STORY: Exiled Tibetans in India’s northern hill town, Dharamsala, on Tuesday (July 03) condemned restrictions placed on celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday inside Tibet by Chinese authorities.
As per reports, Tibetans in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have been warned against celebrating the birthday of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader by Beijing.
Tibetan leaders termed China’s restrictions as “human rights violation” and urged Beijing to allow the small minority to celebrate the birthday of their leader.
Tibetans in Tibet and those in exile revere the Dalai Lama who turns 83 on July 06. His birthday is a prominent day in the calendar of the Tibetans and its celebration is identified as a form of resistance by China in occupied Tibet. The 14th Dalai Lama is one of the longest-serving lamas of the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism.
More than five decades after he fled into exile in India following a failed uprising against Chinese rule, the Dalai Lama still exerts considerable religious authority over many of the six million ethnic Tibetans living within China’s borders.
The Dalai Lama denies espousing violence and says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.
The Dalai Lama has been conferred the Noble Peace Prize, the Templeton Prize and many honorary degrees and other awards.