By Dorjee Tseten, SFT Asia Director
I’m thrilled to inform you that the SFT International team has just landed in Taiwan for our first ever “Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan Round Table Conference.” This historic conference is the first gathering of like-minded activists and youth leaders from Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For the next three days, some of the most prominent leaders and organizers of these three movements will discuss, debate, and deliberate on finding pathways to build a strategic East Asian alliance for freedom, democracy, and self-determination.
Despite Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on human rights and democracy over the last few years, resistance against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to grow. New waves of youth movements such as the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan, and the Lhakar Movement in Tibet have activated the political consciousness of a new generation and emboldened them to pursue their fundamental rights. Given the political changes taking place in China, and new threats and opportunities arising amid changing geopolitical circumstances, we believe it is critical for leaders of different movements to join forces and build a united alliance against a common threat – the CCP.
We hope our first Round Table Conference of Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will open up new horizons of possibilities in our activism, and provide a unique platform for activists from these three movements to share skills and resources, and exchange stories and experiences of nonviolent resistance with each other. We plan to develop a long-term vision for coordination among the three movements, and devise strategies to safeguard the freedom, democracy, and human rights that are threatened or suppressed by the CCP regime.
As our fellow activists from Tibet, Hong Kong, and Taiwan begin to arrive here at the conference venue, I am filled with hope and confidence in the strength of our movement. We would not have been able to organize this conference without the support of the amazing leaders at Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan, and the Taiwan chapter of SFT.
Stay tuned for more updates in the next few days as the conference proceeds.