Tibetans and Uyghur Muslims are being killed and tortured for exercising their fundamental rights. Many of them disappear in their own countries when they stand up for their basic rights. Tibet and East Turkistan (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) became new colonies of the People’s Republic of China after the CCP took over China on 1st October 1949, which forcefully invaded these peaceful neighbouring countries.
30th of August is the International Day of the Disappeared. London-based Free Tibet, supported by the Tibetan Community UK and International Tibet Network, are organising a protest outside the Chinese Embassy to mark this important day with a vigil for Rinchen Kyi, a Tibetan teacher who was arrested on 1st August and who is now missing. Weeks before Rinchen’s arrest, her school in eastern Tibet was forced to close down.
Kunchok Jinpa, a Tibetan tour guide, died on 6 February of a brain hemorrhage after spending seven years in a Chinese prison. He died in hospital without his family by his side because the authorities failed to tell them that he had been taken critically unwell.
In January 19-year-old Tenzin Jinpa was literally beaten to death by Chinese police after he’d taken part in a protest calling for independence for Tibet. Tenzin had been arrested alongside six other monks – the youngest just 15 years old at the time.
A year on from their arrest and we still do not know where Tsultrim, Nyimay, Choegyal, Woeser, Choephel, or Yonten are being held. They are now disappeared like so many other Tibetans who are currently detained or who have lost their lives for their peaceful struggle for Tibetan rights.
In a matter of months, China is set to host the prestigious Winter Olympic Games and will use the opportunity to gloss over its violent occupation of Tibet, wide-scale human rights abuses, and the deaths and disappearance of innocent Tibetans.
Join the growing call for governments to boycott the Beijing 2022 Olympics; anything less will be seen as support for the Chinese government’s brutal occupation of Tibet and blatant disregard for human rights.
The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) are pleased to join and support the initiatives of Free Tibet, Tibetan Community UK and International Tibet Network.
Date: 30th August 2021 from 6pm – 8pm
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL