Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stand Up for Tibet

From the time they get up in the morning to the time they go to bed at night, Tibetans live in fear.

All they are asking is to be able to freely practice their religion, keep their own culture and identity, and be accorded equality and justice in their homeland.

Instead they are:

-forbidden to be educated in their own language
- forbidden to have a photo of the Dalai Lama in their house
- Their women are sterilized without anesthetic.
- They are watched by cameras everywhere
- They are met with soldiers with guns at every crossroads
- They are imprisoned if they speak out about their Chinese occupiers
- They are not allowed to leave the country

Tibet has  been calling for freedom for over 50 years.  
Their continuous, strong, non-violent screams for help 
continue to be ignored by the West.

Tibetans simply want to remain who they are, in their own land.  

Last week, in India, Austria, France, England, Italy, Australia, Japan, the U.S and around the world, people stood up for Tibet. 

On  November 2nd, protests will be happening in 60 Cities in 26 Countries over 5 Continents
You are invited to join, to show support.

To express an opinion or write negatively about the Chinese government government in Tibet, you risk being beaten and imprisoned.  The crackdown on human rights has become so severe in Tibet that Tibetan monks and youths are sacrificing their lives rather than continue to live under Chinese rule, signifying a situation of deep desperation..

Tapey, age 20, self-immolated February 26, 2009, shot while being burned.
Phuntsok, age 21, self-immolated on March 16, 2011
Tswang Norbu, age 29, self-immolated on August 15, 2011
Lobsang Kelsang, age 18, self-immolated on Sept. 26, 2011
Lobsang Kunchok, age 18, self-immolated on Sept. 26, 2011
Kelsang Wangchuk, age 17, self-immolated on October 3, 2011
Choepel, age 19, self-immolated on October 7, 2011
Khayang, age 17, self-immolated on October 7, 2011
Norbu Dramdul, age 19, self-immolated on October 15, 2011, beaten & dragged away.
Tenzin Wangmo, age 20, self-immolated on October 20, 2011.
Dawa Tsering, age 38,  self-immolated on October 25, 2011.
[Details here]

People around the world last week expressing solidarity with Tibet in their struggle for freedom of religion, language, culture and human rights:

You are invited to sign the pledge here to show your support for global diplomatic intervention for the people of Tibet.

List of Planned Protests Around the World, here.


The Chinese government has sentenced Tashi Rabten to a 4-year prison term, following a closed-door trial, for writing poetry and essays and editing the banned literary magazine Shar Dungri (Eastern Snow Mountain).

Choepa Lugyal (penname Meycheh), a young Tibetan writer working at the National Publication in Gansu province was arrested by the Public Security Bureau police in Lando (Chinese: Lanzhu) city, Gansu province on 19 October 2011.

100 Thousand Poets for Change is organizing a Global Action Day for Tibet to stand in solidarity with the Tibetan people against oppression from China. Local poets will be reading and passing out poems by Tibetan poets Tenzin Tsundue, Tsoltim N. Shakabpa, Jigme Dorjee DAGYAP, Woeser, and Tsering Dhompa, at the Chinese Consulate on Wednesday, November 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. [On Facebook here].

If you cannot be at any of the planned events around the world on this Global Day of Action for Tibet, you can support them by signing the petition, and perhaps mentioning it on your blog.  Spread the word!