From Dharamsala Tibet protesters recount Chinese atrocity

June 7, 2009

Dharamsala, May 29: Two Tibetan brothers involved in last year’s protests against Chinese rule in Tibet have reached Dharamsala, putting the total number of escapees from last year’s anti-China unrest in recent weeks at nine.

Tsewang Dhondup shows his wounded arms during a press conference in Dharamsala, Thursday, May 28, 2009. He said he was shot twice by Chinese police during an anti-China protest in Kardze, Sichuan Province, last year. (Photo by Dhonyoe) Tsewang Dhondup, 38, and Lobsang Thupten, 31, from Tehor, in Dagko (Ch: Luhuo) County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, arrived here this week.

The two brothers joined hundreds of other protesters in a massive protest march against Chinese authorities in Dragko County on 24 March, 2008, which they said was led by nuns from the Ngangong Nunnery and monks from Palden Chokri Monastery.

The “peaceful protest” march ended with deadly shootings by the armed Chinese police, reportedly leaving at least two men dead and more than ten severely wounded.

Tsewang, who also suffered two serious gun shots while trying to help a 20-year old monk named Kunga from Chokri Monastery hit by a bullet, says the the actual casualties from the incident could be even much higher.

During the protest, the two newly arrived refugees said, the marchers chanted “Long live the Dalai Lama,” “Tibet Belongs to Tibetans,” “China Quit Tibet” and “Return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.”

“Around 4:30 pm on March 24, a massive protest demonstration led by around 150 nuns from Ngangong Nunnery broke out in Dragko. Several more monks from Palden Chokri and hundreds of lay people, mainly farmers later joined the march,” Tsewang explains.

“Later over 300 armed Chinese police indiscriminately opened fire on the demonstrators, shelled tear gas and used electric prods and iron batons to quell the protest,” he said. “These Chinese forces showed no sign of restraint, not even a patch of sympathy in reacting violently to Tibetan people.”

“While trying to save Kunga’s life, I was also shot twice, one in the back piercing through to the front part little above my waist and another on my left arm leaving me almost unconscious,” Tsewang explains as he showed around the badly injured marks on his body to reporters during a press conference held here yesterday.

It was his brother Thupten who saw him hit by bullets and lying almost unconscious on the ground. Thupten says he quickly managed to take his brother on his motorbike to a safety. He said Kunga, whom he describes as a 20 year-old monk from Chokri Monastery and son of Tashi Gyaltsen, was already dead from the bullet hit.

Since then Tsewang says he struggled between life and death while managing to avoid arrest for almost a year and three months.

“It was my brother who took care of me all the time as we kept ourselves constantly on the run all the time from fear of being arrested,” Tsewang recounts.

“We even spent around six months with a family. We could not go back to our hometown as our names appeared in the Chinese government’s wanted list that carried a bounty between 15 and 20,000 Yuan on each of our head.”

“It has been a struggle between life and death for me. Unable to get proper medical help, the bullet wounds started to rot with maggots and pus causing unbearably acute pain.

“My health was getting bad to worse that at times I was even pushed to the edge of ending my own life.

“But then hope and determination to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the urge to tell the outside world about the sufferings of the Tibetan people under Chinese oppression made me stronger,” Tsewang says.

Lobsang Thupten (left) looks on as his brother Tsewang speaks during a press conference in Dharamsala on Thursday. The two avoided arrests by Chinese police for more than a year before escaping to India via Nepal.“Along the way we were generously supported by families. Above all I am now eternally indebted to my brother Thupten,” Tsewang says.

“Help Dalai Lama return to Tibet”

Asked by a visiting U.S. student on what could be done by Afro-American community for Tibet during the press conference, Tsewang appealed for a “thorough research” to verify the truths about the issue of Tibet.

“I urge international community to support Tibet on the basis of truth and not be swayed by the one-sided information propagated by China’s powerful propaganda machinery within China and around the world,” Tsewang said.

“I want to urge international community to help His Holiness the Dalai Lama return to his homeland, Tibet. And also you can help release all the Tibetan political prisoners and the Panchen Lama, the one rightfully recognised by the Dalai Lama.”

“Media people must be courageous enough to go deep into Tibetan villages and remote areas to independently assess the real situation of Tibet under Chinese rule. They must hear the real voices of Tibet that are effectively suppressed by Chinese government,” Tsewang insists.

“The degree of violence displayed by Chinese forces on us last year further testified to our long held notion that China has no respect and concern for the life and welfare of Tibetan people,” Tsewang disdainfully utters.

“I cannot even imagine how they (Chinese) managed to inflict so much violence on peaceful Tibetan protesters last year. After what they did in Tibet last year, I can only imagine the amount of resentment Tibetans hold against the Chinese government now,” he says.

