Resist the CCP National Day 2021 held in London

A coalition of UK-based Hong Kong, Tibetan and Uyghur communities staged a public protest in central London to highlight the CCP regime’s continued brutal crackdown and curtailment of freedom of speech and human dignity in their countries.

Rights groups and NGOs such as Atlas, Free Tibet, World Uyghur Congress and Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities supported these communities, who were calling for their basic freedom, human dignity and democracy.

Resist the CCP Day – Joint London Rally kicked off in Piccadilly Circus on Friday, 1st October at 6.30pm. Protesters chanted “Free Tibet”, “Free Hong Kong” and “Free East Turkistan”.

At 7pm, the protesters marched to the Chinese Embassy located at 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL (via Regent’s Street and Oxford Circus) where further rally was held at 8pm.

About 1000 people joined this year’s protest. Organisers of this year’s protest included:

– Atlas

– Free Tibet

– Global Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities

– Hong Kong Aid – Hong Kong Liberty

– Power to Hongkongers

– Stop Uyghur Genocide

– Tibetan Community in Britain

– Uyghur Community UK

– World Uyghur Congress

1st Oct: Resist the Chinese Communist Party Day – Joint London Rally

To mark the 72nd founding anniversary of the PRC’s National Day

A coalition of UK-based Tibetan, Hong Kong and Uyghur communities are staging a public protest in central London to highlight the CCP regime’s continued brutal crackdown and curtailment of freedom of speech and human dignity in their countries.

British rights groups and NGOs such as Atlas, Free Tibet, World Uyghur Congress and Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities are supporting these communities, who are calling for their basic freedom, human dignity and democracy.

Resist the CCP Day – Joint London Rally starts at Piccadilly Circus on Friday, 1st October at 6.30pm.

At 7pm, the protesters will march to the Chinese Embassy, 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL (via Regent’s Street and Oxford Circus) where the Main Rally will be held at 8pm.

Please join this protest, show your support and solidarity with the peoples of East Turkistan, Hong Kong and Tibet.

Organisers:

– Atlas
– Free Tibet
– Global Alliance for Tibet and Persecuted Minorities
– Hong Kong Aid
– Hong Kong Liberty
– Power to Hongkongers
– Tibetan Community in Britain
– World Uyghur Congress

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/236009948542313/?ref=newsfeed

‘SEIZING THE MOMENT: The Story of Tibet Foundation’

Premier screening of a unique documentary film ‘Getza – Helping Others’

The first public screening of a unique documentary film ‘Getza – Helping Others’ is being planned for 20th October 2021 at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS, University of London from 7pm – 8.45pm.

Introduction to the Film

Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1949/50 there was no peace and the political situation was deteriorating.

“Don’t come back until you are helpful to others”.

With these words of his master in his mind, a teenage monk left Tibet in 1958 with the dream of soon returning to his homeland.

‘Getza -Helping Others’ recounts this incredible Odyssey – from monastery to guerrilla, of diplomacy and politics – that led to the creation of Tibet Foundation, a unique British charity supporting the Tibetan people. Including interviews with individuals from all over the world and rare archive footage, some never seen before, this documentary film tells a story of the Foundation and a tribute to all those who have participated, contributed and helped the work to become a great success story.

This year, the Tibet Foundation came to an end. And after living in exile for more than six decades, the young monk’s dream of returning to his homeland is still to be realised. In the hearts of the Tibetan people the dream of freedom lives on.

Admission is Free

But due to COVID restrictions and limited space attendees are requested to confirm their attendance by emailing at phuntsogw@gmail.com as soon as possible, latest by 4th October 2021, giving the name of the person who will be attending the event.

Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS | Date: Wednesday 20 October | Time: 19.00h to 20.45h

 

Hong Kong: Drop Charges Against Vigil Organizers

Beijing Seeking to Erase Memory of 1989 Tiananmen Massacre

Police officers take away a cardboard cutout of the image of Goddess of Democracy from the June 4th Museum as an evidence, in Hong Kong, September 9, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Kin Cheung

(Human Rights Watch, New York) – Hong Kong’s government should drop all charges against leaders of the civic group that had been holding annual mass vigils in Victoria Park commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre in China, 61 Hong Kong and international human rights groups said today.

