Together 20 Years

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has – Margaret Mead

20 years ago a collection of Tibetans and Tibet activists came together to brainstorm how to make the Tibetan Freedom Movement stronger. Their idea was to set up a network to bring together the power and determination of global Tibet groups in coordination, amplifying our voices, and strengthening our capacity to carry out successful, worldwide campaigns for Tibet. And thus the International Tibet Network was created.

Nyima Lhamo
Sophie Richardson

Now 20 years later we have transformed from that small collection of groups into a strong, human rights machine of over 120 Member Groups across the globe, joining together to increase our collective impact in support of Tibet and to fight for its freedom. Over the course of these two decades we have achieved so much together but the oppression in Tibet has not stopped and our work is more important than ever as we build together to push back against China’s violence and oppression.

And thanks to supporters like you our impact is growing. This year alone we collectively exposed some of the world’s largest companies’ complicity in China’s crackdown on freedom – including Google and Apple – and created a solid, joint movement of Uyghurs, Hongkongers, Chinese activists, Southern Mongolians, and Taiwanese that has become a force to be reckoned with.

But we have so much more to do and we need your support to help us build for the long term. Can you make a small donation to help support our important work? 

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Watch our interview with Tibet TV in commemoration of our 20th anniversary

Thubten Samdup, founder of International Tibet Network

is a leading figure in the Tibetan Freedom Movement. Born in Lhasa, Tibet, Thubten Samdup arrived in India as a refugee in 1959 and has since been active in founding and working for a number of Tibet-related organisations around the world, including as Director of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, as National President and co-founder of the Canada Tibet Committee, and as a former representative for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.