Tibet Watch



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.

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.


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.

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.

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 below.

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.

Broken Promises

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).