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Dear Members and Friends of Tibet,


My name is Tsering Passang and I have an urgent and important request to make to you on behalf of the Tibet Society.
Urgent Appeal = Can you please help to save the Tibet Society?
An Interview with Tibet Societys Vice President & Former Chairman: Mr John Billington PDF Print E-mail

25 November 2017:

John Billington has been a long-time advocate and political campaigner for a Free Tibet. John was one of the first westerners to meet Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling in the early 1960s. He served as Chairman of the Tibet Society and Relief Fund of the UK from 1993 to 1997. John is currently a vice president of the Tibet Society, an honorary title he holds.
The Importance of Protecting the Environment of Tibet and the Himalayas PDF Print E-mail

25 May 2017

A Special Talk by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa on Tibet's Environment

The Tibet Society was very honoured to host a special talk on Tibet's environment by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at the Royal Asiatic Society on 23rd May with our long-term friends of Tibet as well as core members of the Tibet Society, the worlds first ever Tibetan support group. The Chair, Fredrick Hyde-Chambers OBE, delineated the history of UK and Tibetan relations and the Societys current activities to support the Tibetan cause. President of the Society, Rt Hon Norman Baker, welcomed the Karmapa with a quote from his book, The Heart is Noble: To protect the environment is a way to care for all sentient beings.
Tibet Society Founding Member's Letter to the Editor of the Times PDF Print E-mail

[9 April 2017]

Exactly 58 years ago, on 9th April 1959, Mr Francis Beaufort-Palmer wrote a letter to The Times suggesting a Society be formed to help Tibetans. Thus the worlds first Tibet support group, Tibet Society, was duly formed.

"May I suggest that a society should now be formed to help the Tibetans?

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay: China making mountain out of a molehill on Dalai Lamas visit to Tawang PDF Print E-mail

 [7 April 2017]

Exactly fifty-eight years ago on 31 March this year, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama entered India via Tawang after two-week trek and horse-ride from Lhasa, Tibets capital. 

Tens of thousands of Tibetans rose up against the Communist Chinas illegal occupation of their country on 10th March 1959 in Lhasa. The peaceful Tibetan National Uprising was brutally crushed down by the Chinese military troops and thousands were killed.


Public Teaching by His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley in the UK PDF Print E-mail

[6 Aprli 2017]

We are honoured and delighted to announce the first visit of His Holiness The 17th Gyalwang 
Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje to the UK in May 2017.


Under the Flag of Love - A report on Tibet Flag raising event in Milton Keynes PDF Print E-mail


[6 April 2017]: 14 Tibetan Terriers joined the flagbearers running or walking with the Tibetan flag around the beautiful setting of Willen Lake, Milton Keynes.

Tibet Society encouraged by CTAs plans to move the Tibet movement to a new level PDF Print E-mail

Tibet Society reassures its support for the Tibetan people 

 [31 March 2017; Tibet Society, London]

Fredrick (aka Riki) Hyde-Chambers OBE, Chairman of Tibet Society and co-founder/adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, recently visited Dharamsala, home to the Tibetan Government-in-exile, where he had meetings with key Tibetan stakeholders. Whilst updating the Tibet Societys ongoing development, Tibet Societys Chairman reassured the worlds oldest Tibet groups continued support to the Tibetan people through its renewed advocacy and campaigning work.

Fifty-eight Years Ago: 31 March 1959 - Dalai Lama Granted Political Asylum in India PDF Print E-mail

[31 March 2017]:
 Exactly 58 years ago, today, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, arrived in exile in India from its northern 
frontier, where he sought political asylum.

His journey, on foot and horse ride, escorted by his bodyguards and Khampa fighters from Tibet, took just over two weeks to reach India from Lhasa, Tibet's capital.

News soon spread around the world after India 
granted political asylum to the Dalai Lama, leader of the six million Tibetan people.


Tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees followed their leader into exile. Dharamsala, foothills of Himalayas in northern India, is the present seat of the Tibetan Government-in-exile. Today, some 150,000 Tibetan refugees are scattered around the world.  

On 10th March 1959, tens of thousands of Tibetans rose up against the Communist China's illegal occupation of Tibet in Lhasa. Earlier this month on the 10th, the Tibetans in exile marked their 58th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. 

