- Karma Samdup of Nagqu county in Tibet was reportedly arrested on Aug. 12 after authorities discovered he was keeping pictures of the 14th Dalai Lama around his neck and in his car.
- The arrest was purportedly part of the Chinese government’s Strike Hard campaign, which targets advocates of Tibet's separation from China.
- A similar incident occurred on July 11 when another young Tibetan, identified as Youdon, was arrested after being found with the Dalai Lama’s picture.
- Two monks were detained incommunicado in September 2020 and sentenced to at least three years in prison, according to reports.
A Tibetan man was reportedly arrested under China’s Strike Hard campaign after he was found in possession of pictures of the Dalai Lama around his neck and in his car.
Karma Samdup of Nagqu county in Tibet was purportedly taken by Chinese authorities on Aug. 12 after police discovered that he was keeping pictures of Tibet’s Buddhist spiritual leader, who has been living in exile in India since 1959, around his neck and in his car.
- Tibetan herder Dingzhen Zhenzhu, who went viral in 2020 for his good looks, is suing online critics who described him as nothing more than a “pretty face.”
- The now 21-year-old was once labeled “China’s most handsome man” after a 7-second video of Dingzhen went viral on Chinese social media.
- After going viral, Dingzhen became an ambassador for his hometown and turned the poverty-stricken Litang, located in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, into a popular tourist destination.
- During his rise to fame, many male online users mocked the 21-year-old and criticized fans for placing a higher value on appearances than accomplishments.
- Dingzhen released a lawyer’s letter on Sunday through his agent, warning online commentators to refrain from making defamatory comments, and started pursuing legal action against those who have posted vulgar remarks.
A Tibetan herder once dubbed “China’s most handsome man” is suing online critics for defamatory comments suggesting that his looks are his only quality.
Dingzhen Zhenzhu, 21, released a lawyer’s letter through his agent on Sunday, warning online commentators against posting defamatory comments that include “insulting, terrifying, vulgar, or vilifying words, pictures and audio.”
- April 25 marked the 33rd birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who remains missing 27 years after the Chinese government is believed to have kidnapped him.
- In Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama is the second highest figure of religious authority, second to only the Dalai Lama.
- As per tradition, the Dalai Lama began his search for the reincarnated Panchen Lama after the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died in 1989. His successor was named as 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima in 1995.
- Chinese authorities rejected the Dalai Lama’s choice of successor and allegedly abducted Nyima and his family soon after.
- U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price released a statement on Nyima’s birthday criticizing the Chinese government and expressing the U.S.’ full support for “Tibetans’ religious freedom” as well as their “right to select, educate, and venerate their own leaders.”
- China has accused the U.S. of “taking advantage” of Tibet-related issues by “using religious freedom as a cover” to interfere in “China’s domestic affairs.”
- China’s alleged treatment of Tibetans has been a source of extreme backlash. Some reported incidents include China forcing thousands of Tibetans to work in labor camps and Tibetan children being banned from learning the Tibetan language both in and outside of school.
April 25 marked the 33rd birthday of the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who remains missing 27 years after the Chinese government is believed to have kidnapped him.
In Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama is the second highest figure of religious authority, second to only the Dalai Lama. As per tradition, the Dalai Lama began his search for the reincarnated Panchen Lama after the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died in 1989. He found him in 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, whom he anointed the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995.
- Tsewang Norbu, a 25-year-old Tibetan singer and former reality show contestant, reportedly died after setting himself on fire in late February.
- While fans have mourned the young star, circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear as Chinese authorities prevent information from spreading online.
- Contrary to Tibetan sources, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reportedly suggested that he is still alive, saying he was taken in for treatment.
- The Ministry also claimed that Norbu has been struggling with mental illness and has attempted to kill himself “multiple times.”
- An exiled close relative of Norbu reportedly reached out to his family members in Tibet, but they told him “it was difficult to get clear information.”
Warning: This article contains references to attempted suicide that some readers may find disturbing.
Circumstances surrounding the alleged death of a beloved Tibetan singer after an act of self-immolation remain shrouded in mystery as Chinese authorities prevent information from spreading online.
