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“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 very best.”

We are all honoured and humbled by these kind words written by Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong, the democratically elected head of the Tibetan people and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Tibet Society was founded shortly after the invasion and is the world’s oldest Tibet support group, but our work has never been more urgent. You can donate today via Paypal.

Support Tibet Society and help us to keep Tibet alive!

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Don’t forget to read read our September  2017 Update here 

http://mailchi.mp/0d8a5446fb87/support-tibet-society-our-tibetwater-campaign 

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 arrived at the match, Tibet Society, Free Tibet and the Tibetan Community in Britain handed out approximately 3,000 leaflets to raise awareness about the recent partnership between Liverpool FC and Tibet Water Resources Limited; a Chinese company that has become the club’s official regional water partner in China.

Alongside handing out leaflets, the event was also an opportunity to engage with supporters and speak to them about the human rights situation in the country as well as the detrimental impact of this deal on Tibetans.

Many life-long fans expressed their disappointment with the club, and many have asked Liverpool FC to rethink their association with the company. An online petition we launched last week, calling on the premier club to cancel the agreement, has already reached over 500 signatures. With increasing numbers of people urging the club to withdraw their support for this deal, the partnership threatens to become a major embarrassment for Liverpool FC.

Tibet Society responded to the announcement last week by issuing a press release expressing its deep regret and has also written a joint letter to the directors of the club, calling on them to terminate the partnership.

Tibet Society is urging its members and supporters to sign the petition and share it widely.

(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, is calling on the premier club to cancel the agreement and instead work to improve conditions in Tibet. 

As a club that has championed its commitment to respect human rights and ethnical business standards, it is deeply regrettable that Liverpool FC has signed a deal with Tibet Water Resources Limited.

"If Liverpool FC wants to entrench its human rights commitment across the club’s operations, it must begin by terminating its agreement with Tibet Water Resources Limited. Such a partnership undermines the very values that the club promotes," said Norman Baker, President of the Tibet Society.

Despite its name, Tibet Water Resources Limited is a Chinese company that bottles and sells water from Tibet; a country that has been under military occupation for over six decades since the Chinese army invaded in 1950. 

Tibet has been ranked as the second worst place in the world in terms of civil liberties and political rights, second only to Syria. Meanwhile calls for accountability ring hollow as the UK government continues to have its requests refused for human rights monitoring visits to the country. 

Given Tibet is abundant in water and the headwater of seven main rivers that run through the region, it is not hard to see why the exploitation of Tibet's resources is high on China's agenda or how the over-use of these could have a major impact on the wider region’s water security.

In the past three decades, glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau have already shrunk 15% and massive Chinese hydropower dams and water diversion projects in Tibet are diverting, draining and damaging its rivers. Water bottling companies like Tibet Water Resources Limited are contributing to this process, and operate within a system of Chinese oppression.

"By terminating this agreement, Liverpool FC has an opportunity to send a clear message that it does not tolerate dealing with companies that profit from occupation and environmental destruction and to make a real difference to the lives of Tibetans who have endured decades of injustice, indignity and discrimination," said Norman Baker.

Maintaining this partnership will only will serve to reward and lend legitimacy to China's occupation of the territory, its crackdown on human rights and the exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources by Chinese companies.

Liverpool FC begins the 2017-2018 Premier League with an away game in Watford this Saturday, 12 August.

In order to mark this occasion, Tibet Society, in collaboration with a range of other Tibetan groups (including Free Tibet, the International Tibet Network and the Tibetan Community in Britain) will be handing out leaflets outside Watford stadium to raise awareness about the recent partnership and to send a clear message that own goals should be avoided in the boardroom, as well as on the pitch.

 
 

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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 of the Tibet Autonomous Region, at least three more Tibetans have been detained for publicly calling for freedom for Tibet.

The three latest arrests, which took place on 10 and 13 September in Ngaba (Ch: Aba) town, Amdo (now incorporated into China’s Sichuan province), bring the total number of arrests for public protests to eight in recent weeks. (Click here to read about the five previous arrests.)

The protests have taken place around the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region which the Chinese government celebrated on 8 September. The celebrations were accompanied by a tightening of security in Tibetan regions in an effort to prevent public demonstrations.

Adrak I Lobsang I Dekyi Dolma

Adrak
Adrak-2015-09-18 original On the morning of 10 September, Adrak (pictured right), a 21 year-old monk from Kirti monastery, walked the streets of Ngaba town, shouting slogans such as “freedom in Tibet” and “long live Dalai Lama”. He was quickly set upon by police in full riot gear, who beat him as they took him into custody.

Reports suggest that Tibetan onlookers joined his protest. A source quoted by Radio Free Asia said, “local Tibetans who witnessed the scene raised cries in his support” and when they intervened were beaten and arrested by both uniformed and plain clothes police officers. It is unknown how many Tibetan bystanders were taken into custody with Adrak.

Adrak, also known as Lobsang Drakpa, is originally from Soruma Township in Ngaba county. His current whereabouts and condition are not known.

Further reading: RFA I TCHRD I Phayul

In the evening of 10 September, another Kirti monastery monk also undertook a solo protest in Ngaba. At around 6pm, Lobsang (pictured right, full name not known), aged 22, called for “freedom in Tibet” and for the long life of the Dalai Lama as he walked through the town. He was immediately arrested by police officers who were on patrol.

