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Tibet Society is the world’s first ever Tibet support group. The Society was founded in 1959, within weeks of the flight of the Dalai Lama from Tibet following the uprising against China's occupation. Today, the organisation continues to work actively for the freedom of the Tibetan people and their right to self-determination.

All the founders of Tibet Society had personal knowledge of an independent and free Tibet, having either lived in Lhasa or had direct dealings with the Tibetan government.

Hugh Richardson, the British Representative in Tibet, was among the dignitaries who greeted the young Dalai Lama when, in 1939, aged just four, he first entered Lhasa. Heinrich Harrer, when in Lhasa in the 1940s, coached the Dalai Lama in English and maths. Robert Ford, who remained Vice President until his death in 2013, was captured and imprisoned for five years by the invading Chinese army in 1950 when serving as radio officer to the Tibetan Government. Well known High Court Judge and founder of the Buddhist Society, Christmas Humphreys, first met the Dalai Lama in 1956.


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NORMAN BAKER
PRESIDENT

Norman Baker is President of Tibet Society. He has campaigned for justice for Tibet for over 20 years, including doing his 18 years as an MP, during which time he was an active member of the All-Party Tibet group in parliament. After 2010, he also served a minister in the transport department, and as No 2 to Theresa May in the Home Office. He is currently managing director of an ethical bus company in Brighton. Much of his spare time is devoted to music. He is the lead singer of the Reform Club. a pop/rock outfit which has existed since 1994, and has just completed his third album, and presents two radio shows each week. He has also had two books published. He is a privy councillor.


FREDICK R HYDE-CHAMBERS
CHAIRMAN

Fredrick ‘Riki’ hyde-Chambers is the Chairman of the Tibet Society of the UK and Hon President of the Tibet Relief Fund. He has been involved in the campaign for justice for Tibet all his adult life and has authored three books on Tibet: ‘Lama’ a novel published in seven countries; the ‘Mouse King’ with Yeshe published by Puffin’ ‘Tibetan Folktales’ with Audrey Hyde-Chambers published by Shambhala Publications. Professionally, he served for many years as Director of the Industry and Parliamentary Trust, receiving the OBE for services to Industry and Parliament, and is currently the Executive Chairman of Enterprise and Parliamentary Dialogue International which works in countries in transition, with a particular focus on Georgia and Africa. He is also Chairman of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Support Group.


TSERING TASHI
VICE CHAIRMAN

Tsering Tashi is the Vice Chairman of Tibet Society. As a former Tibetan civil service official, he has a broad experience having served as the UK-based Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He was also the Press Officer at the Office of HH the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala and Secretary at the Bureau of HH the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. He did his Masters in Journalism & Mass Communication in America on a Fulbright Scholarship and was the Editor of Tibetan Bulletin at the Department of Information & International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. He has also worked in the Bureau du Tibet in Switzerland and whilst in the United States served the Office of Tibet in New York and International Campaign for Tibet in Washington D.C. He is currently working in a British Trade Union organisation based in Central London.


PEMPA LOBSANG
CHAIRMAN OF THE TIBETAN COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN

Pempa Lobsang is currently the Chairman of the Tibetan Community in Britain. Pempa is an active member of the Tibetan community and having served on the council for the community for over 7 years, he has intimate knowledge of the workings of the Tibetan community and is well placed to represent the views of the community and contribute to the work of The Society to benefit all Tibetans. 

Pempa is an alumnus of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village and a qualified accountant by profession. He currently works for an insurance company in the City as a Senior Accountant. He is also a keen footballer and is part of the London Tibetan Football Club.

THUPTEN TENZIN
TREASURER 

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KARMA CHURA-TSANG

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Mother of two self-immolates in Chone

04 February 2018
Mother of two self-immolates in Chone

[5 June 2015] Sangye Tso (pictured right, also referred to as Sangyal Tso) set herself ablaze around 4am local time on 27 May in front of a government office located within Tashi...

Tibet to be debated in UK Parliament on Thursday 18 June

04 February 2018

A backbench debate on Tibet will be held in Parliament at 1.30pm on Thursday 18 June. The debate will be led by Fabian Hamilton MP (Lab, Leeds North East). Ask your...