The two brothers say they left Tibet with a “conviction and hope” to help alleviate the suffering of Tibetans in Tibet.

At the press conference, Tsewang and Thupten were joined by Tsering Gyurmey and Gonpo, who also took part in similar protest in Kardze last year and managed to arrive in India sometime last week.


Dalai Lama meets Chinese intellectuals, students

June 7, 2009

Boston, Massachusetts: At a meeting with a group comprised of a large number of Chinese intellectuals and students, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that it’s crucial and important for Tibetan and Chinese peoples to set up friendship societies as is being done in some places in Australia.

According to the Tibetan leader, 1989 events of Tiananmen Square was a staring point, which made it easier for the Tibetans to reach out to Chinese students who were forced into exile. The Chinese students protesters who came out of China underwent similar experience as the Tibetans and hence a mutual solidarity was formed.

“We are elder refugees and they are younger refugees,” said the Dalai Lama. A Harvard-Yenching Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy chaired the meeting, during which many Chinese students expressed their opinions about various aspects of the Tibetan issue including the Chinese Government’s accusation against the Dalai Lama and western media’s portrayal of Tibet-China problem.

The Dalai Lama said trust is “the key factor” for the harmonious society as promoted by Hu Jintao to succeed. However, the 73-year-old Nobel laureate said that the present Chinese policies are counter-productive to building such a society.

While responding to a series of questions His Holiness gave a broad picture of the Sino-Tibetan talks and his logics behind seeking genuine autonomy for the whole of Tibet comprising the three traditional provinces.

The meeting was co-sponsored by Harvard Education School, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education.

Spanish Judge requests to question Chinese leaders over Tibet

June 7, 2009

Dharamsala, May 6 – A judge in Spain said he has requested to interrogate eight Chinese political and military leaders about possible crimes against humanity in Tibet, according to reports.

Zhang Qingli, Chinese Communist Party Secretary in Tibet (File photo)The suspects named by Spanish Judge Santiago Pedraz include Chinese Defence Minister Lian Guanglie, State Security Minister Geng Huichang and Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhm, a report by Deutsche Press Agentur said yesterday.

Other Chinese officials named for interrogation were Communist Party Secretary in Tibet Zhang Qingli, Politburo member Wang Lequan, Ethnic Affairs Commission head Li Dezhu, People’s Liberation Army Commander in Lhasa General Tong Guishan and Zhang Guihua, political commissar in the Chengdu military command.

Wang Lequan, Politburo member and Communist Party Secretary in East Turkestan (Xinjiang) Of them, Zhang Qingli, Wang Lequan and Li Dezhu have been reportedly associated as principal architects of Chinese repression in Tibet and other restive ethnic minorities.

Spain’s National Court, which handles crimes against humanity and genocide, accepted to hear a lawsuit filed by Tibet Support Groups on July 9 last year. It was admitted under the principle of “universal competence” adopted by the Spanish judiciary in 2005 and under which Spanish courts can hear cases of genocide and crimes against humanity wherever they occur and whatever the nationality of the defendant.

China, however, hit back at Spain which it accused of trying to interfere in its administration of the Himalayan region.

Li Dezhu, Chinese Communist Party’s racial theoreticianThe lawsuit claims that the repression last year in Tibet had resulted in the death of about 200 Tibetans and disappearance of nearly 6,000, while 1,000 people were seriously injured.

The Tibet population was persecuted for ‘motives which have been universally recognized as unacceptable,’ the judge said in a document after hearing witnesses.

Pedraz said he could interrogate the suspects at his National Court in Spain, or before a Chinese court.

Another National Court judge is currently investigating an alleged genocide in Tibet in the 1980s and 90s which was testified before it by three former Tibetan political prisoners, Palden Gyatso; Jampel Monlam and Bhagdro.

Spain’s National Court has investigated a string of alleged human rights crimes in other countries, arguing that they fall under universal jurisdiction.

A Spanish lawyer Dr Jose Elias Esteve and Alan Cantos of Comité de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)were in India in February last year to ask Tibetans to testify before the Spanish court after India refused to set up a Rogatory Commission that would allow the Tibetans to testify in India, according to a report by Asian Age dated Febraury 17, 2008.

India, which is home to over one lakh Tibetan refugees, is the only country with a sizeable Tibetan population not to cooperate with the Spanish investigation. The United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands have agreed to assist in the case. “The reply from the Indian government was devastating, as it concludes by saying that India does not recognise the principle of universal jurisdiction. It argued that the apparent crimes had not been committed on Spanish soil, so Spanish courts were not competent to try them,” Asian Age quoted Jose as saying.

Chinese Scholars Discuss Tibet with the Dalai Lama

June 7, 2009

Waldorf Astoria, New York City: In his continuous effort to build a viable connection with Chinese people, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with over 120 scholars and dissidents. They include Harry Wu, Dr. Yang Jian Li, Xu Wen Li, Hu Ping, and many others.

“My body looks the same, but one organ missing,” began His Holiness referring to his gallbladder operation last year. “But my health is very good.”

After a big round of applause, the Tibetan leader drove straight to the heart of the matter by appealing to the Chinese people to “investigate thoroughly” about Tibet-China problem by going to Tibet.

“If 60-70 percent of the Tibetans are happy in Tibet, we have nothing to complain,” the Dalai Lama said, who further mentioned that if that is not the case, then the Chinese Government must realize that things are not right inside Tibet.

Since the Chinese Communist Party refuses to accept the reality in Tibet, the 73-year-old Tibetan leader said that the Chinese scholars, intellectuals and students must make Tibetan issue clear to Chinese people living inside China.

Massive Chinese official propaganda has created a huge misunderstanding between the Chinese and Tibetans, sometimes leading to animosity.

“I always try to meet with Chinese intellectuals. Because the Tibetan problem must be solved between Han brothers and sisters and Tibetans and no one else,” the Nobel laureate said.

While responding to a question from Xu Wen Li about Tibetan demand for “Greater Tibet,” the Dalai Lama said that for a cultural survival and for practical realistic reasons all of Tibet must be united.

“We are not talking about independence. Hence if I talk only about a section of Tibet it will not be right. I am fighting for rights mentioned in the constitution [of China.] All of Tibet must be given equal rights in terms of culture and tradition,” His Holiness said.

According to the 1989 Nobel laureate, it is important for China to gradually move towards a more open democratic society but not in the footsteps of Soviet Union.

“The Communist Party has reigned long enough,” the Dalai Lama said. “Now it is time for a retirement.”

Taiwan celebrities join ‘T for Tibet’ campaign

June 7, 2009

Taiwan News[Thursday, May 07, 2009 11:43]
International campaign features VIPs making ‘T’ shapes with their hands

By Hermia Lin

Actress/singer Enno Cheng makes a ‘T’ shape to show her support for Tibet. (Photo taken by Clive Arrowsmith)Celebrities from local indie music circles Monday joined the “T for Tibet” campaign to show their support for freeing Tibet, making Taiwan the first Asian country to take part in the international movement.

“T for Tibet” is a campaign organized by Free Tibet which features well-known people making a “T” shape with their hands to show their support for Tibet. Celebrities from western countries including Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, Tsultrim Machu and others, have all posed for Clive Arrowsmith, the well-known fashion photographer for the campaign, since the campaign was launched last year.

“Our support for ‘T for Tibet’ is not just about showing support for the Tibetan people. We are firm believers in universal values such as freedom and human rights, and that’s why we joined the campaign,” said Freddy Lim, vocalist for the black metal band Chthonic.

The band has been building momentum internationally for more than a decade. Lim said at Monday’s press conference that as more and more young people across the globe are showing their support for Free Tibet, and using diverse, creative approaches to make their voices heard, the Tibet and Tibetan issues and images are becoming more vibrantly colored.

The civic group “Guts United, Taiwan” invited Arrowsmith to come to Taiwan on May 1 for three days to shoot Taiwan’s participants for the campaign. Music groups including Chthonic, folk singer Panai, rocker LTK commune, Fire Extinguisher, Aphasia, singer-actress Enno Cheng, director Cheng Wen-tang, Wu Mi-sen, writer Wu Yin-ning, and editor-in-chief of SET News Chen Ya-ling all flashed the “T” in front of Arrowsmith’s camera in Taipei.

“Guts United, Taiwan” will rent a large signboard in Taipei’s Xinyi District to flash Taiwan’s “T for Tibet” images for a month starting in June. There will also be a music concert dedicated to Free Tibet on July 11 in Taipei to raise awareness of human rights and the issue of the Tibetan people’s freedom.

Tibetan Writer Questions Beijing’s Version of Tibetan History Propaganda to demonize old Tibet

March 29, 2009

March 28 is the day that the regime celebrates “Memorial Day of Liberating Millions of Serfs in Tibet.” Beijing has intensified its criticism of the Dalai Lama and “old Tibet.” Tibetan writer Ms. Tsering Woeser commented that these media reports and articles are only propaganda to demonize Tibet.

“Old Tibet was not at all a ‘Hell on earth’ as Beijing describes it,” said Woeser, “Back then, every Tibetan including the nobles and officials believed in Buddhism. It could not have been as horrible as Beijing exaggerates.”

