Fuck Yeah, Tibet!

All things Tibetan that we love.

བོད༏

Sights, scenery and news sources from the land and people of the nation under illegal occupation of the Chinese government.

TianamenIs broad and cleanAnd you can’t tellWhere the dead have beenAnd you can’t tellWhat happened thenAnd you can’t speakOf Tianamen.You must not speak.You must not think.You must not dipYour brush in ink.You must not sayWhat happened then,What happened there.What happened thereIn Tiananmen.The cruel menAre old and deafReady to killBut short of breathAnd they will dieLike other menAnd they’ll lie in stateIn Tianamen.They lie in state.They lie in style.Another lie’sThrown on the pile,Thrown on the pileBy the cruel menTo cleanse the bloodFrom Tianamen.Truth is a secret.Keep it dark.Keep it dark.In our heart of hearts.Keep it darkTill you know whenTruth may returnTo Tiananmen.TiananmenIs broad and cleanAnd you can’t tellWhere the dead have beenAnd you can’t tellWhen they’ll come again.They’ll come againTo Tiananmen.James Fenton - Hong Kong, 15 June 1989

'Hack Tibet' by Jonathan Kaiman

Welcome to Dharamsala, population 20,000 and one of the most hacked places in the world. This small city in India’s lush Himalayan foothills is home to the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader; the Central Tibetan Administration, or CTA (formerly called the Tibetan government in exile); and a host of Tibetan media outlets and nongovernmental organizations, some of which the Chinese government classifies as terrorist groups. The Dalai Lama fled here in 1959 after communist troops violently suppressed an uprising in Lhasa, now the capital of western China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region. India embraced the Dalai Lama as a token of religious diversity, and tens of thousands of refugees followed suit. About 130,000 Tibetans live in exile, according to a 2009 census; Dharamsala is the closest thing they have to a political capital.

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Is this Tibet’s big chance?

fuckyeahtibet:

It is incredible the pace with which this online petition has been moving. I don’t know why I did not post this here sooner. But please, if you haven’t signed this Avaaz petition already, please take a second to do so. Avaaz is the largest online advocacy group and we are both extremely grateful and excited that they joined in on the good fight. We’re hoping to hit 1,000,000 signatures. 1,000,000 people who want China to know we’re not cool with their sick human rights record, which makes them the last government we want on the UN Human Rights Council. 

Life is not so idiotically mathematical that only the big eat the small; it is just as common for a bee to kill a lion or at least to drive it mad. - August Strindberg

Let’s be the biggest, baddest bee we can be. Please sign the petition! We’re NEARLY there. Less than 10,000 signatures until we hit a million! 

Is this Tibet’s big chance?

It is incredible the pace with which this online petition has been moving. I don’t know why I did not post this here sooner. But please, if you haven’t signed this Avaaz petition already, please take a second to do so. Avaaz is the largest online advocacy group and we are both extremely grateful and excited that they joined in on the good fight. We’re hoping to hit 1,000,000 signatures. 1,000,000 people who want China to know we’re not cool with their sick human rights record, which makes them the last government we want on the UN Human Rights Council. 

thefreelioness:


As UN member states arrived this morning for China’s Universal Periodic Review, Tibet activists from three countries abseiled down the side of the United Nation’s Palais de Nations and unfurled a 9x15 meter banner reading “China Fails Human Rights, UN: Stand Up for Tibet.”
The two climbers Laerke Arvedsen (Denmark) and Chris Brocklehurst (UK) along with Luna Pedersen (Denmark) and Phil Kirk (UK) were arrested and are currently in police custody. A fifth activist, Cheme Nelung, a Swiss-Tibetan member of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe was not arrested. The daring action drew attention to the extreme human rights violations taking place in Tibet right now and urged UN member states to block China’s re-election to the Human Rights Council in early November.
"Just this month, Chinese forces reportedly shot four Tibetan protesters in Driru dead (1), and injured dozens more, in what is only the latest example of the Chinese government’s brutal rule in Tibet," said Pema Yoko, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet. "The human rights crisis in Tibet demands action by the international community and must be front and centre during today’s review."
This is China’s second Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism by which once every four years, the UN’s Human Rights Council reviews the performance of member states against their human rights obligations and commitments. According to UN guidelines, the Chinese government is required to respond to the concerns and recommendations raised.
"The Chinese officials here today will do everything they possibly can to cover up their regime’s atrocities in Tibet and pretend nothing is wrong. We’re here to expose their lies and the reality on the ground, where entire towns and villages in Tibet are under military lockdown," said Padma Dolma, Europe and Campaigns Director of Students for a Free Tibet. “Too often the Chinese government avoids any scrutiny of its flagrant human rights abuses in Tibet but today, in Geneva, China is finally in the hot seat.”
China’s review comes amidst several reports of a violent crackdown in Driru county, central Tibet (Chinese: Biru, Naqu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region). According to media reports, four Tibetans were fatally shot by security forces following another incident where 60 Tibetans were injured when Chinese forces opened fire on a crowd peacefully appealing for the release of a fellow villager who had objected to a government order for all Tibetan homes and monasteries to raise the Chinese flag (2).
On October 21, a rare smuggled video footage emerged showing Chinese forces using machine gun fire to break up a peaceful blockade by Tibetans against mining operations at a sacred mountain in Dzatoe county in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Zaduo, Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province) (3). Since 2009, at least 122 Tibetans, including monks, nuns, women and even teenagers, have lit their bodies on fire in protest of China’s increasingly oppressive rule in Tibet, demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Read the rest here.