Sources indicate that Tibetans demonstrated against Lobsang’s arrest at the local police station.
Lobsang is from Chuklay Gampa town in Ngaba county. His current whereabouts and condition are not known.

Further reading: RFA I TCHRD I Phayul

Dekyi Dolma
On 13 September, 22 year-old Tibetan female Dekyi Dolma publicly protested in Ngaba town, walking along the street calling for an end to oppressive Chinese policies. The exact wording of her slogans is not known, however sources say that she undertook the protest despite knowing there was a large presence of Chinese security in the area.

According to a source quoted by Phayul, “There were many Tibetans nearby during her protest who expressed their support and anger over the police for manhandling a peaceful protestor.”

Since the protests on 10 September, security in Ngaba has intensified. Internet access in the Ngaba region is reported to have been disabled and armed police have been deployed to monitor activities in the town.

Further reading: Phayul I RFA

Tibet Society: Spate of arrests in Tibet as China celebrates 50th anniversary of TAR (11 September)

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 rights. Despite a major security crackdown to prevent unrest around the 8 September anniversary, at least five Tibetans have been arrested for daring to express themselves in public.

Jampel Gyatso I Lobsang Kalsang I Dorje Drolma I Lobsang Thubten I Woekar Kyi

Jampel Gyatso
Jamphal-Gyatso-protest-2015-09-11On 9 September, Jampel Gyatso, a 21 year-old monk from Kirti monastery, was arbitrarily arrested following a solo protest (pictured right) along the main road of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) town, Amdo (now incorporated into China’s Sichuan province). He began his protest at approximately midday, holding aloft a photo of the Dalai Lama and calling for freedom for Tibet and for the long life of the Dalai Lama.

Jamphal-Gyatso-2015-09-11According to Radio Free Asia, many Tibetan bystanders shouted their support for the protest. Jampel (pictured left) was quickly detained by police, and the Tibetan Centre of Human Rights and Democracy (TCHD) reported that his living quarters at the monastery were “broken into” following his arrest. His current condition and whereabouts are not known.

Further reading: RFA I TCHRD

Lobsang Kalsang
Lobsang-Kalsang-2015-09-11On 7 September, Lobsang Kalsang (pictured right)carried out a solo protest in Ngaba. The 19 year-old Kirti monk displayed a portrait of the Dalai Lama and called for freedom for Tibet as he walked along the main street in Ngaba. He was arrested by Chinese security personnel and taken away.

Video footage of his protest and arrest has since been received by exile sources (see below), which also shows large numbers of police in riot gear gathering to prevent further unrest. Tibetans can be heard calling out in support of the protest and against the arrest; one woman can also be seen remonstrating with the police. According to Radio Free Asia, a Tibetan woman can be heard shouting “Look at this! The Chinese are not letting us live in peace!” as Lobsang is arrested.

Sources also report that a layman who attempted to interfere with the arrest was also taken into custody. Lobsang Kalsang and the layman’s whereabouts and condition remain unknown.


Video footage of protest and arrest courtesy of Radio Free Asia (2 minutes, with Tibetan commentary).

Further reading: RFA I TCHRD

Dorje Drolma
Dorje-Dolma-2015-09-11Dorje Drolma (pictured right), a young Tibetan woman, protested in Ngaba at around 8.30am on 20 August, before being quickly detained by about 10 police officers. According to Radio Free Asia, her solo protest is thought to have been “against Chinese policy”, but given the time of her protest and her quick arrest few people heard her slogans.

Dorje is from Meruma township in Ngaba County. Her current whereabouts and condition are unknown.

Further reading: RFA I Phayul

Lobsang Thubten
Lobsang-Thubten-2015-09-11Lobsang Thubten (pictured left), a 17 year-old nomad, was arrested on 18 August but was not identified for nearly a week. He staged his protest outside a police station in Trungtrung Karmo, Lithang (Ch: Litang) county, Kardze (Ch: Ganze) prefecture, Amdo (now part of China’s Sichuan province).

During the protest, Lobsang carried a large portrait of the Dalai Lama and shouted slogans including “Tibet needs freedom” and “His Holiness the Dalai Lama should be invited to Tibet”. He was immediately arrested and taken to the Lithang County Detention Centre, where, according to TCHRD, he “continues to be detained, interrogated and tortured.”

Lobsang, from Yonru township, Lithang county, is understood to have studied Buddhism at Lithang monastery.

The Lithang region is known to have subjected to increased security measures recently, including a large presence of armed forces(pictured right, combat vehicles in Lithang). It is possible these were contributing factors to Lobsang’s protest.

Further reading: TCHRD I Tibet Post

Woekar Kyi
Woekar-Kyi-2015-09-11Woekar Kyi, a 23 year-old nomad and mother of one child, undertook a solo protest on 15 August in her home township of Meruma in Ngaba county. During her protest, Woekar shouted slogans calling on the Chinese authorities to grant freedom to Tibet and allow the Dalai Lama to return home. According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, she also shouted, “The repression on us has gone beyond limit!”

Woekar was immediately arrested by Chinese police. Her condition and whereabouts are not known.

Further reading: Phayul I TCHRD

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