Our Work – Students for a Free Tibet
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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

Tibetan nomad A-Nya Sengdra faces up to 10 years in prison for his environmental protection and anti-corruption work in Tibet. Over the last several years, A-Nya has established himself as a prominent environmental and anti-corruption organizer and has engaged in wide-ranging advocacy. On April 27th, he was supposed to go before a court in Guoluo Prefecture, but China postponed his trial date due to the judge's "sudden illness." Sign a petition now calling for A-Nya's release!

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The Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA) is a bipartisan American bill which strengthens support for Tibetans, especially on the crucial issues of establishing an American diplomatic presence in Lhasa and preventing Chinese interference in Tibetan religious freedom, particularly in the selection of the next Dalai Lama. It also stands up against Beijing’s hostility and rightly affirms Tibetan Buddhists’ universal right to practice their faith without Chinese government interference.

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Apple has long been seen as a leader in the provision of access to the internet and as a champion of privacy and security, stating “Privacy is a fundamental human right.” In reality, Apple enables the Chinese government’s surveillance and censorship of citizens, as well as denying people living under China’s rule access to a free and open internet.

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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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The Tibet Climate Crisis refers to the rapid rate of climate degradation in Tibet. Tibet is experiencing temperature increases caused by climate change at a rate of three times faster than the global average. Tibet holds the largest reserve of glacial freshwater outside of the North and South Pole with 1 in 5 people in the world relying on Tibet’s rivers for survival. But China is polluting these waters.

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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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