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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March 10th 2014: TIbetan Uprising Day Toronto


This is what colonialism looks like.

"BEIJING — China plans to extend by 2020 a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal, according to a report in People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.

The extension would lengthen a 157-mile rail route that is expected to open next month from Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, to Shigatse, the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, a revered spiritual leader. In 2006, China opened the first railway to Tibet, linking Lhasa to China via the province of Qinghai.

The planned lengthening was criticized by Tibet advocates who said it would bring too many ethnic Han migrants to Lhasa and other Tibetan areas. The Wednesday report in People’s Daily cited Yang Yulin, deputy head of the railways administration in Tibet, saying that two additional rail lines would be added from Shigatse — one to Yadong, a point near the Indian and Bhutan borders, and one to Jilong, an area near the border with Nepal.”

Dear inji ppl who’ve been on vacay to Tibet, who go on and on about how beautiful it is and how we should really go there if we get a chance… think before you say dumb shit that’s really triggering for those who are in exile, WHO OF COURSE WOULD GO HOME IF IT WAS THAT EASY.

#occupationisnovacation #dumbshittouristssay #donttalktomeaboutmyownrighttoreturn


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