thefreelioness:

As UN member states arrived this morning for China’s Universal Periodic Review, Tibet activists from three countries abseiled down the side of the United Nation’s Palais de Nations and unfurled a 9x15 meter banner reading “China Fails Human Rights, UN: Stand Up for Tibet.”

The two climbers Laerke Arvedsen (Denmark) and Chris Brocklehurst (UK) along with Luna Pedersen (Denmark) and Phil Kirk (UK) were arrested and are currently in police custody. A fifth activist, Cheme Nelung, a Swiss-Tibetan member of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe was not arrested. The daring action drew attention to the extreme human rights violations taking place in Tibet right now and urged UN member states to block China’s re-election to the Human Rights Council in early November.

"Just this month, Chinese forces reportedly shot four Tibetan protesters in Driru dead (1), and injured dozens more, in what is only the latest example of the Chinese government’s brutal rule in Tibet," said Pema Yoko, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet. "The human rights crisis in Tibet demands action by the international community and must be front and centre during today’s review."

This is China’s second Universal Periodic Review, a mechanism by which once every four years, the UN’s Human Rights Council reviews the performance of member states against their human rights obligations and commitments. According to UN guidelines, the Chinese government is required to respond to the concerns and recommendations raised.

"The Chinese officials here today will do everything they possibly can to cover up their regime’s atrocities in Tibet and pretend nothing is wrong. We’re here to expose their lies and the reality on the ground, where entire towns and villages in Tibet are under military lockdown," said Padma Dolma, Europe and Campaigns Director of Students for a Free Tibet. “Too often the Chinese government avoids any scrutiny of its flagrant human rights abuses in Tibet but today, in Geneva, China is finally in the hot seat.”

China’s review comes amidst several reports of a violent crackdown in Driru county, central Tibet (Chinese: Biru, Naqu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region). According to media reports, four Tibetans were fatally shot by security forces following another incident where 60 Tibetans were injured when Chinese forces opened fire on a crowd peacefully appealing for the release of a fellow villager who had objected to a government order for all Tibetan homes and monasteries to raise the Chinese flag (2).

On October 21, a rare smuggled video footage emerged showing Chinese forces using machine gun fire to break up a peaceful blockade by Tibetans against mining operations at a sacred mountain in Dzatoe county in eastern Tibet (Chinese: Zaduo, Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province) (3). Since 2009, at least 122 Tibetans, including monks, nuns, women and even teenagers, have lit their bodies on fire in protest of China’s increasingly oppressive rule in Tibet, demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Read the rest here.

(Source: thefreelioness)

Chinese police and paramilitary forces have fired machine guns on a group of Tibetan protesters. The group had been peacefully demonstrating for three days after the arrival of hundreds of miners who were due to start operations on a mountain that has special religious significance to the local population.

The protesters had flown Chinese flags over their camp to show that they weren’t Tibetan nationalists and were simply campaigning against the mining. Amazingly no one has been reported killed but there were at least 14 people hospitalized.

Lhadon Tethong,  Director of the Tibet Action Institute and one of the most prominent faces of Tibetan freedom activism, has this to say about the news of the Spanish court’s decision to indict former Chinese President Hu Jintao:

I think maybe people don’t understand the significance of the news from Spain today…The fact that Hu Jintao was indicted on charges of genocide and other crimes by the Spanish court today is HUGELY significant. This is one of only times in history that a world leader has ever been indicted for genocide.

Hu Jintao woke up today and was told: because of your record in Tibet, you are now indicted by a court in Spain and if you travel to Europe or anywhere with an extradition agreement with Spain, you may be at risk of being arrested.

Not only that, but the decision to even move ahead with this case is history-making. An independent and neutral international court has reviewed the evidence and said that they believe there is enough evidence to charge Hu Jintao with this crime AND recognize Tibet as a country under international law.

