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Tibet Society - Choose your Membership Plan‎
Become a member of Tibet Society today and join a movement of people from around the world standing up for human rights in Tibet.

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We are a membership organisation, entirely funded by our members and supporters. By joining Tibet Society you will be part of a vibrant and committed voice that speaks out for Tibet through campaigning and lobbying. A year’s membership provides valuable funds to help the Society plan campaigns and work effectively to end the plight of Tibetan people.

Founded within weeks of the Dalai Lama reaching India in 1959, Tibet Society was the world's first Tibet support group.

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For the person you recommend, you will receive 10% off your next membership renewal for every person you recommend who becomes a member. Recommend up to four people and claim 40% off your next renewal.

 

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Celebrate the life of a loved one by raising money or making a donation in their memory.

Holding a collection at your loved one's funeral is a meaningful way for their friends and family to remember them. We can support your collection by sending you some special funeral donation envelopes.

Your gift could help us start a new campaign, help us secure internships for Tibetan youths in Parliament, help us fund our advocacy efforts at the national and international level, and so much more!

 

 

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A gift membership is the perfect gift for someone wishing to deepen their understanding of Tibet and to be kept up to date with developments in the country and in the UK political landscape concerned with Tibetan issues.

 

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Through a gift in your will you could helps to continue to campaign and advocate on behalf of Tibetans.

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REPORTS

XI JINPING: FIVE YEARS OF FAILURE IN TIBET
12 October 2017

In the five years following China’s once-a-decade leadership change in 20121, Xi Jinping has become more powerful than any of China’s leaders of the last 25 years, and looks set to further consolidate this power at the 19th Party Congress of October 2017.

Xi’s leadership has been characterised by a wholesale effort to silence dissent across a range of issues, not least relating to China’s continued occupation of restive Tibet. Human rights experts widely agree that the situation in Tibet and across China has sharply deteriorated since 2012, perhaps illustrated most starkly by the deaths in custody of highly prominent human rights defenders; the Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and Tibetan buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:23

 

ABOUT THE APPG FOR TIBET
The purpose of the APPG for Tibet is to put pressure on Her Majesty’s Government to encourage negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile, whilst recognising that Tibet is an occupied country which had independent links with Britain.

 

SECRETARIAT
Tibet Society provides the secretariat for the APPG, it supports the Chair and Officers in carrying out the work of the group. This includes managing enquiries and day-to-day administration, as well as the organisation of meetings and events.

EVENTS
All APPG meetings and events will be advertised on the All-Party Notices, those which are open to non-parliamentary members or the public will also be listed on the Tibet Society website.

APPG OFFICERS
Co-Chair: Tim Loughton MP
Co-Chair: Chris Law MP
Vice Chair: Patrick Grady MP

Officers: Nic Dakin MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Lord Alton of Liverpool, James Gray MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, Kate Hoey MP, Lord Steel of Aikwood, Mark Pritchard MP, Catherine West MP

CONTACT
If you would like to know more about the APPG on Tibet and its work please get in touch with Gloria Montgomery, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Following the UK general election, Tibet Society lobbied Members of Parliament (MPs) to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet. We pleased to announce that we were able to re-register the group and secure cross-party support, including from the Conservatives, Labour, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats. This group is a crucial forum for building parliamentary awareness and coordination on Tibet and for ensuring that Tibetan voices continue to be represented in Westminster.

Yesterday, the House of Commons returned after its summer recess and we need your help in pressuring other recently elected MPs to take up the Tibetan cause and build a strong following in this new Parliament.

We need you to get in touch with your local MP, and inform them of the situation in Tibet. It is best to try and organise a face-to-face meeting with your MP, but you can also explain your concerns over email. Below we set out some areas you can raise with your MP, and provide you with a template letter for contacting them.

We want to encourage MPs to:

- Join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet, which meets a few times a year to discuss developments in Tibet, or to attend the APPG’s meetings without being a member. The group will be meeting again in November following the Parliamentary recess.

- Raise the issue of Tibet with the UK government, particularly concerning the continued occupation of the country, the demolition of Larung Gar, Tibetan political prisoners and the exploitation of Tibet’s environment by China.

- Sign our petition calling on Liverpool FC to terminate it’s recent deal with Chinese Company Tibet Water Resources Limited, which is profiting from the occupation of Tibet.

Recent major issues to raise with your MP include:

- Demolitions at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in eastern Tibet by the Chinese authorities, the largest and one of the most significant sites in Tibetan Buddhism.

