A Conversation with Grassroots Human Rights Advocate: David Ball, Uyghur Solidarity Campaign (UK)

David Ball is an organiser of the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign (UK), who convenes the monthly Uyghur Solidarity protests outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

David Ball is an organiser of the Uyghur Solidarity Campaign (UK), who convenes the monthly Uyghur Solidarity protests outside the Chinese Embassy in London.

David is a member of the Labour Party. He wrote the Emergency Motion in support of Uyghur Human Rights and Freedom which was carried overwhelmingly at the Labour Party Conference 2019.

He also organised the campaign for support for the Uyghur people’s rights to be included in Labour Party’s 2019 General Election manifesto, resulting in the first ever mention of the “Uighurs in China” in any major party election manifesto in the UK.

As a trade unionist, David is active in Unison and the National Education Union. He has been working to win support for human rights, freedom and democracy for the Uyghurs, Tibet and Hong Kong as well as for workers’ struggles across China.

David works in a Primary School in London, where he first became aware of the Uyghur people’s plight and struggle, through an Uyghur family at the school.

In this conversation with Tsering Passang, Founder of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities, David Ball shares how he got involved with the Uyghur solidarity campaign and his engagements with the Labour Party to secure support for the Uyghur cause.

David also shares his thoughts on the Uyghur Tribunal hearings which were held in April, September and November this year. The final ruling (or the Judgement) is expected on 9th of December 2021, on the eve of the Human Rights Day. 

Like David, millions of grassroots campaigners around the world are helping with highlighting the appalling abuse of human rights by the Chinese Communist regime which continues to persecute Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hongkongers amongst others in China and its occupied territories. 

The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all for your continued support.

Useful Links:

Uyghur Solidarity Campaign (UK)

Uyghur Tribunal

Stop Uyghur Genocide

World Uyghur Congress

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities

[PROMO] A GATPM Report Launch- 100 Atrocities by CCP + Human Rights Day-London Protest (10 Dec 2021)

A GATPM Report Launch – 100 Atrocities Committed by Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

As the Communist Party of China (CCP) celebrates its 100th founding anniversary this year, the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) wishes to put on record the top 100 atrocities committed by the Chinese regime over the past 100 year.

The report will be launch on 10th December with a Welcome Message from British MP Tim Loughton, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (AGGPT) and a Member of Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC).

Human Rights Day – London Protest

On the 10th of December, on International Human Rights Day, Tibetan, Uyghur and Hongkonger advocacy groups will come together for a series of actions to protest the repression, surveillance and genocide our communities have experienced at the hands of the Chinese Government.

Rally and march from Piccadilly Circus to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

10th December 2021, for 18:00 – 20:00

Location: Marching from Piccadilly Circus (W1J 9LL) to the FCDO (SW1A 2EG)

Tibetan, Uyghur and Hongkonger groups will be marching in unified protest against the Chinese Regime’s numerous and relentless human rights abuses. We are marching to the FCDO to demand they do not send diplomats and ministers to an Olympic Games hosted by the architects of the repression and genocide enacted upon our communities.

Speakers will include Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, Tibetan activist and filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was arrested in 2008 for capturing the sentiments of brave Tibetans in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Also speaking will be Can, representing Hong Kong Aid, and Tenzing Ragba from the Tibetan Community in Britain.

For more information contact:

Free Tibet: john@freetibet.org

Tibetan Community UK: pemayoko@gmail.com

Stop Uyghur Genocide: edie@stopuyghurgenocide.co.uk

World Uyghur Congress: I.Rodrigues@uyghurcongress.org

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM): info@gatpm.com

Letter to The Editor: Not Just for Hong Kong

John Billington from Montgomery submitted his letter to The Daily Telegraph’s Editor on 2nd December in response to British MP Andrew Rosindell‘s call for help the people of Hong Kong. Since this letter was not published, the GATPM is delighted to make it available to our readers and supporters.

John Billington, Tibet supporter & human rights advocate, was a former Chair of Tibet Society

“Dear Sir,

I wholeheartedly endorse Andrew Rosindell’s call that we in the free world should stand by Jimmy Lai, democracy and the rule of law, and demand an end to authoritarianism in Hong Kong.  But it is not just Hong Kong.  A self-governing Tibet was forcibly annexed in 1950 by a triumphalist communist army and has been held by force and ruthless repression for more than seventy years — ignored by the outside world despite over 155 self-immolations by desperate Tibetans whose former religion, culture and freedoms, like those of the neighbouring Uighur peoples, continue to be endlessly eroded.

