Bay Area Friends of Tibet blogs http://friends-of-tibet.org/blog en Tibetans and supporters from all over US headed to DC to protest Xi Jinping’s Visit http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/tibetans-and-supporters-all-over-us-headed-dc-protest-xi-jinping%E2%80%99s-visit <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Protesters call on Obama to publicly raise Tibet with Xi</strong></p> <p>San Francisco Team Tibet* plans protest at SF Chinese Consulate</p> <p>(San Francisco) Chinese President Xi Jinping is making his first ever state visit to the White House to meet President Obama.  This comes at a time when at least 143 Tibetans inside Tibet have self immolated as a means of protest against Xi’s government, calling for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  And just recently, on July 12 one of the most high profile Tibetan political prisoners, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, mysteriously died in Chinese prison after 13 years of torture for a crime he did not commit.</p> <p>Tibetans and supporters from all over the United States will rally to call on President Obama to turn up the volume and publicly speak out on Tibet when he meets Xi Jinping - to let Obama know that the United States’ decades of ‘quiet diplomacy’ approach in promoting rights and freedom in Tibet and China have failed.  Protests are scheduled in Washington DC and San Francisco.</p> <p><strong>Washington DC:</strong></p> <p><strong>Who:</strong>               Tibetans and supporters from all over US, including DC, Boston, NYC, San Francisco and Minnesota will protest in front of the White House calling on President Obama to publicly raise Tibet during his meeting with Xi Jinping</p> <p><strong>Where</strong>:            Dupont Circle &amp; President’s Park</p> <p><strong>When:</strong>              Friday, September 25</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong>               10 AM -11 AM: March from Dupont Circle to President’s Park;  11 AM – 8 PM: Protest at President’s park, including guest speakers from 2 PM-4 PM as part of the “Xi: Free Tibet Now!”<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:20:50 +0000 bafot 221 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/tibetans-and-supporters-all-over-us-headed-dc-protest-xi-jinping%E2%80%99s-visit#comments Leader Nancy Pelosi's speech on March 10, 2015 http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/leader-nancy-pelosis-speech-march-10-2015 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p></p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script> <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!-- (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); 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with Kelsang – I’m using only first names – the President of the Tibetan Association of Northern California; Giovanni Vassallo, President of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet; Tenzin, President of San Francisco Tibetan Youth Congress; Sonamtso Lama, regional coordinator of Students for Free Tibet.  And I want to acknowledge each and every one of you.  How special you are to be here.</p> <p>[Applause]</p> <p>“It is my privilege to join you in standing united for Tibet.  It’s an honor to be joined by so many of San Francisco’s proud Asian-American community, Pacific Islander community, who have been steadfast advocates for justice and human rights, for peace here in the United States and throughout the world.</p> <p>“As you know better than anyone – some of you weren’t even born yet, some were, I was – for the past 56 years, people around the world have commemorated the Tibetan National Uprising, by marching, advocating, and rallying on behalf of the people of Tibet.  Today, we honor our friendship and solidarity with the people of Tibet by redoubling our efforts on their behalf.  We will continue standing up and speaking out until Tibetans can enjoy religious, political, and cultural freedom.</p> <p>“I’ve said it here many times; I’ve said it on the floor of Congress; I’ve said it when I’ve visited His Holiness in India: the situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world.  Until every child is able to learn about his or her heritage and culture in their own language, we will stand united.  Until every person is able to practice his or her faith without fear of persecution, we will stand united.  Until possessing a photograph of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is no longer used as an excuse to imprison the faithful, we will stand united.  Until His Holiness is allowed to return to his homeland, we will stand united.</p> <p>“This year marks the 80th birthday and reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who describes himself, as you know, as a ‘simple monk, no more no less.’  