This day, 15 years ago, on 14 May 2000, participants of the 3rd International “Tibet Support Groups’” Conference in Berlin voted unanimously to create the International Tibet Network (then called ITSN), as a mechanism to support the ongoing development and implementation of strategic campaigns and to strengthen the worldwide movement. Over the last fifteen years, the Network has grown to over 180 Member Groups, and has supported a range of campaigns from the Olympics, to Free Tibetan Heroes, to Tibet Third Pole (soon to get a new lease of life) and Tibet Advocacy Coalition. We created a Secretariat in 2006, have held over 15 Regional Conferences attended by many hundreds of Tibet campaigners, and disbursed over 150 small grants and travel bursaries to our Member Groups.
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Over 60 participants, representing at least 30 European Tibet Groups, concluded a three day meeting in Casa del Tibet, Barcelona this weekend. The meeting saw Tibetans and Tibet activists from across Europe collaborating on work for Tibet by sharing ideas, presenting successful campaigns, learning from experts and developing strategic campaign plans.
On Saturday 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, with its epicentre midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The official death toll is well above 6,000 and rising daily as relief agencies reach remote villages close to the quake. Thousands of people remain unaccounted for, and severe aftershocks have been hampering rescue efforts. The border areas of Tibet were also affected by the quake, but official information about casualties is sketchy, and no international aid organisations are permitted to work in the region.
On 14 March 2015, the declaration “Europe stands with Tibet – On the Freedom Struggle of the Tibetan People” was presented to the European public. The Paris Declaration is a collective effort supported by the Tibetan Support Groups in Europe to press governments to work together to develop credible, coordinated and robust policies on Tibet.
April 7, 2015 will mark the 13th year of Rinpoche's imprisonment. He is known to be in extremely poor health with a serious heart condition and high blood pressure. During a rare visit to see Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, his family spoke to a doctor who told them that he believed Tenzin Delek Rinpoche had a serious heart condition for which he needed surgery. Take action to call for his urgent release
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“It would be foolish on the IOC's part to bet again on things improving in Tibet. Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics on the same premise and events showed how unrealistic it was. Instead we saw widespread suppression and crackdown in Tibet. The IOC should also be mindful that their wrong decision last time caused global outcry and led to a worldwide campaign by Tibet’s supporters. The IOC should be in no doubt that this will happen again.”
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As a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian and Chinese – people who have all suffered from the oppressive policies of the Chinese Communist Party – we express our deep admiration for and solidarity with the movement for democracy and rights in Hong Kong. We have all dedicated our lives to restoring rights and freedom to our people, and we salute the people of Hong Kong for refusing to remain silent as Beijing reneges on its promise of universal suffrage and democratic reforms.
Tibet Network have put together a short, visual report which gives context to the current situation in Tibet by highlighting what has happened in the significant period since 27 February 2009 when Tapey became the first Tibetan in Tibet to set himself on fire in protest against China's occupation of Tibet.
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