Of course, there is no guarantee that Hu Jintao will end up in jail but legally, it is a possibility AND this represents an incredible ratcheting up of pressure on him and all Chinese leaders that their actions and behavior in Tibet could have serious consequence on them one day!

We can not underestimate the potential or power of this event.

Spain probes Hu Jintao ‘genocide’ in Tibet court case

Hu Jintao, 27 Sep 10

Spain’s top criminal court has decided to hear a case brought by Tibetan rights activists who allege that China’s former President Hu Jintao committed genocide in Tibet.

Judges ruled that they were competent to handle the case because one of the activists, Tibetan monk Thubten Wangchen, is a Spanish citizen.

Hu Jintao was the Communist Party leader in Tibet in 1988-1992, when Chinese troops quelled mass protests.

China imposed martial law in Tibet.

The remote mountainous territory is an autonomous region ruled by Beijing.

In their lawsuit against Hu Jintao the Madrid-based Tibetan Support Committee allege that as Communist leader in the region he was ultimately responsible for actions “aimed at eliminating the uniqueness and existence of Tibet as a country, imposing martial law, carrying out forced deportations, mass sterilisation campaigns, torture of dissidents”.

The Spanish legal system recognises the universal justice principle, under which genocide suspects can be put on trial outside their home country. But for Spain to hold the trial there is a requirement that at least one victim of alleged genocide must be a Spanish citizen.

Beijing claims a centuries-old sovereignty over Tibet, but many Tibetans remain loyal to the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. He is seen by his followers as a living god, but by China as a separatist threat.

Genocide, the gravest crime against humanity, is understood to mean actions aimed at the mass extermination of a whole group of people.

(Source: BBC)

At least 60 Tibetans were injured after Chinese police fired into a crowd of protesters, rights group Free Tibet and US-based Radio Free Asia report.

The shooting occurred on Sunday in Biru county, as villagers demanded police free a man who led separate protests in September, the reports said.

There had been clashes in September after Tibetans refused to fly China’s flag outside their homes, reports said.

Tibet is governed as an autonomous region in China.

However, rights groups have accused China of religious and political repression - something denied by the Chinese authorities.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that she was unaware of the reports, and declined to comment further, Reuters news agency said.

A policeman at the public security bureau in Tibet’s Biru county also told AFP news agency that there was “no protest, no one injured”.

Foreign media are only allowed to enter Tibet at the invitation of the Chinese government. These visits are rare and tightly controlled, making it almost impossible to independently verify reports.

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This is what happens when Tibetan villages refuse to fly the Chinese flag

A 2008 photo shows the Tibetan capital of Lhasa adorned with Chinese flags. (Getty)

The Tibetan capital Lhasa in 2008, adorned with Chinese flags. (Getty Images)

One of China’s creepier policies in the Tibetan Autonomous Region is a 2011 initiative known as the “nine haves.” Some of the nine are about development (“to have roads, to have water, to have electricity”), but one is less about helping Tibetans and more about entrenching Beijing’s control in a region that doesn’t seem to want it: “to have a national flag.” Every house and monastery building would be required to fly the crimson, five-starred flag of China. (Monasteries are also required to display portraits of Chinese leaders.) It was to be a show of submission to Chinese rule and a continuation of Tibet’s slow cultural dilution.

The rural Tibetan county of Driru, though, has defied the rule, with villagers refusing to fly the flag. On Sept. 27, Chinese authorities responded by sending in “thousands” of Chinese troops to force up the flags, according to Tibetan exile outlets and Radio Free Asia, a U.S. government-backed outlet that’s among the few foreign media organizations regularly reporting on Tibet. Now, a week later, Chinese flags are still not flying.

Some Tibetans initially clashed with the troops when they arrived, precipitating a tight security clampdown. “Groups of seven paramilitary policemen have been stationed at each house and are watching the Tibetans,” an unnamed Tibetan local told Radio Free Asia. “Villagers are not being allowed to tend to their animals, and any Tibetan found loitering in the town is being taken away.”

Earlier in the week, hundreds of Tibetans reportedly gathered in the Driru county seat, a village called Mowa, to protest on behalf of the civilians who had been taken away by the Chinese troops. It’s estimated that 40 locals have been taken.

The most significant moment may have been on Tuesday, Oct. 1. That was China’s National Day, the equivalent of America’s July 4, a major national holiday – and one in which the flag is particularly important. It seems likely that the troops had arrived to ensure that all Chinese flags would fly in Tibet by the National Day. They didn’t – andphotos of Driru, taken clandestinely by locals, make it appear as akin to a military occupation.

Tibetans in Driru have held a number of protests against Chinese rule. In August 2012, demonstrations against Chinese mining expansion there ended when a Chinese troops shot and killed one of the protesters. Locals held more anti-mining protests in May.

The nature of China’s rule has changed dramatically over the past four decades, easing with remarkable speed from the indoctrination and totalitarianism of Mao Zedong’s era to the market reforms and flexible civil rights of today. But these sorts of stories from Tibet – portraits of political leaders required to be displayed in monasteries, national flags forced up over the homes of villagers – are a reminder that some of the old habits still remain.

Max Fisher

rangzenkid:

This Saturday (October 5) be sure to check out Tibetan author Jamyang Norbu’s livestream, “The Rangzen Imperative”, where he explains why without complete independence from China, Tibet and its culture will eventually disappear. 

Livestream will be broadcasted here

More information at Jamyang Norbu’s blog here

(Source: kurtwagners)

Mayor Cassidy Suspends Raising the Flag of the People’s Republic of China at San Leandro City Hall

Mayor Stephen Cassidy today suspended the City Council’s decision to raise the flag of the People’s Republic of China at the San Leandro City Hall on October 1, 2013.

"San Leandro does not fly the flags of other nations at our City Hall.  We need to call a ‘time out’ and allow the community to weigh in on whether or not we should raise the flags of other governments before jumping ahead of ourselves and hosting the flag of a specific government at City Hall," stated Mayor Cassidy.

- City Of San Leandro Press Release

 

San Leandro To Fly Chinese Flag Above City Hall Amid Protests
"The San Leandro City Council approved flying the flag of the People’s Republic of China above City Hall next month, despite protests over the nation’s human rights record. "
One of the city council members at the vote last night was urging the people to look at this gesture in an apolitical way; to see it just as an act on their part to make the citizens of Chinese ancestry in San Leandro feel at home. Well, that’s all fine and dandy but how can you see a flag, especially one as garishly ominous as the Chinese banner, and detach all the horrific memories and injustice it stands for? 
This is not over. When they hoist the flag on October 1st to commemorate big old China’s National Day, it will not fly in peace. 

San Leandro To Fly Chinese Flag Above City Hall Amid Protests

"The San Leandro City Council approved flying the flag of the People’s Republic of China above City Hall next month, despite protests over the nation’s human rights record. "

One of the city council members at the vote last night was urging the people to look at this gesture in an apolitical way; to see it just as an act on their part to make the citizens of Chinese ancestry in San Leandro feel at home. Well, that’s all fine and dandy but how can you see a flag, especially one as garishly ominous as the Chinese banner, and detach all the horrific memories and injustice it stands for? 

This is not over. When they hoist the flag on October 1st to commemorate big old China’s National Day, it will not fly in peace. 

Mao Zedong Photo, Chinese Flags To Adorn the Bay Area City Halls

Why would you want to have Mao Zedong’s big fat face sullying your city halls, California? This, a ruthless tyrant who brought tens of millions of his own people to their deaths in the name of development. A mass murderer ranking among the worst in human history. Is this a man you would want looking down on you, even for one day? 

And as for the Chinese flag, it represents a regime that has been brazen in its defiance of basic human rights for as long as the Communist Party has been in charge, ever since Mao first instituted his control. All of the fundamental rights and freedom that you, here in the United States, hold to be inherent and essential to your livelihood, are denied to their very own people in China. 

So do you really want these symbols to adorn your city? Please take a stand, say no, there have been enough acts of letting the PRC have their way. This is the least you can do. The officials will be voting on this resolution very soon. Please sign the petition here.

As Tibetans Burn Themselves to Protest Chinese Rule , Communists in Beijing Stress 'Happiness' in Tibet.

Tibetan capital Lhasa, we were instructed, has been voted the happiest city in China four times in a five-year period. “Happiness is dynamic, happiness need to be experienced,” enthused Che Dalha, the Communist Party secretary for Lhasa. “Today’s Lhasa is just like what they sing in the song: The sky in Lhasa is the most blue; the clouds in Lhasa are the most white; the water in Lhasa is the clearest; the air in Lhasa is the freshest; the sunshine in Lhasa is the brightest; and the people in Lhasa are the happiest.”

The word “happy” was a mantra during the meeting, perhaps only rivaled in usage by Hu’s concept of scientific development. (Conveniently, scientific development is what helps make Tibetans feel particularly happy.) Nowhere was it mentioned that many Tibetans feel as though they have not profited equally from the region’s economic expansion, as an influx of Han migrants flood the region and snap up some of the best jobs. No cadre at the Great Hall of the People admitted that many of the new roads are designed to truck out Tibet’s bountiful and largely untapped natural resources.



(Source: TIME)