- The release of Tibetan political prisoners, including Tibetan shopkeeper, Tashi Wangchuk and Tibetan writer Druklo.

- Continued reports that Tibetans are arrested for carrying and sharing pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

- Tibet’s Rivers: ensuring Tibet’s environment is protected from exploitation by Chinese companies.

You can find a template email to send to your local representative here at the bottom of this email. Please make sure you edit the highlighted sections to suit your own individual case, and feel free to change the text as you see fit. You can find out how to contact your local MP here.

If you want more resources or general assistance in lobbying your MP, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAMPLE LETTER FOR MPS
Send a letter to lobby your MP to join the APPG for Tibet

TEMPLATE LETTER

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:22

PARLIAMENTARY EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
Tibet Society is dedicated in its work to support Tibetan democracy and to offer opportunities for Tibetans to advocate directly to UK policy-makers and parliamentarians. To further this aim, the Society formed an innovative Parliamentary Exchange Programme.

Tibet Society has been running the exchange programme since 2007, and in addition to Tibetan MPs visiting Westminster, UK MPs have travelled to Dharamsala to observe the processes of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and forge a stronger understanding between British and Tibetan parliamentarians.

 

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Tibet's Kokoxili Is Nomad's Land

Kokoxili, a vast area of Tibet the size of Denmark and the Netherlands combined, is a unique landscape filled with beautiful lakes and freshwater wetlands that supports a distinct biodiversity and - historically - thousands of Tibetan nomads.

China, the country that has illegally occupied Tibet for over six decades, has nominated Kokoxili (Chinese: Hoh xil) for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, calling it a "No Man's Land". To some it may seem like a positive step to protect this fragile area, but history tells us that this is not China's plan.

China’s nomination of Kokoxili denies the historic evidence of Tibetan nomads and ignores the essential part Tibetans have played in sustaining this landscape.

Approving Kokoxili as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, without a detailed survey of the impacts on Tibet’s nomadic people, would be tantamount to supporting China’s detrimental policies that remove Tibetan nomads from their traditional homelands, and give greater State control over Tibetans' movements and lifestyle.

 

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:14

Larung Gar
The Largest Tibetan Buddhist Center In The World

Background
The Chinese government has ordered the expulsion of half of the population of Larung Gar, one of the world’s largest and most influential Tibetan Buddhist institutes. According to an official government order, the 10,000 population is to be reduced to 5,000 by September 2017. The demolition of dwellings began on 20 July 2016

However, in Janaury 2017, Chinese authorities called for demolitions and evictions to be completed by March 2017.

The population reduction is part of a strategy by the Chinese authorities to place the Institute under government control and ensure it conforms to Party policy. The strategy includes increased surveillance, "ideological guidance" and the creation of management committees led by government officials.

Larung Gar is located in Serthar county, Kardze prefecture, in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham (now incorporated into China’s Sichuan province).

Expulsions are also taking place at Yachen Gar, another large monastic institution in Sichuan province. 1,000 nuns have been forced to return to their homes and told they cannot join any other religious institutions.

Take action calling on the Chinese government to immediately halt the demolition and expulsions at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute. Write to the Chinese authorities; write to your MP; and more.

 

Take Action
1. Write to the Chinese authorities
Larung Gar demolitionWrite to the Chinese authorities listed below, calling on the Chinese government to:

► Immediately cease the demolition of living quarters at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, Serthar county, Garze prefecture, Sichuan province.

► Stop the expulsion of residents and students at both Larung Gar and Yachen Gar (also in Sichuan) and allow those who have been expelled to return.

► Allow all students and residents at Larung Gar and Yachen Gar to freely practice their religion and to run their own affairs without government interference.

► Allow an immediate diplomatic visit with unrestricted access to Tibet, including Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, and urge dates be agreed for a visit to China and Tibet from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as agreed during the UN Universal Periodic Review of China in 2013.

► Respect religious freedom at Larung Gar and across Tibet, as guaranteed under Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution and Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution states, "Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief."

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion... either alone or in community with others, and ... to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."

Sun Chunlan
Head of the United Front Work Department
135 Fuyoujie
Xicheng District
Beijing 100800
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Sun Chunlan

Wang Dongming
Party Secretary of Sichuan Province
Sichuan Provincial General Office
30 Duyuanjie
Chengdu
Sichuan 610016
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Party Secretary
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: China often disables email addresses. If your email bounces please write a letter.

