Who We Are, What We Do
There is no one single answer to this question. All of us, for our own reasons, have taken an interest in Tibet,the repression of its people, its political situation, and the plight of its refugees. Our reasons may be religious, some of the group being Buddhists. Others may have joined the campaign as a part of their work in human-rights organisations. Some may know a few Tibetans in-exile. Then, there are those who've taken holidays in Tibet or China, and come into contact with the issues firsthand. Myself, I became interested after reading Heinrich Harrer's book, 'Seven Years in Tibet' describing the years leading-up to the Chinese invasion.
The group was founded as a result of H.H. the Dalai Lama's visit to Aberdeen in 1993.
We come from a very wide range of age-groups and backgrounds, in fact there is no one type of individual who characterises the group. In our ranks we have university professors, church ministers, engineers, students, consultants, you name it. And a few unemployed, I guess. To some, it may seem surprising that we take an interest in a country so remote, and (apparently) with so little relevance to local politics or human-rights issues. Nevertheless it must be remembered that the invasion of Tibet is the work of Communist China, and no nation on earth can distance itself from Chinese influence of one sort or another these days. Therefore, the whole question of Chinese human-rights abuses does affect us, and in a very direct way. The invasion and occupation of Tibet is arguably one of the most high-profile examples of the Communist Party's blatant disregard for international borders, and the rights of individual states to self-government. Therefore, Tibet concerns us all.