Tibet's iconic Potala Palace to be renovated: Chinese state-run media

Dharamshala — Chinese state-run media Xinhua reported that the Potala Palace, the historic home of the Dalai Lamas which is more than 1300 years old, is scheduled to undergo major renovations in coming months. The Potala Palace is an iconic feature of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and was home to the Dalai Lamas since 1694. Since the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape into exile in 1959, the Palace has been converted into a museum administrated Read More …

In Tibet: China holds training, cracks down on spread of info via WeChat

Dharamshala — Sources from northeastern Tibet’s Zeku county report that Chinese authorities are requiring a training for WeChat group chat organizers as a new way to control the spread of information within and outside of Tibet. According to sources in the region, on September 27, a legal training for group chat organizers on WeChat commenced. Everyone who has organized or is planning to start a group chat on WeChat was required to attend the training, Read More …

Travel in Tibet banned, foreigners evicted during National Congress

Dharamshala — Chinese authorities have reportedly issued orders banning travel in to Tibet from October 18 to 28, a politically charged ten days during which the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China meets. “During this period, it is not just foreigners but also Tibetans living in the Amdo region of Qinghai who are not allowed to travel in the Tibet Autonomous Region,” an anonymous source told RFA’s Tibetan Service. Because October is Read More …

Don't touch the 9-topics: further threats to information freedom in Tibet

Dharamshala — Chinese authorities have apparently ramped up efforts to even further threaten freedom of information in China and Tibet, as authorities issued new regulations on Instant Social Media Networking on Thursday, September 7, warning group chat owners to take full responsibility for their activities and ordered them to: “Stay away from nine topics in online group chats” on WeChat, QQ or Baidu Tieba. “In the past few days, many Tibetans have come into the Read More …

China's revised regulations present a further threat to Tibetans in Tibet

Washington, DC — The updated version of rules put in place in 2005 passed by the Chinese government on Thursday (September 7) should be assessed against the background of a series of laws that can be viewed as a systematic development of a security architecture. “China’s revised regulations on religious affairs passed by the State Council this week intensify controls over religious activity and present a further threat to Tibetan Buddhists,” said the International Campaign Read More …