Ambassador Liu Xiaoming
Chinese Ambassador to the UK
Chinese Embassy
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 1JL
Salutation: Your Excellency
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note: Put "For the attention of Ambassador Liu Xiaoming" in the subject line. If these emails bounce please send a letter. Note: the embassy-listed address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is currently refusing emails.

Outside the UK: check the Chinese government's webpage listing embassies for contact details of your nearest ambassador and embassy.

 

2. Write to your MP
Inform your MP of the situation at Larung Gar and Yachen Gar and call for him/her to:

► Press the Foreign Secretary to raise the issue of Larung Gar, Yachen Gar and religious repression in Tibet with the Chinese government.

► Urge the UK government to make a public statement expressing concern over the ongoing situation at Larung Gar and call on China to respect the Tibetans' right to religious freedom.

To find your MP’s contact details: go to www.parliament.uk or send a message directly via www.writetothem.com.

Outside the UK: Please write to your parliamentary representative urging your government raises the issue with China.

Note: Letters/emails in your own words are most effective, though please feel free to use the sample letter below.

Sample Letter
Dear [Name of your MP]

I am writing to ask you to raise a case of religious repression in Tibet with the Foreign Secretary.

Last year, the Chinese government began demolition work at Larung Gar, one of the world's largest and most influential Tibetan Buddhist institutes. Thousands of Tibetan students have already been expelled and many of their dwellings demolished. China aims to reduce the population by half, to 5,000, by September 2017, possibly even earlier.

As well as the destruction of dwellings and expulsion of residents, the authorities are increasing surveillance, implementing entry screening procedures and forming new management committees to be led by a majority of government officials.

Another Buddhist Institute in Sichuan, Yachen Gar is also facing a severe crackdown. 1,000 nuns are reported to have been expelled and told they are not allowed to join any other religious institutions.

All of this interference in Tibetan Buddhist affairs is counter to China's own Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both of which guarantee religious freedom for all.

Please ask the Foreign Secretary to raise this as a matter of urgency with his Chinese counterparts. Also, please call on the Foreign Secretary to make a public statement calling for an immediate halt to the demolition work at Larung Gar, an end to the expulsions at both Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, for all those expelled to be allowed to return, for the residents of the institutes to be allowed to run their own affairs without government interference, and for all Tibetans to be allowed to freely practice their religion.

Yours sincerely

[Your name]

Please send copies of any replies you receive to Tibet Society - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Tibet Society, 2 Baltic Place, London N1 5AQ - as this helps us to monitor the government's actions.

 

3. Further Actions
► Send an online message to your Foreign Secretary via Students for a Free Tibet. www.standwithlarunggar.org (go to 'Action' at bottom of page.)

► Set up a twibbon on your twitter and/or facebook account. For further details and instructions go to twibbon.com/support/i-stand-with-larung-gar

► Use the hastag #StandWithLarungGar on social media. Retweet and share our messages on twitter @tibetsociety and facebook www.facebook.com/TibetSociety

► Download and use the following images on social media (click to open larger version):

 

 

London protest: Global Day of Action for Larung Gar

 

[22 October 2016] On 19 October, approximately 100 Tibetans and Tibet supporters gathered in London to take part in the Global Day of Action in solidarity with Larung Gar. Approximately 20 protests and actions took place in cities across the world, including Dharamsala, New York, Tokyo and Toronto.

Larung Gar protest in LondonThe London protest took place over four hours opposite the Chinese Embassy. At the start, a large banner was unveiled which read "China: Stop Religious Repression in Tibet" with an image of the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute.

Throughout the evening, protestors waved Tibet flags and placards with images of the demolotion at Larung Gar and messages saying "Stop the destruction". Individuals also held up signs saying "I Stand With Larung Gar".

 

 

Larung Gar protest in LondonLeaflets were handed to passers-by as the crowd chanted slogans calling for an to China's brutal policies in Tibet.

Speeches were made by representatives of the organising groups: Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibet Society and Tibetan Community UK.

Larung Gar protest in LondonPrayers were said for all those suffering in Tibet and a minute's silence was held for the three nuns who committed suicide in protest against China's interference at Larung Gar.

As night fell candles were lit, before a final round of chanting was held calling on China to stop the demolition at Larung Gar.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:13

Tibetan Political Prisoners

Arrests and prison sentences

The Chinese government routinely detain, torture and imprison Tibetans who speak out against the Communist Party regime and its oppressive policies in Tibet. There are currently over 600 Tibetan political prisoners in Tibet, as verified by the US Congressional - Executive Commission on China political prisoner database.

