Dharamshala — The human rights situation in Tibet, Eastern Turkistan, Hong Kong and China is at present the "worst for many years"; the British government 'Conservative Party Human Rights Commission' (CPHRC) says they are "deeply concerned" about an uncritical friendship with China.

Bylakuppe, Karnataka — Over thirty thousand devotees congregated at the Tashi Lhunpo in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India, on January 1, at a ceremony to make a long-life offering to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The spiritual leader of Tibet, in turn, conferred a White Tara long-life empowerment to the gathering.

Dharamshala — Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama and one of the 4 Great Monasteries of Tibet, has risen again as His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama consecrated the prayer hall during a ceremony attended by thousands near the Tibetan Refugee camp of Bylakuppe.