On September 9, 2021, the Hong Kong justice secretary charged the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, the group’s chair Lee Cheuk-yan, 64, and the vice-chairs Chow Hang-tung, 36, and Albert Ho, 69, with “inciting subversion.” Police had arrested Chow on September 8, while Lee and Ho have been jailed for their activism since April and May, respectively. Chow, and four other leading members of the group, Tang Ngok-kwan, 53, Simon Leung, 36, Chan To-wai, 57, and Tsui Hon-kwong, 72, are separately charged with “failing to comply with notice to provide information.” All five have been denied bail. The prosecutions violate Hong Kong’s obligations under international human rights law to respect the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly.

“By arresting vigil organizers, Beijing and Hong Kong authorities are telling the world they’re not only afraid of the most peaceful protests, but also of their own brutal past,” said Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch. “They should end this political persecution and immediately drop the charges and release the vigil organizers.”

The charges of “inciting subversion” and “failing to comply with notice to provide information” are crimes under Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law (arts. 23 and 43), which the Chinese government imposed on the city on June 30, 2020. The definitions of these offenses are overly broad and vague. “Subversion” criminalizes any act that seriously “interferes,” “disrupts,” or “undermines” the functioning of the Chinese or Hong Kong government, a definition that can readily include peaceful protests.

The charges are part of Beijing’s escalating campaign against the Hong Kong Alliance.

Until the Hong Kong police banned the vigils in 2020 and 2021, citing public health grounds, Hong Kong was the only place under Chinese sovereignty where the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre was publicly remembered every year.

The government stepped up its intimidation campaign in 2021. On June 2, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department declared that the alliance’s “June 4th Museum,” which focuses on the Tiananmen crackdown, had violated the law for not having a “public entertainment” permit, compelling the alliance to temporarily close the museum.

On June 4, the police arrested Chow for “inciting unauthorized assembly” after she urged people to mark the Tiananmen Massacre by lighting candles. The police also blocked off the park and stationed thousands of officers throughout the city to prevent any gatherings.

In July, the Hong Kong Alliance laid off its staff and downsized its operations in anticipation of the government’s crackdown on the group. On August 25, police demanded the group’s membership list and financial information in an investigation of its alleged “collusion with foreign powers.” After the group refused to provide the information, citing the police’s misuse of power and lack of reasonable cause, the police again arrested Chow, along with the alliance committee members.

On September 9, police raided the shuttered June 4th Museum and removed some of the exhibits, including photos of previous Victoria Park vigils and an oversized paper cutout of the Goddess of Democracy, a statue that had featured in the 1989 pro-democracy protests in China. On September 10, police froze HK$2.2 million (US$ 282,850) worth of assets of the alliance. On the same day, the Hong Kong secretary for security informed the alliance that the government is planning to revoke the alliance’s registration with the Company Registrar, which will effectively disband the group.

Human rights and fundamental freedoms are enshrined in Hong Kong’s de facto constitution, the Basic Law. These rights are also guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which is incorporated into Hong Kong’s legal framework via the Basic Law and expressed in the Bill of Rights Ordinance. The ICCPR protects the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, among other basic liberties.

Concerned governments should impose coordinated, targeted sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Police Commissioner Raymond Siu, Secretary for Security Tang Ping-keung, and other Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for the attacks on the Hong Kong Alliance, the groups said. Those governments should also issue coordinated public statements expressing concern about attacks on civic groups more generally. Over the long term, they should provide assistance to groups outside Hong Kong and China to archive and publish materials, including slogans, artworks, and political content, that are now banned or barred in Hong Kong, particularly those related to the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre.

“Hong Kong and mainland authorities should not be able to ban commemorations, shutter museums, and jail peaceful critics without paying a price,” Jianli Yang, founder and president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China, said. “Governments appalled by the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Hong Kong should make their opposition felt.”
 

