VVT brief aan de heer Van Rompuy ivm het bezoek aan China 15-18 mei

Dear President Herman van Rompuy,

I am writing to you concerning your forthcoming visit to China. This visit, as you will be aware, comes as dissidents, lawyers, artists and writers are being summarily rounded up and disappeared.
It is also a critical time at Kirti Monastery, Ngaba in eastern Tibet, where hundreds of monks have been detained and a stand-off developed between local people, monks and China's security forces following protests against China's rule. At least three people have died in Ngaba in recent weeks.

China will no doubt attempt to portray your visit as evidence that there is no disagreement between the EU and China about human rights.
I implore you to ensure this does not happen by very strongly and publicly expressing the European Union's deep concern about the current situation before, during and after your visit.

I urge you to make the crisis at Kirti Monastery a central message for your visit and to address your concerns directly to Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao. Specifically I urge you to:

* Call for the release of Ai Wei Wei and all detainees in connection with China's crackdown on dissent, and for the release of all monks and laypeople detained in Ngaba since 16 March 2011 (Ch: Aba, Sichuan Province)
* Call for the withdrawal of China's paramilitary forces from Ngaba.
* Demand that diplomatic observers and the media be permitted free access to Ngaba and Kirti Monastery.

I also request you to urgently mandate your team to increase the resources dedicated to monitoring the situation in Tibet by creating the position of a Tibet Liaison Officer in the EU's Beijing Delegation.
This simple, tangible step would significantly enhance the EU's access to information about Tibet and increase its capacity to respond to China's crackdown.
It would further strengthen the long-standing support that the European Union has given to Tibet and send a highly appropriate and timely signal to China of the EU's concerns.

I look forward to hearing from you

Tibetan leader warns India of China 'encirclement'

By Penny MacRae (AFP) – May 22 2011

NEW DELHI — The newly-elected head of Tibet's government-in-exile has warned India that it is being encircled by "Chinese interests" as Beijing strengthens its South Asian presence.
China has been boosting its regional influence by developing relations with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal,
said Lobsang Sangay, elected by Tibetan exiles as their new premier after the Dalai Lama announced he would retire as the Tibetan movement's political leader.
"You can see the encirclement of India by China interests," the 43-year-old international law expert said in his first wide-ranging interview with Indian television since his election last month.
"I just want to remind or highlight these facts," the Harvard academic told India's NDTV channel. "Let Indian leaders decide for themselves what to do."
India is home to at least 100,000 Tibetan exiles, many of whom live in the northern hill town of Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama and Tibet's government-in-exile are based.
Sangay's comments chime with New Delhi's own worries that deep-pocketed China is seeking to encircle the Indian Ocean region with huge infrastructure development projects from arch-rival Pakistan to Myanmar.
Indo-Chinese relations also have become more tense in recent years over such issues as their disputed Himalayan border, the trigger for a brief, bloody war in 1962, despite flourishing trade between the two fast-growing economies.
Sangay appealed to the New Delhi government to consider Tibet's future "as a core issue between India and China and accordingly please act on it."
But New Delhi has long trod a cautious policy on Tibet for fear of riling Beijing, stipulating that Tibetans can remain in India as long as they do not use the country as a springboard for anti-Chinese activities.
Sangay is a far more prominent and influential figure than any of his predecessors after the Dalai Lama's decision to transfer his political powers to the head of the government-in-exile.
He hit out at Chinese government officials who he said have refused to accept his election as the new Tibetan political head, saying doing so was "not helpful in creating a conducive atmosphere for peaceful dialogue".
At the same time, he reiterated a pledge that he would abide by the Dalai Lama's "middle way" for Tibet, which calls for "genuine autonomy within China" rather than independence sought by younger, hardline Tibetan exiles.
"I, as the elected head of the administration, must fulfil that policy," Sangay said, adding: "I do believe in a peaceful solution."
The Dalai Lama, 75, retains the more significant role of Tibetans' spiritual leader as well as his grip on major policy-making decisions.
China has for years insisted that the Buddhist monk, who fled Chinese rule of his homeland for India in 1959, wants to establish an independent Tibet -- charges the Nobel laureate has long denied.

Following are a few media coverage stories on the Kalon Tripa election of Dr.Lobsang Sangay.

NPR's Interview with Dr.Lobsang Sangay (radio)

ABC Australia (radio interview)

Dr.Lobsang Sangay New primer Minister of Tibet, CNN

Harvard Law school Scholar to lead Tibet Tibet Exiles Pick Prime Minister, AFP

Tibet Exiles Pick Prime Minister, AFP

Lobsang Sangay to be New kalon Tripa

Lobsang Sangay to be New Prime Minister, IBNLive

Under Represented People's Organisation congratulate Dr.Lobsang Sangay

Team Kalon Tripa for Tibet

Lobsang Sangay is nieuwe "kalon tripa" van Tibet.
Lobsang Sangay wordt de nieuwe politieke leider van Tibet. De 42-jarige jurist zal weldra de Verenigde Staten moeten
verlaten om zich te vestigen in Dharamsala, de stad in India van waaruit Tibet wordt bestuurd.
Begin maart liet Tenzin Gyatso, de veertiende Dalai Lama, weten dat hij enkel nog de religieuze leider wilde zijn.
In maart werden meteen verkiezingen uitgeschreven. Zowat 50.000 Tibetanen in ballingschap stemden.
De resultaten werden woensdag vrijgegeven.
Lobsang Sangay, die in India werd geboren, maar nooit in Tibet woonde, veroverde 55 procent van de stemmen.
Hij wordt geen nieuwe Dalai lama, wel de Kalon tripa (premier).
Sangay is een jurist met naam aan de universiteit van Harvard.
Bron: Het belang van Limburg 27 Apri 2011
A Thank You Message From Dr. Lobsang Sangay

Date :- 27th april 2011

With profound humility I accept the Tibetan people's support and the post of Kalon Tripa.

