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Report: The Human Rights Situation in Tibet: 2013-2016
Tibet Society logo[13 May] Tibet Society's new report summarises the human rights abuses suffered by the Tibetan people since Xi Jinping came to power in 2013. Produced for the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, it includes case examples, links and recommendations for the UK government... read more | download report

China attempts to cover-up self-immolation in Tibet
Sonam Tso[10 May] The Chinese authorities have attempted to censor Tibet's second self-immolation this year by destroying photographic and video evidence of the protest and cutting communications in the region. News of the self-immolation, which took place on 23 March in the Ngaba region, has only recently come to light... read more

Observing Tibetan democracy in action
Election delegation[29 April] In March, Norman Baker, President of Tibet Society, took part in an international delegation to observe the Tibetan exile parliamentary election. The delegation commended the election process. In personal observations, Mr Baker said the election was "a credit" to the Tibetan people… read more

Lobsang Sangay elected to second term as Tibetan PM in exile
Lobsang Sangay[29 April] In the recently held Tibetan exile parliamentary elections, Dr Lobsang Sangay, the incumbent Sikyong (Tibetan Prime Minister in exile), returned to office with 57% of the vote. Dr Sangay, who will serve a second and final five-year term, said the democratic election sent a “message of hope” to Tibetans inside Tibet...
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UK Foreign Office to answer human rights questions on Twitter
Baroness Anelay[27 April] UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay will be answering questions on human rights live on Twitter at 12 noon on Thursday 28 April. Take action: Ask the Minister what action the UK government plans to take on Tibet
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Action: Call for release of Tibetan language advocate
Tashi Wangchuk[21 April] Tashi Wangchuk, an advocate of Tibetan language education, has been detained by Chinese police in Yushu, eastern Tibet and charged with “inciting separatism”. His work had previously been highlighted by The New York Times. He could face up to 15 years in prison and is at risk of torture... read more | Take Action

MPs criticise UK government policy on human rights
HoC logo[8 April] The Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report criticising the UK government over its approach to human rights. The report questioned "how energetically the Government is raising human rights issues" adding there is a "perception" it has deprioritised human rights, citing China as an example... read more

Jailed Tibetan blogger appeals sentence with assertive letter
Shokjang[7 April] Shokjang, jailed for three years on charges of “inciting separatism”, has written an eloquent appeal to the Chinese authorities, not only expressing his innocence but providing remarkable detail of how his actions did not relate to separatism and are guaranteed under China's constitution... read more | Take Action

"A mere palm cannot hide the sun": Uprising Day 2016
Uprising Day Rally 2016[17 March] Report on events in London on 10 March, which marked the 57th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, including a wreath-laying ceremony, a protest rally and march, and an evening of commemoration...
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10 March 2016: Tibet Uprising Day
Tibet Uprising DayCommemoration of 57th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising. Show your support for freedom and justice for Tibet and express solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet.
Events in London on Thurs 10 & Sat 12 March

David Cameron called upon to meet the Dalai Lama
Tibet Society logo[9 March] PRESS RELEASE: On the eve of the 57th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, Tibet Society calls on David Cameron to meet the Dalai Lama and urges the UK and international governments to stand by the principles of freedom and democracy and urge China to seek a peaceful resolution to the Tibet crisis... read press release

Two teenagers self-immolate in separate independence protests
Kalsang Wangdu & Dorjee Tsering[3 March] Two young Tibetans died after self-immolating on 29 February in separate incidents.
Both protested for Tibetan independence. Kalsang Wangdu died shortly after setting fire to himself in Tibet. Dorjee Tsering died three days after his protest in northern India... read more | Take Action

Popular Tibetan blogger imprisoned for three years
Shokjang[29 February] China's continued crackdown on any form of dissent in Tibet has been further exemplified by the imprisonment of Tibetan blogger Druklo (pen-name Shokjang). He was jailed for three years on 17 February on charges of “inciting separatism” after writing articles critical of China's policies in Tibet...
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Tibet second only to Syria for lack of freedom
Freedom House logo[5 February] Tibet has been ranked as the second worst place for freedom and human rights in 2015. According to Freedom House, only Syria had a worse ranking on overall freedom than Tibet. Even countries with notoriously poor human rights records, such as North Korea, Somalia and Saudi Arabia, fared better...
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Golog Jigme, former political prisoner, to speak at UK Parliament
Golog Jigme[22 January] Monk and former political prisoner Golog Jigme will be giving a public talk at the UK Parliament on 27 January. The talk, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet UK and Tibet Society, is part of a worldwide tour to highlight China's abuse of Tibetan political prisoners...
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China omits Dalai Lama from database of "verified" living Buddhas
[22 January] The Chinese government has published a database of “verified” living Buddhas supposedly to crack down on fraudulent monks. However, the omission of the Dalai Lama from the list, indicates its true purpose of exerting even tighter control over Tibetan religious activities...
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Tibet-related events in the UK
Snow Lion[15 January 2016] Check out our events listings for Tibet-related events in the UK, such as: Escape from Tibet film screening (Chester, 28 Jan), and Tibet's Secret Temple, exhibition at Wellcome Collection (London, until 28 Feb)... see all events

ACTION: Two teenage monks jailed for peaceful protests
Lobsang and Gendun[17 December 2015] Two young monks have been sentenced for up to four years in prison for undertaking peaceful protests earlier this year. The two monks from Kirti monastery in Ngaba staged independent protests in March and were sentenced in separate trials in late October and early November...
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Governments urged to express solidarity with rights defenders
Vigil[10 December] On Human Rights Day 2015, Tibetan Uyghur & Chinese Solidarity UK is calling on international governments to express solidarity with human rights defenders in Tibet, East Turkestan and China. A vigil will be held in London outside the Chinese Embassy...
read press release | attend London vigil

