and torture by Chinese authorities, according to a rights group.
Tibetan Student Who Promoted Tibetan Culture Is Freed From Jail
Prison authorities in northwestern China’s Qinghai province have freed a young Tibetan jailed for promoting Tibetan language and culture, releasing him before his full term was served without any explanation, sources said.
Tibetan Musician Who Produced Songs For Popular Singer is Jailed
A Tibetan musician has been ordered jailed for more than two years for producing patriotic Tibetan songs that have been banned by the Chinese authorities, according to sources, amid a crackdown by Beijing on Tibetan cultural figures.
NEWS OUTSIDE TIBET
Facebook accused of cowing to Chinese censors over Tibet monk video
29 Dec 2014
Facebook stands accused of cowing to censorship from China, after a video of a Tibetan monk's self-immolation was deleted from the website over Christmas.
Sikyong to join Global Leaders at Goa’s India Ideas Conclave 2014
December 18, 2014
DHARAMSHALA: Tibetan political leader Dr. Lobsang Sangay has been invited as a distinguished speaker among a galaxy of world leaders, ambassadors, eminent journalists, writers and spiritual leaders at the prestigious India Ideas Conclave 2014 at Goa from 19-21 December.
Exile Tibetan MPs call on Indian lawmakers to revive Parliamentary Forum for Tibet
December 16, 2014
NEW DELHI: A 10-member Tibetan Parliamentary delegation following its week-long Tibet advocacy campaign in Delhi revived the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum for Tibet (APPFT).
Concluding Session of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
December 15, 2014
Today, Nobel Peace Laureates gathered in the Giulio Cesar Hall on Rome’s Capitol Hill for the final session of their 14th World Summit.
Pope declines Dalai Lama meeting in Rome
12 December 2014
Pope Francis will not meet the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama because of the "delicate situation" with China, the Vatican says.
Tibet Issue raised in the UK Parliament on International Human Rights Day
December 12, 2014
DHARAMSHALA: UK MPs debated the issue of Tibet and freedom of expression in the House of Commons on International Human Rights Day, 10 December, highlighting the ongoing repression and the condition of Tibetan political prisoners.
Tibet discussed during EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights
December 11, 2014
EU raised with China the denial of human rights in Tibet during the 33rd round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights in Brussels.
Brand Tibet: China’s and Tibetan Exiles’ Contrasting Narratives on Tibet
December 9, 2014
By Thubten Samphel* (Originally published on The Huffington Post, 8 December 2014) No struggle in the world is as unequal as the one between Tibet and China. Beijing’s position in Tibet is unassailable, reinforced by a network of all-weather roads, airports and an expanding railway line that are integrating the world’s highest, largest and remotest plateau more closely to the mainland.
Tibetan Representatives at UN Climate Change Conference in Peru
December 6, 2014
LIMA, Peru: Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen, an environment research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute and Dorji Kyi, an environment activist of Tibetan Women’s Association are participating at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference or more popularly known as the COP20 at Lima, in Peru.
Begles flies Tibetan flag to honour Kalon Dicki Chhoyang’s visit
December 6, 2014
The Kalon for Department of Information and International Relations of Central Tibetan Administration, Ms. Dicki Chhoyang, was received today by the Mayor and member of French Parliament Mr. Noel Mamere at the Town Hall of Begles, close to France’s south west city of Bordeaux.
News in Tibet
Tibetan Singer Jailed Four Years For Belting Out Patriotic Songs
A popular Tibetan singer has been ordered jailed for four years for belting out songs calling on Tibetans to speak their own language and to forge unity among themselves as Chinese authorities pursue a crackdown on public assertions of Tibetan national and cultural identity.
Tibetan Monk Detained After Solo Freedom Protest in Kardze
A young Tibetan monk was taken into custody on Wednesday in western China’s Sichuan province after launching a solitary protest challenging Beijing’s rule in Tibetan areas and calling for the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, according to sources.
China Intensifies Legal Education Campaign in Rural Tibetan Area
Following China’s fourth plenary session of the 18th Central Committee in late October that declared rule of law or rule by law and legal reforms in China, the authorities in Tibetan areas in Sichuan Province have intensified “legal awareness” campaign in the Tibetan monasteries and villages.
Tibetan Groups Ask UN Envoy to Scrutinize Rights Charges Against Beijing
New U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein should look closely at charges of blatant rights abuses and environmental concerns in Tibet if allowed by Beijing to visit the region, a group of 20 Tibetan writers, educators, and former political prisoners says, cautioning him against falling into any “trap” set by Chinese officials to mislead him.
Chinese Authorities Amputate Legs of Tibetan Self-Immolator
Authorities in northwestern China’s Gansu province have amputated the legs of a Tibetan self-immolation protester against his parents’ wishes, and have returned him to his home where he is being kept under police watch together with his family, according to Tibetan sources.
Earthquake in Karze Tibetan Prefecture Kills 5 Leaving Thousands Homeless
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Dhardo County, Karze Tibetan Prefecture in Sichuan Province around 4pm Beijing time on Saturday, November 22.
More Than 100 Nuns Expelled From Convent in Tibetan County
Chinese authorities have expelled more than 100 Tibetan nuns from a convent in a southwestern Tibetan county near the border with Nepal, sending them back to their family homes and requiring them to wear lay dress, according to Tibetan sources
China Releases Tibetan Political Prisoner in Kardze
China has released a Tibetan political prisoner of Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture two years before the scheduled release date on November 17, 2014.
26 Expelled After Tibetan Nunnery Refuses to Denounce Dalai Lama
November 17, 2014 2:49 PM
Chinese officials expelled at least 26 Tibetan nuns from Jhada Nunnery, a well-regarded religious institution in the eastern region of Tibet, since October.
3 Tibetans Sentenced in Connection With Self-Immolation Death
November 06, 2014 5:47 PM
DHARAMSALA, INDIA—Tibetans in exile say a court in southwestern China has given out two- and three-year prison terms to three Tibetans for their alleged involvement in a self-immolation last year.
China to Punish Communist Officials Who Support Dalai Lama
VOA News November 05, 2014 5:24 AM
China is threatening to punish Communist Party members loyal to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing regards as a dangerous separatist.
News of Tibetans in Exile
Tibetan MP pens book on self-immolation
November 28, 2014 4:45 pm
DHARAMSHALA: A book on the genesis of self-immolation protests in the world in general and Tibet in particular, written by Jamyang Soepa, a member of Tibetan parliament-in-exile, was launched in Dharamshala yesterday.
Kalon Ngodup Tsering to attend World Hindu Congress
November 19, 2014 4:24 pm
DHARAMSHALA: The World Hindu Foundation has invited the Tibetan political leader, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, to the World Hindu Congress, an international conference being organised in New Delhi from 21 – 23 Nov in New Delhi.
Sikyong to tour 8 cities in US and Canada
November 19, 2014 3:53 pm
DHARAMSHALA: Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay today left Dharamshala for a tour of 8 cities in Canada and US from 21 November – 5 December.Before leaving for Canada tomorrow, the Tibetan political leader will meet with important officials in New Delhi.
Nobel Summit relocates to Rome after row over SA visa to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
November 18, 2014 5:21 pm
DHARAMSHALA : The Nobel Peace Laureates Summit has been relocated to Rome from 12-14 December after the South African government failed to issue visa to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, according to a statement issued by organizers on 16 November.
Workshop on the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014 held in Delhi
November 18, 2014 5:18 pm
NEW DELHI: A workshop on the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy-2014 was organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on 17 November in New Delhi.
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