Tibetan Unrest

China convicts man over self-immolation ‘goading’

Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks walk past photos of Tibetan protesters as they participate in a candlelit vigil to show solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet. Photo: AP

A Chinese court in a Tibetan area convicted a man of intentional homicide and inciting secession on Friday for “goading” a monk to set himself on fire.

Friday, 8 February, 2013, 4:50pm

Limits imposed on freedom of expression

A democratic government allows its citizens to speak their minds: a true democracy values everyone's opinion. And it is by collecting different opinions that a government can develop its nation in favour of its citizens.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Burnings cast pall on Tibetan New Year

The Tibetan New Year, or Losar, began in sombre fashion around the world yesterday amid mourning for more than 20 Tibetans who had set themselves on fire.

A teacher from the Tibetan ethnic minority living in Sichuan province's Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture said yesterday that the atmosphere on the first day of the New Year, or Lhakar Day, felt routine.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Officials warned to keep order in Tibet

Tibetan authorities have warned thousands of regional officials they could be sacked if they are found to have failed to safeguard stability in the restive area or fled their posts at 'critical moments', a local newspaper reported yesterday.

The warning came ahead of the upcoming Tibetan New Year and the fourth anniversary of deadly riots there.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'Living Buddha' dies in self-immolation

A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in Qinghai on Sunday, becoming the 15th Tibetan to self-immolate on the mainland in the past year and sparking protests by hundreds of Tibetans in the process.

It was the third self-immolation by a Tibetan in 2012, following two cases near the Kirti Monastery in Aba prefecture, Sichuan, on Friday.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:12pm

Beijing won't let up on the Dalai Lama

A senior Communist Party official vowed Beijing would continue its 'vigorous struggle' against the Dalai Lama, state media said yesterday.

It is the first time a senior official in charge of Tibetan affairs issued such a strongly-worded statement after a spate of self-immolations by Tibetans in protest against Chinese rule.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Tibetan survives fiery protest

A former Buddhist monk set himself on fire in Tibet on Thursday but has survived, the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet group said.

His protest came shortly after the mainland's top police chief visited a predominantly Tibetan area in Sichuan where there have been a series of self-immolations this year.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Tibetan exiles learn to seek new paths

During the monsoon in Dharamsala, everything seems to come to a halt.

Sometimes the electricity fails. Other times, rain tests the simple, tin-roofed houses. The roads become potholed every year, and get repaired every year, but never for good.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Activists hold vigil to mark Tibet riots

About 20 people held a candle-light vigil last night outside the central government's liaison office to mark the riots in Tibet two years ago. A scuffle broke out when several activists tried to hang a banner and a snow lion flag - a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement - on the office's front gate.

14 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Yunnan tourist area swept by unrest after policeman killed

Hundreds of armed police were sent to Yunnan's Shangri-La tourist area after unrest triggered by the killing of a local police officer, a human rights watchdog said yesterday.

The Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy reported that a drunken police officer was killed in a scuffle with people at a karaoke bar in Shangri-La county on August 28.

8 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

FCC reschedules talk by pro-Tibet activist but HK entry is in doubt

A lunch talk at the Foreign Correspondents' Club by a leading pro- Tibet activist - postponed three weeks ago after strong opposition from Beijing's top representatives in Hong Kong - has been rescheduled for Monday.

But questions remained last night whether Briton Kate Saunders would be allowed into Hong Kong to make the speech in the face of Beijing's ire.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

In rare interview with foreign broadcaster, Wen pledges to advance democracy

Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged to advance the country's democracy in a rare interview with a foreign broadcaster that touched on a range of sensitive topics, including the Tibet issue.

29 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Hope now for progress on Tibet and peaceful Games

The Olympic torch relay made its way through Lhasa yesterday amid heavy security, including a curfew. The most politically sensitive leg of the relay, originally scheduled for three days was, following the Sichuan earthquake, first shortened to one day and then to eight hours. In the end, it was completed in just two hours. Thankfully, it finished without any violence or disruption.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Peipei Luan

Beijinger Peipei Luan, 27, left China five years ago for Vancouver. She has already booked her tickets to come back to the capital to be with her father, Luan Zuxun, and mother, Gao Jinling, for what she sees as her country's most important event for decades.

How do you feel about August 2008?

20 May 2008 - 12:00am

Torch carried on wave of patriotism

This time 19 years ago, Hong Kong was gripped by growing anxiety about events unfolding in Beijing, after students there mourned the death of Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang in the spring of 1989.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am