Sep 03, 2020

Tibet: HR Report August 2020

The Central Tibetan Administration, based in Dharamsala, India, has released its August 2020 newsletter on the human rights situation in Tibet. As mentioned in the newsletter, the human rights situation in Tibet remains tentative, with many people being arrested, including a Tibetan community leader and his nephew, who were arrested in Qinghai's Tridu county after they urged fellow local Tibetans to resist a Chinese land grab. A Tibetan woman, who has served her prison sentence for sharing news of the protest by her nephew and for spreading the word of her nephew's call for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama. Additionally, CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay has refuted a proposed policy of Xi Jinping seeking to combat 'Separatism' and 'Sinicize Tibetan Buddhism.  

Below is a newsletter published by the UN, EU and Human Rights Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration


Human Rights Situation in Tibet

Monthly Newsletter: August 2020


Xi Jinping's Proposed Policy Direction on Tibet Misguided: CTA President 

CTA President Dr. Lobsang Sangay refuted Chinese President Xi Jinping's proposed policy directions on Tibet and called it "misguided" and "unrealistic". Xi Jinping has laid out four key policy directions on Tibet which include combating 'Separatism' and 'Sinicizing Tibetan Buddhism, at the 7th Central Symposium on Tibet Works in Beijing on Saturday, 29 August. Read more


Tibetan Community Leader and His Nephew Arrested After Defying Chinese Order

A Tibetan community leader and his nephew were arrested in Qinghai's Tridu county after they urged fellow local Tibetans to resist Chinese land grab. Bu Dokyab and his nephew Gyaltsen were taken to custody on 21 August and later to a detention center. Read more


A Major Religious Festival Held Under Heavy Security in Lhasa 

The Shoton, or Yogurt Festival, runs from 19 to 24 August this year but the festival was held under heavy security with fewer numbers of Tibetans allowed to attend this year. Read more


Tibetan Woman Released in Failing Health After Serving Full Prison Term in Chinese Prison 

 A Tibetan woman named Dolkar who was convicted of sharing news of the protest by her nephew Wangchen in May last year was released on 15 August with failing health conditions. Dolkar was jailed for 15 months for spreading the word of her nephew's call for the release of the 11th Panchen Lama. Read more


 China's Panchen Lama Visits Lhasa, Tibet 

Gyaltsen Norbu, the Chinese state-appointed Panchen Lama recently visited Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet on 31 July. He rarely visits Tibet and visits such as this one are carefully state-managed and heavily policed. During his visit, he started various religious events and social activities in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region. Read more


Access to the TAR and Other Tibetan Areas Did Not Improve in 2019: US State Department 

The Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State has submitted its annual report to Congress under Section 4 of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. The report mentioned the Chinese government's systematic impediment of travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan areas outside the TAR for U.S. diplomats and officials, journalists, and tourists in 2019. Read more



Our Mailing Address: 

UN, EU and Human Rights Desk,

Department of Information & International Relations (DIIR),

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA),

Gangkyi, Dharamsala, India- 176215

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