Our cause is also simple: securing the human rights and the human dignity of the people of Tibet.  Together we can help bridge the distance between the inconceivable – to us, it is inconceivable that this will not happen; to us, it is inevitable that this will happen; to the Chinese it is inconceivable it will happen – we have to bridge the distance between the inconceivable to them and the inevitable to us.</p> <p>“A few days ago, I had the privilege of joining a pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama to honor the Foot Soldiers who marched from Selma to Montgomery. I’m going to tell you this story, because when I was there, when I had a chance to speak at a big dinner that they had, I talked about His Holiness.  Because we were talking about what happened in Selma.  What happened in Selma was about nonviolence.  What happened in Selma, and the whole Civil Rights Movement in America, was about nonviolence.  It was nonviolence that was learned from the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi in India, where His Holiness now lives.  That nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, used by Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement, used by Nelson Mandela – about reconciliation, not revenge, civil discourse.  That’s what Lincoln was about in his Second Inaugural Address.  He reached out a hand of friendship to the South, to bring them in, to end violence and have respectful civil discourse.</p> <p>“So while we were talking about that, I told them this story about His Holiness, and his commitment to nonviolence.  When I visited him there, I brought a very distinguished delegation of Members of Congress to see him in Dharamsala.  And he brought in a large number of Lamas from all over the region.  Before we met with the Lamas though, in the morning, we saw people who had just come over the mountain.  And they were crying at the feet of His Holiness.  They were telling us about what they saw in Tibet, and how the Chinese were treating the people of Tibet and people in prison, and people that they were imprisoning – about the self-immolations that were taking place there.  This was March of 2008, so you know what that year was in Tibet.</p> <p>“So as they cried – it was so sad, and we had seen the little children in the school, and how they were able to be raised according to their culture and how wonderful that was in India, but we wanted to see that in Tibet.  So when it was my turn to speak to the Lamas, I said to the Lamas: ‘This morning, I saw this horrible thing that they told us about, and self-immolations, and the rest.  And we have to make sure that stops.  And we have to make sure,’ – and we had all these Members of Congress – ‘that when it comes to visas, when it comes to appropriations, to help the bridge to help people in India coming over from Tibet.  We have to make sure that the Chinese government knows that we all stand together with Tibet, and that their actions will be condemned.  Because we have no moral authority to speak about human rights anywhere in the world unless we condemn what is happening in China and Tibet.’</p> <p>“So after I was finished speaking, His Holiness got up and said: ‘You know what we have to do?’  I thought he would like what I said, right?  He said: ‘We have to rid’ – I was Speaker at the time – ‘we have to rid Speaker Pelosi of her negative attitude.’</p> <p>[Laughter]</p> <p>“But isn’t that just like him?  So beautiful, finding always a more peaceful way, a respectful way, because he has the confidence that right will prevail.  His Holiness, whom I worship and love and have all the respect for in the world – I said: ‘Well, I’m glad that that is your attitude, and that’s your path, and I hope that I can follow your path.  But in the meantime, I have to let people know what is happening in Tibet, and what we can do about it by shining a bright light on it.’  And that’s what you are doing once again today – honoring the nonviolent spirit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – nonetheless, shining a bright light on the injustice that is happening in Tibet to the point that people had engaged in self-immolation.  And your sign is right: ‘China is responsible.’</p> <p>“So as his Holiness takes the peaceful path, it is really important for others of us to make sure that the world does not forget what is happening there.  And I’m so glad to be with you today, to call attention to what is happening.  Reading your signs, ‘long live the Dalai Lama,’ let us end on that happy note.  Tibet belongs to Tibetans.  Long live the Dalai Lama.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.”