It is sobering to realize that nearly 50,000 people in over 30 countries voted in the recent Kalon Tripa and Chitue elections. Your overwhelming support is humbling and I will do my utmost to live up to your expectations.
I ran on a platform which surrounded the three core principles of unity, innovation and self-reliance. In keeping with that spirit, I would like to acknowledge the campaigns of the other two candidates, Trisur Tenzin Namgyal Tethong la and Kasur Tashi Wangdi la. It was a privilege to run against two extraordinary men with such distinguished records of public service. I have tremendous respect for both of them. I also want to thank Professor Samdhong Rimpoche for his steady leadership over the past ten years as our Kalon Tripa.
The recent Kalon Tripa and Tibetan parliamentary elections were by all accounts unprecedented. There was a level of enthusiasm from both the electorate and candidates that was never witnessed before. This enthusiasm was not limited to solely Tibetans in exile either. Tibetans inside Tibet followed the elections closely and I heard accounts of Tibetans lighting butter lamps, praying, and celebrating by bursting firecrackers. My heart was lifted when I even received messages of support and Khatas from Tibetans in Tibet. Outside of Tibet, Nepal interfered in our elections and disenfranchised thousands of Tibetan voters there. Still our people were not daunted. And Tibetans in over 30 countries cast their vote.
I view my election as an affirmation of the far-sighted policies of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and another important step towards the realization of his vision of a truly democratic Tibetan society. I believe the success of the recent Kalon Tripa and Chitue elections and the active participation of the Tibetans in the elections is a significant moral victory.
This campaign has been a great personal journey for me. I had a chance to visit Tibetans in many countries as well as most of the Tibetan settlements in India. I still vividly remember many of the interactions I had with fellow Tibetans while on the campaign trail. As I prepare to assume this important position of responsibility, their hopes and aspirations will continue to be at the forefront of my mind.
I am assuming leadership responsibility against the backdrop of His Holiness’ magnanimous decision to devolve political authority to elected leaders. In contrast to the Jasmine revolution where people are giving up their lives to secure democracy, His Holiness’ gesture demonstrates his faith in the Tibetan people. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is my inspiration and I will seek to achieve the ambitious objectives he has set for us. I take comfort in the fact that the changes we are going through are happening as per his vision and while His Holiness is healthy and available to watch over us. I am also confident that the democratic institutions and government we have in place will help sustain the Tibetan movement into the future.
I would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the election because their participation strengthened our democracy. I want to extend my special thanks to my diligent and selfless supporters who set high standards by running a positive and constructive campaign. However, I would also like to appeal to my supporters to refrain from organizing celebration parties because the result of this election is not an individual loss or victory, but rather a mandate to shoulder the aspirations of six million Tibetans. We are already facing immense challenges including a critical situation in Ngaba and Amdo with Tibetans being killed and arrested by the Chinese government. I want to express my sincere appreciation and extend my deepest support to the people in Tibet who continue to show tremendous courage even in the most difficult of situations. Our hearts and minds are steadfastly with them.
I urge every Tibetan and friends of Tibet to join me in our common cause to alleviate the suffering of Tibetans in occupied Tibet and to return His Holiness to his rightful place in the Potala Palace.
The participation and enthusiasm we witnessed during the elections was overwhelming and I encourage everyone to continue being an active participant. The time has come for all Tibetans to take on greater responsibility. While I will do my utmost to fulfill the responsibility you have placed in me, the success of the next Kashag will depend on the engagement of all Tibetans. Together, I am confident we will march together towards a better future.

Bhod Gyalo

Sangay: Reaching out to China, via Harvard
Boston Globe (US) April 27, 2011
Kalon tripa Mr. Lobsang Sangay

The election commission of the Central Tibetan Administration in exile, headed by Mr. Jampal Chosang, announced this morning the final results of the elections of the Kalon Tripa (Chief of Cabinet) and the new Parliament in exile.

Mr. Lobsang Sangay, a 43 year old US based Harvard research fellow, is elected to the post of Chief of Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration with 27,051 votes.
The other finalists, Mr. Tenzin Namgyal Tethong got 18,450 votes and Mr. Tashi Wangdi 3,173 votes.

As for the new Parliament in exile, the Election Commission announced the election of forty-two members who will sit at the XV legislature of the Parliament in exile, 28 representing the three provinces of Tibet, eight representing the four Buddhist schools of Tibet, two representing the Bon religion, two representing the North American continent and two representing Europe.

Venerable Thupten Wangchen, Director of Casa del Tibet, Barcelona and Ms. Koren Chungdak, former Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Switzerland, currently residing in Norway were elected for the two seats allocated to Europe. The new Chief of the Cabinet and the XV legislature of Parliament in exile will be operational from September 2011 for a period of five years.

Election Commission Announces Final Results of Elections [Wednesday, 27 April 2010, 11:15 a.m.]

DHARAMSHALA: The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration today declared the final results of the elections
of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the third Kalon Tripa directly elected by the Tibetan people in exile.

Kalon Tripa
S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Lobsang Sangay Lithang US 27051 55.00%

Elected members of 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
U-Tsang Province
S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok Ngari Delhi 13983 57.06%
2 Pema Jungney Toe Ruthog Dharamsala or Dehradun 12111 49.42%
3 Sharling Tenzin Dadon Tsang Dumpa Dharamsala 11995 48.95%
4 Geshe Kelsang Damdul Tsona Dharamsala 10557 43.08%
5 Karma Yeshi Sakya Dharamsala 9908 40.43%
6 Dawa Tsering Toe Rachu Dharamsala 9852 40.20%
7 Dolma Tsering Drakne Dharamsala 9334 38.09%
8 Bhumo Tsering Kongpo Dharamsala 8476 34.59%

Do-Toe Province
S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Bawa Kelsang Gyaltsen Bawa Dharamsala 9671 71.26%
2 Serta Tsultrim Serta Dharamsala 8044 59.27%
3 Jhuchen Kunchok Choedon Derge Dharamsala 7756 57.15%
4 Jamyang Soepa Lithang Dharamsala 6536 48.16%
5 Aukartsang Youdon Chamdo Delhi 6240 45.98%
6 Choekyong Wangchuk Gapa Delhi 6219 45.83%
7 Yangchen Dolker Derge Shilong 6090 44.88%
8 Tsultrim Tenzin Karze Bir 5933 43.72%
9 Geshe Yungdrung Gyaltsen Khyungpo Nepal 5492 40.47%
10 Ghang Lhamo Drakyab Dharamsala 5131 37.81%

Do-Mey Province
S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Penpa Tsering Nangra Dharmsala 2272 82.35%
2 Thupten Lungrig Rebkong Dharamsala 2041 73.98%
3 Gyalrong Dawa Tsering Gyalrong Mainpat 1827 66.22%
4 Phelgye Dolma Tsomo Jhakyung Nepal 1756 63.65%
5 Kirti Dolker Lhamo Ngapa Dharamsala 1465 53.10%
6 Sonam Gyaltsen Thika Dharamsala 1275 46.21%
7 Dolkar Kyap Machu Dharamsala 1206 43.71%
8 Yeshi Dolma Hortsang Dharamsala 1198 43.42%
9 Mogru Tenpa Tsolho Dharamsala 1065 38.60%
10 Gyarigthar Mangra Dharamsala 1000 36.25%

Nyingma Religion S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Lopon Sonam Tenphel Rekhe Bylakuppee 1232 92.15%
2 Gyari Bhutuk Nyagrong Bangalore 762 56.99%

Kagyu Religion

S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Karma Choephel U-tsang Dharamsala 312 60.94%
2 Tenpa Yarphel Chamdo Dharamsala 256 50.00%

Sakya Religion
S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Norbu Tsering Derge Bir 384 73.99%
2 Choedak Gyatso Nangchen Dehradun 309 59.54%

Gelug Religion

S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Rongpo Lobsang Nyendak Ronpo Bylakuppee 3336 55.38%
2 Atruk Tsetan Lithang Mundgod 3161 52.47%

Bon Religion

S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Geshe Monlam Tharchin Khyungpo Solan 91 82.73%
2 Geshe Namdhak Tsukphui Hor Drachen Varanasi 56 50.91%

S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Thupten Wangchen Kyirong Spain 1225 59.64%
2 Chungdak Koren Phari Norway 758 36.90%

North America
S.no Name Native Present residence No. of votes Vote percentage
1 Dekyi Choeyang Do-mey North America 2988 53.44%
2 Norbu Tsering U-tsang Toronto 2596 46.43%

Herdenkingswake in Gent voor repressieslachtoffers in Tibet

Two die in Tibetan monastery crackdown: rights group
People had their arms and legs broken, one old woman had her leg broken in three places, and cloth was stuffed in their mouths to stifle their screams," an exiled Kirti monk was quoted as saying by the rights group.
Besieged Monks 'Tortured'
The intensity of torture was so severe that the pain and agony felt by the monks were the same as if they were being skinned alive.
Many of them fainted under the torture and violence," said Tsering and Yeshe, whose monastery is in regular contact with monks and residents of Ngaba.
21 April 2011
De Vrienden van Tibet in samenwerking met het International Tibet Network

Global Tibet movement condemns China's crackdown on Tibetan Monastery

The worldwide membership of the International Tibet Network (1), consisting of almost 200 Tibet campaign organizations on six continents, condemns China's continuing crackdown on the monks of Kirti Monastery and Tibetans living in Ngaba, Amdo in Eastern Tibet (Ch: Sichuan Province).
This crackdown has resulted in at least 34 detentions, beatings, restrictions of movement, food shortages and an intensive "patriotic re-education" campaign following the death of a 20-year old monk named Phuntsok from self-immolation on 16 March (2).
The Tibet Network calls on governments around the world to issue a public statement of concern about the crisis and to immediately convey to China's leaders the message that its security forces must withdraw from Ngaba, all detainees must be unconditionally released and unfettered access must be granted to international observers and media.

