TWA event hijacked by police officials, writer Tenzin Tsundue arrested and detained


New Delhi, March 27, 2012: Writer Tenzin Tsundue was arrested and taken away by Delhi police officials while leading a discussion panelorganised by the TWA, on President Hu Jintao’s visit to India.

A writer and winner of the 2001 of the Outlook-Picador Award for Non-Fiction, Tenzin is a renowned Tibetan activist and was joined by three other notable individuals in an academic discussion on the rapidly deteriorating crisis in Tibet. Joining Tenzin was Mr Tempa Tsering, a Special Representative for the Delhi Bureau Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Dr. Mohan Guruswamy, Chairman and Founder of the Centre for Policy Alternatives and author of ‘Chasing the Dragon: Will India Catch Up with China?’; and former Major General Vinod Saighai, an internationally acclaimed political author and Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society (EMS).

The event was interrupted when ten officers in plain-clothes, led by the Deputy of Police, ambushed Tenzin as he was speaking to guests and preventatively arrested’ him around 5:30pm. All calls from TWA officials and members of the crowd to the authorities for an explanation and his release were met with a violent response. Tenzin was dragged to his feet and forced out of the building; his whereabouts and status remain unknown.

Born to a Tibetan refugee family, Tenzin has become of the most vocal and well-known supporters for a free Tibet. His first published book of poems titled ‘Crossing the Border’ was released in 1999 while studying his Masters degree in Literature from Bombay University and he has since released several other pieces of work.

Tenzin is no stranger to the struggle for a free Tibet and has been involved in protests and subsequently arrested for his efforts on multiple occasions. He first rose to international prominence in January 2002, scaling scaffolding to the 14th floor of the hotel where PRC’s Zhu Rongji was staying; where he unveiled banners for a Free Tibet before being arrested by Indian police. In 2005 he was once again protested against the visit of PRC Wen Jiabo to Bangalore. Stood upon a balcony of a 200 foot tower at the Indian Institute of Science, he again displayed a banner calling for the freedom of Tibet.

Tenzin’s work and struggle for a free Tibet mirrors the feelings of not only the Tibetan people, but millions around the world who want an end to the Chinese government’s rule. Tenzin’s arrest is a harsh reminder of the influence of the Chinese government on other countries. However the voice for freedom cannot be silenced or intimidated.

Tibetan woman Kalden Tsomo calls for Tibet intervention at UN Summit

Source: Geneva Summit

Geneva, Switzerland, March 13: Human rights researcher, Ms Kalden Tsomo, made a passionate plea for multilateral intervention to resolve the deteriorating situation in Tibet. Ms Tsomo currently works at the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala and attended the Geneva Convention as a delegate of the regional Swiss branch of the Tibetan Women’s Association (RTWA).

She called on the relevant Special Procedures of the council to investigate further on the impact of China’s intervention on the Tibetan People’s culture and their right to development. The Chinese government have regularly denied any international support and coverage of Tibet, and the people are often depicted in the official China media as happy with the ruling policies currently in the place.

She said: “Tibetans have suffered and continue to suffer repression in Tibet. Tibetans are undergoing untold suffering. The situation in Tibet has become so repressive and unacceptable that Tibetans are setting themselves on fire.”

Tsomo made the address at a UN Human Rights Council session, highlighting the rapidly deteriorating situation in Tibet as growing number of Tibetans have taken their own life through self-immolation as protest against China’s rule. She drew attention to the fact that there have been 27 cases of self-immolation, 14 already this year which has included a mother of four children, named Rinchen.

In memory of the 1959 exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, March has also seen an increasing number of protests against China’s oppressive rule in Tibet. Boldly speaking out in her message at the UN, Tsomo voiced sentiments shared by millions across the world, reinforcing the imperative that the Chinese government allow  international media and humanitarian groups access to Tibet to determine the true effects of their policies on the Tibetan people.

COP17 conference

Post COP17 report

COP17 conferenceTwo members of TWA: Tenzin Woebum, head of Women’s Environment and Development Desk (WEDD) and Tenzin Dolma, Joint secretary, who represent Tibet Third Pole (T3P), took part in the two-week Conference of Parties (COP-17) meeting (November 28 – December 9, 2011), an undertaking of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Tibetan delegates joined NGOs from around the world at the UN’s climate change negotiations to advocate for equitable and durable solutions to the world’s growing climate-change crisis and significantly to represent Tibet at this momentous gathering of 11,810 delegates; 1409 Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), 86 Inter Governmental Organizations (IGOs) from 200 countries.

Funded substantially by TWA and partly by the Global Fund for Women, the Tibet presence was made possible by accreditation and letters of invitation accorded by Global Campaign for Climate Action and Oxfam, South Africa respectively both through the International Tibet Network, thus providing an alternative voice for Tibet at the biggest climate meeting.

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