</p> <p>[Applause]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/march10" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">March 10</a></li></ul></div> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:12:12 +0000 bafot 216 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/leader-nancy-pelosis-speech-march-10-2015#comments China: Human #Rights365 = Human Rights for All http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/china-human-rights365-human-rights-all <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><strong>Press Advisory:</strong></p> <p>Sonamtso Lama 510-816-0600</p> <p>Giovanni Vassallo 415-264-3264 <a href="mailto:giovanni@friends-of-tibet.org">giovanni@friends-of-tibet.org</a></p> <p>For Immediate Release: 8 December 2014</p> <p><strong>China: Human #Rights365 = Human Rights for All</strong></p> <p><strong>Solidarity for Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians, Chinese</strong></p> <p><strong>and Hong Kong People</strong></p> <p>(San Francisco, California)</p> <p><strong>WHAT:</strong> On 10 December 2014, Human Rights Day, Tibetans across the world will join Uyghur, Southern Mongolians, Chinese and Hong Kong friends to demand the rights and freedom of our people who are collectively oppressed by China's dictatorship. We will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and pay tribute to his fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, who remains incarcerated in a Chinese prison.</p> <p><strong>WHY?</strong> As tensions rise in Hong Kong and harsh sentences are handed out to individuals across the region who promote democracy or continue to resist China’s rule, we celebrate the solidarity between our movements and our shared efforts to challenge China. We embrace the theme Human Rights 365, meaning Human Rights for everyone, everyday, and call on like-minded governments to help make this vision a reality, by engaging in coordinated diplomatic action that will press China for urgent changes to its policies on dissent.</p> <p><strong>WHEN:</strong>            <em>10 AM – 12 PM </em>10 December 2014</p> <p><strong>WHERE</strong>:<em>         1450 Laguna Street @ Geary Blvd.</em></p> <p><em>                        Outside Consulate of the People’s Republic of China</em> </p> <p>Protests are being staged in cities across India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Europe, and the USA</p> <p>For more information visit: <em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1572034029695046/?notif_t=plan_user_joined">https://www.facebook.com/events/1572034029695046/?notif_t=plan_user_joined</a></em></p> <p><em>###</em></p> <p> </p> <p>Giovanni Vassallo </p> <p><strong>President | Bay Area Friends of Tibet </strong></p> <p>1310 Fillmore Street #401 | San Francisco | CA | 94115 | PH: 415-264-3264 | <a href="mailto:giovanni@friends-of-tibet.org">giovanni@friends-of-tibet.org</a> | <a href="http://www.friends-of-tibet.org/">www.friends-of-tibet.org</a> | <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-Area-Friends-of-Tibet/207861756012461" target="_blank">Facebook</a>  <a href="http://twitter.com/BAFoTTibet" target="_blank">Twitter</a> </p> <p>Bay Area Friends of Tibet was founded in 1983 to study, promote interest in and actively preserve Tibetan culture in all its aspects: educate the general public in matters pertaining to Tibet and the Tibetan people; and provide assistance to Tibetans.  </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/events" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Events</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-files field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Files:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="PDF icon" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/sites/default/files/HRD_Profiles_draft-6.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=810115">HRD_Profiles_draft-6.pdf</a></span></div></div></div> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 01:01:35 +0000 bafot 208 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/china-human-rights365-human-rights-all#comments Humanitarian China note of thanks for Friends of Tibet solidarity on Tiananmen 25th anniversary http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/humanitarian-china-note-thanks-friends-tibet-solidarity-tiananmen-25th-anniversary <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Dear Friends,</p> <p>I wanted to share this letter I received from our friend, George Ge, President of Humanitarian China in the hopes that you, too, will be excited and join us in shared purpose and endeavors in the coming months. The presence of Bay Area Tibetans and friends of Tibet at the 6/3 event at San Francisco's Chinatown's Portsmouth Square was appreciated and applauded by many Chinese humanitarians and democracy advocates who attended. It is exciting to celebrate this special friendship between Chinese and Tibetan people's as inspired by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.