Video footage released yesterday by Voice of America's Tibetan Service, viewable at http://www.youtube.com/user/VOAKunleng#p/u/0/zwmstGsFlJc
clearly refutes China's claim that the situation in Ngaba is "normal."
The footage includes an interview with the head of Kirti Monastery in Dharamsala, India who says, “[On Monday] a Foreign Ministry spokesman told a press briefing that there were still religious observances going on, worshippers coming and going, and monks free to leave to conduct pujas (a daily ritual of prayers and offerings) in local households.
The fact is that the monastery is encircled by armed soldiers 24 hours a day, while inside government officials intimidate and harass the monks under the guise of a ‘Patriotic Religion’ re-education campaign.
They have fenced off all the prayer wheels around the perimeter to prevent people from worship, and blocked off all the gaps in the perimeter wall, turning the compound into a prison, and now that the monks don’t even have food to eat day by day.
How can the government talk about security and normality? If the government’s account is correct, then foreign reporters and observers should be allowed in to see for themselves.”
(Translation by the International Campaign for Tibet.) (3)

On 15 April His Holiness the Dalai Lama appealed for restraint, saying,

"The current situation prevailing at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet is extremely grim because of the stand-off between the Chinese military forces and the local Tibetans. The monastery, housing approximately 2500 monks, is completely surrounded by Chinese armed forces, who at one point prevented vital food and other supplies from entering the monastic compound.
[…] I am very concerned that this situation if allowed to go on may become explosive with catastrophic consequences for the Tibetans in Ngaba.” (4)

In the coming weeks the US/China and EU/CHina Human Rights Dialogues are expected to take place, as well as visits to China by a number of leaders including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and European Commission President Herman van Rompuy.
Tibetans and Tibet supporters worldwide urge all those involved in these diplomatic exchanges to robustly express their concern for the safety of monks and Tibetan lay people in Ngaba and to call for an end to the human rights abuses being inflicted by Chinese security forces.

1. The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of 183 Tibet related non-governmental organizations, which works to maximise the effectiveness of the worldwide Tibet movement.
Network Member organizations hold varied positions on Tibet's future political status, but all regard Tibet as an occupied country and are dedicated to ending human rights violations in Tibet, and to working actively to restore the Tibetan people's right under international law to determine their own political, economic, social, religious, and cultural status.

2. Tibetan monk Phuntsok, aged 20, immolated himself in the market area of Ngaba on 16 March, the third anniversary of protests at Kirti Monastery in 2008 when police opened fire on and killed at least ten Tibetans.
Phuntsok died in hospital on 17 March. For a chronology of events see http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/tension-ngaba-county-escalates.
For a list of those known to have been detained, see http://savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/list-prisoners-and-%E2%80%9Cdisappeared%E2%80%9D-tibetans-ngaba-crackdown-situation-provokes-us-government

3. A detailed analysis of Voice of America's Tibetan Service video has been published by ICT, see http://savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/dramatic-new-footage-reveals-ngaba-crackdown-refutes-chinese-claims-normal-life.
To contact VoA about the footage, email contact-tibetan@voanews.com. Photos are available from http://www.freetibet.org/newsmedia/ngaba-photographs.

4. To read His Holiness' statement in full see http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/663-appeal-by-hh-the-dalai-lama.
Members of the International Tibet Network

Western Europe:

Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Association Dorje
Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet
Association Rencontres Tibetaines - C.S.P.T. Midi-Pyrenees
Associazione Italia-Tibet
Austrian Committee for Tibet
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Caisse d'Aide aux Prisonniers Tibetains
Casa del Tibet - Spain
Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)
Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Les Lilas)
Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Switzerland)
Corse - Tibet
Eco-Tibet France
EcoTibet Ireland
Free Tibet
Groupe Non-Violent Louis Lecoin, France
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
International Campaign for Tibet Deutschland
International Campaign for Tibet Europe
International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter (IGFM)
Jamtse Thundel Association
La Porte du Tibet, Geneva
Les Amis du Tibet - Belgium
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
Lions Des Neiges
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blance, France
Maison des Himalayas
Maison du Tibet - Tibet Info
Nice Tibet - (former: Vercors Tibet Resistances)
Nos Amis de l'Himalaya
Objectif Tibet
Passeport Tibetain
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
Reseau International des Femmes pour le Tibet
Save Tibet, Austria
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Solidarite Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet - France
Students for a Free Tibet - UK
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association
Tibet 59 / 62
Tibet Democratie
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibet Liberte Solidarite
Tibet Libertes, France
Tibet Society, U.K.
Tibet Support Group - Ireland
Tibet Support Group - Netherlands
Tibet Unterstutzung Liechtenstein
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
Tibetan Youth UK
Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg
TSG Free Tibet And You
Tsowa-Maintenir la Vie, France
Vrienden Van Tibet

Northern Europe:

Association of Free Tibet
Friends of Tibet in Finland
Swedish Tibet Committee
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
Tibet Support Committee Denmark
Tibetan Community in Denmark
Tibetan Community Sweden

Central & Eastern Europe:

Fair Society o.s.
Friends of Tibet Slovakia
Friends of Tibet Society St. Petersburg, Russia
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights - Tibet Desk
International Youth Human Rights Group - Human Rights in Tibet
Lithuanian Tibet Culture Foundation
Polish Movement for a Free Tibet
Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship
Students for a Free Tibet, Poland
The Foundation for Civil Society, Russia
Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet Support Association - Hungary
Tibet Support Group - Krasnodar Region, Russia
Tibet Support Group - Romania
Tibet Support Group - Sochi Region, Russia
Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation
TSG - Slovenia (Formally Foundation Dharmaling)
Union Latvija Tibetai (Latvia for Tibet )
Zida Cels, Latvia

North America:

Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Boston Tibet Network
Canada Tibet Committee
Colorado Friends of Tibet
Committee of 100 for Tibet
CTC - Calgary
Dhokam Chushi Gangdruk
International Campaign for Tibet
International Tibet Independence Movement
Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
Monadnock Friends of Tibet
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
Rangzen Alliance
San Diego Friends of Tibet
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Seattle Friends of Tibet
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet – Canada
The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
The World Tibet Day Foundation
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
Tibet Justice Center
Tibetan Association of Ithaca
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Philadephia
Tibetan Association of Santa Fe
Tibetan Association of Southern California
Tibetan Cultural Association - Quebec
Toronto Tibet Youth Congress
U.S. Tibet Committee
Western Colorado Friends of Tibet
Wisconsin Tibetan Association
United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)

