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WTN Archives: April, 2003

Published by the Canada Tibet committee

Tuesday, April 1

1. Tibet at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva on Tuesday, 1 April 2003
2. EU hits China for human rights abuses at U.N. talks
3. Tibetan Political Prisoner describes abuse in Chinese prison
4. Remember The Panchen Lama - Tibet's Stolen Child

Thursday, April 3

1. Oral statement by Mr. TAKNA Jigme Sangpo at Commission On Human Rights
2. NGOs applaud Takna Jigme Sangpo's testimony at UN Human Rights Debate
3. Oral statement by Ms. Tsering Jampa at Commission On Human Rights
4. Oral statement by Mr. Ngawang Choephel at Commission On Human Rights
5. European Union and Other Countries Raise Tibet at UN Human Rights Forum
6. National Public Radio Program on Ngawang Sangdrol
7. Miss Tibet, Miss China bridge political gap

Sunday, April 6

1. Tibet Museum and raiders of the lost ark (KH)
2. Dalai Lama to inaugurate Buddhist shrine, museum and library
3. Sweater Sellers Meet
4. Nepal not to allow anti-China activities (PTI)
5. Tibetan Medicine Database Series Published
6. World's longest epic gets longer
7. Tibet row: Per Stig M"ller says Denmark will not support an official EU representative for Tibet CP)

Monday, April 7

1. Dalai Lama: Envoy Will Visit Beijing (AP)
2. Dalai Lama seeks Indian recognition for Bhoti language (AFP)
3. I think, therefore I'm calm (TH)
4. US, India forge defence, security alliance to contain China (PTI)
5. UN Human Rights Expert Calls For Dialogue With China On Lhasa Demolitions
6. Oral statement by Ms. Norzin DOLMA, International Fellowship of Reconciliation

Tuesday, April 8

1. Statement by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi on Tibetan National Uprising Day
2. Monk passes away
3. Dialogue can resolve problems, not war: Dalai Lama (AF)

Thursday, April 10

1. Statement from Ngawang Sangdrol
2. I'm not anti-China, but half-Buddhist, half-Marxist: Dalai Lama (AA)
3. It's purdah for beggars when VIPs visit
4. HH Karmapa's remarks on the benefits of peace and risks of war
5. First group of tourist guides sent to Tibet
6. Four released from prison
7. Four releases
8. 3 arrested in protest at Chinese Consulate
9. Tibet to strengthen tourist industry

Thursday, April 10 (2)

1. Deciphering Economic Growth in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TIN)

Friday, April 11

1. Letter to WTN
2. Sweat and the spirit
3. Tibet: Flights of fancy
4. Guardian of Tibetan royal palace (CD)
5. Rebellion and Repression in Tibet
6. Chinese writer questions 'peaceful liberation of Tibet'
7. The impact of nomad settlement policies in Tibet

Saturday, April 12

1. U.S. Won't Reproach China on Human Rights (AP)
2. Tibetan welcomed by World's Northern-most University
3. U.S. Fails to Reprimand China at UN Commission on Human Rights

Monday, April 14

1. Dalai Lama renews peace efforts (BP)
2. Letters to the Editor - Santa Fe New Mexican
3. UN Report cites Gender-Specific Crimes against Tibetan women

Wednesday, April 16

1. 100 Tour Guides Flown in to Help Develop Tourism in Tibet
2. Chinese Journal Discusses Implication of Death Sentences to Tibetans

Thursday, April 17

1. Workshop for primary school teachers begins (TN)
2. New Chinese tour guides assigned to fight "splittism" in Tibet

Friday, April 18

2. Monks spread word about Chinese cruelties in Tibet
3. Tibet Freedom Concert
4. Getting Serious Might Spoil the Quest for 'the Ultimate'
5. Quest to rename Snowdon

Saturday, April 19

1. New information on laogai in Amdo
2. Nepal Jails 18 Tibetan Refugees in Kathmandu, Intends to Deport to Chinese Authorities
4. The music does matter, but so does the rest
5. HP to promote Buddhist tourism

Sunday, April 20

1. Chinese factory used Tibetan political prisoner for labor: report (AFP)
2. Seeker's spiritual quest
3. The leading thinker and activist Dr Vandana Shiva at Gangkyi
4. Holy again
5. Multimedia CD Entrance Tickets Issued at Tibet's Jokhong Temple
6. Democracy Extending to Every Corner on Tibetan Plateau

Monday, April 21

1. Hill state eyes silk route to tourism (TT)
2. Buddha goes to Hollywood Richard Gere is to open a Buddhist spa - but do western believers understand the religion?

