Global Action: Tibetan Independence Day

Every country marks significant historical dates in its founding as a nation. Regardless of its current political status, Tibet is no exception and Students for a Free Tibet has set aside February 13th as an important day to commemorate Tibet's independent past. In occupied countries, observing independence day is a powerful expression of a people's desire for freedom.

Since 2013, February 13th has been been celebrated in over 30 cities worldwide. Tibetans and their supporters have commemorated the 2008 Uprising, the Tibetan flag, the Centennial of the 1913 Tibetan Proclamation of Independence, and the Legacy of the Tibetan Empire by organizing flag raising ceremonies, exhibitions, lobbying event and other creative actions to put a spotlight Tibet's independent past. Globally, elected representatives took part in honoring this day and showed solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet.

Tibetan Independence Day 2016:

SFT commemorated Tibetan Independence Day with the theme of ‘Reclaim Tibet’ to highlight the historical map of Tibet and expose the map of China's Tibetan Autonomous Region that ignores the Tibetan provinces of Kham and Amdo. We will highlighted how the 2008 uprising, spreading to all three traditional provinces, has reasserted the territorial map of Tibet. In the face of China’s growing propaganda that distorts Tibet’s history and makes illegitimate claims to its land and its people, Tibetans inside Tibet continue to reclaim Tibet through their protests, stories, poetry, music, and art. We will join this effort by using this campaign as a platform to secure Tibet's proud past and shape its future. A global commemoration of this symbolic and empowering history will help to renew spirits, reaffirm a global vision of freedom for Tibet and strengthen the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom. Over 12,000 Tibetans and allies around the world changed their Facebook profile picture to highlight the historical map of Tibet.

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Tibetan Independence Day 2015:

Tibetans and supporters participated in the #TibetFlagChallenge to make the Tibetan flag one of the most recognizable flags in the world in an effort to "secure the past and shape the future." Through group and individual efforts, we made sure to continue organizing countless flag-raising ceremonies, concerts, teach-ins and protest actions to commemorate Tibetan Independence Day. Here's a look back at some of the many creative actions taken in 2015 for Tibetan Independence Day:

Tibetan Independence Day 2014:

Feb 13, 2014 Commemorations

Tibetans and supporters across the world organized flag-raising ceremonies, concerts, teach-ins and protest actions at Chinese embassies and consulates to commemorate Tibetan Independence Day. We raised our flags high and unfurled images of the Tibet-China Treaty of 821-822 AD that clearly marks Tibet's historical boundary with China. This treaty is engraved on a stone pillar (Doring in Tibetan) that still stands outside the Jokhang Temple in Tibet's capital Lhasa today. Together, we challenged China’s propaganda about Tibetan history and strengthened the case for Tibetan self-determination on the global stage.

Take Action

Send a letter to the Chinese government to accept the truth of Tibet’s independent past and to end the illegal occupation of Tibet.
This is a simple but powerful action we can all take to help secure the legacy of Tibet's independent past and shape a future in which His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and all Tibetans can reunite in a free Tibet.

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Check out events from around the world:


Vijayawada, India

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Bangalore, India

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Hexham, UK

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Edinburgh, Scotland

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Boston, Massachusetts

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San Francisco, California

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Paris, France

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Toronto, Canada

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Natal, Brazil
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Dharamshala, India
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Delhi, India - Freedom Concert

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Jalandhar, India

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Vienna, Austria

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London, UK

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Copenhagen, Denmark

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Tokyo, Japan

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