Human Rights Day Vigil
Monday 10th December from Noon to 3pm.
This will be held as usual outside Marks & Spencer in St Nicholas Square, Aberdeen.
We run an information stand with details of political prisoners, and ask that the public sign greetings cards addressed to them. This can be a very useful morale booster for persons being illegally held in jail on account of their political beliefs. If you're in town do please drop by and have a chat with us about our work and the situation in Tibet.
Cross Party Group for Tibet, and Exhibition
Wednesday 12 December
The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group for Tibet meets quarterly to discuss the Scottish Parliament's stance on matters Tibetan. We shall be sending a delegation to Edinburgh (as we often do) to take part in the discussions.
An exhibition, prepared by Martin, is to be held in the Garden Room in the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood) from Monday March 4th to Friday March 8th inclusive. It is proposed to show the exhibition later on at Westminster, hosted by the All-party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, and in the Welsh Assembly, and possibly at Stormont.
We are looking at displaying this exhibition at Aberdeen Uni after its tour of the parliamentary sites.
Uprising Day Commemoration
Saturday 9th March in Edinburgh
It would seem to be particularly important that there should be a commemoration this coming March because it will be the 60th Anniversary of the Uprising (it will also be the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Chinese invasion which took place 1949/1950) The commemoration depends on a good turn out of committed Tibet Supporters and of Tibetans themselves.
On March 10th 1959, there was an uprising in Tibet and the Dalai Lama fled across the border to India to his present home in Dharamsala. Outwith China and Tibet, the Uprising is commemorated in cities across the world. The event has been commemorated in some - not all - years in Edinburgh with speeches on the Mound followed by a procession either to the Chinese Consulate or the Scottish Parliament.
(Uprising Day is properly speaking 10th March but the commemoration is scheduled for the 9th)
Poetry, Resistance and Human Rights
A presentation by Tenzin Tsundue - writer, poet and activist, Wangden Kyab - Research Manager Tibet Watch, and Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren - Executive director of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch
On Wednesday 26th September 2018 we were privileged to host a visit to Aberdeen by two Tibetans, Wangden Kyab and Tenzin Tsundue, from Dharamsala in Northern India on a speaking tour of the UK. They were introduced by the organiser of the tour, Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Director of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch, who described the situation in Tibet under Chinese rule.
Wangden Kyab described his work as Tibet Watch Research Team Manager in Dharamsala and how, when he was a student living in India, he had taken up the cause of his compatriots living in Tibet after taking part in the Peace March to Tibet which had been stopped at the Tibetan border. Tenzin Tsundue gave an inspiring and impassioned rendering of poems and essays and spoke of his yearnings for his home country as a refugee living in India. His talk deeply affected all of us who were there to hear him.
Copies of Tenzin’s own book Kora were on sale. This can be viewed together with the writings of other Tibetans in English and Tibetan on www.tibetwrites.in
Annual Sponsored Walk
Sunday 24 June 2018, Scolty Hill, Banchory
MEET Scolty Car Park Sunday 24th June at 10.00 a.m. OS Map 43 Stonehaven and Banchory Grid Ref; 684948
Approaching Banchory High Street turn left at the traffic lights signed B974 Fettercairn. Drive across the Bridge of
For those coming by bus, the bus leaves Union Square at 8.45 a.m. arrives Banchory High Street (Burnett Arms) 9.45am. We will meet the bus and ferry walkers to the Scolty Car Park. There are no toilets on the Walk.
Bring a packed lunch. Details of the route will be given out at the start which will refer to the letters on the map.
This is Tibet Support Group Grampian's 25th annual sponsored walk which raise funds for Tibetan organisations.
Downloadable route map (Right-click & select Save File)
Sponsorship form: TSGGTibetWalk2018Scolty1stPage.docx
Thursday 1 Feb, 5.45 pm
"Akong: A remarkable Life"
This is the first ever documentary film about the inspirational life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Through his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world, Akong Rinpoche has benefited the lives of countless people. This film aims to make his inspirational life story available to future generations.
In 1963, Akong arrived in the UK with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In order to support themselves, Akong initially worked as an orderly at a hospital in Oxford. In 1967, he founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West - Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland. Film Website
Friday 16 February 2018
Tibetan New Year celebratory meal.
Human Rights Day Vigil
Sunday 10 December, Noon to 3pm
Outside Marks & Spencer, St Nicholas St, Aberdeen.
Greetings cards to Tibetan political prisoners will be available for signing by members of the public.
It has been estimated that there are at least 2,000 Tibetan political prisoners but the location of the jails where they are held are very rarely known. This has been the subject of the recent Free Tibet campaign ‘In the Dark’ for the release of seven of these prisoners – ‘In the Dark’ because their place of incarceration is unknown.
Thank you to everyone who signed the greetings cards in Aberdeen City Centre to Tibetan political prisoners which will be sent to the prisons in Tibet where they are being held. In total we collected 259 signatures on cards to five prisoners. It has been estimated that there are 2,000 Tibetan political prisoners and the locations where they are being held are rarely known – they are the ‘disappeared’. The cards we are sending are to the very few prisoners whose whereabouts are known. Our cards will send a message to them and their jailers that we in Aberdeen have not forgotten them. -Roger Eames.
Street Collection, Aberdeen City Centre
Saturday 30th September 2017
This collection was for Nomadic Survival, and raised £400 thanks to the generosity of the good citizens of Aberdeen. It coincided with the street market in Belmont St.
