But a group advocating for greater rights for Tibetans said it was more likely that the Chinese government ordered the app’s closure because it has ratcheted up efforts to restrict Tibetans from using their own language.
Tibetan monk sentenced to 3 years by Chinese authorities
Monlam Gyatso, a Tibetan monk, writer, and teacher from Raktam village, Serta county in Qinghai province’s Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, had been held for more than a year in an undisclosed location before his sentencing in October earlier this year, sources added.
Lack of Uyghur-language emergency services leads to more deaths in Xinjiang
Ghulja (in Chinese, Yining), a city of roughly a half-million mainly Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, had been under lockdown since early August, prompted by outbreaks of COVID-19. RFA has previously reported deaths from starvation or lack of access to medicine in Ghulja.
Protesters take aim at Beijing’s human rights record on China’s National Day
As the leaders of North Korea and Vietnam sent effusive letters of congratulation to Beijing to mark the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, protesters in London burned the Chinese flag, and threw maggots and dung on it outside the Chinese embassy, in protest at Beijing’s human rights record.
Authorities free Tibetan sentenced in connection with burning
Authorities in Tibet have released a man serving a 12-year prison term for “murder” in connection with the death of a fellow Tibetan who self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule, according to sources living in exile from the region with knowledge of the situation.
Chinese authorities arrest Tibetan man for having a photo of the Dalai Lama
Chinese authorities in Tibet have detained a Tibetan man for possessing a picture of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s foremost Buddhist spiritual leader who has been living in exile since 1959, RFA has learned.
Tibetan land rights activists released from Chinese prison
Prison authorities in northwestern China’s Qinghai province this week released two Tibetan men jailed three years ago for land-rights activism, with the move following the release earlier this year of four others jailed on the same charge, Tibetan sources said.
China warns Tibetans not to post birthday wishes online for exiled abbot
The Chinese government has ramped up restrictions ahead of the birthday of a preeminent Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, calling on local leaders in two Tibetan regions to prevent people from posting his photo or well wishes online, sources with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.
China demands information on COVID status of exiled Tibetans
Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province are demanding that local Tibetans report the COVID status of relatives living outside the country, threatening them with the loss of housing subsidies and other support if they fail to disclose the information, RFA has learned.
Tibetan village leaders told to ‘Speak in Chinese’
Workshops launched at the end of last year now order local administrators to conduct business only in Chinese, telling them they must support language policies mandated by Beijing and lead the Tibetan public “by example,” according to a source living in Tibet.
Tibetan political prisoner in poor health said to be released from jail
Chinese authorities have released Tibetan political prisoner Norzin Wangmo, who was arrested in 2020 and sentenced to three years in prison for sharing information about Tibetans who self-immolated in protest of China’s repressive policies, a Tibetan living in exile told RFA on Thursday.
US human rights report cites China’s violations in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet
China’s abuses targeting Uyghurs, Hongkongers and Tibetans are among some of the worst human rights violations around the world, the U.S. Department of State said Tuesday.
“The Chinese government continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang against predominantl