human rights

  • Buddha Buzz: Chinese Policing Tibetan Areas Suffer from PTSD Paid Member

    France24 reporter Cyril Payen recently brought new interviews and images out of Tibet that reveal a dire human rights situation resembling “an Orwellian world of surveillance.” Nicholas Bequelin with Human Rights Watch contends that "the situation in Tibet is as bad as it's ever been," adding that "Chinese police forces are now running what could be called a major counter-insurgency operation in Lhasa." The problem, says Bequelin, is that there is no real insurgency in Tibet. And with the visible increase of surveillance, the emergence of one is unlikely. More »
  • China jails three Buddhist nuns over "Free Tibet" protest Paid Member

    via monstersandcritics.com, Beijing - Three Tibetan Buddhist nuns were sentenced to three years in prison by a court in south-western China's Sichuan province after they called for freedom and the return of the exiled Dalai Lama, a human rights group said Friday.The court in Sichuan's restive Kardze county sentenced the three women after they shouted slogans, including 'free Tibet' and 'let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet,' the India-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy reported on its website. The group quoted sources in Kardze as saying that officials confirmed that Jampa Choedon, 31, Sheh Lhamo, 21, and Yangchen, 28, were sentenced on July 2.The nuns from Kardze's Gyemadrak Nunnery were arrested on June 15 during a protest in the county town's main street, it said. More »
  • Chinese gov security increase at monastery may lead to starvation of monks Paid Member

    Kalsang Rinhen, via Phayul.com, More »
  • Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi! Paid Member

    We would like to wish Aung San Suu Kyi a happy 65th birthday today.  Sadly however, the Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner will be celebrating while still detained under house arrest in Rangoon. Yesterday, in celebration of her birthday, a series of previously unreleased photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi and her family were made available to the public. As reported by guardian.co.uk, She is known to the world as a human rights activist who has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest as punishment for demanding democracy in her home country. But in these photographs Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is shown not as the fearless campaigner who has given up her liberty for the sake of her nation, but as a young woman in love and a doting mother. More »