</p> <p>I've also shared my speech at Portsmouth Square on the Tiananmen Massacre's 25th Anniversary. I hope it inspires you to do what you can do help freedom, democracy, and justice along in China and occupied-Tibet.</p> <p>Also, please chip in and help if you can. Check out Bay Area Friends of Tibet's long-time project on Chinese Outreach at: <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/projects/chinese-outreach">http://friends-of-tibet.org/projects/chinese-outreach</a>  and make a donation today at <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/donation">http://friends-of-tibet.org/donation</a></p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Giovanni </p> <p>-----------------------</p> <p>George Ge<br /> President of Humanitarian China</p> <p>Giovanni Vasallo<br /> (president) Friends of Tibet</p> <p>June 9th, 2014</p> <p>Dear Giovanni Vasallo,</p> <p>We highly appreciate your speech on June 3rd, 2014 in San Francisco. A quarter century passed since June 4th, 1989, during that dark night, Chinese troops opened fire on innocent civilians and peaceful students. It was a large scale Human Rights violation. Since then, Human Rights situation in China has become worse and worse.</p> <p>Thus, we need to work together, not only to commemorate those lost their life, but also to protest Chinese government's ugly behavior.</p> <p>Safeguarding Human Rights in China is the goal of Humanitarian China. We share this common purpose.</p> <p>On behalf of Humanitarian China, I send this appreciation letter. Thank you for showing solidarity with us.</p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>George Ge</p> <p><strong>--------</strong></p> <p><strong>Speech to Chinese and Tibetan Friends on 6/4 25th Anniversary</strong></p> <p>Dear Friends,</p> <p>Thank you for all coming here today and for the invitation to speak. On behalf of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet, I express solidarity with the Chinese people on this 25th anniversary of the June 4 massacre in Beijing. We mourn for all those who died and pray for those who died for freedom, democracy and human rights.</p> <p>Please let me offer this prayer for the people of China and Tibet.</p> <p>(recited prayers invoking the Buddha of the Three Times and Call for Enlighten Mother-Loving Kindness Mind)</p> <p> </p> <p>The Chinese government claim that their PLA army soldiers became the guardians of the public, and the military crackdown was justified as one that was necessary for stability and prosperity and that the student uprisings was also against a Western conspiracy to divide and weaken China," there is a sense that China is being victimized by the West." They use the same lies to justify their occupation of Tibet. So Tibetans are used to the upside down claims of the government.</p> <p> </p> <p>I believe in the genuine reality about 6/4 is as the Dalai Lama has said previously:</p> <p> </p> <p><em>The students involved in the Tiananmen Square movement were neither anti-communist nor anti-socialist. Their speaking out in defense of the Chinese people's constitutional rights, in favor of democracy, and taking a stand against corruption, truly conformed to the underlying beliefs of the Chinese Communist government. This was confidently stated by the then Party chief Zhao Ziyang.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>Today we stand in solidarity with the popular demand for the government to be more accountable to its people, less corruption, for the freedom of the press, for freedom of speech, and four the restoration of workers' control over industry.</p> <p> </p> <p>His Holiness the Dalai Lama said on today's anniversary that:</p> <p> </p> <p><em>These values of freedom, democracy and human rights are the foundation of a free and dynamic society. “They are also the source of true peace and stability. While great progress has been made to integrate China into the world economy, I believe it is equally important to encourage China to enter the mainstream of global democracy. This will help China to gain the trust and respect of the rest of the world, enabling China to fulfill its potential in playing a leading role in global affairs.”</em></p> <p> </p> <p>Today, we honor our fore-fathers and mothers and their vision, courage, and determination. We must never forget the Chinese people defiantly-enduring. Today is to honor China and the sacrifices made in 1989 by our elders and community and recommit ourselves to take any steps, leave no stone unturned in search of peace and justice.</p> <p> </p> <p>We bow our heads and pay respects to these and all our 6/4 martyrs and all the human rights victims of the Chinese Communist Party, offer thanks and tribute to all these Chinese.  We pray for genuine social, religious, political, and cultural freedoms and a China that honors everyone human rights highly and equally. We stand in solidarity and pray for the Tiananmen Mothers and call for the Chinese government to heed their demands.