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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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).