Next Meeting: April 19th, 2017 – 6pm

The next meeting of the Cross-Party Group on Tibet will be at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, at 6pm.

The next meeting will include a slide show by Ed Shoote, covering his recent solo bike tour through Tibet.

All MSPs and members of the public interested in Tibet are welcome to come along and contribute. If you want to join the group, please send a message to our Group Secretary using the form on the About The Group page.

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Latest Tibet News, 5th-11th March 2017

Weekly roundup of Tibet news on our Tibet News Page.


  • Tibetan New Year marked by security agenda; mass deployment of troops for prayer festival (International Campaign for Tibet, 7th March 2017)
  • Tibet priorities ecology over development projects? (Global Times,, March 11, 2017)
  • Internet Blocked in Tibetan Areas of China in Run-up to Sensitive Anniversary (Radio Free Asia, 10 March 2017)
  • Chinese authorities reward monks, nuns in Rebkong for being ‘cooperative’ (, March 07, 2017)
  • Tibetan man detained for storing photos of Dalai Lama, Tibetan flag on Wechat (, March 08, 2017)
  • Rebgong Monks Petition For Return of Confiscated Land (Radio Free Asia, 2017-03-06)
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Latest Tibet News, 25th Feb-4th March, 2017

Go to our Tibet News Page for the lastest news on Tibetan matters from around the world.

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10 March Tibetan Uprising Rally in Edinburgh


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Marching in support of freedom for the Tibetan people. We will begin at The Mound Assembly in Edinburgh, marching up The Mound onto the Royal Mile and down to The Scottish Parliament.

Tibet’s history
“We are a small, religious, and independent nation.”
– the 13th Dalai Lama, 1913

Tibet has a rich history as a nation, existing side-by-side with China for centuries. In 1950, the newly established Chinese Communist regime decided that Tibet must become a permanent part of the People’s Republic of China and launched an invasion.

For China, possessing Tibet gave access to rich natural resources and allowed it to militarise the strategically important border with India. With 40,000 Chinese troops in its sparsely populated country, the Tibetan government – led by the still teenaged Dalai Lama – was forced to recognise China’s rule in return for promises to protect Tibet’s political system and Tibetan Buddhism.

China failed to keep its promises and ongoing Tibetan resistance came to a head on 10 March 1959. Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans surrounded the Potala Palace in Lhasa fearing that the Dalai Lama was about to be kidnapped or assassinated. The uprising was brutally suppressed and the Dalai Lama was forced to flee into exile.

The 10th of March is now commemorated as National Uprising Day by Tibetans and supporters across the world.

To this day Tibet remains an independent state under illegal occupation.

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Tibet News, 19-25th February, 2017

News headlines on Tibet from from around the world. Go to our Tibet News page for full coverage and links.

Main News

  • UN Special Rapporteurs Question China on Larung Gar and Yarchen Gar
  • Massive show of force staged in China’s Xinjiang region after terrorist attack
  • Seven trapped after lake ice breaks in Tibet
  • Sikyong wishes everyone on Losar (Tibetan New Year)
  • Tibetan woman deported by Switzerland jailed in Nepal
  • Tibetan Writer Missing Nine Years, Feared Dead
  • Teenage Tibetan Monk Detained After Solo Street Protest

Parliamentary and Diplomatic News

  • Niece of slain Tibetan Lama addresses UN summit in Geneva
  • American city adopts resolution on Tibet


  • China to build national protection zone in west Tibetan prefecture
  • China’s Panchen Lama vows to uphold ‘glorious tradition’ of patriotism
  • Foreigners in Tibet ‘really happy’ to be given green cards

Analysis and Opinion

  • A Giant Open Prison: TCHRD releases 2016 Annual Report on Human Rights Situation in Tibet
  • “Tibetologist and Sinologist Elliot Sperling On Chinese People’s Understanding of Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibet Issue” By Woeser



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Tibet News – 18th Feb, 2017

Go to our Tibet News Page for full roundup.

Latest News

  • Larung Gar Demolitions and Evictions Recommence (Tibet Society, 17 February 2017)
  • Military Build-up on Tibetan Borders as Pilgrims Prepare for Prayer Festival (Free Tibet, 13th February, 2017) 
  • Video: Massive Display of Military Force at Tibetan Monastery (Free Tibet, 16th February 2017)
  • Sikyong Addresses Japanese Parliament Members at Parliament Building (CTA, February 15, 2017) 
  • UC San Diego Rejects Chinese Students’ Call to Disinvite Dalai Lama (Phayul, Friday, February 17, 2017)
  • Tibetan Freed in Sichuan After Serving Four Years, 10 Months (Radio Free Asia, 2017-02-17)
  • Peaceful Protester Disappears After January Arrest in Southeast Tibet (Free Tibet, 17th February 2017)
  • ICT Mourns the Passing of Tibetan Buddhist Scholar Gelek Rimpoche (ICT, February 15, 2017)
  • Tibetan Typesetting Pioneer Narkyi Ngawang Dhondup Passes Away (Phayul,  15th Feb, 2017)

Diplomatic News

  • Tibetan PM Hopes for Coordinated US-Japan Support for Middle Way Policy (Phayul, February 14, 2017)
  • Strengthening Political Advocacy for Tibet in the United Kingdom (CTA, February 15, 2017)
  • Exile Tibetan Leader Confident of Trump Support for Sino-Tibetan Dialogue (Tibetan Review, February 15, 2017) 
  • China its own worst enemy on Tibet issue, says Australian MP (Phayul, February 16, 2017)
  • ‘Tibet’ Gets New Government Head (Tibetan Review, Jan 17, 2017)


  • China to strengthen Mandarin learning push in minority areas (Tibetan Review, Jan 26, 2017)
  • Tibet: All townships in ‘Tibet’ to have road access by yearend (Tibetan Review, Jan 22, 2017)
  • Alleviating poverty in rural Tibet through relocation (China Daily 2017-02-13) 

Opinion and Analysis

  • Tibet’s “Intolerable” Monasteries: The role of monasteries in Tibetan resistance since 1950 (TibetWatch)
  • An Interview with Nyima Lhamo (Tibet Watch, Oct 2016)
  • Defending Human Rights in China Remains a High-Risk Activity, shows report (Phayul, February 16, 2017) 


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