The Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers fled from Tibet to India in 1959, during a failed revolt against Chinese rule.
China denounces the Dalai Lama as a crusader for independence, but he says he has campaigned for nothing more than true autonomy for his homeland.
Tibet's government in exile, based in India, has estimated at least 80 Tibetans were killed during violent protests against Chinese rule in Lhasa last Friday. No death toll figures have been confirmed.
A Dharamsala-based rights group, the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy says at least 40 students were beaten and arrested for protesting.
There were protests by Tibetan refugees in Dharmashala, India.
Gautam Gupta has more on the story.