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A plateau region north-east of the Himalayas, Tibet was incorporated by China in 1950 and currently an autonomous region within China. The conflict between many Tibetans and Chinese government has been nonstop as many demand religious freedom and more human rights. In March, 2008, a series of protests turned into riots in different regions across Tibet. Rioters attacked Han ethnic inhabitants and burned their businesses, resulting dozens of death.  

Promised land

Nomads lead their herds across hills in Sichuan province. Officials have blamed land erosion on overgrazing. However, ungrazed lands continue to deteriorate, suggesting climate change is responsible.

As the push to resettle the nomads of the Tibetan plateau intensifies, their ancient culture looks as fragile as the terrain it once ruled. Words and pictures by Kieran Dodds.

Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 11:03pm

Tibetan woman sets herself on fire in Sichuan town

Candle light vigil for Tsepe Kyi after she self-immolated herself for the Tibet cause. Photo: EPA

A Tibetan woman died after setting herself on fire in protest against Beijing's rule in the Himalayan region, a rights groups and a media report said.

24 Dec 2014 - 6:13am

China warns Tibet party members not to harbour separatist 'fantasies' about Dalai Lama

Chinese authorities label the Dalai Lama a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet. Photo: AP

A top Chinese official has vowed to severely punish members of the ruling Communist Party in Tibet who “harbour fantasies” about the troubled region’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

5 Nov 2014 - 6:37pm 6 comments

No longer isolated for Tiananmen crackdown, China pressures others to shun critics like Dalai Lama

No longer isolated for Tiananmen crackdown, China pressures others to shun critics like Dalai Lama

Earlier this month, cheering crowds and packed venues greeted the Dalai Lama when he visited Norway, just as they had when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. But something was different in May.

29 May 2014 - 4:10pm 26 comments

Nowhere to Call Home - The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing

Jocelyn Ford and Zanta in Beijing. Photo: Alice Carfrae

There are over 10,000 Tibetans living in Beijing, many of them migrant workers that have moved to the Chinese capital from impoverished regions where the illiteracy rate lies at about 45 per cent. 

With many migrants lacking language skills and facing discrimination, their chances for work are limited - particularly in areas predominently filled with Han Chinese.

28 May 2014 - 4:11pm 4 comments

Tibet's long road to peace with China has an end if suspicions are put aside

A flag-raising ceremony in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Modern China has a wide range of problems. Hardly anyone doubts that Tibet is a historical and political problem for China. In the passionate debate about the status of Tibet, few realise that Tibet's modern peacemaking project with China began a century ago.

28 Apr 2014 - 4:03am 3 comments

Beijing pressure puts squeeze on Tibetan exiles in Nepal

Nepalese police personnel detain Tibetan activists during their protest near the Chinese Embassy Consular office in Kathmandu. Photo: Reuters

Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Kathmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said.

2 Apr 2014 - 3:47am 1 comment

Time for West to admit its campaign to 'free Tibet' has failed

Special Weapons and Tactics police patrol outside the Jokhang monastery in Lhasa. Photo: Reuters

It's time to admit defeat; we in the West don't know a thing about how to "free" Tibet. For the past 25 years, we thought we were on the right path, but recent events in Tibet - most notably, the sight of desperate Tibetans setting fire to themselves - point to an elevated level of desperation that show us how misdirected our efforts may have been.

19 Mar 2014 - 2:15am 11 comments

Dalai Lama says he has no problem with gay marriage

The Dalai Lama speaks during a meeting on Capitol Hill PHOTO: AFP

The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his considerable moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex is fine as long as it is consensual.

7 Mar 2014 - 11:24am 1 comment

Beijing says Obama-Dalai Lama meeting broke US promise on Tibet

After refusing requests to photograph the meeting, the White House released this picture. Photo: EPA

China accused the United States of meddling in its domestic affairs after US President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House. Beijing said it was up to Washington to take steps to avoid further damaging ties.

23 Feb 2014 - 5:37am 1 comment

China says it will try to silence the Dalai Lama in Tibetan homeland

Dalai Lama. Photo: EPA

Beijing aims to stamp out the voice of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in Tibet by ensuring that his "propaganda" is not received by anyone on the internet, television or other means, a top official said.

3 Nov 2013 - 5:05am 8 comments

Beijing has 'no intention' of departing from 'correct policies' in Tibet

Tibetan activists unfold a giant banner during a demonstration outside the UN offices in Geneva yesterday. Photo: AFP

China has no intention of altering its "correct" policies in Tibet as they have brought unprecedented achievements, a government white paper says. It slams the romanticised notion that Tibet was once an idyllic fairyland.

23 Oct 2013 - 6:01am 5 comments

China hits out at Spain court over Tibet case

The man at the centre of the case: Hu Jintao. Photo: AFP

"Tibet is an inseparable part of China," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular briefing, adding the region's affairs are a Chinese "domestic" matter.

12 Oct 2013 - 5:49am 5 comments

Robert Ford, independent Tibet's first radio operator, dies at 90

A portrait of Robert Ford stands in a Buddhist temple in London during a special remembrance prayer service. Photo: Peter Simpson

Robert Webster Ford, the first Westerner employed as a civil servant by the then-independent Tibetan government and who helped set up the country's radio network, was remembered in a prayer service in London on Friday. The only European captured by Chinese forces during the 1950 invasion of Tibet, Ford died in the British capital on September 20 aged 90 after a short illness.

29 Sep 2013 - 4:39am

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire, report says

Exile Tibetans pray as they hold a candlelit vigil upon hearing the news of a self-immolation by a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Photo: AP

Kunchok Sonam, 18, carried out the protest on Saturday outside a monastery in Aba prefecture, Radio Free Asia said in a report that cited residents in the area.

22 Jul 2013 - 4:43am