UK parliament debates Tibet; government lacklustre in its response

04 February 2018

[19 June 2015] On 18 June, the UK Parliament held its first debate on Tibet since the General Election. Though many issues were raised and questions asked of the government, the...

Family ordered to lie following self-immolation; five detained

04 February 2018

[24 June 2015] UPDATE: The husband of self-immolator Sangye Tso has been detained by the Chinese authorities. Tamding Wangyal was arrested on 10 June along with a local monk, Trinley Gyatso....

The Dalai Lama to headline Glastonbury!

04 February 2018
The Dalai Lama to headline Glastonbury!

We can finally reveal the rumuors are true. The Dalai Lama will be appearing at the Glastonbury this weekend! The Dalai Lama will be giving a talk in the Green...

The Dalai Lama brings happiness to Glastonbury

04 February 2018
The Dalai Lama brings happiness to Glastonbury

The Dalai Lama visited the UK for four days at the end of June 2015. The trip included a first-time visit to the Glastonbury festival, a public talk in Aldershot...

China: End the repression of Uyghurs in East Turkestan

04 February 2018

On the eve of the 6th anniversary of the Urumqi massacre, Uyghurs and human rights activists in the UK are calling upon the Chinese government to investigate the events of...

Dalai Lama birthday celebrations banned in Tibet; three detained

04 February 2018
Dalai Lama birthday celebrations banned in Tibet; three detained

Three Tibetans have been detained by Chinese police in Tibet for attempting to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. In the run-up to the anniversary, local authorities banned religious events,...

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in Chinese prison

04 February 2018
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in Chinese prison

On 12 July 2015, the Chinese authorities announced the highly revered Tibetan leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died in prison. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche had been imprisoned on false charges and was...

MP says ‘China has Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s blood on its hands’

04 February 2018
MP says ‘China has Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s blood on its hands’

[Tibet Society press release: 13 July 2015] Tibet Society is greatly saddened and outraged by the news of the death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who died in a Chinese prison on...

Tibetans protest over death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

04 February 2018
Tibetans protest over death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

On 13 July, following the death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, over a thousand Tibetans gathered in Nyagchuka (Chinese: Yajiang) county, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) prefecture, Kham (now incorporated into China’s Sichuan...

Lack of official information on Rinpoche’s death

04 February 2018
Lack of official information on Rinpoche’s death

Though Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death has been confirmed by Chinese officials, the exact date of the death and the circumstances are still not clear. Associated Press reported on 13 July...

Rinpoche denied visits from family

04 February 2018

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was last seen by his family during a prison visit in November 2013. This was one of only seven prison visits allowed durng his 13 years in...

Self-immolation in Tibet following Dalai Lama’s birthday

04 February 2018

[14 July 2015] On 9 July, a Tibetan monk self-immolated in a public square in eastern Tibet. Sonam Topgyal was quickly apprehended by local authorities and is believed to be in...

Update on protests in Tibet; at least 15 injured

04 February 2018
Update on protests in Tibet; at least 15 injured

Latest reports indicate at least 15 Tibetans were injured as Chinese security forces violently dispersed protesters calling for the release of the body of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. The protests took...

UK & US government statements on death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

04 February 2018

The UK government issued a statement late on 13 July via a Foreign Office spokesperson saying, “We are saddened by reports that Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in detention in China....

Chinese authorities cremate Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s body

04 February 2018

The Chinese authorities have cremated the body of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche against the wishes of his family. Some members of his family were allowed to attend the cremation, which was...

Sisters of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche temporarily detained

04 February 2018

According to International Campaign for Tibet, two sisters of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, were detained by the Chinese authorities after they refused to sign a document about his health condition. The...

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s ashes confiscated

04 February 2018

Following the cremation of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on 16 July, the authorities handed over the ashes to his family. A group of four Tibetans then began the journey back to...

Sister and niece of Tulku detained

04 February 2018

The sister of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Dolkar Lhamo and her daughter, Nyima Lhamo, were detained by the Chinese authorities on 17 July in Chengdu, Sichuan province. Dolkar Lhamo, 52, had...

State media say Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s death was due to heart attack

04 February 2018

A week after Tenzin Delek’s death the Chinese authorities announced that he had died from a heart attack. According to a statement issued on 18 July by the state-run news...