Central and South America

Amigos del Tibet, El Salvafor
Asociacion Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Casa Tibet Mexico
Centro De Cultura Tibetana
Grupo De Apoyo a Tibet Chile
Grupo Pro-Cultura Tibetana, Chile
Le Club Francais
Pensando En Tibet - Mexico
Tibet Group-Panama
Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Fundacion Pro Tibet
World League for Freedom and Democracy - Costa Rica Chapter


Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Circle of Friends (Philippines)
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. H. the Dalai Lama
Friedrich-Naumann Foundation
Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet
India Tibet Friendship Society
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Lung-Ta Project
Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Raise Tibetan Flag Campaign
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
SFT Japan
Students for a Free Tibet - Bangladesh
Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
Tibet Lives, India
Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibet Support Network Japan
Tibetan Student Association, Madras (TSAM)
Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre
Tibetan Rights and Freedom Committee (TRFRC)
Tibetan Women's Association (Central)
Tibetan Youth Congress
Japan Committee of 100 for TIbet
Ns3 Rigpa Community Builder’s Foundation
Anterrashtriya Bharat - Tibbet Sahyog Samiti


A.C.T. Tibet Support Group
Australia Tibet Council
Australian Tibet House Inc.
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Students for a Free Tibet New Zealand
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia
Tibet Support Group - Australia
Tibetan Community of Australia (Victoria)
Tibetan Women Association and Friends Australia
Sakya Trinley Ling
Australian Tibet House Inc.

Africa and Middle East

Friends of Tibet - Isamailia (Egypt)
Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
South African Friends of Tibet
Tibet Support Group Kenya

Alison Reynolds
Executive Director, International Tibet Network
+44 7711 843884

Chinese autoriteiten sluiten 2500 weerloze Tibetaanse monniken af van de buitenwereld !

14 april 2011
Naar aanleiding van de dramatische gebeurtenis op 16 maart jongstleden, waarbij de 20 jarige monnik Phuntsok uit het Kirti-klooster in de Tibetaanse Autonome Prefectuur Ngaba, zichzelf van het leven benam , werden er door de Chinese autoriteiten, draconische maatregelen getroffen om verder protest in de kiem te smoren.
Op 16 maart was het net 3 jaar geleden dat de PAP( Police Army Patrol) héél hardhandig een eind maakte aan een grote vreedzame demonstratie in de buurt van het Kirti-klooster waarbij minstens 10 Tibetanen werden doodgeschoten.
Het klooster is momenteel hermetisch afgesloten. . De Chinese overheid heeft een blokkade rond het klooster aangelegd in de vorm van een prikkeldraadomheining met daarbij een muur die rond de achterzijde van het complex is gebouwd. Overal staan zwaar bewapende patrouilles, elke vorm van communicatie met de buitenwereld is verboden en het ontbreekt de monniken aan toelevering van water en voedsel.
De ontredderde monniken mogen zelfs geen wierook meer branden bij godsdienstige rituelen.
Ondertussen worden er verschillende Tibetaanse burgers van het klooster en uit de lokale gemeenschap vermist, waaronder de jongere broer en een oom van de monnik die zichzelf in brand had gestoken. Er is een rigoureuze 'patriottische heropvoedingscampagne' opgelegd, die de monniken en de lokale bevolking verder tot wanhoop drijft.
Tot nu toe zijn de oudere monniken er in geslaagd de rust in het klooster te bewaren, doch, naarmate deze onrechtmatige brutale bezetting voortduurt , zal een grotere escalatie niet te vermijden zijn.
Schoolkinderen organiseerden ondertussen een hongerstaking in de regio van Barkham, honderden Tibetaanse burgers protesteerden op een vreedzame manier in Namda in Dzamtang en scandeerden slogans waarin ze vrijheid en respect vroegen en de terugkeer van de Dalai Lama naar Tibet verlangden.
Volgens de monniken van het Kirti- Klooster in Dharamsala ( India)werden de demonstranten geslagen met elektrische staven en opgepakt. Hun verblijfplaats is tot op vandaag onbekend. Willekeurige nachtelijke arrestaties zorgen voor veel angst onder de bevolking.

De Chinese patrouilles gebruiken deze incidenten naar aloude gewoonte als een legitiem alibi om Tibetanen te kunnen oppakken en ze zonder eerlijke vorm van proces te berechten en te executeren, net zoals dat ook gebeurde in maart 2008.

De tragische en wanhopige daad van deze jonge monnik én de daarop onmenselijk wrede repressie van de Chinese autoriteiten, tonen nogmaals aan dat er zéér dringend internationale aandacht moet komen naar de onmenselijke situatie waarin de Tibetaanse bevolking zich bevindt en dat er geluisterd moet worden naar de oproep van het Tibetaanse volk voor vrede en gerechtigheid in Tibet.
De Vrienden van Tibet doen een dringende oproep aan de Internationale Mensenrechtenraad en de Internationale Gemeenschap om onmiddellijk actie te ondernemen en druk uit te oefenen bij de Chinese autoriteiten zodat meer bloedvergieten kan vermeden worden.
Inge Hermans
Tibet Support Group Belgium

Head of Kirti monasteries calls for restraint in Ngaba, urges Tibetans to be calm 15 April (Phayul)
US frowns on Chinese force in Tibet 15 April (Phayul)

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25 April Herdenkingswake voor de Kidnapping van de Chinese overheid van de Panchen lama, en de Tibetaanse slachtoffers zoals onlangs de gebeurtenissen in Kirti (Amdo) te Gent

De “Vrienden van Tibet” en de Tibetaanse gemeenschap organiseren op maandag 25 april een herdenkingswake
en een serene wandeling door het centrum van Gent voor de vele Tibetaanse slachtoffers van de afgelopen 6 decennia.

Tot op vandaag betreuren we al 1,2 miljoen Tibetaanse slachtoffers, waaronder 87.000 doden tijdens de volksopstand in
Lhasa op 10 maart 1959. Verder werden er tijdens de Culturele Revolutie ruim 6000 kloosters vernietigd,
met als gevolg dat duizenden monniken en nonnen op de vlucht sloegen en er een grote teloorgang plaatsvond van het prachtige
Tibetaanse culturele erfgoed. Er stierven 340.000 Tibetaanse boeren en nomaden aan een hongersnood ten gevolge
van de zogezegde “modernisering” van de landbouw en door de grootste verplichte volksverhuizing ooit, van Chinezen naar Tibet.

Over het juiste aantal politieke gevangenen tast men volledig in het duister omwille van de grootste geheimhouding.
De Panchen Lama die tezamen met zijn ganse familie in 1995 ontvoerd werd en dit jaar op 25 april zijn 22e verjaardag zou vieren,
is nog steeds spoorloos. Ook hem herdenken we speciaal op onze wake.

China werd recentelijk nogmaals aangeduid als” koploper” wat het aantal uitgevoerde executies betreft.
Het voert meer doodstraffen uit dan de rest van de wereld samen (80% van het totaal).
Er wordt algemeen van uit gegaan dat er jaarlijks 8.000 tot 10.000 terechtstellingen gebeuren in China.

Om al deze slachtoffers te gedenken, komen we maandag 25 april bijeen om 14.00 uur aan Sint Baafs. Vandaar vertrekt er een serene wandeling naar het Woodrow Wilsonplein (Zuid)
waar rond 16.30 uur zal afgesloten worden met Tibetaanse gebeden.