List of Group Signatories:

  1. Action Free Hong Kong Montreal
  2. Alliance Canada Hong Kong
  3. Association of the New School for Democracy
  4. Bay Area Friends of Tibet
  5. Boston Tibet Network
  6. Cambridge Stands With Hong Kong (UK)
  7. Cadal – Argentina
  8. Canada-Hong Kong Link
  9. China Aid Association
  10. China Against the Death Penalty
  11. China Change
  12. China Political Prisoners Concern Group, HK
  13. Citizen Power Initiatives for China
  14. Comité pour la Liberté à Hong Kong
  15. D4HK (UK)
  16. DC4HK
  17. Dialogue China
  18. ECO Tibet Ireland
  19. Freedom House
  20. Germany Stands with Hong Kong
  21. Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM)
  22. Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete-Portugal
  23. Hong Kong Committee in Norway
  24. Hong Kong Committee in Norway
  25. Hong Kong Democracy Council
  26. Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles
  27. Hong Kong Social Action Movements in Boston
  28. Hong Kong Watch
  29. Human Rights in China
  30. Human Rights Watch
  31. Humanitarian China
  32. International Campaign for Tibet
  33. International Service for Human Rights
  34. International Society for Human Rights, Munich Chapter
  35. International Tibet Network
  36. Judicial Reform Foundation
  37. Kong Club
  38. LUNGTA – Actief voor Tibet
  39. Netherlands for Hong Kong
  40. New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong (NY4HK)
  41. Northern California Hong
  42. Safeguard Defenders
  43. Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
  44. Students for a Free Tibet
  45. Swedish Tibet Committee
  46. Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association
  47. Taiwan Association for Human Rights, TAHR
  48. Taiwan Hong Kong Association
  49. Taiwan Forever Association, TFA
  50. Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network
  51. The Taiwan United Nations Alliance
  52. The Tibet Support Committee, Denmark
  53. Tibet Initiative Deutschland
  54. Tibet Justice Center
  55. Toronto Association for Democracy in China
  56. Torontonian HongKongers Action Group
  57. US-Tibet Committee
  58. Uyghur Human Rights Project
  59. Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  60. Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society
  61. Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement

Useful links:

Human Rights Watch

Hong Kong Alliance

London sends right message to Beijing by banning China’s new ambassador entry to UK parliament

The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) welcome the decision of Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Lord Speaker Lord McFall to ban the new Chinese Ambassador, Zheng Zeguang’s entry into the UK Parliament whilst China’s sanctions against the British parliamentarians are in place.

Zheng, who moved to London earlier this year from Beijing to take up China’s top foreign diplomatic post, was scheduled to attend a reception hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary China Group (APPCG) in parliament this week. The APPCG, established in 1997, is believed to be one of the largest all-party parliamentary groups in the UK parliament. It currently has 306 members from both the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

The BBC reported Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s Statement on this issue and it quoted: “I do not feel it’s appropriate for the ambassador for China to meet on the Commons estate and in our place of work when his country has imposed sanctions against some of our members. 

“If those sanctions were lifted, then of course this would not be an issue.”

Tim Loughton MP, a former Minister, who was one of the MPs sanctioned by the Chinese government earlier this year for speaking up against the Uyghur Muslims genocide and forced labour programme in Tibet, tweeted, “If the genocidal Chinese regime think they can shut down free speech by parliamentarians in a democracy there are consequences and in this case it is that the Chinese regime must not have a platform in the Mother of Parliaments.”

According to media reports, this ruling was made after a number of senior parliamentary figures including Sir Iain Duncan Smith, wrote letters to the Speakers of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, voicing their deep concerns of the Chinese ambassador’s planned visit to the parliament. 

According to BBC, the two sanctioned peers – crossbencher Lord Alton and Labour’s Baroness Kennedy – also wrote to the Lord Speaker.

They said: “The sanctions imposed by the Chinese government represent an attack not just on members directly targeted but on Parliament, all parliamentarians, select committees, and parliamentary privilege.

“We should never allow our place of work to become a platform to validate and promote such sanctions. 

“We know that this is a view shared by a great many Right Honourable and Honourable Members who will wish their protests to be heard if this visit is to go ahead.”

They added: “It is unthinkable therefore that parliamentarians should have to suffer this infringement on our liberties whilst the prime representative of the Chinese government in the UK is still apparently free to come to Westminster and to use facilities here as a mouthpiece for his regime.”

In response to this unprecedented entry ban, the Chinese Embassy, on 14th September, issued a Statement on its website: “The decision of the UK Parliament reflects the narrow and parochial mindset of some individuals in the UK. It is a shortsighted, reckless and cowardly move. We despise and strongly condemn this.

“China’s sanctions on a handful of anti-China parliamentarians of the UK, announced in March, were completely justified and reasonable. It was a necessary response to these people who spread slanderous rumours and disinformation about China’s Xinjiang and to the unilateral sanctions on relevant personnel and institutions in China by the UK side on the pretext of Xinjiang-related issues.”