Within weeks of the Dalai Lama's arrival in India, Tibet Society, the first and world's oldest Tibet support group was formed to garner political support for the Tibetan people through advocacy and campaigns in the UN and UK.
British Parliamentarians discuss Tibet issue in Westminster PDF Print E-mail

[28 March 2017] The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Tibet held its second meeting of 2017 on Monday 27 March in the Palace of Westminster. Tim Loughton MP, Chairman of the APPG for Tibet, chaired their bi-monthly meeting.

Young Farmer Stages First Tibetan Self-Immolation of 2017 PDF Print E-mail

[20 March 2017] Pema Gyaltsen (also known as Pegyal) set himself on a fire around 4pm local time on Saturday, 18th March 2017, near Tsoga monastery in Nyagrong (in Chinese: Xinlong) in Kham region of eastern Tibet in a protest against the Chinese rule in Tibet.

Report - Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day (2017) PDF Print E-mail

[13 March 2017] On 10 March 1959, Tibetans rose up against China's occupying forces. Thousands were killed and the aftermath led to the Dalai Lama and hundreds of thousands of Tibetans fleeing into exile in India. This year, Tibetans and Tibet supporters commemorated the 58th anniversary by remembering those who have died during China's occupation and calling for freedom and human rights in Tibet.

Larung Gar demolitions and evictions recommence PDF Print E-mail
[17 February 2017] Following a short winter break, Chinese authorities have recommenced demolitions and forced evictions at the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in eastern Tibet. Those evicted have been forced to sign pledges never to return and are subject to political re-education classes. In addition, local authorities have introduced new restrictions for those wishing to study at the Institute.
Tibet: Less freedom than North Korea PDF Print E-mail
[31 January 2017] For the second consecutive year, Tibet has ranked as the second worst place in the world for freedom and human rights, according to a report published by Freedom House. Countries with appalling human rights records such as North Korea and Eritrea ranked better than Tibet; only Syria was considered worse out of the 210 countries and territories assessed.
Tibetan language advocate indicted, trial imminent PDF Print E-mail
[18 January 2017] Tashi Wangchuk is facing an imminent trial, following the resubmission of his case to the Yushu Intermediate Peoples Court. Tashi, a Tibetan language advocate, was arrested a year ago after The New York Times featured his work.
Chinas rule over Tibet highly repressive: Human Rights Watch PDF Print E-mail
[13 January 2017] Respected international NGO Human Rights Watch has published its annual World Report on human rights. The report includes a stinging rebuke of Chinese President Xi Jinping's leadership, stating "the outlook for fundamental human rights... remains dire." The report highlights China's increased limitations on freedoms of expression, religion and assembly throughout 2016, and states Beijing's rule over Tibet remained "highly repressive".
Family forced to deny self-immolation was political PDF Print E-mail
[11 January 2017] UPDATE: On 8 December 2016, Tashi Rabten self-immolated in Machu town, eastern Tibet. He shouted slogans including freedom for Tibet, before succumbing to his injuries. His family were detained and interrogated after requesting the return of his body. His wife was forced to sign a document claiming the self-immolation was due to domestic problems and not politically-motivated. At least nine other Tibetans have been detained in relation to the self-immolation.
Human Rights Day: Tibetans, Uyghurs and Chinese in solidarity PDF Print E-mail
[13 December 2016] Tibet Society marked Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016 by holding a solidarity vigil with Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese activists and supporters. A letter was delivered to 10 Downing Street, followed by a procession from Downing Street to Trafalgar Square, where a vigil was held.
Human rights overshadowed by trade at UK-China summits PDF Print E-mail
[28 November 2016] Over the past month, two UK-China Dialogues have taken place in London, one on human rights and the other on trade and economics. Unfortunately, the UK placed considerably more significance on the Economic Dialogue, as signified by the presence of the Prime Minister, whilst the Human Rights Dialogue was left to a newly-appointed junior minister.
Tibet Society briefs Foreign Office prior to UK-China Human Rights Dialogue PDF Print E-mail
[18 November 2016] Prior to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue held at the end of October, Tibet Society submitted a report on Tibetan political prisoners to the Foreign Office and briefed the new Minister for Asia and the Pacific on human rights issues in Tibet. It is understood many of these issues were raised during the dialogue, though disappointingly no official statement has been made to confirm this.
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