Iedereen die dat wil, kan een kaarsje meebrengen.

Enkele foto's van de wake voor de Panchen lama en de slachtoffers van het brutaal optreden van de Chinese overheid tegen de Tibetanen en Tibetaanse monniken.

Background information
The Panchen Lama is a hugely important spiritual figure in Tibetan Buddhism, second in significance in the Gelukpa school only to the Dalai Lama.
When the 10th Panchen Lama died in 1989 the search began to find his reincarnation. The search was led by Chadrel Rinpoche of Tashilunpo Monastery in Tibet, who provided a list of candidates to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On 14 May 1995 Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was chosen from that list. Three days later he and his family went missing. In May 1996 the Chinese authorities admitted to the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child that Gedhun and his family were being held in a secret location.

The Chinese government, recognising the political significance of the Panchen Lama, wished to have a replacement of their own choosing to sway Tibetan society and counter the influence of the Dalai Lama. Six months after Gedhun’s abduction the Chinese authorities selected Gyaltsen Norbu, a young Tibetan boy to become the 11th Panchen Lama.

Norbu's parents were Communist Party members and he was raised and educated in Beijing. Information from inside Tibet suggests that Norbu is not revered by Tibetans as the authentic Panchen Lama, and that Buddhist monasteries only receive him under duress from the Chinese authorities.

Still living in Beijing, Gyaltsen Norbu has made an increasing number of public appearances and statements in recent years. In March this year, at the age of 20, Gyaltsen Norbu was appointed as a national committee member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China’s top political advisory body.
On his appointment, Xinhua news agency quoted Norbu saying that he promised to "uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China" and "adhere to socialism, safeguard national unification, strengthen ethnic unity and expand Buddhist exchanges".

The Panchen Lama is also charged with the task of recognising the Dalai Lama's reincarnation, and it is felt that the Chinese leadership will use Gyaltsen Norbu to select a candidate who they will exercise considerable control over.
This would have serious implications for Tibet's political future. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has stated that he will be reincarnated in exile, out of the reach of the Chinese government.
It is expected that Beijing will produce their own Dalai Lama, just as they have with the Panchen Lama, and that the child in question will live a life as a political pawn.

Open letter to 11 Panchen Gendun Choekyi Nyima
By Email[Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:52]
Your Eminence Gendun Choekyi Nyima

11th Panchen Lama of Tibet,

I don't think you will receive this letter. I know that you're being watched, monitored and controlled 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
But deep down I have this stubborn hope that maybe you will hear us. Maybe you'll see us typing these words in New York, as you turn 22.
I am writing on behalf of Students for a Free Tibet, an organization with more than 50,000 members in over 100 countries.
Every one of us are thinking of you at this moment. Ever since you were abducted by the Chinese government at age 6, we lost touch with you. We don't know where you are, or how you are.
But after all these years, we're still thinking of you and fighting for your freedom. We're not giving up.
22 is a great age to be, at least for the average boy. When I was 22, I was in my final year of college, excited but nervous at the prospect of entering the real world.
I wonder how you're feeling as you turn 22, another year in captivity, for committing no crime except that of being the Panchen Lama.
The Chinese government has robbed you of your childhood, your adolescence, your identity, your rights, your friendships, and your country.
No matter what you've been told by your minders and tutors appointed by Beijing, there is a world out here where people are searching for you.
Tibetans and supporters hang your photo in their homes or carry it in their wallets. Mothers hold your image to their chest, your photograph wet from tears and crumpled from years of separation.
We have not forgotten you. In fact, with each passing year of your absence, your presence is burnt ever deeper into our memory.
Your previous incarnation, the 10th Panchen Lama, is remembered for his monumental contribution to the Tibetan nation.
What is less known about him is that he was also a great Buddhist scholar. In this time of suffering and oppression, he would have enlightened us to the reality that nothing is permanent, not even China's oppression in Tibet.
Only freedom and truth will endure the test of time.
The Chinese empire stands on a foundation of lies, and these lies are falling apart. We know that the forces that keep you imprisoned are running out of time.
As the world moves from darkness to light, from oppression to freedom, from dictatorship to democracy, we can see the fog clearing up on the horizon.
The day is not far when you will join the real world, to live a free life, to take your rightful seat at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.
Sending you wishes and prayers on your 22nd birthday. May you celebrate your next birthday in freedom.
Tibet will be free.

With hands folded in reverence, most sincerely yours,
Students for a Free Tibet

Gevechten bij Tibetaans klooster
april 13, 2011
Afgelopen dinsdag zijn er gevechten uitgebroken in een Tibetaans klooster in Sichuan, een provincie in het westen van China.
Dat zegt de International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). Inwoners van het klooster kregen het aan de stok met Chinese veiligheidskrachten.
Volgens de ICT zijn er mensen ernstig gewond geraakt.

De gevechten braken uit bij het Kirti klooster in Aba waar een maand geleden een monnik omkwam door zelfverbranding.
Die daad van verzet leidde tot veel onrust in de Tibetaanse gemeenschap en Chinese veiligheidstroepen besloten daarop de
deuren van het Kirti klooster te vergrendelen.

Volgens de ICT kwam de gewapende politie naar het klooster en werden de honden losgelaten op de inwoners.
Monniken werden geslagen toen ze probeerden de politie tegen te houden. De politie zou tevens van plan zijn geweest
2.000 monniken te arresteren om ze op een onbekende plek op te sluiten. In hoeverre ze daarin zijn geslaagd is onbekend.
Zowel de lokale regering als de politie wil niets over het incident zeggen
Chinese Government Imposes Military Blockade in Ngaba, Tibet

Fears of starvation of monks at Kirti monastery and brutal crackdown by security forces loom large.
The Chinese government has sealed off Kirti Monastery in Ngaba County in northeastern Tibet by deploying armed security forces to crackdown on Tibetans following a monk's suicide last month in protest against Chinese government's repression.
Phuntsog, a 21-year-old monk of Kirti Monastery, set himself on fire 16 March 2011 to mark the third anniversary of the brutal killing of at least 10 Tibetans at the monastery when unprecedented protests by Tibetans swept across whole Tibet in 2008.
Eye-witnesses saw the Chinese police beating Phuntsog while extinguishing the flame.
A group of Tibetan monks retrieved the fatally wounded monk from the police captivity and took him inside the monastery.
At the same time, hundreds of monks and lay people took to the streets to express their resentment over the Chinese authorities' heavy-handed approach over the incident.
A large contingent of security forces were brought in to disperse the Tibetan protesters, many of whom were beaten indiscriminately with electric batons and iron clubs before being taken into police custody.
Meanwhile, Phuntsog, who remained holed up for hours inside the monastery cordoned off by armed military forces, succumbed to his grievous burn injuries in the early hours of 17 March at a hospital.
Hospital authorities demanded police clearance for treatment. The death of Phuntsog triggered peaceful protests by Tibetans in different parts of Ngaba county.
The schoolchildren organised a hunger strike at their school in Barkham county in Ngaba on 17 March.
Another peaceful protest was reported in Namda township in Dzamtang county in Ngaba, where over 100 protesters shouted slogans of their yearning for freedom and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet.
The police severely beat the protesters and arrested eight Tibetans. Those detained in connection with the Phuntsog's protest and suicide include his uncle Losang Tsondru and a monk of Kirti monastery named Samdrup.
According to monks at Kirti monastery in Dharamsala, the security forces are making arrests by night, and everybody is terrified of being arrested. The whereabouts of those arrested still remain unknown.
The security clampdown in Ngaba aggravated as Tibetan residents attempted to celebrate the democratic elections in the exile community on 20 March.
Despite a heavy build-up of troops in the area, some people in Ngaba conducted prayers inside their homes and set off fire-crackers to mark the day. Some Tibetans were detained in the crackdown.
Sporadic arrests of Tibetans were also reported in Tawa, Kanyag Dewa and Cha township in Ngaba county from 22 – 24 March.
As part of the broadening crackdown, the Chinese government had enforced “patriotic re- education” campaign at Kirti Monastery since 20 March.
The authorities have imposed an indefinite ban on the religious activities at the monastery. The situation worsened on 11 April as the local Tibetans gathered at Kirti monastery in an attempt to protect monks from being taken away for “re-education” at a detention centre. Several Tibetans were beaten and injured after the police set trained dogs on the crowd.
The situation in Ngaba County continues to deteriorate as paramilitary forces have sealed off Kirti Monastery with barbed wire fence and concrete wall restricting the movement of monks and vital food supply for them.