Tsering Passang, founder and convener of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM), said, “We disagree with this latest false statement by the Chinese Embassy because we know what is actually happening in China’s occupied territories such as East Turkistan (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) and Tibet. We unequivocally condemn China’s ongoing illegal occupation of Tibet and East Turkistan. The Chinese regime’s continued brutal persecutions of Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims as well as other ethnic minorities must end now. Until we see a real change in the behaviour of Chinese government in these occupied territories, we will continue to garner political support from the UK and around the world.”  

BBC reporting available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58556460

Statement of the Kashag on the 61st Anniversary of the Tibetan Democracy Day 2021

Today, we are gathered here to commemorate the sixty-first founding anniversary of the Tibetan Parliament in 1960 following the arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 80,000 Tibetans in exile.

On 3 February 1960, barely ten months after arriving in exile, the representatives of Tibetans in exile gathered for the first time in India’s sacred land of Bodhgaya and took Na-gyen Chenmo (great oath) pledging utmost dedication and sacrifice to forge unity and cooperation under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness said, “Unlike the past system in Tibet, it is extremely important to establish a democratic form of governance based on harmonious blend of spiritual and political values. Hence, a popularly elected body of people’s representatives is needed. After you return to your respective places, select from the general public nominees who are educated, capable, patriotic and trustworthy. For the time being, elect one representative from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and three representatives from the three traditional provinces.” Accordingly, elections were duly held and 13 representatives were elected and thus began the first Commission of the Tibetan People’s Deputies. They took their oath on 2 September 1960. In 1975, the Kashag declared to commemorate 2 September as the founding day of Tibetan democracy.

In the challenging environment faced on arrival in exile, His Holiness took the bold step of instituting the election of people’s representatives and making structural reforms in the exile Tibetan polity to encourage and steer it towards genuine democracy and rule of law. Because of far-reaching vision of His Holiness, today the Tibetan administration in exile represents all the Tibetan religious faiths, and has jurisdiction not only over areas administered by the Gaden Phodrang government but also the whole of Tibet’s three traditional provinces of U-tsang, Kham and Amdo. The unprecedented consciousness among the Tibetans in exile of belonging to a single Tibetan nationality could also be considered as a fruit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s democratisation efforts.

Furthermore, on 10 October 1961, a draft Constitution for Future Tibet was announced followed by the promulgation of the Constitution on 10 March 1963. It paved way for the formation of three pillars of democracy, and creation of fundamental rights and responsibilities of the people. Moreover, to have genuine democracy His Holiness even provided a clause in the constitution allowing for his own impeachment. Similarly, the use of hereditary titles and prerogatives in Tibet were withdrawn.

As the Tibetan Parliament had no secretariat till 3 May 1966, the deputies were attached to various departments of the Central Tibetan Administration. However, it was the Tibetan Parliament which proposed to His Holiness the nominees for the civil servants during the reorganization of the five main departments and four branch offices in 1960.

During that time, the Chinese government pursued its policy of brutal suppression of Tibetan people’s peaceful protests and thrust upon them its so-called democratic reform. How China’s policies brought tragedy in Tibet as it literally experienced hell on earth is evident in the 10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen’s 70,000-character petition to the Chinese government. As a result, the Panchen Lama was sentenced to 14 years in prison and he had to suffer far more cruel treatment during the Cultural Revolution.

Along with establishment of the Tibetan Parliament, the system of six monthly work meeting of the Kashag, Parliament, civil servants and heads of the institutions were started, and till 1969, 17 such meetings were organised. In 1969 it was decided to call an Annual General Meeting. Till 1989, 16 annual general meetings were held with the participation of almost entire section of the local communities. These meetings made significant contribution during the course of the Tibetan democracy. As per His Holiness’s advice, the election of Garthue (local deputies) began from 1964. In 1965, His Holiness also advised that the Tibetan people should elect their settlement officers. In 1972, Tibetans from Varanasi spearheaded an initiative to seek public support for the administration and consequently Tibetan Freedom Movement Subcommittee was set up in Tibetan settlements.

It is not that the process of democratization in exile was carried out unimpeded. It is needless to say that the establishment of democratic governance had negatively affected the interest of those in power to cling to the old system. And those who lack understanding of democracy created various obstacles to the progress of democracy. However, because of his unwavering commitment to follow the democratic system, His Holiness succeeded in smoothly carrying out the reforms in accordance with the changing times.