Tuesday, April 22

1. Chadrel Rinpoche Under House Arrest (TCHRD) Dharamsala 22 April 2003: According to exclusive information from Tibet, a reliable source has indicated that Chadrel Rinpoche is under house arrest in an isolated resort (Chinese: dujian cun) south of Dib military camp (Tib Translit: Sgrib dmag khang) in Lhasa. Despite his alleged release in January 2002, upon completion of his six-year term, no one has actually received news of his whereabouts. Therefore, on account of the dearth of information regarding his release, he was deemed "disappeared" by human rights monitoring agencies. This new information contradicts official Chinese sources, which maintain that he was freed in accordance with the court's ruling. In February 2002, Palden, Vice Head of the Department of Public Security of "Tibet Autonomous Region" and Dorjee, Vice Head of the Department of Police of Shigatse Prefecture reportedly came to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lamas. These men asked for the personal scriptures and rosary belonging to Chadrel Rinpoche without disclosing the reasons behind their request. Chadrel Rinpoche is the former abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Following the mysterious death of the Xth Panchen Lama in May 1989, the Chinese government appointed Chadrel Rinpoche as the Chairman of the Search Party Committee for the XI Panchen Lama reincarnation. Based on a list of 30 possible candidates for the Panchen Lama, the Dalai Lama, after performing divinations to determine the identity of the reincarnation, officially declared Gedhun Choekyi Nyima the XI Panchen Lama on 14 May 1995. Two days after this pronouncement, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, then six years old, disappeared and has not been seen since. Chadrel Rinpoche disappeared three days later on 17 May 1995. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Chen Jian stated at the time that Chadrel Rinpoche was not in custody but was "ill and hospitalised". During the course of these events, the Chinese government appointed another child as the Panchen Lama in December 1995. The first official acknowledgment of the detention of Chadrel Rinpoche came two years later in May 1997 through Xinhua, the official news agency of the Chinese government. It stated that the Shigatse Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to six years' imprisonment on 21 April 1997. Another conflicting report stated that he was sentenced to "six years' imprisonment for 'conspiring to split the country' and 'disclosing state secrets' which would expire on 9 January 2000." At the time, unofficial reports stated that Chadrel Rinpoche was detained in Trochu County (Ch: Heishui) and later transferred to Chuandong No. 3 Prison, Tazhu County, Sichuan Province. During a human rights dialogue in February 2001, the UK government was told that Chadrel Rinpoche had been sentenced in 1996 and was due for release only in January 2002. This was in flagrant contradiction to an official information given to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office stating that Chadrel Rinpoche was sentenced in 1997. The shrouded mystery and conflicting reports surrounding the prison term and his indefinite whereabouts indicate the political sensitivity of the case.
2. Tibet's exiled premier urges India to help solve issue with China
3. Tibet's exiled premier urges India to help solve issue with China (AFP)
4. China and India's mutual distrust (BBC)
5. 13th ATPD delegates to meet Indian Parliamentarians
6. VHP targets Nehru's Tibet policy (PTI)
7. NGO Statement Highlights Human Rights Defenders in Tibet Switzerland Appeals for an Immediate End to Executions by China

Thursday, April 24

1. New airline route from southern China to Lhasa as SARS spreads in western regions
2. Running for Tibet
3. Tibet issue was raised in the Norwegian parliament `s question session on
4. Tibet question raised in the Indian Parliament

Friday, April 25

1. US offers 1.7 million dollars for Tibet projects (AFP)
2. A plan to increase links between Americans and Tibetans (RA)
3. Tibetan monk visits Valley Speaker spent 33 years in jail, endured torture
4. 21 Tibetans arrested in Nepal for entering country illegally (AFP)

Friday, April 25 (2)

1. Statement of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery [Seat of The Panchen Lamas] on the 14th Birthday of The Panchen Lama, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima.
2. The Eighth Consecutive Year Since Gedhun Choekyi Nyima disappeared
3. Concern over Panchen Lama's detention
4. NGOs urge Chinese govt. to let Tibetan delegations meet Panchen Lama

Saturday, April 26

1. The Monk in the Lab (NYT)
2. Ngawang Sangdrol Urges International Action for Panchen Lama's Release
3. Panchen Lama's birthday marked by calls for his release

Sunday, April 27

1. The Monk in the Lab (NYT)
2. Resolution of All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum For Tibet
3. Dalai Lama to pay 11-day visit to Arunachal (PTI)

Monday, April 28

1. Old pragmatism in new China (TP)
2. The Dalai Lama speaks his mind (IE)
3. Torture and ill-treatment: Fear for safety (TCHRD)
4. Panchen Lama's birthday celebration in France

Tuesday, April 29

1. New government still signals old repression of Tibetans, says Dalai Lama (AFP)
2. NGO statement highlights Tibetan Political Prisoners

Wednesday, April 30

1. Two Tibetan monks arrested (RFA)
2. Dharamsala observed the 14th Birthday of the XIth Panchen Lama (TN)
3. Lamo Tsangpa's medium, Tsewang Namgyal passes away (TN)

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