Stand-off in Ngaba: Tibetan monks need your help

Tibetan monks at Kirti monastery in eastern Tibet are in danger - and need your help. As Beijing intensifies its sweeping crackdown on dissent, Chinese troops in Tibet are on the verge of "disappearing" hundreds of monks.

Tibetan monks in Dharamsala, India have received an urgent call for help from Tibetans in Ngaba County (Chinese: Aba County). They are reporting that Chinese troops attempted to storm Kirti monastery this morning. According to reliable sources, residents fear Chinese authorities are planning to forcibly remove all monks between the ages 18 and 40.

Local Tibetans, being alerted to the troops' arrival, rushed to block the monastery entrance. The armed police and soldiers tried to break through the crowd by beating the Tibetans and setting police dogs on them. In spite of the violent attacks, the Tibetans stood their ground and the troops failed to enter the monastery's inner gates. As of now, the standoff continues.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition to demand Chinese troops immediately stop the siege at Kirti Monastery: http://sft.convio.net/site/R?i=6_N_RpYjL67Rhm5z7EPASA..

Tibetans fear Chinese authorities are planning to transfer the monks from the monastery into local prisons where they will be subjected to China's repressive political "reeducation."

Tension in Ngaba has been high since the self-immolation of Phuntsok Jarutsang (pictured right), a 20-year monk from Kirti Monastery, on March 16, 2011. Chinese forces have been stationed around Kirti Monastery for weeks and more than a dozen monks have been
arbitrarily arrested.

According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy as of yesterday, troops had completely sealed off the monastery. The monks' dwindling food supplies are prompting fears of starvation in the monastery. The lives of many Tibetans are at stake.

Take Action: Let the Chinese authorities know the world is watching.

1. Sign the petition and demand an end to the siege:
http://sft.convio.net/site/R?i=_IBhGJXVb74oBtXDUzHmZA.. .

2. Organize a solidarity rally at the Chinese consulate nearest you or at a public landmark in your community. Find details of protests here:

Send information about your protest to grassroots@studentsforafreetibet.org so we can alert others.

3. Spread the word. Forward this email to friends & family. Update your Facebook and Twitter status to "I stand with Tibetans in Ngaba".

For more ways to take action, visit: http://sft.convio.net/site/R?i=lGRUk49_HTL-qWK6oU627g..

Let's work together to end the siege at Kirti monastery, and to protect the monks and local Tibetans who are defending the monastery.

In hope and solidarity,

Tendor, Kate, Tendolkar, Mary-Kate, Stef, Tentsetan and all of us here at SFT HQ

For more information, read the reports & articles below:

Chinese armed police cordon Ngaba Kirti Monastery, 2500 monks face food shortage (TCHRD)

Security step-up in Kirti monastery likely to starve monks (Phayul News):

Ngaba Kirti Monastery Under Lockdown (Voice of America):

More information about the incident on March 16th self-immolation:

European Parliament Ban on the elections for the Tibetan government in exile in Nepal European Parliament resolution of 7 April 2011 on the ban of the elections for the Tibetan government in exile in Nepal

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its resolution of 17 June 2010 on Nepal (1) and its resolution of 26 October 2006 on Tibet (2),
– having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948,
– having regard to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) of 1966,
– having regard to the statement of 29 May 2010 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the political situation in Nepal,
– having regard to Rule 122(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China prevents the Tibetans from electing their representatives in the territory of Tibet democratically,
B. whereas more than 82 000 exiled Tibetans across the world were invited to vote on 20 March 2011 to elect the new Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan government in exile,
C. whereas several thousand Tibetans in Nepal did not get permission to vote from the Nepalese authorities in Kathmandu, under increasing pressure from the Chinese Government,
D. whereas already during an earlier round of voting in Nepal on 3 October 2010, Kathmandu police confiscated ballot boxes and shut down the Tibetan community voting sites,
E. whereas on 10 March 2011 the Dalai Lama announced that he would formally relinquish his political leadership role in the Tibetan exile government which is based in Dharamsala, India, in order to strengthen the democratic structure of the Tibetan movement on the eve of elections to choose a new generation of Tibetan political leaders,
F. whereas the Government of Nepal has claimed that demonstrations by Tibetans violate its ‘One China’ policy, has reiterated its commitment not to allow ‘anti-Beijing activities’ on its soil and has thus imposed a blanket ban on the movement of groups of Tibetans in an attempt to appease the Chinese authorities,
1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2010)0245. 2 OJ C 313 E, 20.12.2006, p. 463.
PE 463.374\ 2
G. whereas the Nepali authorities, particularly the police, have repeatedly been reported as violating basic human rights such as freedom of expression, assembly and association of Tibetans in exile in Nepal; whereas these rights are guaranteed for all persons in Nepal by international human rights conventions to which Nepal is party, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
H. whereas the overall situation of many refugees in Nepal, in particular the Tibetans, gives cause for concern,
I. whereas the EU reaffirmed its commitment to support democratic and participatory governance in the EU’s external relations by the adoption of its Council conclusions on Democracy Support in the EU’s External Relations on 17 November 2009,
1. Underlines the right to participate in democratic elections as a fundamental right of all citizens that must be upheld, protected and guaranteed in every democratic state;
2. Calls on the Government of Nepal to uphold the democratic rights of the Tibetan people, who are conducting a unique internal election process which has existed since 1960, to organise and to participate in democratic elections;
3. Emphasises the importance of peaceful democratic elections to the strengthening and preservation of the Tibetan identity both inside and outside the territory of Tibet;
4. Urges the Nepali authorities to respect the rights of Tibetans in Nepal to freedom of expression, assembly and association as guaranteed for all persons in Nepal by international human rights conventions to which Nepal is a party;
5. Calls on the authorities to refrain from preventive arrests and restrictions on demonstrations and freedom of speech that deny the right to legitimate peaceful expression and assembly during all activities undertaken by the Tibetan community in the country and urges the Government of Nepal to include such rights and to ensure religious freedom within Nepal’s new constitution, due to be enacted by 28 May 2011;
6. Calls on the Nepalese authorities to abide by their international human rights obligations and their own domestic laws in their treatment of the Tibetan community and urges the government to resist the strong pressure exerted by the Chinese Government to silence the Tibetan community in Nepal using restrictions which are not only unjustified but also illegal under domestic and international law;
7. Considers that the continuation of the full implementation of the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ on the Tibetan refugees by the Nepali authorities is essential for maintaining contact between the UNHCR and Tibetan communities;
8. Calls on the European External Action Service through its delegation in Kathmandu to closely monitor the political situation in Nepal, especially the treatment of the Tibetan refugees and respect for their constitutionally and internationally enshrined rights, and urges the EU High Representative to address the concerns about the actions taken by the Nepalese Government to block the Tibetan elections, with the Nepalese and Chinese authorities;
9. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Member States, the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Government of Nepal and the Secretary- General of the United Nations.
3 /PE 463.374