It is some consolation for us in the free world that the malign intentions of the CCP (Communist Party of China) have finally been rumbled by our over-credulous leaders but it must be stressed that it is not the Chinese people — subject themselves to the most intrusive Orwellian survelliance of any nation on earth — that we should oppose.  Rather we must help our Chinese friends to overthrow the oppression of the communist party that denies them the freedoms that we enjoy.”

Press Advisory: Human Rights Day, London Protest – 10th December 2021

Joint Tibetan, Uyghur and Hongkonger International Human Rights Day actions to  highlight the human rights violations routinely committed by the Chinese government 

On the 10th of December, on International Human Rights Day, Tibetan, Uyghur and  Hongkonger advocacy groups will come together for a series of actions to protest the  repression, surveillance and genocide our communities have experienced at the hands of  the Chinese Government. 

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is one of the world’s greatest human rights abusers.  From violently crushing calls for democracy in Hongkong, to erasing Tibetan identity, to  committing genocide against the Uyghurs – they represent a global threat to international  standards of human rights. Despite this, the Chinese government has once again been  awarded the international honour of hosting an Olympic Games – this time for the Beijing  2022 Winter Olympics. Our actions on Human Rights Day will therefore be focused on  protesting this moral failing – and on calling on the UK to demand accountability for the  Chinese authorities’ crimes. 

Joint petition handed to the British Olympic Association calling for a full boycott of the  Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics 

When: 10th December 2021, 16:00 

Location: British Olympic Association, 101 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6XH Free Tibet and allied organisations, the World Uyghur Congress, the Tibetan Community in  Britain, the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities and Hong Kong Aid will hand a  joint petition to the British Olympic Association calling for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing  Winter Olympics. 

Rally and march from Piccadilly Circus to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development  Office 

When: 10th December 2021, for 18:00-20:00 

Location: Marching from Piccadilly Circus (W1J 9LL) to the FCDO (SW1A 2EG) Tibetan, Uyghur and Hongkonger groups will be marching in unified protest against the  Chinese Regime’s numerous and relentless human rights abuses. We are marching to the  FCDO to demand they do not send diplomats and ministers to an Olympic Games hosted by  the architects of the repression and genocide enacted upon our communities. Speakers will include Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, Tibetan activist and filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was arrested in 2008 for capturing the sentiments of brave Tibetans in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Also speaking will be Can, representing  Hong Kong Aid, and Tenzing Ragba from the Tibetan Community in Britain. 

For more information contact: 

Free Tibet: john@freetibet.org 

Tibetan Community UK: pemayoko@gmail.com 

Stop Uyghur Genocide: edie@stopuyghurgenocide.co.uk

World Uyghur Congress: I.Rodrigues@uyghurcongress.org 

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM): info@gatpm.com

A Mission for Tibet – An Interview with Zara Fleming

Zara Fleming shares her Tibetan and Himalayan encounter with Chok Tsering, who interviewed this veteran Tibet supporter for Londonney. Zara, a current Trustee of Tibet Relief Fund, served as Chairman of Tibet Society & Tibet Relief Fund of the UK for many years, who is well recognised English lady within the Tibet circle in the UK.

Zara Fleming is a veteran Tibet supporter.

The interview was filmed and edited by Ngawang and directed by Dalha Tsering. LondonNey is a London-based Tibetan production company which conducts interviews with Tibetans and non-Tibetans who have contributed to the Tibetan cause.

Zara Fleming is an independent art consultant, lecturer, tour guide and exhibition curator with specialist knowledge of Buddhist art; focusing on the art and culture of Tibet and the Himalayas. 

Lecturing experience includes the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), the School of African and Oriental Studies, the V & A, Merseyside County Museums, the Oriental Museum in Durham, the Royal Academy, the Brunei Gallery, Asia House and to schools, universities and various study groups. She has also lectured in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  

Initially based at the Victoria & Albert Museum, with general responsibility for the Tibetan, Himalayan and Burmese Collections (1974-81); Zara was then affiliated with the Central Asian Department at Bonn University cataloguing the Tibetan and Mongolian collections of all UK Museums and private collections, part of a larger cataloguing project throughout Europe (1981-88) and was the Assistant Projects Director in Europe for the Orient Foundation (1984-5).  

