Tibetans in Exile

Over 60 years ago the People's Republic of China ordered its troops to spread into the region southwest of its borders, beginning the occupation of Tibet. Since then, the occupying Chinese military destroyed some 6,000 Buddhist monasteries, logged-out the majority of Tibet's forests, used the land as dumping site for toxic waste, and holds an estimated 3,000 religious and political prisoners in prisons or work-camps. Since the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans fled to surrounding countries. India is home to largest Tibetan refugee population. The XIV Dalai Lama heads Tibetan Government in Exile from the mountain town of Dharamsala.