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Tibetan Independence Day Celebrated Worldwide

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.

Students for a Free Tibet condemn China-led Kalachakra with ‘fake’ Panchen Lama, call for release of imprisoned Tibet’s Panchen Lama

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) condemned China’s effort to forcefully legitimize the controversial Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, Gyancain Norbu, by hosting a state-controlled Kalachakra, an important and complex ritual in Tibetan Buddhism. The ritual is taking place in Shigatse, Tibet between July 21-24, while Tibet's Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, still remains China’s captive after 21 years.

President Obama Speaks Out for Tibet

While we are pleased that President Obama raised the issue of Tibet publicly with Xi Jinping at the White House today - especially at this time when so many world leaders are failing to do so - we believe there is much more he can and should do.

Tibetans, Uighurs, and Chinese Call on Obama to Confront Xi on Rights During US-China Summit

Tibetan, Uighur and Chinese activists today held a press conference and portrait action in front of the White House in anticipation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first official state visit to the U.S., expected to be September 24-25th. They called on President Obama to speak out publicly against Xi Jinping’s escalating campaign of repression in Tibet, China and East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang).

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