She has curated several exhibitions including “Man and Environment in Harmony“ for Vistech International, London (1992), “In the Steppes of Genghis Khan” at the October Gallery in London, 2003; “Asia – Body, Mind, Spirit” for the Wellcome Library and Asia House, 2004 and “The Tiger in Asian Art” at Asia House, 2010. And prepared the educational material for the “Sacred Art of Tibet – Wisdom and Compassion” exhibition at the Royal Academy in London (1992).

Art consultant and Curatorial Advisor for the Worlds Culture Gallery (Buddhism), the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (2001-4); Art consultant and British Advisor for the Centre for Cultural Heritage in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia (on a catalogue of Mongolian Buddhist art) and Art Consultant for the Orient Foundation (Classical Tibetan Arts website.)

Zara has been travelling in Asia since 1973 and has been the tour guide and guest lecturer on numerous trips to Bhutan, Ladakh, Zanskar, Spiti, Nepal, Mustang, Burma, Tibet ; and led the first British tour to Tibet in 1981.
She co-edited “Masterpieces of Mongolian Art; Vol 1” (published in 2011) and has contributed articles for art and travel publications, and journals specialising in Buddhist art and culture.

For more details, please visit: www.zarafleminguk.com

Safety and security concerns of Hongkongers and other minoritised groups – A Joint Statement

(A joint statement to address the safety and security concerns of Hongkongers and other minoritised groups by Hong Kong-led civil society groups and allies)

As organisations representing and/or serving and supporting Hongkongers and broader East and Southeast Asia (ESEA) communities in the UK – including groups comprising asylum seekers, refugees and migrants – and allies, we are writing to express our grave concerns about the safety and security of Hongkongers and fellow minoritised groups in the UK. This statement follows a violent attack that took place after last week’s “TIME TO ACT – Stop Racism, No to New Cold War” rally on 27th November, an event organised by The Monitoring Group, Min Quan and the Federation of Fujian Chinese; and multiple threats and tactics of intimidation used by different groups against Hongkongers and other members of ESEA communities.

In general, we are concerned that calls for unity against anti-Asian racism – including that invoked by the “Stop Racism, No to New Cold War” rally organisers – have been used to silence legitimate criticisms of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its repressive regime, which have committed grave atrocities and human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims and other minoritised groups in Xinjiang, as well as against Tibetans and Hongkongers, among others. Surely this, too, is racism, even though it does not take place in the UK. This racial violence of course has global ramifications, including resulting in displacement and forced migration, with impacts on ESEA diaspora communities.

What has prompted this statement in particular is the violent attack against numerous Hongkongers who organised a peaceful counter-protest to highlight the hypocrisy of this rally. Moreover, we have become aware of messages circulating on WeChat (an instant messaging app) putting a bounty on two Hong Kong activists (Simon Cheng and Nathan Law), offering £10,000 to anyone who could offer their UK addresses. Last weekend, we saw messages seeking to create vigilante groups to attack any Hong Kong groups supporting Hong Kong independence. These tactics of intimidation not only threaten the safety and security of Hongkongers (and supporters of Hongkongers’ struggles), they infringe on Hongkongers’ fundamental right to freedom of expression.

Since the advent of the draconian National Security Law, many Hongkongers have migrated to the UK to seek sanctuary. Hongkongers deserve to feel safe and secure as they build their new home.

We call upon the support of everyone in the UK to secure long-term protection and support for Hongkongers – and broader ESEA communities – in the UK, including through resourcing community centres, legal aid clinics, and other civic organisations. We also call on our allies to stand with us in the fight against racism and authoritarian state violence in all forms, wherever it occurs.

Co-Signatories:

Britons in Hong Kong

Cambridge Stands With Hong Kong

Conservative Friends of Hong Kong

Democracy for Hong Kong – D4HK

Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.

