Tibetan shopkeeper, Tashi Wangchuk, 31, was detained on January 27, 2016, after appearing in a New York Times video in which he advocated for the rights of Tibetans to learn and study in their mother tongue. In March, 2016, he was charged with “inciting separatism,” and on May 22nd, he was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge.
Google is developing a censored search engine for the Chinese market that has serious consequences for human rights. The project, named Dragonfly, will filter and block ‘sensitive’ search terms - such as Tibet, Tiananmen and the Dalai Lama - that are blacklisted by the Chinese government.
Nearly 2 billion people in Asia are dependent on Tibet’s rivers. Under Chinese occupation, Tibet’s rivers are being polluted, dammed and diverted with dire consequences for those living in the downstream countries.
On 10 March 1959, tens of thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, rising up against China’s illegal invasion and occupation of their homeland. Every year thousands of Tibetans and their supporters take to the streets across the world to mark the anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.
After the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama is one of the highest Tibetan spiritual leaders. In 1995 Chinese officials kidnapped him at the young age of 6. More than two decades later, Tibetans continue to demand for the Panchen Lama to be released and returned to the people of Tibet. China claims he is living a normal life but they refuse anyone access to him.
Tibet, known as Water Tower of Asia, serves as the source of ten major Asian river systems flowing into some of the most densely populated countries: China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan.