Our Work – Students for a Free Tibet
Transforming our world
through nonviolent action
Our Work

Participate in SFT’s hard-hitting campaigns to free political prisoners, stop China’s destructive infrastructure projects in Tibet, and get government leaders worldwide to take action for Tibet. Together we can raise the stakes of occupying Tibet for the Chinese government, until Tibet is free.

Campaigns

Google is developing a censored search engine for the Chinese market that has serious consequences for human rights. The project, named Dragonfly, will filter and block ‘sensitive’ search terms - such as Tibet, Tiananmen and the Dalai Lama - that are blacklisted by the Chinese government.

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Say No to Confucius Institutes

Confucius Institute threatens academic freedom and free speech. It is controlled by the Chinese Government, and a central part of its soft power plan to improve the global view of China’s authoritarian system. Confucius Institutes aim to censor and silence discussions on important political and human rights issues like Tibet, East Turkestan, Taiwan, Falun Gong and Tiananmen Square.

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Free Tashi Wangchuk

Tibetan shopkeeper, Tashi Wangchuk, 31, was detained on January 27, 2016, after appearing in a New York Times video in which he advocated for the rights of Tibetans to learn and study in their mother tongue. On May 22, 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge of “inciting separatism.”

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Free the Panchen Lama

After the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama is one of the highest Tibetan spiritual leaders. In 1995 Chinese officials kidnapped him at the young age of 6. More than two decades later, Tibetans continue to demand for the Panchen Lama to be released and returned to the people of Tibet. China claims he is living a normal life but they refuse anyone access to him.

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Nearly 2 billion people in Asia are dependent on Tibet’s rivers. Under Chinese occupation, Tibet’s rivers are being polluted, dammed and diverted with dire consequences for those living in the downstream countries.

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Commemorative Dates

Every country marks significant historical dates in its founding as a nation. Regardless of its current political status, Tibet is no exception and Students for a Free Tibet has set aside February 13th as an important day to commemorate Tibet’s independent past. In occupied countries, observing independence day is a powerful expression of a people’s desire for freedom.

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On 10 March 1959, tens of thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, rising up against China’s illegal invasion and occupation of their homeland. Every year thousands of Tibetans and their supporters take to the streets across the world to mark the anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day.

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Trainings and Conferences

SFT holds several regional conferences each year. These 2-3 days trainings give participants an overview of the basic principles of grassroots organizing, non-violent direct action and strategic planning. Conferences are also a great way for our members to connect with other SFT chapters in their region, and to plan for the year ahead.

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Free Tibet! Action Camp is a week-long intensive training in the skills and strategies of nonviolent action and grassroots organizing for the current and future leaders of the movement for Tibetan independence. Camp will give you the skills to be a leader in the movement to free Tibet, and give you the energy to keep doing it for the next ten years!

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