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24/05/2017

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'Shadow of Dust' over Tibetan culture

  • Democracia Participativa
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The International Campaign for Tibet issued a recent in-depth report drawing international attention to the Chinese government's demolition of an important Buddhist Institute  

"Shadow of dust across the sun: how tourism is used to counter Tibetan cultural resilience" is a recent ICT report that reveals how the demolitions and expulsions at Larung Gar and Yachen Gar in the past six months are part of an unfolding political strategy involving more aggressive measures in order to curb and manage the growing influence and number of monks and nuns at these important monastic centers of study and Buddhist ethics in eastern Tibet, the largest such institutes in the world.

‘Shadow of Dust across the Sun’ is informed by first-hand sources and eyewitness testimony. A new round of demolitions began at Larung Gar in July 2016 as part of the Chinese Communist Party's drive to extinguish Tibetan cultura. The destruction of homes occupied by monks and nuns was originally scheduled to be completed by September 2017. However, a recenly accelerated pace may finish this ruinous project by the end of July.

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Campaign to liberate Tibetan activist who remains arbitrarily detained: Tashi Wangchuk

  • Amnesty International
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Prisoner of conscience, Tashi Wangchuk, has been detained for over a year and has yet to be informed by Chinese authorities of the charges against him.

Tashi Wangchuk was first detained on 27 January 2016 and formally arrested in March 2016 on suspicion of “inciting separatism”, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. According to the document submitted by the police to the Procuratorate (Prosecutor), and reviewed by defense lawyers in September 2016, the central evidence against him is based on a short documentary produced by The New York Times in 2015.

The Procuratorate resubmitted the case to the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Intermediate People’s Court in early January 2017, however Tashi Wangchuk has still not received information about the formal indictment or the charges against him. According to the judge presiding over the case, the court is currently verifying the evidence and negotiating with the Procuratorate, and therefore would not deliver the indictment to him as the charge may be changed.

Tashi Wanchuk is an advocate for greater Tibetan language education in schools in Tibetan populated areas. Currently, Mandarin has become the sole language of instruction. He expressed on social media his anxieties about many Tibetan children being unable to speak their native language fluently, as well as the gradual extinction of Tibetan culture.

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Juncker, make further European integration real!

  • Democracy International
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 On first March Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, presented five scenarios for how the EU could look like in 2025. They range from accelerating European integration for some countries to focussing on a Single Market only. They are to shape a new vision for the EU.

However, who will decide on these proposals? Juncker writes that citizens are to be heard through a series of debates across Europe’s cities and regions. This is not something anew. We the citizens have been listened to several times in various forms of consultations. But we never had a real say.
 

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