Torture instruments were introduced to Tibet in Qing Dynasty
The official Chinese history depicts Tibet in the past as a barbaric feudal serfdom. In past Tibetan exhibitions held in Beijing, a requisite demonstration would include torture instruments used in Tibet such as cages, shackles, neck pillory, stones, and knives used to dig out one’s eyeballs.

According to Woeser, there were two very small prisons in Lhasa, “They were only big enough for about 20 prisoners. The prison management was very loose. The prisoners could go outside and beg for food. During the Tibetan New Year, the prisoners were allowed to go home to be with their families and come back thereafter.”

Woeser said that the most brutal torture instruments came from the inland- the imperial envoys from the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912) brought them to Tibet.

Not a single protest during the time “serfs living in hell”
“In Tibet’s history, unlike inland China, there were never any large scale famines, people dying from starvation or an uprising from the farmers. However, if we look at Chinese history, there were many uprisings that we all know about. In Tibetan history, there was never a revolt due to suppression.”

Woeser questioned that if old Tibet was “Hell on Earth” and the reformed Tibet is Heaven on Earth, why is it that in the past 50 years under Beijing’s rule, protests and riots never cease? “Last year the number of protests reached a record high and they were all over Tibet, even intellectuals and students stood up.”

“First there were the several hundred people from Northwest University for Nationalities in Lanzhou, then it was Minzu University of China in Beijing, and those in Qinghai and Chengdu. Not just universities, there were protests in middle and elementary schools. They began with sitting protests; I think it was March 16 last year. They held signs with slogans saying: ‘We want Human Rights,’ ‘We want Freedom’, ‘Stop Killing Tibetans.’”Woeser stressed that these protesters are mostly offspring from the so-called serfs of the past.

When she was talking about the reasons Tibetans protest, Woeser mentioned that recently a monk from Ragya monastery jumped into the Yellow River and killed himself during a police interrogation. Woeser interviewed a senior lama from the same monastery in 2007. According to the lama, the monastery used to have more than 2,500 monks. During the revolution against Beijing in 1958, many of them were kicked out of the temple, some were arrested and 800 of them were sent to a salt mine in Tsaidam Basin to work as [slave] labor. Only 100 of them returned. The lama’s younger brother also jumped into the Yellow River to kill himself during a ‘struggle’ in the Cultural Revolution.

Growing Up with Lies
Woeser also explained that she defended the old Tibet not because of her background. She was not an offspring from the hierarchy that owned almost all the land in old Tibet. However, she has a powerful political family background. Both her parents are Chinese Communist Party members- her father was a deputy commander in a military subarea in Lhasa and her mother retired from the Political and Legislative Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Woeser grew up watching movies about “serfs’ tragic lives” in Tibet. “With such education, I believed in the [Chinese] government for a long time. As I grew older and could think independently, I started to question and look for answers. I realized I had been deceived all this time.”

Note: Ms. Woeser uses the term ‘old Tibet’ for the period before the Chinese Communist Party’s occupation in 1950.

Article edited by The Epoch Times

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In China, a different brand of Buddhism,Ethnic Han turning to Tibetan doctrine for guidance

February 20, 2009

First Tibetan Passport Found after 15 Years’

February 13, 2009

Fifty-six years ago on the roof of the world – Lhasa – the first Tibetan passport was prepared that was recognized by various nations. Twelve years ago, the passport that represented a sound affirmation in world opinion of Tibet’s de-facto independence and was of immense historical significance, went missing from Kalimpong.

But after all the rigorous search operations, the passport prepared by the Tibetan Government and used by Tsepon Shakabpa, the then Tibet’s Secretary of Finance (1930-1950) was recovered from an antique dealer in Nepal last week. Click the link below to read whole article.

Roof of the World, Tibet by Heena Suman

February 12, 2009

This video is a tribute to all those nuns who have been and continue to be
imprisoned and tortured in the dreaded ‘Drapchi’ prison in Tibet by CCP.
We managed to get ‘Phuntsog Nyidron’ one of the ‘Drapchi’ singing nuns to be in it (as herself).
She was visiting the UK and we only had a 30 minute timescale for the filming. This was so amazing…
The song was written Marcella Boccia & performed by Heena Suman.

nine commentaries on the Chinese communist party

February 12, 2009

As of 15:02 EST, 44,879,329 people have submitted statements withdrawing from the Chinese Communist Party or its affiliated organizations (for the text in Chinese of all of the statements, please visit the Tuidang website: English | Chinese). Those who are current members of the CCP or its affiliated organizations are resigning their membership with these statements; former members sever all association with these organizations. All are renouncing the CCP completely.

check the link below to learn more..