- Films starring Canadian actor Keanu Reeves were removed from Chinese streaming platforms, including Tencent Video, iQiyi and Xigua Video, following his public support for Tibet and his participation as a performer at the virtual 35th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on March 3.
- The concert was organized by the New York-based nonprofit organization Tibet House US, which was founded by the supporters of the Dalai Lama, and is is viewed by the Chinese Communist Party as a pro-Tibetan independence group.
- At least 19 films were scrubbed from Tencent Video, including “The Matrix” trilogy, “Speed” and “Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.”
- It remains unclear whether the removal of Reeves’ films were state-issued censorship or independent actions from the platforms.
Films starring Canadian actor Keanu Reeves were removed from Chinese streaming platforms due to his support for Tibet’s independence from China.
Major Chinese streaming services, including Tencent Video, iQiyi, Bilibili and Xigua Video, reportedly took down the actor’s films following his public support for Tibet and his participation as a performer at the virtual 35th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert on March 3.
Tibetans protest ‘Beijing Olympics: genocide Games’ outside IOC headquarters and Dalai Llama exile home
- Tibetans in different parts of the world held protests against the Beijing Winter Olympics ahead of its commencement on Friday.
- The largest event took place on Thursday in the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Switzerland, involving some 500 demonstrators.
- Protesters condemned the Chinese government for its alleged human rights abuses and demanded a boycott of the Games.
Tibetans in different parts of the world marched in protest against the Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, calling it a “shame” that the Games would take place in China despite its human rights abuses.
One of the protests involved 500 demonstrators chanting “No rights, no Games” and “Beijing Olympics: genocide Games” and took place outside the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Loten Namling, an artist, led a procession of skis that were painted with the word “freedom,” according to AFP.
Keanu Reeves faces backlash, boycott threats from Chinese nationalists over Tibet independence stance
- Keanu Reeves is set to be part of the Tibet House US Annual Benefit Concert in March.
- Chinese social media users who are loyal to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) condemned Reeves’ decision to join the concert.
- On Weibo, fans threatened to boycott Reeves’ latest “Matrix” movie and warned that it could lose the Chinese market.
Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves has earned the ire of Chinese nationalists after they found out that he will participate in the upcoming Tibet House US Annual Benefit Concert.
“Little Pinks” – young social media users who are known for their avid support for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – have criticized Reeves and warned of a potential boycott of his latest film, “The Matrix: Resurrections,” reported Variety.
Tibetan activists are urging countries to boycott the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing over China’s alleged human rights abuse record.
A call for boycott: On Saturday, the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe (TYAE) and Students for a Free Tibet participated in a peaceful protest outside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, reported Reuters.
China’s ban on Tibetan language classes has come full circle after a new policy bars children from taking even informal lessons outside of school.
The rundown: The ban was reportedly issued in October in the northwestern province of Qinghai, which was historically part of Tibet’s Amdo region, the birthplace of the 14th Dalai Lama. In recent years, the province has seen a growth in Tibetans and a decline in Han Chinese populations, according to census data.
NBA’s Enes Kanter describes Chinese President Xi as ‘insecure tyrant,’ calls for Beijing 2022 boycott
NBA player Enes Kanter described Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “insecure tyrant” in a tweet on Sunday and further called for the boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
What happened: In his tweet, the 29-year-old Swiss-born American Turkish player shared a few screenshots of his sneakers, which he dubbed as “#FreedomShoes” that featured messages such as “No Beijing 2022,” “Move the Games” and “No Rights, No Games,” according to Fox News.
An NBA player has earned the ire of Chinese fans and authorities after posting pro-Tibet messages on social media.
Speaking out: Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter announced in a video posted on Wednesday that he was adding his voice to “speak out against what is happening in Tibet under the Chinese government’s brutal rule.”
Square Enix’s “Life is Strange: True Colors” was review-bombed last month by Chinese-speaking players after they noticed the Tibetan flag in-game.
What happened: The Tibetan flag was discovered flying on the entrance of the shop named Treasures of Tibet in the game, according to PC Gamer. The feature prompted the players to leave negative reviews on the game’s Steam page, with some of them expressing their views on the One-China policy.