10 March 1959 – 60 Years of Occupation – 60 Years of Resistance

2019 marks numerous significant anniversaries; 30 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre, 25 years since the Rwandan Genocide, 20 years since the 1999 East Timorese crisis, and 60 years since hundreds of thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa in what is now marked/commemorated as the Tibetan National Uprising[1]. As Tibetans and Tibet supporters look back over the 60 long years since that first uprising, and the decades-long military occupation, we see a pattern of Tibetan resistance against Beijing’s colonial rule – a pattern Continue reading →

Open letter to Jeremy Hunt

7th April 2019 Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dear Jeremy Hunt, Please find enclosed petition signatories taken during an event held on 24th March in Bradford-on-Avon.  The petition was created to mark the 10th March 1959 anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese occupation. As the freedoms that we enjoy in the west are further eroded in China, it is becoming critical that we take an ethical stand. The Chinese communist party is not our friend.  The Chinese people are Continue reading →

Tashi Wangchuk EDM 1980

Tabled 17 January 2019  2017-19 Session That this House is dismayed by the continued imprisonment of Tibetan language advocate, Tashi Wangchuk, who was first detained three years ago today on 27 January, and since sentenced to five years in prison for advocating for the use of Tibetan language in local schools in Tibetan populated areas; deplores the absence of due process by the Chinese authorities in dealing with Mr Wangchuk’s case; denounces the use of separatism-related charges as a means of criminalising the legitimate exercise of Continue reading →

Raising awareness in Corsham, Wiltshire

On Monday, a group of us created a window display in Corsham, Wiltshire, to raise awareness of the Tibetans in exile. The display can be seen, for this week only, at the Right-Angle Picture Framing, 20 High Street, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0ES.   Central to the display is the art panel that was created by local artists Alexandra Gould and Carole Anne Tonge on Tibet Day back in June. The panel is decorated with symbols that celebrate Tibetan Culture. The middle of the painting shows Continue reading →

Tashi Wangchuk given 5 years prison

An activist who campaigned for Tibetan language education has been sentenced to five years in prison in China for “inciting separatism.” Tashi Wangchuk, who has been in jail for more than two years, was found guilty by a court in the western Chinese city of Yushu, according to his lawyers. Tashi was detained in 2016 after appearing in a New York Times documentary talking about his campaign for Tibetan language in local schools. The video, “A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice,” followed Tashi as he travelled Continue reading →

Dhondup Wangchen escapes China

A Tibetan activist and filmmaker has been granted political asylum in the United States, after an “arduous and risky escape” from China, sparking cheers from Democratic politicians at his arrival. Dhondup Wangchen was jailed a decade ago over a film interviewing Tibetans about their lives in a country where the government views them with constant suspicion. His film was smuggled out of China in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and he was later convicted of subversion in China’s Communist party controlled courts. Continue reading →

China under-20 football tour suspended after pro-Tibet protests

From the Guardian Protesters unfurled Tibetan flags at a game in Mainz, Germany causing the Chinese team to walk off the pitch  Spectators raise Tibetan flag to protest China’s politics regarding Tibet at a football match between TSV Schott Mainz and China’s U20 team. Photograph: Hasan Bratic/AP Sunday 26 November 2017 02.55 GMTLast modified on Sunday 26 November 2017 03.02 GMT A tour of Germany by China’s under-20 men’s football team has been suspended after their first match was met with protests. The remaining games in Germany will be postponed, the German Football Continue reading →

Free Yeshe Choedron

Yeshe Choedron ཡེ་ཤེས་ཆོས་སྒྲོན་ A RETIRED MEDICAL DOCTOR, WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH 2008 AND ACCUSED OF PROVIDING “INFORMATION HARMFUL TO THE SECURITY AND INTERESTS OF THE STATE” TO “THE DALAI CLIQUE Yeshe Choedron, a retired medical doctor, was detained in March 2008 after protests broke out in Lhasa on 14 March. Take Action  On 7 November 2008, the Lhasa People’s Intermediate Court sentenced Yeshe Choedron to 15 years’ imprisonment for allegedly providing “intelligence and information harmful to the security and interests of the state” to “the Continue reading →

Remembering Liu Xiaobo

 Liu Xiaobo 1955—2017, the dissident writer who became China’s first Nobel Peace laureate when he won the prize in 2010, died of liver cancer in state custody in China on Thursday 13th July, having spent nearly the last nine years of his life in prison. His death is a tragedy and an outrage. His widow is still under house arrest and has not been charged with any crime. In the late 1960s Mao Zedong encouraged children and adolescents to confront their teachers and parents, root Continue reading →

Meditate for Larung gar

Imagine that a foreign power had taken over the UK and to assert control, they had picked on places of learning say Oxford or Cambridge university and then issued orders to demolish half the colleges and evict thousands of students.  The evicted students are then taken to ‘education’ camps where they are forced to undertake Maoist style indotrination.  This is Tibet today at Larung Gar Buddhist centre and the Chinese government is acting as the foreign power trying to assert control over a subjugated land. Continue reading →