Widely beloved teacher and popular social worker, recognized by the Dalai Lama as reincarnation of Lithang Monastery's senior lama, Trulku Tenzin Delek currently serves life imprisonment at Chuangdong Prison in Dazu District, charged on dubious grounds with involvement in terrorist activities.
On May 15, 1995 six year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet, the second highest lama in Tibetan Buddhism. On May 17, 1995 he was kidnapped by the Chinese government and now remains to be the youngest political prisoner in the world. His whereabouts are still unknown and, despite pressure from the international community, the Chinese government refuses to release any information. In 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima's family and the head of his search committee, Chadrel Rinpoche, were also kidnapped. The whereabouts of the Panchen Lama and his family are still unknown. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, officially known as Tenzin Gedhun the 11th Panchen Lama, is now fourteen years old. He is simply a boy and a victim of religious repression. TWA, together with many other Tibetan organizations and Tibet Support Groups, continue to work hard to keep the issue of the 11th Panchen Lama alive. He and his family deserve to be free. [ more ]
July 13th 2002: Today the Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) observes a black day, the first anniversary of Beijing being awarded the 2008 Olympic Games. We are deeply disappointed by the International Olympics Committee (IOC) decision to hold the 2008 Olympics in Beijing despite the continued human rights abuses committed in Tibet. Beijing's attempt to cover up foul play is evident and IOC members were aware of the situation in Tibet and China before making their vote. The IOC's negligent decision is like giving a stamp of approval to Beijing's poor human rights record, and it encourages China to escalate its oppression. [ more ]
The story of Tibet is a tragic story of a peaceful, innocent and a deeply religious nation colonised by its neighbor China in 1949. In the aftermath of the occupation, thousands of Tibetans were killed and imprisoned, monasteries and religious sculptures demolished and stockpiles of sacred scriptures burnt. The tragedy still continues.
But the world is turning a blind eye to the brutalities committed in Tibet by the Chinese. Many powerful western governments had from time to time issued verbal condemnations and passed resolutions in an attempt to censure China's human rights record in Tibet. But nothing seems to move China; accustomed as it is in turning a deaf ear and outrageously violating international conventions and treaties. Many favour not to take any risks since China is an economic giant: censuring China may affect their business interests. [ more ]