Good Neighbour Church England

香港人日程表

Hackney Chinese Community Services

Hong Kong Affairs Association of Berkeley (HKAAB)

HKG International

HK Link-Up 香港連隣

Hong Kong ARC港援

Hong Kong Aid UK

Hong Kong Business Hub 香港商匯

Hongkongers in Britain 英國港僑協會

Hong Kong in Chester

列斯手足連線

HongKongers in Leeds

Hongkongers in London

Hong Kong Liberation Coalition – HKLC

Hong Kong Liberty

Hong Kong Professional Network (HKPN)香港協會

Hong Kong Umbrella Community

Justitia Hong Kong 暖氣軍師撐香港

LIBERKONG

香港思源 Power to Hongkongers

Reading UK Stands with Hong Kong

Southampton Stands With Hong Kong

Sutton Hongkongers

Umbrella Formations

Signatories in solidarity:

Cornell Society for the Promotion of East Asian Liberty – SPEAL

End Violence and Racism Against ESEA Communities

FoundlingProductions

Free Tibet

Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities – GATPM

In Common Breath

Stop Uyghur Genocide

Tibetan Community UK

UK Uyghur Community

Victoria Harbor Group

World Uyghur Congress (WUC)

Yet Again UK

(Scroll up for Chinese version)【港人社區組織及其他族裔夥伴就其人身安全憂慮發表聯合聲明】聯署連結 Link to co-sign:https://forms.gle/YfxMVf99LwPUiy9X8作為支援在英亞裔及港人(包括庇護申請人、難民、及移民) 的社區、組織及夥伴,我們僅此嚴正關切在英港人及其他少數族裔的人身安全。 本份聲明事緣於十一月二十七日由英國監察組、倫敦民權法律中心、英國福建華僑華人聯合總會主辦「停止種族主義,拒絕新冷戰」集會之後所發生的暴力襲擊事件,以及一些團體不約而同地發動針對港人及亞裔社群的恐嚇及威脅。我們憂慮一些反種族歧視的正當訴求,被中共及一些獨裁政體的宣傳伎倆所利用和騎劫, 就像今次主辦方所推動的「停止種族主義,拒絕新冷戰」集會般,將批評中國專制政權的言論視為是針對華裔人士的偏見, 捏造成歧視亞裔人士的根源,企圖混淆英國當地公眾的視聽;對於新疆、西藏、香港及其他不同族裔人士被中共政權有系統地歧視及迫害,造成大量人口流離失所,對亞裔流散社區影響深遠的事實,卻視而不見。而促使我們發表此聯合聲明的,是因為有數名港人以和平方式抗議上述「反種族歧視」集會的立場虛偽且誤導時,遭到與會人士的暴力襲擊。更令我們關注的,是近日微信正流傳一則懸紅,指任何人若能提供香港社運人士鄭文傑及羅冠聰的英國地址,就能獲得一萬英鎊獎金。我們亦留意到有其他微信訊息,顯示有人正組織團隊,打算向任何支持香港獨立的港人組織施襲。這些恐嚇手段不僅威脅到香港人(及其他港人的支持者)的人身安全,更嚴重侵犯了香港人的基本言論自由。自嚴苛的《港區國安法》在香港生效後,不少港人移居英國尋求庇護。香港人在英國開展新生活時,應感到安全及受保障。我們呼籲英國民眾支持港人、東亞及東南亞人士,確保大家在英國都能透過社區資源中心、法律援助中心和其他公民組織等,獲得長遠的保障和支援。同時,我們呼籲各盟友攜手對抗在任何地方發生、一切形式的種族主義及獨裁國家暴力。

“YOU CAN’T KILL US ALL” – Manchester Protest (11th December 2021)

This year, Hong Kong has suffered severe crackdown of human rights. Many significant symbols of Hong Kong freedom were dismantled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

10th December is the International Human Rights Day.

Hongkongers and their friends are organising a protest in central Manchester (St. Peter Square) on 11th December from 1pm to 4pm to highlight the CCP regime’s brutal crackdown in Hong Kong.

The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities join in forces with Hong Kong Spirits TG (1) Calling on the Hong Kong Government to release all political prisoners, and to respect Hong Kong’s promised freedom and democracy; (2) Urging the Chinese Communist government to stop oppressing Hongkongers’ human rights, to stop spreading fears, to stop suppressing dissidents, and to stop interfering the freedom of press in Hong Kong. (3) To nominate British citizen Jimmy Lai for Nobel Peace Prize, in order to honour Jimmy Lai’s footlong achievements to advocate the value of democracy and freedom, especially the freedom of press.

