Students for a Free Tibet - UK

Students for a Free Tibet UK is a volunteer-run campaigning group which campaigns for Tibetan freedom and independence. We are part of an international network, with chapters all over the world.

This blog is mainly run by the Chair of SFTUK. Any personal views are my own.
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On December 6, 2013, Chinese authorities arrested a highly respected Buddhist abbot, Khenpo Kartse, for allegedly “endangering state security.” Khenpo is well known in the community for promoting unity, language rights and culture amongst the Tibetan people.

If enough of us speak out for Khenpo Kartse, the more attention his case will get, and the more pressure China will be under to respond.

Take Action: Sign the petition for his release.

https://secure3.convio.net/sft/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=998

srilankaoneislandtwonations:

China crackdown slows Tibet refugee crossings to freedom in India

Tibetan devotees wait for Dalai Lama to arrive at the Main Tibetan Tsuglagkhang Temple near Dharamsala, India, on Sept. 24, 2014. A Chinese crackdown has made it tougher for Tibetan refugees to cross into India through…

The new United Nations human rights chief said on Thursday at his first media briefing in the job that he wanted to visit Tibet and was talking to Chinese authorities about a trip there.

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Asked whether he might also visit other Chinese regions such as the Uighur region of Xinjiang, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein told reporters: “Perhaps it is premature to discuss exactly where I would visit.

“But in the initial dialogue, we spoke of a multi-day visit, so I suspect that I would move around if indeed we are able to get the visit in place soon.”

khommsah:

FREE TIBET

khommsah:

FREE TIBET

Just a reminder to our followers based in the USA to follow the brand new Students for a Free Tibet USA Tumblr!

http://sftusa.tumblr.com/

"More than 1,000 Tibetan villagers have protested against Chinese mining operations in a central county in the Tibet Autonomous Region, saying runoff from the mines has polluted local rivers and streams, destroying fish and crops and causing health problems, a local resident said.

"In the past, our rivers were crisp and clean, and the mountains and valley were known for their natural beauty," the source told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

"Now the rivers are polluted with poisonous waste from the mines.""

Solidarity with Hong Kong By Tibetan Youth Association in Europe

amor-fati-x:

At least 26 injured as police, protesters clash during Hong Kong protests

"Police are in a tense standoff with tens of thousands of pro-democracy student demonstrators, recently joined by the like-minded Occupy Central movement, which has announced the formal start of a campaign of civil disobedience in the Chinese territory.

The weekend’s demonstrations follow a week of student-led boycotts and protests against what many see as the encroachment of China’s political will on Hong Kong’s governance, in the face of China’s decision to allow only Beijing-vetted candidates to stand in the city’s elections for chief executive, Hong Kong’s top civil position.”

Solidarity with Ilham Tohti & East Turkestan!

"A court in China has found a prominent Uighur scholar guilty of separatism and jailed him for life, his lawyer says.

Ilham Tohti had spoken out on China’s policies towards the Muslim Uighur minority in the restive Xinjiang region, but had denied being a separatist.

Correspondents say China is taking a tougher line amid rising Xinjiang-linked violence.

Amnesty International has called the verdict “deplorable”.

The EU, US and the United Nations have all previously called for his release.

The Urumqi People’s Intermediate Court found Tohti guilty after a two-day trial that ended last week. It also ordered all of Tohti’s money and property seized.

His lawyer, Li Fangping, told BBC Chinese that he would be filing an appeal.

"He told us that no matter the verdict, he will not be angry nor seek revenge. No matter whether he is in jail or if he is freed in the future, he will still advocate for dialogue between Uighurs and Han Chinese," he said."

zentouro:

folks from near and far traveled to nyc today for the people’s climate march. estimates put attendees at over 310,000.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, known fromRussian feminist punk group Pussy Riot, show their support for Students for a Free Tibet at today’s #climatemarch in New York!

(via Tendor)

BREAKING - SELF IMMOLATION REPORTED IN TIBET:” Student Self-Immolates in Tsoe, Tibet (Amdo). A 22 year old student named Lhamo Tashi set fire to himself outside a Chinese gov’t security office in Tsoe city at midnight on September 17. Tashi’s family who live in Drukdo village, Amchok township, were informed of their son’s self-immolation by the security police who told them that he had died. However when family members traveled to Tsoe the next day and requested that their son’s body be given to them, the police told them that Tashi had been cremated already and then gave the family a some ash which they told the family were that of their son. Lhamo Tashi’s father is Chopa Tsering and his mother’s name is Dhukar Tso.”
via: VOA

BREAKING - SELF IMMOLATION REPORTED IN TIBET:” Student Self-Immolates in Tsoe, Tibet (Amdo). A 22 year old student named Lhamo Tashi set fire to himself outside a Chinese gov’t security office in Tsoe city at midnight on September 17.

Tashi’s family who live in Drukdo village, Amchok township, were informed of their son’s self-immolation by the security police who told them that he had died. However when family members traveled to Tsoe the next day and requested that their son’s body be given to them, the police told them that Tashi had been cremated already and then gave the family a some ash which they told the family were that of their son. Lhamo Tashi’s father is Chopa Tsering and his mother’s name is Dhukar Tso.”

via: VOA

Happening now; Tibet activists unveiled two big banners ‘XI: FREE TIBET NOW’ 50 metres away from Hotel Taj Palace where Xi is in meetings with Indian Leaders. 4 SFT India activists are arrested by Delhi police..This is to highlight the critical situation inside Tibet and Protest against Xi & CCP regime crimes in ‪#‎Tibet‬

via: SFT India