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Comprehensive account of 2008 Uprising in Tibet Released

November 8, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
November 5, 2010

"2008 Uprising in Tibet," was today released at
the opening of the 6th International Conference
of Tibet Support Groups in India, 5 November 2010.

Dharamshala -- Department of Information and
International Relations (DIIR) of the Central
Tibetan Administration has released a most
comprehensive and detailed report on the 2008
mass uprising that swept the entire Tibetan plateau.

The book titled, "2008 Uprising in Tibet," was
today released at the opening of the 6th
International Conference of Tibet Support Groups at Surajkund, Haryana, India.

The book has chronicled all the known instances
of protests, number of people killed, wounded,
jailed or who were simply disappeared during the
historic 2008 popular uprising in Tibet.

It also offers an insightful analysis of the
prevalence and reasons behind these protests.

"We have two reasons for publishing this report.
The first reason is to leave an account of this
episode in Tibetan history for future
generations... There is a long history in China
of official denial of major violations," Kalon
(Minister) Kesang Yangkyi Taklha of DIIR said in her foreword to the book.

"The most important reason for the compilation of
this report of the 2008 Tibet-wide protests is to
leave a record of the Tibetan people's devotion
to their culture and the faith in His Holiness
the Dalai Lama, despite almost 60 years of
intrusive and sometimes oppressive interference
by the People's Republic of China on how the
Tibetan people should lead their lives."

According to Ms Norzin Dolma, the main researcher
at UN, EU and HR Desk of DIIR, "The report
attempts to portray why, when, and how the 2008 uprising in Tibet occured."

She further said that "Despite information
control in Tibet, the chronological account is
updated and verified based on available information within these two years."

In addition to an exhaustive list of known
protests, sentenced, arrested during the Chinese
military crackdown on the protesters, the book
also contains maps showing the areas of protests in the whole of Tibet.
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