Dear friends we will hold a prayer session for the victims of the Earthquake in Yushu last year, we request you to join these prayer sessions The prayers also goes to the Jamyang Jinpa

Venue: Schoten Lha khang, kruispadstraat 33.
Date: Saturday 9/04/2011. Time: from 10 Am to 15 Pm.
Lunch, and tea will be served

Jamyang Jinpa, a monk in the northwestern province of Gansu, died on April 3, three years after taking part in the demonstration at his Labrang monastery
This Tibetan monk who in 2008 joined a protest in front of foreign journalists in China has died after allegedly suffering "severe torture" while in detention.

Tibet in song trailer by Ngawang Choepel

Tibet in song, docu op NED 2 do 24 maaart

Dharamsala, March 22: China on Tuesday labeled Dr Lobsang Sangay, the “43-year old Harvard trained legal scholar”,
who is likely to head the Tibet's Government in exile as its new prime minister after Sunday’s elections as a “terrorist”.

Link from Phayul (meaning fatherland)

The Tibetan Community, in collaboration with all the other Tibetan organisations in Belgium, will hold a prayer session for the late monk: Phuntsok, who so selflessly sacrificed himself for the cause of our nation. The prayers also goes to the victims of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan.

HH The Dalai Lama recommended to recite the heart sutra for the victims in Japan.

The Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, practicing deep prajna paramita,
clearly saw that all five skandhas are empty, transforming all suffering and distress.

Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form.
Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form.
Sensation, thought, impulse, consciousness are also like this.

Shariputra, all things are marked by emptiness -
not born, not destroyed,
not stained, not pure,
without gain, without loss.
Therefore in emptiness there is no form, no sensation, thought, impulse, consciousness.
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind.
No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, object of thought.
No realm of sight to no realm of thought.
No ignorance and also no ending of ignorance to no old age and death and also no ending of old age and death.
No suffering, and also no source of suffering, no annihilation, no path.
No wisdom, also no attainment.
Having nothing to attain, Bodhisattvas live prajna paramita with no hindrance in the mind.
No hindrance, thus no fear.
Far beyond delusive thinking, they attain complete Nirvana.
All Buddhas past, present and future live prajna paramita and thus attain anuttara samyak sambodhi.

Therefore, know that prajna paramita is the great mantra, the wisdom mantra, the unsurpassed mantra, the supreme mantra, which completely removes all suffering. This is truth, not deception. Therefore set forth the prajna paramita mantra, set forth this mantra and say:

"Sherab nyinpo"


[Beyond, beyond, totally beyond, perfectly beyond: Awakening]

Venue: Lha kang in Schoten Gompa, kruispadstraat 33.
Date: Saturday 26/03/2011. Time: from 10 Am to 4 Pm.
Lunch will be served

Protest at Kirti monastery in Tibet

Tibetaanse monnik zet zichzelf in brand

Wed Mar 16, 2011

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Tibetan Buddhist monk burnt himself to death in western China Wednesday, triggering a street protest against government controls on the restive region, a group campaigning for Tibetan self-rule said.

The self-immolation appeared to be a small repeat of protests that gripped Tibetan areas of China in March 2008, when Buddhist monks and other Tibetan people loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama, their traditional religious leader, confronted police and troops.

The 21-year-old, named Phuntsog, was a monk in Aba, a mainly ethnic Tibetan part of Sichuan province that erupted in defiance against Chinese control three years ago.

The monk "immolated himself today in protest against the crackdown," said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet, a London-based organisation.

"He shouted some slogans about freedom when he did it," said Zorgyi, a researcher for the organisation, who is based in northern India, where many exiled Tibetans live.

"We've also received widespread information about a protest with nearly one thousand monks and lay people that came after," Zorgyi said.

Police moved in to suppress the protest and arrested some monks, he said.

Repeated calls to police and government offices in Aba were not answered. One officer who answered the phone said, "Nothing is wrong."

In March 2008, Tibetan protests led by monks in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet proper, were suppressed by police and turned violent. Rioters torched shops and turned on residents, especially Han Chinese, who many Tibetans see as intruders threatening their culture.

At least 19 people died in the violence in Lhasa, most of them Han Chinese. Pro-Tibet groups abroad say more than 200 people were killed in a subsequent crackdown.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

Tibetan monk burns to death in China protest

Dear all,

Reports are emerging of a major incident today at Kirti Monastery, Ngaba (Ch: Aba), Amdo (Sichuan).

Monks at Kirti monastery in Dharamsala have told Voice of Tibet and others that a young monk called Phuntsok set fire to his body and shouted slogans. Voice of Tibet have been told that the fire was extinguished and he was beaten by police and has died (an earlier report said he was still alive). It sounds as though a major protest then took place, joined by monks and laypeople, and police and military personnel have placed the area under tight security.

Today is the 3rd anniversary of protests in 2008 during which at least 10 Tibetans were shot dead (some reports say more) after protests which began at Kirti Monastery.

Voice of TIbet has just started broadcasting this story now in Tibetan and Chinese and will update their website shortly. We are in contact with other news sources to try and find more information.


Alison Reynolds
Executive Director, International Tibet Network

International Tibet Network Members' Message,

16 March 2011
Dear Network Members,
With news that a young monk, Phuntsok, from Kirti monastery in Ngaba died today after he set himself alight and was beaten by Chinese police, and of a mass protest that followed this incident, we urge groups to contact their Beijing Embassies immediately to:
- Inform them that this news has been recieved. (**See below for the details that we have at present)
- Request they contact the Chinese authorities for clarification of the incident and news that the area has been placed under tight security by police and military personnel.
Contact information for Beijing Embassies can be found at http://www.chinahighlights.com/embassy/embassy-in-china/beijing/
The details of the incident at Kirti Monastery, Ngaba (Ch: Aba), Amdo (Sichuan), that we have at present are:

Monks at Kirti monastery in Dharamsala have told Voice of Tibet and others that a young monk called Phuntsok set fire to his body and shouted slogans. Voice of Tibet have been told that the fire was extinguished and he was beaten by police and has died (an earlier report said he was still alive). A major protest then took place, by monks and laypeople, and police and military personnel have placed the area under tight security.
Today is the third anniversary of protests in 2008 during which at least 10 Tibetans were shot dead (some reports say more) after protests which began at Kirti Monastery.
Currently Phayul are the only agency to issue a news report in english.
You can read this report at http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=29257,
and we will let you know if and when any further news emerges.
With best wishes


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Foto's van de Tibetaanse manifesattie op 10 maart 2011, de 52 ste uprising day Brussel

10 maart is wereldwijd de dag waarop de eerste Tibetaanse opstand tegen de communistische bezetting wordt herdacht.
Onder meer aan de gevel van het gemeentehuis van Kasterlee wappert dan de Tibetaanse vlag.
De Vrienden van Tibet hielden die dag een manifestatie bij de gebouwen van de Europese Commissie.
In zijn toespraak hekelde Ward Kennes de schendingen van de mensenrechten door China, een land dat lid is van de Raad voor de Mensenrechten van de VN.
Op uitnodiging van de Falun Gong beweging die ook te lijden heeft onder vervolging door het Chinese regime woonde Ward Kennes een optreden bij van Shen Yun Performing Arts in het Teatre National.

