Immediately after the communist party took power in China in 1949 it began asserting its claim that Tibet was part of Chinese territory and its people were crying out for “liberation” from “imperialist forces” and from the “reactionary feudal regime in Lhasa”. By October 1950 the People’s Liberation Army had penetrated Tibet as far as Chamdo the capital of Kham province and headquarters of the Tibetan Army’s Eastern Command. The region was routed and the Governor, Ngawang Jigme Ngabo, taken prisoner. Chinese forces were also stealthily infiltrating Tibet’s north-eastern border Province, Amdo, but avoiding military clashes which would alert international interest. – More Information –
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How You Can Help Tibet?
Write to your constituency Congressman/Senator/MP and ask him or her where he or she stands on the issue of Tibet. Organise other people in the constituency to write-try to get between five and 10-this way he or she will be more inclined to take up the matter with the Foreign Minstory/State Department. Please send us a copy of any replies you receive to the respective Office of Tibet.
- Trade Unions
Write to local and national trade union leaders and ask them what their position is on Tibet. Please send us a copy of any replies you receive to the respective Office of Tibet
- Local Amnesty International Groups
Ask your local group if they would like a speaker on Tibet. Contact your local Tibet Group – Tibetan community/Tibet Support Group for speakers. Alteranatively, if there is a Office of Tibet in your city, contact them.
- Church Leaders
Write to local and national church leaders, prominent members of religious groups and other human rights groups for their support in opposing human rights abuses in Tibet. Offer them information for their newsletters; ask if they would like an article on Tibet, and let us know if they are interested. Speaker our religion prosecution in Tibet and Gedhun Choekyi Nyima – Panchen Lama, the youngest political prisoner in Tibet.
- Local Newspapers
Write to them with news about Tibet. They need stories. Contact your local Tibet Group – Tibetan community/Tibet Support Group for speakers. Alteranatively, if there is a Office of Tibet in your city, contact them.
- Phone-in and Other Radio Programmes
Take part in relevant phone-ins. Offer to take part in radio “magazines” and current affairs programmes-look for an angle, eg: religious affairs, women, education, ecology and so on.
- Talk to Anyone Who Shows Interest
Explain to them what is happening in Tibet: preaching is out but explanation is in.
(the above is based on Free Tibet Campaign – UK’s literature)
How You Can Help Tibet?
- The Invasion and Occupation of Tibet
- Major Allegations On The Chinese Occupation
- Destruction of Tibet’s Environment
- The Dalai Lama: Human Rights and Universal Responsibility
- Present Situation in Tibet
- U.S. Department of State China Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 1996
- Administration of Chinese Justice: Abuse of Human Rights
- Chinese Presence in Tibet: Population Transfer
- Birth Control Policies In Tibet
- Abuse of Religious Freedoms in Tibet
- Education in Tibet, 19501995
- China Human Rights Fact Sheet