Much of collection was due to brilliant busking by one of our Group and friends.
Annual Sponsored Walk
24th September 2017
South Kincardineshire Coast
Update: The bus timetable has changed and the bus on Sunday 24th leaves Aberdeen at 9.05 instead of 9.15. It arrives 10.09 at Gourdon Road End instead of 10.17.
Sponsorship Form (PDF)
Report and photos here.
Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group for Tibet
Wednesday 21st June 6:00pm
A film ‘Akong: A Remarkable Life’ was be shown. The abbot of Samye Ling attended together with other monks and representatives. Akong Tulku was co-founder in 1967 of Samye Ling monastery in the Borders. He also co-founded the charity ROKPA which has many projects in Tibet and Nepal and in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was murdered in 2013 in Chengdu when taking funds to projects in Tibet.
Aberdeen City Walk for Tibet
Sunday 30th April 2017
The Walk was led by Norman, one of our members and author of the book 'Aberdeen: A History and Celebration' and raised £79 from participants for the Tibet Society, Free Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet UK. It is the third year the Walk has been held which is always very entertaining and informative.
Human Rights Day 2016
Saturday 10th December
Report on our information event here..
Screening: A Mother's Son
by Tibetan film-maker Nawang Anjtatsang
Friday, 25th November 2016 At 7pm
Venue: University of Aberdeen, New Kings 1
The Anthropology society together with the Tibet Support Group Grampian hosts a film screening of ‘A Mother’s Son’, directed by Tibetan film maker Nawang N. Anjatsang, made to gain insight on motivations for self immolations in Tibet and what this means for family and friends who lost someone to self immolations.
After the screening Nawan Anjatsang joins for a Skype Q&A!
Baked goods, drinks and Tibetan music for free!
Tibet Support Group Grampian held three events over the last three months to raise funds for Gu Chu Sum, the organisation in Dharamsala, Northern India for ex political prisoners. The proceeds froma Bahory collection were also added to the donation.
Blood on the Snows
Tuesday, 29 March 2016, 6pm-8pm
New King's Building (NK1) University of Aberdeen
Presented by Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Director of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch and Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, Vice -President of Gu Chu Sum, an organisation in Dharamsala in Northern India for Tibetan ex political prisoners.
The talk was part of a UK wide tour by Namgyal organised by Free Tibet and Tibet Watch. There were over fifty in the audience, mainly students, many of whom stayed back afterwards to talk over tea and coffee and sign up for TSGG. The first part of the Talk was presented by Eleanor who described the work of Free Tibet and Tibet Watch. There followed a video of ex political prisoners describing their horrific experiences of torture in Chinese jails in Tibet. This in turn was followed by a passionate account by Namgyal of the oppression suffered by her compatriots in Tibet under Chinese rule.
This was part of a UK wide tour. Eleanor described the work of Free Tibet, which campaigns on behalf of Tibet, Tibet Watch which collects information about what is really happening in Tibet and Gu Chu Sum. Video Recordings were presented of the horrific torture suffered by political prisoners in Chinese jails in Tibet. This was followed by a passionate account by Namgyal of the oppression suffered by her compatriots living under Chinese rule.
The talk was hosted by TSGG, Aberdeen Political Economy Group, Aberdeen University Politics and International Relations Group, Aberdeen Anthropology Society and Aberdeen University Feminist Group. The talk was attended by some sixty people. Later that evening we heard that Namgyal had just learnt that she had been elected to the Central Tibetan Administration, polling in sixth place, only the first ten are elected.
Guest Speaker -
Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar was born in India, the daughter of a political prisoner who made the journey into exile after enduring over 20 years in a Chinese prison for challenging the invasion of Tibet. She initially went to school at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala before going on to study at the University Delhi and later at Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
A downloadable PDF event flyer is available.
Aberdeen West End Tibet Walk
A conducted tour by one of our members took place on 17th April round the West End of Aberdeen giving a fascinating insight into the history of the buildings, their the builders, architects and occupants. Donations from those taking part raised £95.
Aberdeen University Bake Sale
Aberdeen University students held a Bake Sale 11th/12th May which raised £70-10p.
A Collection was held in Banchory on 11th June which was also St Ternan’s Day and the day of the River Festival and this raised £210.
The Grand Total, including a generous donation was £575 for Gu Chu Sum
Summer Walk for Tibet
Spring Aberdeen Walk
“The Inner West End: the History as shown in the Architecture”
Last autumn Tibet Support Group Grampian organised a ‘mini-walk’ in the City. One of our members, Norman Miller, who is the author of the book “Aberdeen: A History and a Celebration” led this informative walking tour. We covered an area to the south of Holburn Junction, often going along back lanes, with Norman giving us a fascinating insight into the history and architecture of which previously many of us had been quite unaware. The participants were keen to have a further walking tour in the spring, so this has now been organised. The meeting place will again be Holburn Junction, with Norman covering an area to the north of there.
The details are:
Location: The Inner West End: the History as shown in the Architecture
History of Tibet
Exhibition at University of Aberdeen Monday 18th to Friday 29th January 2016
An exhibition arranged by Tibet Support Group Grampian in collaboration with the ScottishParliament's Cross Party Group on Tibet will be showing at the Students' Union, Johnston Hall, University of Aberdeen, High Street, Old Aberdeen from Monday 18th to Friday 29th January. It will display pictures of the history of Tibet from the earliest times to the present day. The exhibition will also show the involvement in Tibet of the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Tibet and Tibet Support Group Grampian.