10 maart 2011 Brussel,
Dear Friends of Tibet,

Dear Friends of peace and democracy,
Today we remember worldwide the Tibetanian Uprisingday. We also do this here in Brussels, the Capital of Europe.
The answer of the Chinese government to the recent political en social developments in the Middle – east and Northern Africa is that the Chinese people and the minorities living in China don’t need any political reform.
The Chinese government tries to censor in all ways the information about the revolutions in the Arab world and several human rights activist who wanted to organize a manifestation for freedom and democracy were arrested in the past weeks.
Also several foreign journalists who wanted to report about protests against the government were arrested.
Recently the United Nations Human Rights Council excluded Lybia. The question has been raised if the People’s Republic of China has the moral authority to occupy a seat in this Council.
The reaction of the Chinese regime is remarkable. China is a fast growing economical and political power in the world.
Its development in recent years is fascinating. Hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty.
Why is it blocking websites?
For many years already I keep an eye on what’s happening in Tibet. It’s very shocking to note what’s happening there over more than 60 years.
Since the Chinese Communist Party imposed his leadership, life in Tibet and China is a tragedy, and this effects millions and millions of people.
The economical and infrastructural success of China is but one side of the medal. The other side of the medal is that oppression by the Chinese government is very hard and this is very sad.
As the Mayor of the city of Kasterlee, we raise the Tibetan flag each year on the 10th of March, to show our solidarity with the Tibetan people.
So today, de Tibetan flag is waving at our tonwhall. I believe it’s an important sign that shows that we don’t forget the Tibetan people.
I would like to ask all my colleague Mayors in whole Belgium that they join this action and that they raise the Tibetan flag at their City Hall as well.
By doing so we show sympathy not only with Tibetans but with all people worldwide whose national, cultural, religious and linguistic rights are not respected.
China has adopted the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights , China has voted in favor of the Declaration, but nevertheless China is one of the main violators of human rights.
In China and in Tibet there is no freedom of speech, movement, press and religion.
Free trade unions and political parties are forbidden. Everything is controlled by the Chinese communist authorities.
Other ideas than that of the Communist Party are not tolerated. People are arrested, imprisoned, tortured and executed for expressing their views and for calling for more freedom and democracy.
Until today, this is the fate of Tibetans, of Falung Gong, of Uyghurs, of Christians, of democrats, of human rights activists.
During the Cultural Revolution, thousands of monasteries were destroyed in Tibet. All the monasteries now are controlled by the Chinese authorities, and the monks and nuns have to follow re-education campaigns based on the ideology of the CCP. The Chinese government decides if new monks or nuns are allowed in a monastery, and how much. In the monasteries, the monks and nuns have to abbey the rules of the Chinese authorities as well. Travelling in Tibet is very limited, also for tourists. For the last two years, no foreign journalists were allowed in Tibet.
We can ask ourselves why? The delegation of journalists from all over the world who visited Tibet this summer, could only conclude that the situation there is very bad, even the worst in the last few decades.
Tibetans live under a reign of terror, a reign of fear, and they are very afraid to speak openly.
Each year lots of Tibetans escape to Nepal and India. The stories they bring about their life in Tibet under the Chinese dictatorship are horrible and inhuman.
It is normal that an economic power as China takes its place in de world. China has an old an rich history and cultural.
It has a population of 1,3 billion. But it has not the right friends. I’am thinking of Nord Korea, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Sudan, all countries with a very poor human rights record.
China's new status as a leading country in the 21st century must entail increased responsibility for peace and respect for human rights, both inside and outside the country.
I would like to do an appeal for allowing the United Nations and independent and objective commissioners to investigate human rights in Tibet and in the whole of China.
If we take a look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

These are fundamental rights that every human being should have, of any nationality, ethnic group and religion, and wherever they live.
How can China be a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council as long as the government violates this rights.
Finally I would like to say that it’s good to join hands together today. Human rights and peace are not only important in Tibet and in China but everywhere, it is of common human interest.
Freedom for Tibet
Freedom for the Chinese
Thank you.
Ward Kennes

Drapchi-The film


Starring:Namgyal Lhamo,Lobsang Yonten,Gen Tenzin-la,Tashi Choephel & Chris Constantinou.

Producer-Iceberg Nine Films [Los Angeles/Mumbai]
Director-Arvind Iyer
Writers: Arvind Iyer & Pooja Ladha Surti
Cinematography-Trevor Tweeten
Line Producer-Ram Krishna Pokharel
Background Music-Arnav Srivastava
Music-Namgyal Lhamo,Sarosh Izedyar,Arnav Srivastava,Chris Constantinou & Andrew Rayel
Sound Design-Timothy Beale

The preview track-'Aalayeah' performed by Namgyal Lhamo & Sarosh Izedyar (Publisher-Deep Emotions/Universal Music.)


Gabriel Lafitte is a public policy analyst specialising in contemporary Tibet, and the impacts of Chinese policy on the Tibetan Plateau.
Based in Dharamsala, India, and in Australia, he works with Tibetan colleagues, of the Environment & Development Desk, Central Tibetan Administration, analysing causes and consequences of Chinese policies with major present and future impacts, such as:
- social suffering caused by widespread removal of nomads from their pastures, in the name of ecological watershed protection
-China’s 12th Five-Year Plan for 2011 through 2015, with its renewed emphasis on hydropower damming of Tibetan rivers
-accelerating urbanisation of Tibet, intensification of mass Chinese tourism to Tibet, and the construction of luxury hotels in Lhasa; tourism as a postindustrial future alternative path for promoting Tibetan employment and skills
-widespread but illegal small scale mining of gold in environmentally destructive ways, and large-scale mining of copper, with smelters, power stations and rail connections to China
-China’s global impacts on resource extraction, comparative economics of extraction from Tibet for industrial expansion of western China
-biodiversity, endangered species, protected areas, world heritage protection, hunting, fur trading, invasive species
-poverty in rural Tibet, inequality, food insecurity, new income sources
-land use patterns, concentrated intensive production zones and neglected, depopulated rural hinterlands; contradictions in China’s policies
-inner sources of Tibetan cultural resilience enabling Tibet to strengthen identity and deal constructively with pressures of immigration and rapid development
-Communist Party policy changes and continuities in mis/understanding Tibetan culture and religion, mis/understanding the land of Tibet, especially the vast grasslands
In over 30 years of working with Tibetans, Gabriel has written, or contributed to, reports published by Environment & Development Desk, International Commission of Jurists, International Campaign for Tibet, Tibet Information Network,
Tibetan Political Review, OpenDemocracy.org, Tibetan Review, Tibetan Bulletin, Tibetan Voice, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia, Project UnderGround, Phayul.com, Australian Conservation Foundation, New Matilda, as well as book chapters, and co-authoring a book Happiness in a Material World, on the Dalai Lama and his teachings.
Gabriel regularly leads training programs for young Tibetan professionals and graduate students on research and analytical skills, and report writing. He has now retired from teaching Asian Studies and social sciences in the universities of his home town, Melbourne.

glafitte@aanet.com.au +613 407 840 333 or +613 5962 3434