Behind the Curtain: the Jokhang fire six months on
On 17 February 2018, reports of a fire at the Jokhang temple in Lhasa spread across social media. Despite the seemingly clear evidence, the news quickly became contested, with a range of competing claims over the location of the fire and its impact on the Jokhang.
Six months on, our report brings together the details that we do know, including satellite imagery of the Jokhang which appears to show extensive damage to the site.
You can read our full report on the Jokhang page or download a pdf copy by clicking on the report cover image to the left.
Destroying Heaven: China's campaign of destruction at Larung Gar
On 19 October 2017, one year on from the International Day of Action for Larung Gar, Tibet Watch and Free Tibet released a joint report showing the huge scale of destruction at Larung Gar Buddhist Academy captured via satellite images.
You can read our full report on the Larung Gar page or download a pdf copy by clicking on the report cover image to the right.
30 Years of Resistance: the legacy of the 1987 Lhasa protests
This anniversary report from Tibet Watch presents never before seen images of the protests, together with details of the brave protesters pictured. It also explains the impact of the protests in the context of the wider Tibet movement and, specifically, how they led to the creation of Free Tibet.
Please note that some of the images in the report are graphic in nature and some readers may find them upsetting.
You can read our full report on the Lhasa 1987 page or download a pdf copy by clicking on the report cover image to the left.
An Interview with Nyima Lhamo
The niece of the late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Nyima Lhamo arrived in exile in July 2016. This report presents the interview which she gave to the Tibet Watch researchers in Dharamsala, India. She explains how her uncle's death affected people, the struggle her family faced in trying to pay their last respects and the trauma of being arrested for sharing details of his death with the outside world.
You can download a pdf copy by clicking on the report cover image to the right.
Tibet's "Intolerable" Monasteries:
The role of monasteries in Tibetan resistance since 1950
Buddhism in Tibet is an integral part of the social fabric and the day-to-day lives of lay people as well as monks and nuns. Attacks and restrictions on Buddhism in Tibet are, therefore, not peripheral issues, they are attacks on the Tibetan people, culture and way of life.
China fears the influence of Tibetan Buddhism and the monks and nuns who have been at the forefront of Tibetan resistance since the invasion in 1950. The government has tried various ways to control religion and religious institutions in Tibet but has repeatedly failed and resorted to violence and repression.
It is clear that as long as China continues to trample on human rights and suppress freedom of religion in Tibet, monks and nuns will continue to lead Tibetan resistance.
Download the Full Report or the Executive Summary.
Blood on the Snows: Torture in Tibet 2008-2015
- a compilation of the strongest evidence we put before the Committee Against Torture in our various submissions, together with a summary of our engagement with the Committee and what we achieved.
Published on Human Rights Day 2015, this report is also our tribute to the bravery of all Tibetans who have suffered as a result of their resistance to the occupation.
Environmental Protests on the Tibetan Plateau
- protests on environmental issues in Tibet have taken many different forms and used some very creative methods. Tibet Watch has collated reports of the protests we have confirmed over the last few years and presented them here, together with the key issues.
Crackdown in Kardze (August 2014)
- an overview and update on events in Kardze TAP during August, including the village leader's arrest, the protest, crackdown and subsequent deaths - also some analysis of the wider context.
Culture Clash: Tourism in Tibet
- a look at the development of tourism in Tibet - the ethics, the cultural tension, the 'Disneyfication' - includes images from the photographic series "She is Crying on the Hill".
An Interview with Golog Jigme Gyatso
- six years of surveillance, imprisonment, torture and a difficult journey into exile.
Driru County: The New Hub of Tibetan Resistance
- an account of events in Driru County since September 2013.
Dzoege County: "Maintaining Harmony and Stability"
- China's harsh new measures to prevent self-immolation protests.
No Faith in the State
Tibetans speak about religious restrictions
Human rights violations in Tibet since China was awarded the 2008 Olympic Games
Perversities of Extreme Dependence and Unequal Growth in the TAR by Dr Andrew Fischer
A commissioned report. This independent analysis examines the rapid growth that has been generated in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) through the extremely heavy government spending and investment strategies of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
2008 Protest Logs