Minnesota, USA : - A Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire last year an act that many credit with sparking the Arab Spring, which led to the ousting of tyrannical leaders Moammar Gadahfi (Libya) and Hosni Mubarak (Egypt).
London: A wave of protest has fanned across the Tibetan region recently: the self-immolation of Buddhist Monks. Five Tibetan teenagers have self-immolated in just one week, and a further three self-immolated and died since March of this year. The cases of protest are occurring in Tibetan ethnic regions of China's Sichuan province, largely around Kirti Monastery of Eastern Tibet, which has witnessed a large security crackdown by Chinese forces since the immolations began in March, and a forced exodus and ‘patriotic re-education programme' of around three-hundred Tibetan monks.
Wyoming: - “Education will be our number one priority... We will strive to reach 10,000 professionals among 150,000 in exile and appeal to Tibetans inside Tibet to reach 100,000 in the next two decades” Kalon Tripa or the political leader of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay in his Inaugural Speech, the Himalayan town of Dharamshala.
Melbourne: It seems the Chinese people have just about had enough of the ruling communist regime, as recent comments from intellectuals and ordinary netizens show indications of the impending collapse of the government that has oppressed the Chinese people for the past sixty-one years. This year, unrest has reached new levels and emboldened citizens are standing up for their rights.
Dharamshala: - "Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People's Republic of China." - His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, 24 September 2011.
Renee Xia, International Director of Chinese Human Rights Defenders - http://www.chrdnet.org - considers the plight of human rights defenders in China and the responsibility of goverments around the world in their negotiations with Beijing: