China announces Stepped-up Control in Tibetan Monasteries

In the wake of recurring self-immolations inside in Tibet, China has announced that it will step-up its control on the management of monasteries across Tibet. According to Xinhua, a CCP mouthpiece, senior officials of Tibet Autonomous Region have pledged to increase efforts to strengthen the management of monasteries in the ‘fight against the Dalai Lama group’.

Analysts say that increasing desperation over government restrictions on religious practice and the absence of any alternative forms of expressing grievances in Tibet are the reasons behind the self immolations that have taken place over the last year. During a meeting, the Deputy head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference-Tibet Committee announced that the committee will focus this year’s work on strengthening government management of monasteries.