</p> <p> </p> <p>We are not called to sacrifice as extraordinarily as our 6/4 heroes, but to do our own many small parts for peace, to perform numerous ordinary acts of peace for China with great love and never forget, to work incessantly to free the Tibetan and Chinese people, and remove a terrible blight on the world’s conscience and bring China back as a respectable partner on the world stage.</p> <p>Thankfully we are not dead like some of our heroes. We are not cowards.  We feel the pain of our elders and still resist the corruption of government leaders. We must protect the blessings that are meant for us all to enjoy life, liberty and the genuine pursuit of their happiness.</p> <p> </p> <p>On June 4 We Remember, memorialize and we Press On! We Show we Remember and we Carry On! We Always Remember and keep Going! With remembrance in hearts and vision, courage and determination we will make a Free Tibet and a Free China.</p> <p> </p> <p>As His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said, Never Give Up!</p> <p> </p> <p>June 4 means we keep the Dream of liberty, equality and justice for all, Alive.</p> <p> </p> <p>Free Tibet &amp; Free China!</p> <p>-------------------------------------------------</p> <p>Portsmouth Square, June 3, 2014</p> <p>by Giovanni Vassallo on behalf of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet</p> <p> </p> <p>Again, please help and join us!</p> <p> </p> <p>See make a donation today at <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/donation">http://friends-of-tibet.org/donation</a>  and <a href="http://www.friends-of-tibet.org/join-us">http://www.friends-of-tibet.org/join-us</a> </p> <p> </p> <p>Thank you!</p> <p> </p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p> </p> <p>Giovanni Vassallo </p> <p><strong>President | Bay Area Friends of Tibet </strong></p> </div></div></div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:44:15 +0000 bafot 206 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/humanitarian-china-note-thanks-friends-tibet-solidarity-tiananmen-25th-anniversary#comments Dhondup Wangchen released, thanks supporters http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/dhondup-wangchen-released-thanks-supporters <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Phayul[Thursday, June 05, 2014 16:15]</p> <p> DHARAMSHALA, JUNE 5: The jailed Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been released this morning after serving six years’ imprisonment sentence, said Gyaljong Tsetrin, Dhondup’s cousin who lives in Switzerland.</p> <p> He was driven by the police to Khotse, (about two hours drive away from Xining) where he reached his sister's home around 15.00hrs local time.</p> <p> A very emotional Dhondup Wangchen said in a phone conversation with Gyaljong: "At this moment, I feel that everything inside me is in a sea of tears. I hope to recover my health soon. I would like to express my feeling of deepest gratitude for all the support I received while in prison and I want to be reunited with my family."</p> <p> Lhamo Tso, wife of the imprisoned filmmaker who was granted US asylum in 2012 and now lives in San Francisco, is overjoyed. “Six years of injustice and painful counting the days ended today. It is a day of unbelievable joy for his parents in Dharamsala, our children and myself. We look forward to be reunited as a family," said Lhamo.</p> <p>Bay Area Friends of Tibet extends congratulations to Dhondup Wangchen for his release as well as his  endurance, courage, and determination. We look forward to this Tibetan hero reuniting with his wife, Lhamo Tso and his family in San Francisco.</p> <p>Full Article is here: <a href="http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=34950&amp;article=Dhondup+Wangchen+released%2c+thanks+supporters">http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=34950&amp;article=Dhondup+Wangchen+released%2c+thanks+supporters</a> </p> <p>Sincerely,</p> <p>Giovanni Vassallo </p> <p><strong>President | Bay Area Friends of Tibet </strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">News</a></li></ul></div> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:36:51 +0000 bafot 205 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/dhondup-wangchen-released-thanks-supporters#comments Statement of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery on the Panchen Lama's 25th Birthday http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/statement-tashi-lhunpo-monastery-panchen-lamas-25th-birthday <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Here are statements by Tashi Lhunpo Monastery on the the occasion of the Panchen Lama's 25th birthday in English and Tibet.