Please come and join this peaceful protest. Further details available via: https://hkspirits.weebly.com/

“Together We Resist” Chinese Communist Party – London Protest (10th December 2021)

A coalition of rights groups, Tibetan, Uyghur and Hongkonger communities are coming together on the Human Rights Day to remind the Chinese regime that all is not well in China and its occupied territories. They are calling on the UK Government to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

The Chinese Communist Party has been given the privilege of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics – with Beijing becoming the first city in sports history to host both the summer and winter games.

For over 70 years, the CCP has instigated crackdowns on freedom, democracy, and human rights; targeting those who speak out against the regime, and who do not conform to a state-enforced ‘Chinese’ identity.

Protesters are first meeting at Piccadilly Circus (Piazza) at 6pm. After a short rally at the Piazza, the protesters will march to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in White Hall via Haymarket, Trafalgar Square and White Hall. The protest will end at 8pm after speeches in White Hall.

All are welcome to join this peaceful protest. China’s Wuhan Virus is still causing danger to the lives of people around the world. With this latest Omicron variant, organisers are advising the participants to follow the government guidelines/rules during the rally.

Lhakar UK kicked-off with “Gorshey: Tibetan Circle Dance” in London-Woolwich

Despite the cold British weather about 40 Tibetans and their friends took part in Lhakar UK’s debut “Gorshey: Tibetan Circle Dance” in Beresford Square, Woolwich, London SE18 6BB on Sunday, 21st November.

Lhakar UK is a network of like-minded community members who engage in the preservation of peaceful Tibetan culture. “Lhakar” in Tibetan refers to the soul day བླ་གཟའ། of the Tibetan Spiritual Leader. His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama, the recipient of 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, is a leading moral leader in the world. The 86-year old Tibetan Leader continues to promote peace, love and compassion from Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (aka Tibetan Government-in-exile), Dharamsala, northern India.

Woolwich has a long history with Tibet dating back to 1913. One of the four Tibetan “Rugby Boys”, named Sonam Gonppa Gongkar, who came on a Government Scholarship to study in the UK, in 1913, during the reign of His Holiness the Great 13th Dalai Lama, attended the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich in London. Gongkar was also attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers for a short period.

Currently, Woolwich is home to over 100 Tibetans. Several eateries are also run by Tibetans in this booming town of London. There are about 800 Tibetans living in the UK. The Tibetan Community in Britain, which celebrated 50th founding anniversary earlier this year, organises regular cultural and socio-political events for its community members and friends of Tibet.

Tsering Passang, a co-organiser of this cultural initiative acknowledged the support given by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. He thanked Cllr. David Gardner, a former Deputy Leader of the borough, for his continued support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. Passang said that with Cllr. David Gardner’s help, this latest cultural project, initiated by Ugyan Norbu, an elder Tibetan resident in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, was materialised.

After taking part in the Tibetan circle dance, Cllr. Gardner said that he was pleased to see the Tibetan culture being preserved and thriving locally in the borough. Every weekend, a Tibetan language class for young children is being held in the Walpole Estate where Cllr. Gardner serves on its Management Board. He added that it was important to support the Tibetan residents to preserve their unique culture.

Cllr. David Gardner joins the Tibetan dance

On 10th March 2021, the Royal Borough of Greenwich once again hoisted the Tibetan National Flag, attended by the Mayor, Leader of the Council and their colleagues. Cllr. Gardner added that the Council is able to continue with hoisting the Tibetan Flag annually as a show of support and solidarity with the Tibetan people who face persecutions for their fundamental beliefs in the free speech as well as universal rights in their home country, Tibet, which is still under occupation of the People’s Republic of China.

The Tibetan National Flag was first hoisted in the Woolwich Town Hall on 18th September 2015 to honour the arrival of the Dalai Lama to the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The Tibetan Spiritual Leader gave public talks at The O2 Centre the following day where the then Mayor of the borough met with the Nobel Peace laureate.

The next “Gorshey” session is being planned for Sunday, 5th December 2021 at the same place from 2pm to 4.30pm. As the weather is predicted to be colder in December organisers urge the participants to come prepared!