On the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, we stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong and their aspirations for genuine democracy, self-governance and the rule of law.

Democracy and human rights are the foundations of a free and peaceful society, and a common desire of all humankind.

Two decades on, the territory remains denied the universal suffrage that it was promised under the Basic Law.

We express our grave concerns over Beijing’s increasing interference in Hong Kong politics and the rapid erosion of freedom in recent years, including the persecution of pro-democracy activists and the undue influence over elections.   

The authoritarian Chinese government’s failure to honour its commitment to the ‘one-country, two-systems’ agreement has today awakened a whole new generation of Hong Kongers striving for a truly democratic society.  

The people of Hong Kong, particularly the youth, have shown that the human spirit and the desire for fundamental rights and freedoms cannot be crushed, no matter how ruthless the oppressor may be.

We express our deep respect for all those fighting for their fundamental freedoms, in particular those who continue to suffer from the oppression of the Chinese Communist Party. We admire your indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to nonviolence and share your aspirations to have full control over your affairs and to determine your own future. We will stand with you for as long as it takes for your aspirations to be fulfilled.

As Xi Jinping makes his first trip to Hong Kong since becoming anointed as China’s “core leader”, he must seize the opportunity to show his leadership by listening to the people of Hong Kong and addressing their legitimate grievances. We call on the Chinese authorities to refrain from use of force against these peaceful protesters, and in particular appeal directly to security forces to refuse unconscionable orders from their superiors if they come. We also call for International community to stand with the people of Hong Kong in their struggle for rights and democracy in this critical time.

Statement by Member Groups of the International Tibet Network


Western Europe

Aide aux Refugies Tibetains

Association Dorje

Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet

Associazione Italia -Tibet

Autodetermination – Tibet 09/31

Briancon05 Urgence Tibet

Caisse d’Aide aux Prisonniers Tibetains

Casa del Tibet – Spain

Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)

Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Les Lilas)

Corse – Tibet

Eco-Tibet France

EcoTibet Ireland

France Tibet

Free Tibet

Groupe Non-Violent Louis Lecoin, France

Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal

International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter

Jamtse Thundel Association

La Porte du Tibet, Geneva

Les Amis du Tibet – Belgium

Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg

Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, France

Lungta Association Belgium

Maison des Himalayas

Maison du Tibet – Tibet Info

Nos Amis de l’Himalaya

Objectif Tibet

Passeport Tibetain

Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara

Reseau International des Femmes pour le Tibet

Save Tibet, Austria

Society for Threatened Peoples International

Students for a Free Tibet France

Students for a Free Tibet UK

Tashi Delek Bordeaux

Tibet 59 / 62

Tibet Initiative Deutschland

Tibets Kinder im Exile V.

Tibet Liberte Solidarite

Tibet Libertes, France

Tibet Society, U.K.

Tibet Support Group – Ireland

Tibet Support Group – Netherlands

Tibet Unterstutzung Liechtenstein

Tibetan Association of Germany

Tibetan Community Austria

Tibetan Community in Belgium

Tibetan Community in Britain

Tibetan Community in France

Tibetan Community in Italy

Tibetan Community in Ireland

Tibetan Community in Netherlands

Tibetan Community in Spain

Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Tibetan Women’s Organisation in Switzerland

Tibetan Youth Association in Europe

Tsowa-Maintenir la Vie, France

Tibetan Community of Italy

Northern Europe

Friends of Tibet in Finland

Swedish Tibet Committee

Students for a Free Tibet Denmark

The Norwegian Tibet Committee

Tibet Support Committee Denmark

Tibetan Community in Denmark

Tibetan Community in Sweden

Tibetan Community in Norway

Central & Eastern Europe

Fair Society o.s.

Friends of Tibet Bulgaria

Friends of Tibet Society St. Petersburg, Russia

International Youth Human Rights Group

Save Tibet Foundation

Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship

Students for a Free Tibet Poland

The Foundation for Civil Society, Russia

Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)

Tibet House Moscow

Tibet Support Association – Hungary

Tibet Support Group – Krasnodar Region, Russia

Tibet Support Group – Romania

Tibet Support Group – Sochi Region, Russia

Tibetan Community in Poland

Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation

TSG – Slovenia

Union Latvija Tibetai (Latvia for Tibet )

Zida Cels, Latvia

Africa and Middle East

Action for Tibet – South Africa

Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People

Tibet Support Group Kenya

Tibet Society of South Africa

North America

Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina

Bay Area Friends of Tibet

Boston Tibet Network

Canada Tibet Committee

Capital Area Tibetan Association

Committee of 100 for Tibet

Dhokam Chushi Gangdruk

International Tibet Independence Movement

Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association

Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet

Sierra Friends of Tibet

Students for a Free Tibet

Students for a Free Tibet Canada

The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago

Tibet Action

Tibet Committee of Fairbanks

Tibet Justice Center

Tibetan Community of Boston

Tibetan Association of Ithaca

Tibetan Association of Northern California

Tibetan Association of Philadelphia

Tibetan Association of Santa Fe

Tibetan Association of Southern California

Tibetan Cultural Association – Quebec


Tibet Oral History Project

Toronto Tibet Youth Congress

United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)

U.S. Tibet Committee

Western Colorado Friends of Tibet

Wisconsin Tibetan Association

Central and South America

Amigos del Tibet, Chile

Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador

Asociación Cultural Peruano Tibetana

Asociación Cultural Tibetano – Costarricense

Casa Tibet Mexico

Centro De Cultura Tibetana – Brazil

Centro Cultural Colombo Tibetano

Grupo Pro-Cultura Tibetana, Chile

Le Club Francais – Paraguay

Rangzen: Movimento Free Tibete Natal

Tibet Mx – Mexico

Tibet Group-Panama

Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay

Fundación Pro Tibet – Argentina

Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica

World League for Freedom and Democracy


Anterrashtriya Bharat – Tibbet Sahyog Samiti

Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India

Circle of Friends, Philippines

Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India

Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama


Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet

India Tibet Friendship Society

Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)

Japan Committee of 100 for Tibet

Lung-Ta Project

Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement

National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India

National Democratic Party of Tibet

Ns3 Rigpa Community Builder’s Foundation

Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia

Students for a Free Tibet Japan

Students for a Free Tibet India

Taiwan Friends of Tibet

Tibbat Desh Patrika

Tibet Lives, India

Tibet Philippines Support Network

Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh

Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan

Tibet Support Network Japan

Tibetan Student Association, Madras

Tibetan Rights and Freedom Committee

Tibetan Women’s Association (Central)

Tibetan Youth Congress

World Tibet Day Foundation

Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan


Australia Tibet Council

Friends of Tibet New Zealand

Students for a Free Tibet New Zealand

Tibet Action Group of Western Australia

Tibet Support Group Adelaide

Tibetan Community of Australia (Victoria)

Tibetan Women’s Association and Friends Australia

Sakya Trinley Ling

Australian Tibet House