Since 1974, the Tibetan Youth Congress proposed that the deputies to the Assembly be elected by the combined electorate of the people of all the three provinces. The high-level Standing Committee of the Assembly accepted the proposal and amended the rules. However, during the election of 8th ATPD in 1982, the deputies from Dotoe province and Nyingma school resigned during the primary round and entrusted His Holiness to appoint all the deputies. His Holiness was entrusted to appoint the deputies of the 9th Assembly due to the refusal of Dotoe province to take part in the election. Due to lack of required nominee from Dotoe and Nyingma in the primary election of the 10th Assembly, the high-level Standing Committee was compelled to pass a resolution, calling for the previous Assembly members to continue as the new members.

Similarly, since early 1977, His Holiness advised the Kashag and Standing Committee to make necessary improvements in the appointment of head of the Kashag, election of Kalons and the setting of their term limits. During the 16th National General Assembly held in 1989, His Holiness emphasised the need for more democratic reforms including election of a head of the CTA. However, the Tibetan leaders and people could not come up with a common action plan to act as per His Holiness’s advice.

His Holiness dissolved the Kashag and Parliament in 1990, and in May convened a special conference with 369 participants from members of the Parliament, CTA, former Kalons, representatives of NGOs and institutes, and religious schools and recently arrived Tibetans from Tibet. During the conference His Holiness appointed the Constitution Review Committee. On 14 June 1991, the 11th Tibetan Parliament adopted the Charter bearing the hallmark of democracy, i.e., the three pillars of democracy and autonomous bodies. In order to further the process of democratization, the system of direct election of Kalon Tripa was started in 2001 and His Holiness took semi-retired position. The most significant democratic development took place in 2011 with the devolution of His Holiness’s political authority to the democratically-elected leader of the Central Tibetan Administration through the 25th amendment of the charter.

The essence of democracy is encapsulated by former US president Abraham Lincoln who said democracy is of the people, by the people and for the people. It should be guaranteed by the rule of law and the constitution on which all the laws are based to ensure that the workings of the government should be within the ambit of the laws and that fundamental rights of the people are not affected. The constitution reflects the aspirations of the people, and those in authority are forbidden to act in contravention of it and manipulate the constitution. For this reason the new Kashag declared that the rule of law is the essence of its commitment to equality and justice.
Democracy is the most important resource to keep alive our freedom struggle and combine our capabilities. When Tibet regains its freedom, democracy is indispensable for its political, economic and cultural development.

Today, as we commemorate the 61st democracy day, we extend our heartfelt greetings to our compatriots in Tibet. No matter how much China’s propaganda machinery make false claims of development during the 70 years of so-called peaceful liberation of Tibet in its recent White Papers, Tibetans inside Tibet have maintained indomitable courage and determination in the face of China’s continued policy to exterminate the Tibetan identity, and they have been making all round efforts to protect Tibet’s religion, culture, language and tradition, for which we remain deeply grateful. It is this strength that unites the Tibetans in exile and keeps alive the freedom struggle. It is the common wish in our heart to reunite in Tibet and we would like to appeal to our brethren in Tibet not to lose their determination.

The present Kashag has been carrying out its administrative works without any negligence. However, the inability of the parliament to convene its session has been preventing it from carrying out its legislative functions. The parliament is also not able to make use of the opportunities to plan activities and campaigns in accordance with the changing situation in China and the international community. The Kashag has been informed of several instances of the Chinese government exploiting this issue to spread falsehood inside Tibet, create division in the exile Tibetan community and misuse it at the international platforms. It has created great concern and apprehension among the governments, parliaments and Tibet supporters who genuinely support us. Tibetans inside Tibet said they would stop their activities for the Tibetan cause if the problem is not resolved immediately. As all of us know that there are people in our small community who are just venting emotions without careful thinking.

The present Kashag will extend its cooperation and support to any means that are within the Charter. We would like to stress that it is high time that the concerned people should seriously weigh the advantages and disadvantages if the situation lingers on, and make no mistake in their consideration by taking responsibility in the highest interest of our cause. If the impasse drags on due to their intransigence, it will only lead to the collapse of Tibetan administration. Neither will any Tibetan like to see such a result, nor will it benefit any Tibetan. The Kashag is ready and firmly committed to work with the parliament as mandated by the Charter and make concerted efforts in working towards the greater cause of Tibet and welfare of the Tibetan people.

