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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An advocacy group has identified nearly 100 fake accounts on Twitter whose sole purpose appears to be sharing treacly stories about Tibet and Xinjiang.image



NEW ANIMATION VIDEO “The Tibet Solution” launching this week featuring SFT’s very own Pema Yoko!

If you are concerned that China’s bullying tactics are undermining international action on Tibet, then you must watch the video on how we can counter China’s bullying. Watch out for the new animation video at, and learn how you can be a part of the #TibetSolution

For the past 60 years, my people have suffered greatly under occupation by China. In recent years, Tibetans’ nonviolent protest against China’s repression has taken a devastating turn with over 130 Tibetans lighting themselves on fire to call for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In spite of their suffering, the Chinese government has only intensified its violent attacks against Tibetans, denying them their most basic human rights.

Growing up I always knew Tibet was unique – His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the world’s most popular leaders and our freedom struggle follows in the footsteps of nonviolence giants like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.

Now as a Tibet campaigner, I know we can channel this widespread global support into concrete and coordinated action by our governments for Tibet. By speaking in unison, world leaders can pressure China to back away from its most repressive policies in Tibet.

Right now, the Chinese government uses its growing economic influence and political clout to bully the international community into silence on Tibet, threatening and punishing countries who do dare to speak out. China does this because its leaders are deeply fearful of any international criticism of its unjust rule in Tibet.

We have a solution for moving government action for Tibet forward. The best strategy to grab the attention of China’s leaders and compel them to back away from their repressive policies in Tibet is joint action by world governments. Several Tibet groups around the world have been calling for coordinated approach to Tibet – a multilateral solution. By acting together, our governments can secure greater concessions for Tibet while protecting themselves against China’s punitive response.”

“I Am On My Way” and “Remembering The Place” By Tibetan Singer Gebey

"The music videos are from the same album as the previous songs by Gebey featured on High Peaks Pure Earth in November 2012, “Victory to Tibet” and “What We Have is Suffering”. Gebey’s 2012 album can be seen in full on YouTube here:

Gebey’s music has caused him to be arrested and re-arrested several times. At the end of May it was reported that Gebey had been arrested following a live performance in Ngaba Prefecture. The article on the New York Times’ Sinosphere blog quotes Tibetan writer Woeser as saying that Gebey had barely resurfaced from a previous detention and was now detained again.

However, just yesterday, news outlets such as Radio Free Asia, were reporting that Gebey had been released back to his family. As Radio Free Asia tell us: “Before he was detained, Gebe had avoided contact with the police after Chinese authorities in 2012 banned and confiscated a recording he released that year which was deemed to contain nationalist themes, the source said. “He remained in hiding for some time until his detention on May 24.”

Click here for translated lyrics in English


DHARAMSHALA, JUNE 27: Amid growing concerns over the health of a Tibetan Buddhist leader who was arrested in December last year Chinese authorities have told his lawyer that the charges against his client have been changed from ‘endangering national security’ to ‘illegal harboring’ and ‘divulging state secrets’.

According to Beijing based Tibetan writer Tsering Woser, Khenpo’s lawyer Tang Tianhao who sought bail for his client on medical grounds was told by the authorities that they could continue to detain him “because this was a major case involving stability maintenance they would not allow him to be released.”

Exile sources say that Khenpo Karma Tsewang, known better as Khenpo Kartse, is suffering from severe liver complications.


Tibet Freedom, India

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For more info on Khenpo Kartse’s case click here

Sky News’ video coverage of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Downing Street today featured SFT Europe Director Padma Dolma being interviewed by Richard Suchet. This video aired live at 1pm today, the prime lunch time news spot in the UK!

SFT Europe Director Padma Dolma speaking with BBC News China Editor Carrie Gracie yesterday before the press conference with Li Keqiang. Carrie was one of two UK based journalists allowed to ask Li Keqiang a question during the press conference and chose to ask him about human rights. If you missed her report on yesterday’s protest you can watch it here: #FreeTibet


Chinese Premier’s Visit to London

Li Keqiang has met the Queen and David Cameron, who has announced trade deals worth £14 bn.  Despite the lack of media coverage, there have been protests.  I had to go to the Voice of Russia UK website to find an interview with Alistair Currie, spokesman for the campaigning organisation Free Tibet.  Mr. Currie said

"The British government has abased itself in order to try and curry favour with China.  It’s one thing to say we need to do trade, it’s another to bend over backwards.  The government pays lip-service to human rights in order to grease the wheels of its business dealings."

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Also Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the Chinese people were “still politically shackled to a doctrine which is a one party state, communist doctrine which is the antithesis of the kind of open, democratic society that I believe in.”   There’s more on