In December 2012, the Chinese Supreme Court announced new charges of “intentional homicide” for those suspected of aiding or abetting self-immolation protests. To date, at least ten Tibetans have been charged with “intentional homicide”. On 31 January 2013, Lobsang Kunchok received a death sentence suspended for two years. Others have been given sentences ranging from seven to 15 years.

The introduction of “intentional homicide” charges came as Chinese authorities began to enforce collective punishments for families, villages and monasteries connected to self-immolations. These punishments included the loss of welfare aid for families, the withdrawal of development funding for villages and the threat of closure for monasteries. The use of collective punishment is contrary to international human rights law.

 

Since January 2013, prison sentences meted out for “political crimes” have also hardened. For example: Tibetans who have simply participated in peaceful street protests or reported on such protests have received sentences of up to four years; Lolo, a singer, was jailed for six years having released an album with ‘political’ lyrics; and, Yarphel, a monk, was imprisoned for 15 months for taking part in a funeral procession for his deceased nephew who had self-immolated.

The rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The UDHR was adopted by the United Nations in 1948 and all of its subsequent member states including the People’s Republic of China. In 1998, China signed the ICCPR but has yet to ratify it. In addition, Article 35 of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China guarantees citizens “freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration”.

 

Political prisoners released

There are also concerns for nine Tibetan political prisoners recently released from prison. All nine were released in very poor health, most likely as a result of maltreatment, torture and hard labour whilst in prison, as well as poor prison conditions. The Chinese authorities are known to release prisoners in ill-health to ensure they do not die in prison. Once released, former prisoners and their families are often subject to continued surveillance and harassment from the authorities, with many living under virtual house arrest.

Political Prisoner Cases
Free the Panchem Lama
On 17 May 1995, just three days after he was named as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama and three weeks after his sixth birthday, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima disappeared along with his family. He was abducted by agencies of the Chinese government becoming the world's youngest political prisoner. To date there has been no independent verification of his well-being or whereabouts.

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Free Tashi Wangchuk
Tashi Wangchuk, an advocate of Tibetan language education, has been charged with “inciting separatism” after his peaceful work was featured by The New York Times.

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Free Druklo (Shokjang)
Tibetan writer and blogger, Shokjang, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment on 17 February. It is believed he was charged with “inciting separatism” after writing articles critical of Chinese government policies in Tibet.

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Free Lobsang Jamyang
In 2016, Tibetan writer was jailed by the authorities in Tibet after writing articles critical of China's policies. Lomik has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison on charges of "leaking state secrets" and "engaging in separatist activities".

Find out more...

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:10

LIVERPOOL FC SIGNS DANGEROUS DEAL WITH TIBET WATER

Tibet Water Resources Limited exploits the natural resources of Tibet with the help of the Chinese military occupation. So why has Liverpool FC signed a sponsorship deal with the company?

Tibet Water is only able to take resources from Tibet because the brutal Chinese military occupation allows it to -- it owes its profits to the repression, torture and denial of political freedoms that have become commonplace there.

In turn, its brand -- and now Liverpool FC -- lends legitimacy to the occupation, creating a cycle of violence and repression.

Tell Liverpool FC to drop its sponsorship deal with Tibet Water -- NOW!

Political repression isn’t even the only reason that Tibet Water doesn't make a good partner for an institution like Liverpool FC -- there are serious environmental problems, too.

Bottling water from Tibetan glaciers exacerbates the existing threat to Tibet’s resources already posed by climate change and pollution -- making an already bad situation even worse.

The Chinese government knows it can only continue to get away with repression in Tibet if its occupation has legitimacy. And associating Tibet with major global brands like Liverpool FC is a great way to normalise the brutal situation...

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....AND WE HAVE WRITTEN TO LIVERPOOL FC'S DIRECTORS
Letter to Liverpool FC Directors II
On 25 September 2017, we wrote to the Directors of Liverpool FC, following up to our letter dated XX and requesting further information on the recent partnership.

Liverpool FC has not responded to our letter.

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Letter to Liverpool FC Directors I
9 August 2017

(London) – On 24 July, Liverpool FC entered into an agreement with a Chinese company involved in resource exploitation in Tibet...

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Tibet groups around the world have launched a campaign to press Liverpool FC to terminate a controversial deal with Chinese water bottling company Tibet Water Resources Limited (1). The campaign calls on Liverpool FC’s owner, John W. Henry, to terminate the deal with Tibet Water due to the ethical concerns over dealing with a company […]

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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 […]

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