In conclusion, the Kashag extends its warm greetings to India, the United States and all the countries and Tibet Support Groups around the world for supporting the just cause of Tibet. We pray for the flourishing of the meritorious works of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the spontaneous fulfillment of all his wishes. May Tibetan democracy continue to flourish.

The Kashag
2 September 2021

N.B. Translated from the original in Tibetan. In case of any discrepancies, treat the original Tibetan as final and authoritative

The Central Tibetan Administration today organised an official ceremony to celebrate the 61st anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day at Sikyong hall in Gangchen Kyishong.

The ceremony was attended by Sikyong Penpa Tsering, Chief Justice Commissioner Sonam Norbu Dagpo, Justice Commissioners Karma Damdul and Tenzin Lungtok, and the heads of the three autonomous bodies. It was also attended by Secretaries and senior staff of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Following the singing of the Tibetan national anthem, the ceremony began with a performance of Tibetan democracy song by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). A speech on the importance of strengthening Tibetan democratic institutions by His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered at the first Tibetan General Meeting on 31 August 2010 was also screened at the ceremony.

(Source: Tibet.Net)

Tibetans in Britain: Tibetan Community in Britain turns 50

Kunleng discusses the beginning of the Tibetan Community in Britain starting with the four Tibetan students who enrolled at the Rugby School in 1913 on British Government scholarship, and Rinchen Lhamo’s settlement in Britain when she married Louis Magrath King, former British Consul at Dartsedo. Currently there are about 800 Tibetans living in the UK, many who are involved in community actions for resolving Tibet issues.

This interview was conducted with Tsering Passang, former Chairman of the Tibetan Community in Britain, by Tsering Wangmo, host at Voice of America (VOA) Tibetan.

Also available via: https://www.voatibetan.com/…/tibetan…/6081555.html

International Day of the Disappeared observed in London outside the Chinese Embassy

(GATPM, London | 31st August 2021)

30th of August is the International Day of the Disappeared.

London-based Free Tibet, supported by the Tibetan Community UK and International Tibet Network, organised 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 this year and who is now missing. Weeks before Rinchen’s arrest, her school in eastern Tibet was forced to close down. 

Members of the Tibetan Community in London and their supporters chanted “Release Rinchen Kyi”, “Release the Political Prisoners”, “Tibetan Culture – in Tibet”, “Free Tibet”, and “China Out of Tibet”.

Representatives from Free Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet addressed the gathering, who condemned China’s ongoing assaults on Tibetan people, their language and culture. The protest ended with the recitation of Buddhist prayer – “The Prayer of Truth” and the Tibetan National Anthem.

The vigil was held from 6pm to 8pm outside the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, 49-51 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL.

Tsering Passang from the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) joined this protest.

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.

Tibet was invaded soon after the CCP came to power on 1st October 1949. Over 1.2 million Tibetans died as a direct result of China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. His Holiness the Dalai Lama escaped Tibet and came into exile in India in 1959 where the Tibetan Spiritual Leader is currently based. Over 150,000 Tibetans are scattered across some 25 countries worldwide with the majority of them in India where the Central Tibetan Administration is based (aka Tibetan Government-in-Exile).

Media coverage: ANI | YahooNews | RepublicWorld

International Day of the Disappeared – Join the protest against the Chinese State

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

Useful links:

Free Tibet

Tibetan Community UK

International Tibet Network

President Xi Jinping’s Unannounced Tibet Visit

President Xi Jinping’s unannounced visit to China’s occupied Tibet at the time of heightened border tensions between India and China is seen as a significant development, which has geopolitical implications. His Tibet visit follows the US’s full withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of fighting terrorist groups in the troubled country.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which denies China’s brutal persecution including the genocide of fellow Muslims in the Uyghur region (East Turkistan, which China occupied in 1949), is a big beneficiary of the #CCP regime.

The Chinese president chose Nyingchi (Kongpo region), southern Tibet that borders Arunachal Pradesh (north-eastern India), as his first stopover. Beijing has deployed heavy military installations in the region which is strategically important for China.Watch this panel discussion (if you haven’t done so).

Leading Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan MP Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, long-time Tibet supporter Vijay Kranti and China Expert Prof Srikanth Kondapalli share their thoughts on this latest development – Chinese President visit to Tibet.