Dec 10: Human Rights Day
December 10th is International Human Rights Day, a day to be thankful for the basic rights we enjoy – the right to speak freely, to openly practice our faith if we choose, and to make decisions about our own lives. It was also a day to take action for those denied these rights.
Learn about our past Human Rights Day events worldwide.
Tibetans and supporters took action to help bring Khenpo Kartse home safely. After more than 10 months in detention, Karma Tsewang, also known as Khenpo Kartse, a respected Buddhist teacher and Tibetan community leader was tried and sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in Chamdo (Tibet Autonomous Region) by China according to reports on October 15th, 2014. He was a prisoner of the Chinese state simply for his commitment to the well-being of the Tibetan people.
Tibetans, Uighurs, Mongolians, Hongkongers and Chinese, alongside their supporters, came together to commemorate Human Rights Day by hosting rallies, protests, and vigils to call on our world leaders to unite for human rights. Join SFT in taking action with these simple steps:
Step 1. Join our Human Rights Day "Thunderclap" to raise awareness via social media
Step 2. Sign and share the
Change your Facebook profile picture andStep 3.
Step 4. Find and attend an event in honor of Human Rights Day in your city or organize your own - you can find more materials here
Tibetans and their supporters worldwide commemorated Human Rights Day by holding global solidarity rallies, protest, and vigils to call on the world leaders to team up to save Tibetan lives. People worldwide recorded 1-min video messages to their President or Prime Minister asking him or her to team up with other world leaders and act for Tibet. In light of the unprecedented 28 self-immolation protests in November 2012 alone, SFT joined other Tibet advocacy groups to urge Nobel Peace Prize winners to begin coordinated government action for Tibet.
Tibetans and supporters rallied to say Enough! Global Intervention Now to Save Tibetan Lives and held a protest for the Tibetans who had self-immolated in 2011.
Tibetans and their supporters worldwide joined Chinese democracy advocates and human rights groups to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese intellectual and activist Liu Xiaobo on Human Rights Day. Liu Xiaobo is currently serving an 11-year sentence on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” for his part in writing and promoting ‘Charter 08,’ which calls for legal reforms, democracy, and protection of human rights in China. Xiaobo is a long-time supporter of the Tibetan people’s right to self-determination.
On Human Rights Day, we also profiled the cases of three Tibetan Heroes – Dhondup Wangchen, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, and Runggye Adak – all jailed by China for demanding human rights for Tibetans and for bravely expressing their opposition to Chinese policies in Tibet. These individuals have selflessly risked their own freedom to advocate for the human rights of others. Now it is our responsibility to use our freedom to speak out for their human rights.