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above clearfix"><h3 class="field-label">Tags: </h3><ul class="links"><li class="taxonomy-term-reference-0"><a href="/tags/news" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">News</a></li></ul></div><div class="field field-name-field-files field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Files:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="PDF icon" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/sites/default/files/Panchen-Lama-25-Tashilhunpo.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=22927">Panchen-Lama-25-Tashilhunpo.pdf</a></span></div><div class="field-item odd"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="PDF icon" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/sites/default/files/Panchen-Lama-25-Tibetan.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=163901">Panchen-Lama-25-Tibetan.pdf</a></span></div></div></div> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:41:44 +0000 bafot 201 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/statement-tashi-lhunpo-monastery-panchen-lamas-25th-birthday#comments Rep. Pelosi's statement on March 10 http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/rep-pelosis-statement-march-10 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>March 8, 2014</p> <p> Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616</p> <p> <strong>Pelosi Statement on the Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day</strong></p> <p> <em>Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the 55th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day – the date of Tibetans’ peaceful uprising and the ensuing crackdown by Chinese authorities that devastated the Tibetan people and forced His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile:</em></p> <p> <em>“On this anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, we honor the many brave Tibetans who have lost their lives fighting for their religious freedom and human rights. </em></p> <p> <em>“Fifty-five years after the People’s Uprising, the Chinese government continues its harsh crackdown on the Tibetan people.  The current situation on the ground in Tibet continues to worsen as the Chinese military presence grows and more Tibetans subject themselves to self-immolations.  It is long past time for the Chinese government to address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people and cease its repression.</em></p> <p> <em>“This week, it was a distinct honor join with congressional leaders to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Capitol and to reiterate our strong support for the Tibetan cause.  These meetings build upon the support expressed by President Barack Obama in his meeting with His Holiness last month.   </em></p> <p> <em>“The cause of Tibet continues to be a challenge to the conscience of the world.  We must heed the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we must never forget the people of Tibet and their ongoing struggle for dignity and human rights.”</em></p> <p> <em># # #</em></p> <p> </p> </div></div></div> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 04:18:26 +0000 bafot 198 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/rep-pelosis-statement-march-10#comments Dhondup Wangchen Campaign: "Unchain The Truth" http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/dhondup-wangchen-campaign-unchain-truth <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In October the Filming for Tibet team successfully launched a new phase of the Free Dhondup Wangchen campaign called "Unchain The Truth". Building on the campaign actions around Dhondup's birthday the team have developed a number of actions and resources for Tibet groups to take part in and promote the campaign for Human Rights Day on 10 December.<br /> NEW Website, Action Overview &amp; Resources:<br /> Please visit and promote the NEW website at <a href="http://unchain-the-truth.com">http://unchain-the-truth.com</a>. A number of key actions can be found on the site including:</p> <p>A Thousand Origami Cranes: "Unchain The Truth" Activities for Human Rights Day: Based on an ancient Japanese legend that promises anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, Dhondup's family and friends are inviting Tibet Groups and their supporters to make, and collect, handmade birds and messages for display on Human Rights Day. The idea is that individuals make "birds" which will then be displayed around the world to signify the wish that Dhondup will be released safely. For more information please see <a href="http://unchain-the-truth.com/2013/10/unchain-the-truth-take-action-on-10-december-2013-for-dhondups-safe-return/">http://unchain-the-truth.com/2013/10/unchain-the-truth-take-action-on-10...