Here, we highlight a series of campaigns aimed at promoting the support of the British public for problems faced by Tibetans both in Tibet and exiled in other parts of the world. Many of these campaigns are national or international in scope, and can also be found on the Free Tibet UK or Tibet Society websites.
Help a leading campaign group to upgrade
Tibet Society UK is in need of funds to update its website and infrastructure, with the aim of better promoting the interests of Tibet. Their fundraising campaign is on justgiving.com and all donations will be appreciated.
Allow the use of VPNs on the Chinese App Store.
Students for a Free Tibet are petitioning Apple CEO Tim Cook to re-allow the use of VPNs in inside China, after a recent ban.
VPNs are critical tools that allow internet users to avert China's oppressive information control and censorship. To a certain degree, they allow internet users to remain anonymous. Now, with Tim Cook’s new directive, Apple has lifted that thin veil of protection from the vulnerable groups evading Chinese censorship - especially Tibetans.
Online censorship by China has gone from bad to worse. Just five months ago, Gedhun, a Tibetan youth who posted images of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan flag online, was beaten and left in critical condition by Chinese authorities. Apple CEO Tim Cook must take responsibility because his actions will determine the fate of millions of internet users.
If you with to support this appeal, please send a letter similar to this one, calling on Apple CEO Tim Cook to immediately re-allow VPNs on their App Store in China.
Finding Tibet's hidden political prisoners
An initiative to put pressure on Chinese authorities to reveal the whereabouts of political prisoners who have been detained in secrecy and without due legal process or representation.
The campaign, run by Free Tibet UK, highlights the cases of six detained individuals whose whereabouts and state of well-being is currently unknown. Visit the site for more information.
Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institution in the world, is under threat.
Under plans issued by the local government, a series of forced removals and extensive demolition work will be carried out to cut the number of residents from more than 10,000 down to 5,000 by October 2017. The first round of demolitions and removals, carried out in July, reduced large areas of the site to rubble and caused widespread distress among Tibetans.
The Panchen Lama- Arrested at a very young age- Where is he now? Campaign PageThe Panchen Lama is the highest-ranking lama after the Dalai Lama, and traditionally has the role of managing secular affairs of government, whilst the Dalai Lama traditionally manages spiritual matters pertaining to the state. With the unavailability of the Panchen Lama, the Dalai Lama has had to take on both roles.
An organisation whose work is devoted to improving living-conditions in underpriveleged areas of Tibet. Projects centre around the provision of clean water and weatherproof housing, medical care and supplies, and the education to a professional level of the Tibetan youth. Website Link
Stop the Torture
An ongoing campaign by Free Tibet UK to end the practice of torturing Tibetan political prisioners. FreeTibet campaign page
Whilst there are many Tibetan aid, relief and political campaigns in progress, we regard the selection above as being among the more urgent. We would greatly appreciate support for any of these causes. In some cases a small donation is asked-for, in others your contribution may be to send a letter, email or e-fax to those responsible for the situation, with a view to encouraging change.