Monthly round-up of Tibet-related news
Tibetan bottled water[1 December] A compilation of news from Tibet during November, plus international developments relating to Tibet, key statements and interviews. Includes state-sponsored religious repression, China's bottled water industry and a recommended short video on the erosion of Tibetan culture and language...
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Philippa Carrick: 14 years as CEO of Tibet Society
Philippa Carrcik[30 November] After serving 14 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Tibet Society, Philippa Carrick is stepping down. Philippa is to become the full-time CEO of Tibet Relief Fund as of 1 December. Tibet Society would like to thank Philippa for her years of service, dedication and hard work...
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US officials visit Lhasa as China presents false reality
US delegation in Lhasa[23 November] A US Congressional delegation visited Lhasa earlier this month. Delegates said the trip “revealed certain truths” but hoped it would help the resolution process. China attempted to present a false reality during the visit, by removing security personnel and forcing Tibetans to stage religious activities...
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China claims it has ‘no political prisoners’ during UN review
UNHRC logo[19 November] China’s record on torture has been condemned during a review process at the UN. Tibet activists presented evidence that torture remains endemic in Tibet. The Chinese delegation defended its record and even claimed there are “no cases of political prisoners” in China...
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Obituaries: Sue Lloyd-Roberts and Derek Bailey
Sue Lloyd Roberts & Derek Bailey[17 November] Sadly, the Tibet movement in the UK has lost two of its key supporters. BBC journalist and former Tibet Society council member Sue Lloyd-Roberts died on 13 October. Derek Bailey, founder of the Reigate and Redhill Tibet Support Group passed away on 8 September...
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"Fear is so much in evidence": BBC report from Tibet
BBC interviewing monks[5 November] The BBC went undercover to report from Kirti monastery in Ngaba in October, just as the Chinese President arrived in the UK. This rare report from inside Tibet found that "fear is so much in evidence" amongst Tibetans due to China's heavy crackdown... read more | Watch video | further BBC reports

Monthly round-up of Tibet-related news
Big Issue cover[5 November] A compilation of news from Tibet during October, plus international developments relating to Tibet, key statements and interviews. Includes arrests in Tibet, the Dalai Lama's interview with The Big Issue and British MPs condemning the government's policy over prioritising trade over human rights...
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Britain’s Great Kowtow to China: Report on State Visit
Protest on The Mall[30 October] The UK government failed to publicly raise human rights during Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the UK. However, Tibet protestors ensured it remained on the media’s agenda despite the lavish ceremonies and efforts to silence demonstrators...
Read Tibet Society's report on the State Visit

Charges dropped against Tibet protestors
[29 October] The police dropped all charges against the three protestors arrested during the Chinese President's State Visit to the UK. The three had been arrested for peacefully protesting and had their homes raided whilst they were in custody.

MPs raise questions in Parliament over arrest of Tibet protestors
Shao Jiang protest[27 October] The arrest of the three peaceful protestors during Xi Jinping’s State Visit was raised in parliament yesterday. The Policing Minister refused to comment on the matter, but then came under increasing pressure as MPs lined up to criticise the decision to arrest the protestors... watch debate | read more

Two Tibetans arrested during Xi Jinping UK visit; homes raided
Sonam's arrest[23 October] Two Tibetans and a Chinese dissident were arrested for peacefully protesting during the Chinese President's State Visit. Before their release on bail, their homes were raided by police and computers confiscated. Tibet Society calls for all charges to be dropped immediately... read Tibet Society's statement | read more

Join the protestsJoin the protests during Xi Jinping's State Visit
UPDATE: The Chinese President's State Visit to the UK takes place 20-23 October. Today, Xi Jinping is in Manchester. The key protest on Friday 23 October is at 12 noon outside the Manchester Town Hall...
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'Stateless Lunch' highlights China's human rights abuses
Stateless Lunch[19 October] Tibet Society organised a ‘Stateless Lunch’ at the UK Parliament on the eve of Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the UK, at which Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese activists sent a clear message to Prime Minister Cameron and the UK government to publicly speak out for those oppressed by the Chinese regime...
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MPs call on Cameron to publicly raise human rights with Xi Jinping
HoC logo[19 October] On the eve of the Chinese President's State Visit, sixteen MPs and Lords have sent an open letter to David Cameron asking him to "express British values" and "send a clear and public message" to Xi Jinping that China's "violations of basic human rights are unacceptable"... read letter

Human Rights Defenders to speak at Parliament prior to State Visit
Tibet Society logo[14 October] A ‘Stateless Lunch’, organised by Tibet Society, is to be held at Parliament on 19 October, the day before the Xi Jinping's State Visit begins. The media event will honour Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese human rights defenders who have been imprisoned and intimidated by the Chinese government... read press advisory

ACTION: Urge Cameron to speak out on Tibet during State Visit
Cameron & Xi in Beijing, Dece 2013[1 October] During Xi Jinping's upcoming State Visit, Cameron and the UK government have an opportunity to show there is more to UK-China relations than trade. It is time for the PM to show his morals and speak out for the oppressed people of Tibet and China...
Take Action | Write to the PM & your MP | Join the protests

Chinese President's UK State Visit confirmed: 20-23 October
Xi Jinping[30 September] UPDATE: Xi Jinping's State Visit to the UK has been confirmed. The four-day visit will start on 20 October. Xi will stay at Buckingham Palace and is expected to meet David Cameron, MPs and business leaders. Actions and campaigns are being planned by Tibet Society, along with UK-based Tibet groups... read more

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