</a> and 3 below for further materials developed by Tibet Network. </p> <p>Petition: Targeting the Prison Director, who is in charge of Dhondup Wangchen's safety and health, this petition can be signed and shared via <a href="http://unchain-the-truth.com/causes/take-action-for-dhondups-safe-return/">http://unchain-the-truth.com/causes/take-action-for-dhondups-safe-return/</a></p> </div></div></div> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 04:22:05 +0000 bafot 192 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/dhondup-wangchen-campaign-unchain-truth#comments Appeal for help for Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement in Odisha http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/appeal-help-phuntsokling-tibetan-settlement-odisha <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement in Odisha was established in the year 1963 by the Government of India on an area of 2500 acres of land provided by the State government on lease to rehabilitate about 3000 Tibetan refugees. The settlement is basically agrarian one,engaged in raising crops like corn, millet in an acre of 1700. The cultivation activities are rainfed and there are no irrigation facilities. The Tibetan farmers could not cultivate their agricultural field last year on account of some local problems which had adversely impacted their livelihood. This season they were able to sow and the farmers were indeed looking forward to a handsome yield.</p> <p>On 12th October 2013, the devastating cyclone Phailin with wind gust of 240kmjph that swept across the eastern coast of India and destroyed everything in its way. The effect of the devastating storm was massively severe on the coastal neighborhood of Gopalpur (the epicenter) in Ganjam district of the state. As Phuntsokling Tibetan settlement is located at 80 kms from Gopalpur, the standing crop of corn (75 days old crop) were entirely destroyed by the gust of the storm. Apart from the crops; fruit trees, some dwelling houses, cattle sheds and electricity poles within the settlement were also badly damaged by the storm. Thankfully no lives were lost.</p> <p>According to the assessment survey conducted at the ground zero by Assistant Agriculture Officer, Mohana, Gajapati District and by Additional Secretary, Department of Home, Central Tibetan administration and Settlement Officer, it has been found that over 90 per cent of the standing crops of 1240 acres have entirely been ravaged.</p> <p>The devastation perpetrated by the storm has posed a huge hardship to the farmers by plunging them into debt as they have taken loans from commercial banks and cooperative society to meet the cost of agricultural inputs like seeds, fertilizers, labor and so on. The estimated loss caused by the calamity is approximately 20 million Indian rupees (equivalent to us $ 333,333.00).</p> <p>For further information and donations, please contact us on the following address:<br /> Executive Secretary<br /> Central Tibetan Relief Committee<br /> Dharamsala-176215<br /> Distt. Kangra, H.P India<br /> Tel: +91-1892-222214/222412<br /> Fax: +91-1892-225065<br /> E-mail: <a href="mailto:agriculture@tibet.net">agriculture@tibet.net</a><br /> Website: <a href="http://www.tibet.net/www.centraltibetanreliefcommitte.org/">http://www.tibet.net/www.centraltibetanreliefcommitte.org/</a><br /> Youtube: Appeal for Odisha Phuntsokling Relief</p> <p>Bank Account Details:<br /> Central Tibetan Relief Committee<br /> Account No. 10551095322<br /> State Bank of India<br /> Bank Code: 0634<br /> Bank Swift code: SBININBB277<br /> Kotwali Bazar, Dharamsala,<br /> H.P. INDIA<br /> Dated: November 5, 2013</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-files field-type-file field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Files:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><span class="file"><img class="file-icon" alt="PDF icon" title="application/pdf" src="/modules/file/icons/application-pdf.png" /> <a href="http://friends-of-tibet.org/sites/default/files/Odisha_Appeal.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=1328547">Odisha_Appeal.pdf</a></span></div></div></div> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 04:38:29 +0000 bafot 191 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/appeal-help-phuntsokling-tibetan-settlement-odisha#comments Committee to Project Journalists concerned about Dhondup Wangchen http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/committee-project-journalists-concerned-about-dhondup-wangchen <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/committee-to-protect-journalists/anxiety-for-dhondup-wangc_b_3332566.html" target="_blank">Committee to Protect Journalists says this is a dangerous time for Dhondup Wangchen</a></p> </div></div></div> Sat, 25 May 2013 05:06:30 +0000 bafot 175 at http://friends-of-tibet.org http://friends-of-tibet.org/content/committee-project-journalists-concerned-about-dhondup-wangchen#comments