Human Rights Press Award for Reuters Investigates “The Long Arm of China” | Dalai Lama | Shugden

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The English Online Grand Prize of the The Human Rights Press Awards 2015 went to David Lague, Paul Mooney, Benjamin Kang Lim, Sui-Lee Wee and Stephanie Nebehay, a cohort of China experts working at Reuters.

Joyce Lau of The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, writes:

In “The long arm of China”, they used multiple articles to draw a larger picture of how China engages with minorities and the outside world.

“This is very good, wide-ranging reporting,” said barrister Jacqueline Leong, who has been a HRPA judge since its first year in 1996. “The package as a whole drew together common threads between three different issues: the Dalai Lama, the UN Human Rights Committee, and the Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority in the nation’s far West.”

“These three are rarely put together,” added judge Armin Kalyanram, a former chairperson of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

HRPA-logo-230x350pxThe official website www.humanrightspressawards.org states about the award:

The Human Rights Press Awards recognize top rights-related reporting from around Asia and are organized by The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong KongThe Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International Hong Kong. The goal of the Awards is to increase respect for people’s basic rights and to focus attention on threats to those freedoms.

Part four of Reuters investigates “The Long Arm of China” covered the Shugden controversy and the role China plays in it, “Special Report: China co-opts a Buddhist sect in global effort to smear Dalai Lama”. This investigative article was written by David Lague, Paul Mooney and Benjamin Kang Lim. They sought among others the expertise of Robert Barnett, Elliot Sperling and Thierry Dodin. Basing their article on Reuters’ investigation, China Digital Times (CDT) wrote a neat summary and linked to different background sources: “China Backs Sect in Global Effort to Smear Dalai Lama”.

Updates

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the US government Congressional-Executive Commission on China, co-chaired by former presidential candidate Marco Rubio, held a hearing to “examine the Chinese government’s reach beyond its borders to stifle critical discussion of its human rights record and repressive policies …. These efforts include … clandestine efforts to discredit the Dalai Lama through a Communist Party-supported rival Buddhist sect …”. The hearing was held to formulate recommendations for Congressional and Administration action to combat such activities.

According to Phayul and Tibet.net, an American District court penalized a Tibetan Shugden follower, Mr. Lobsang Gyaltsen aka Dowa Gyakpa, yesterday (May 23) for assaulting a senior citizen during a mass protest rally two years ago during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
There is an English interview portion with the lawyer who represented Mr Ngawang Norbu Sherpa, the victim. What becomes clear – at minute 19:46 – is that the shugden protestor, Lobsang Gyaltsen, was the first to launch a legal complaint, against Mr. Sherpa for defending himself. Because Mr. Sherpa put his arm out when Lobsang Gyaltsen, the Shugden supporter, kicked him. Then, after he was cleared with evidence, Mr. Sherpa made the counter claim, which resulted in 1 year of probation for the defendant and month fines. The Shugden defendant, Mr. Lobsang Gyaltsen, admitted his wrongdoing and if he violates his probation faces two years in jail.

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  1. jigmeyeshe says:
  2. Shugden Protester Penalised for Assault on Senior Citizen in US
    http://tibet.net/2016/05/shugden-protester-penalised-for-assault-on-senior-citizen-in-us/

  3. The post was again updated with the following information:

    There is an English interview portion with the lawyer who represented Mr. Sherpa at
    19:46 in the video below.

    What becomes clear is that THE SHUGDEN PROTESTOR WAS THE FIRST TO LAUNCH A LEGAL COMPLAINT, against Mr.Sherpa for defending himself. Because Mr.Sherpa put his arm out when Lobsang Gyaltsen, the Shugden supporter, kicked him.

    Then, after he was cleared with evidence, Mr.Sherpa made the counter claim, which resulted in 1 year of probation for the defendant and month fines. The Shugden defendant admitted his wrongdoing and if he violates his probation faces two years in jail.

    • Mr. Lobsang Gyaltsen was not able to attend the World Dolgyal Convention in Bangkok, quite an odd venue to meet for the North American Gelug Buddhist Association!
      He missed getting a certificate, free glossy photo of Gangchen and other cool swag.

      • … the “other cool swag” are human beings ;-)

        • Its interesting to note 25,903 views for the Tibetan titled NAGBA video and 30,319 views for the English titled video. The PRC must have developed software to automatically generate YouTube ‘views’, possibly it is work of the PLA cyber hacking specialists.

          • English-titled ‘World Dolgyal Convention Held in Bangkok and Issues Discussed about Religious Freedom’ video statistics 18th to 30th May, 2016: 48,375 views
            For the first 17 days since publication: 0 views

            Identical Tibetan-titled NAGBA Bangkok video statistics 18th to 30th May: 44,315 views
            For the first 17 days: 0 views
            འཛམ་གླིང་ཤུགས་ལྡན་ཚོགས་ཆེན་ཐེ་ལན་ཌ་ནང་ཚོགས་ནས་ཆོས་དད་རང་མོས་སྐོར་ལ་བགྲོ་གླེང་བྱེད་འདུག

            If these view numbers do indicate not deceptive ‘bot’ activity, in other words represent automated false views, I promise to eat my hat!

            • Around the beginning of June, I alerted YouTube that the spike in views for the two NAGBA videos was very likely robotically generated–and sure enough– if you look at the statistics, the views have since dramatically flatlined, indicating YouTube has stopped the monkey business cold in its tracks. It is also a bit odd that with 100,000 ‘views’ there is not one comment. This video deception is reminiscent of New Kadampa’s fraudulent online petition padded with phoney “Tibetan” names.
              All thats left is to convince Tenpel that such imaginary phantom people are human beings, too!

              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmFKwWetTvOGFzcCEGMYkKg

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is really exciting news for me. I’m really happy about the US government getting involved.
    Thank you Tenpel. I’ll be happy the rest of the week!

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