Woeser denied passport to collect “Women of Courage” award

Tsering Woeser, the Tibetan blogger and poet being honored by the US State Department as a “Woman of Courage,” is unable to attend the award ceremony because the Chinese government has repeatedly refused to issue her a passport.

China’s foreign ministry criticized the US government for honoring Woeser, accusing her of “twisting facts,” attacking China’s policies toward ethnic minorities, and “sabotaging China’s national solidarity.” Woeser has been writing about each of the over 100 Tibetans who have self-immolated since 2009 on her blog, and has urged China and Tibet to engage in dialogue to stop China’s human rights abuses against Tibetans.