Tibetans and supporters worldwide commemorated Tibetan Independence Day on February 13 to celebrate Potala Palace, as a historical monument symbolic of Tibet's independent past. Students for a Free Tibet chapters around the world took part in the annual tradition of marking the day the 13th Dalai Lama of Tibet re-declared Tibetan independence after driving out officials of the Qing dynasty from Tibet. Events ranged from panel discussions on Potala Palace to Tibetan traditional dance,to concerts and festivals, to poetry readings and local outreach drives.
Free Tibet, an organization campaigning for freedom in Tibet based in the UK, recently acquired an inspiring letter from Jigme Guri, a recently released political prisoner who had served 5 years in total, in various prisons for ‘inciting splittism’ according to Chinese officials. Please see below the translated text from the original letter sent in Tibetan by...Read More
Seven Tibetans were sentenced to long jail terms this week, some for celebrating the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama last year, according to US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA). The People’s Intermediate Court in Barkham county handed down the sentences on Tuesday, Kanyak Tsering, a Tibetan monk exiled in Dharamsala, India, told RFA, citing contacts in the region. The seven Tibetans were given terms ranging from five to 14 years.
A Tibetan self-immolated at around 5pm local time today (8 December) on the streets of Machu county in Tibet’s Amdo Province. According to a video received, a body is seen engulfed in flames . A woman standing nearby is heard reciting prayers in the name of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Following protests on November 16, 20 Tibetans have reportedly been detained following a peaceful protest against damming in Yangdro village in Dechen County in Southeastern Tibet. This is happening just weeks after China was re-elected onto the Human Rights Council at the U.N.
Today we were very excited to receive a letter from the UK Foreign Office (FCO) assuring us that they share our concerns for Shokjang and have raised his case a number of times with Chinese ambassadors and delegates, most recently at the UK China - Human Rights Dialogue, but also during Parliamentary Questions, in writing, and in the FCO’s annual human rights report.
A group of Tibetans and supporters of Tibet is planning a silent protest outside a Manhattan movie theater Thursday night to criticize a film studio's decision to have actress Tilda Swinton play a character in the movie "Doctor Strange," which opens in the U.S. this week.
World-wide rallies are planned Wednesday to protest the Chinese government's reported demolition of a Buddhist academy in Tibet, according to Students for a Free Tibet. Demonstrators say it's the latest example of Beijing's religious crackdown in the autonomous region.
Goa, India - Today, on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in India for the BRICS summit, Tibetan activists staged a protest by flying the Tibetan National Flag and unveiled a 6X2ft banner on the popular western sea coast of Goa where the conference is being held from 15 -16 Oct 2016. The banner read “Free Tibet.”