Dalai Lama pictures permitted in Lhasa monastery

27th June 2013

Reports that 17-year ban may have ended

Our sources have told us that monks at Gaden (Gendun) monastery in Lhasa have been informed that they can now display pictures of the Dalai Lama.

The ban on displaying his image was introduced in 1996 as part of brutal a crackdown on religious freedom.

It has been strictly enforced until now.

Abuse of human rights

We have also been told that this policy has recently been discussed at meetings in a number of locations across Tibet.

This has been reported in a number of media outlets.

However, at present, we cannot confirm the accuracy of these reports.

Even if these reports are true, the underlying grievances of the Tibetan people remain the occupation of their country, abuse of their human rights, economic marginalisation and the denial of their right to self-determination.

China has yet to demonstrate any willingness to address those fundamental issues.

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