Sister and niece of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche released

04 February 2018
Sister and niece of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche released

The sister and niece of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were released after two weeks of detention on July 31. Dolkar Lhamo, 52, sister of Tenzin Delek, and her daughter Nyima, 25,...

Tibetan nomad Runggye Adak released after eight year prison sentence

04 February 2018
Tibetan nomad Runggye Adak released after eight year prison sentence

Runggye Adak, one of Tibet’s most well-known political prisoners, was released from Mianyang prison on 30 July 2015 after serving an eight-year prison sentence for publicly calling for Tibetan freedom...

Chinese President calls for “anti-separatism battle” in Tibet

04 February 2018
Chinese President calls for “anti-separatism battle” in Tibet

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater efforts to fight “anti-separatist” activities in Tibet as preparations are being made for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the founding of the...

Mother of five self-immolates after house demolition

04 February 2018
Mother of five self-immolates after house demolition

A Tibetan mother of five has died following a self-immolation protest in Tibet. The protest came shortly after Chinese authorities forcibly demolished a nearby property belonging to a Tibetan. It...

Spate of arrests in Tibet as China celebrates 50th anniversary of TAR

04 February 2018
Spate of arrests in Tibet as China celebrates 50th anniversary of TAR

As the Chinese government celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibetans continued to demonstrate against decades of repressive policies and the lack of human...

Protests against Chinese rule continue in Tibet

04 February 2018
Protests against Chinese rule continue in Tibet

Tibetans continue to publicly protest against China’s repressive policies despite tightened security and the risk of severe punishment. Following a series of protests around China’s celebration of the 50th anniversary...

Press Release: Own Goal for Liverpool Football Club as it Endorses Chinese Water Company

04 February 2018

(London) – On 24 July, Liverpool FC entered into an agreement with a Chinese company involved in resource exploitation in Tibet. Now Tibet Society, the world's oldest Tibet support group,...

Direct Action: Tibetan activist groups meet with supporters outside the Liverpool FC vs Watford match

04 February 2018
Direct Action: Tibetan activist groups meet with supporters outside the Liverpool FC vs Watford match

On 12 August, Tibet Society in collaboration with a range of other Tibetan activist groups and supporters, headed to the opening of the premier league at Watford Stadium. As supporters...

“Tibet Society has a special place in the hearts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. We wish them the very best.”

04 February 2018
“Tibet Society has a special place in the hearts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. We wish them the very best.”

You can read our September  2017 Update here “Tibet Society has a special place in the hearts of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people. We wish them the...

APPG on Tibet – Autumn Update

04 February 2018

On 23 November 2017, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, gave a briefing and held a discussion with MPs at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster,...

Letter to the Prime Minister on Human Rights Day

04 February 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May10 Downing StreetLondonSW1A 2AA 10 December 2017 Dear Prime Minister May, Tibetan Uyghur & Chinese Solidarity UK is writing to you today on International Human Rights Day...

Press Release: Tibetan Uyghur & Chinese Solidarity UK call for renewed efforts to combat human rights violations in China

04 February 2018

[10 December 2017] On Human Rights Day, Tibetan Uyghur & Chinese Solidarity UK [1] is calling on the UK and international community to take “immediate and bold action” to address...

Press Release: President Emmanuel Macron must raise Tashi Wangchuk’s case during visit to China

04 February 2018

Tibet Society is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to use next week’s visit to China to raise the case of Tashi Wangchuk, a young Tibetan shopkeeper who has been detained...

Sunday: Mobile Billboard Calling on Liverpool FC Owner to Drop Controversial Deal With Chinese Company, Tibet Water, to tour the city ahead of Manchester City Match

04 February 2018

Over 80,000 have demanded that Liverpool FC owner John W. Henry cancels deal with Tibet Water due to human rights abuses A campaign led by Tibet groups and international consumer...

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Tibet Society is the world’s first ever Tibet support group. The Society was founded in 1959, within weeks of the flight of the Dalai Lama from Tibet following the uprising against China's occupation. Today, the organisation continues to work actively for the freedom of the Tibetan people and their right to self-determination.

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