NEW DELHI-PARIS-LONDON-BERLIN-DHARAMSHALA, 9 March                       Tibet experts from a cross section of countries see signs of hope for the colonized people of Tibet and other countries, occupied by China, in the ever increasing nationalist rhetoric by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who are now struggling to keep their hold over China’s ruling system. In an international webinar, held on the eve of 64th anniversary of Tibetan people’s uprising against Chinese colonial rule over Tibet, they saw a big hope in the continuing expression of resistance against Chinese rule among the Tibetan population living under the Chinese rule.

The webinar was organized jointly by the Centre for Himalayan Asia Studies and Engagement (CHASE) and Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) and the topic of discussion was “Hopes and Possibilities for a Free Tibet in the Present International Scenario.” The expert speakers included Pierre Antoine Donnet, an internationally acclaimed China expert, author and journalist who has had a long stint in Beijing as a correspondent of French news agency AFP. He joined from Paris. Another speaker was Kai Mueller who is Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), Germany who joined in from Berlin. Ms. Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, a member of the Steering Committee of International Tibet Network (ITN) joined in from London. The fourth speaker was Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar who is an elected Member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile. Prof (Ms) Aaayushi Ketkar of the Special Centre for National Security Studies at JNU and a scholar in international relations and security matters handled the question-answer session of the webinar whereas Ms. Tenzin Lhamo, the Information Secretary of TYC presented her concluding remarks and vote of Thanks. Vijay Kranti, a veteran Tibetologist and Chairman of CHASE moderated the webinar.

The experts took note of the pan-Tibet anti-China protests of 2008; Tibetan people’s deep reverence for Dalai Lama despite his six decade long absence; unending spate of unfortunate self-immolations; and public and individual protests happening frequently across Tibet. They termed these elements as a clear indication of the spirit of freedom remaining alive among the Tibetan people despite rigid controls of China on their lives.

In her presentation Lhagyari underlined the significance of the 10th March in the ongoing history of Tibetan freedom movement. She said, “This day is not only a day for expression of Tibetan people’s collective voice for a free and independent Tibet, it is also to draw world’s attention to the occupation of other colonies of China like East Turkistan, Southern Mongolia and Hong Kong. Our struggle is for the cause of entire humanity,” she said.  She recalled how China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) has killed more than a million Tibetans to fortify its occupation of Tibet. Asserting that Tibet has been a free and independent country throughout the history she said that China is trying to manipulate and rewrite history to assert its claims over Tibet.

Referring to the unabated spirit of the Tibetan people to regain their independence from China, Lhagyari drew attention of the world community to the new campaign of President Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party under which hundreds of thousands of Tibetan children are being taken away from their families to be forcibly kept in the CCP schools to brainwash them in the Communist ideology and to wean them away from their cultural identity

Pierre Antoine Donnet, who has a long experience in watching political developments in China, said that although the CCP has achieved strong control over China and appears to remain in power for a long time, but still the Chinese communist bosses are quite nervous today because of rising opposition and resentment among the Chinese population. He said that after the historic democratic uprising of Chinese youths against the communist regime in 1989 this was the first time that the Chinese people stood up against the communist leadership and the CCP’s for their poor handling of Covid-19. “There were demonstrations in more than 20 cities in which thousands of Chinese youths openly demanded resignation of President Xi and replacing the communist rule with a democratic one. This is a very significant development,” he said.

Donnet underlined the nervousness among the Chinese communist leadership, especially President Xi. “This nervousness became evident from the sudden U-turn on Covid controls,” he said. He also referred to the speeches of President Xi and his new PM at the latest meeting of the Parliament. “Both Xi and his new Prime Minister devoted long time in criticizing and accusing America and western countries. They looked nervous because they are finding that more and more countries are joining hands against China.” He observed that the freedom movements both in Tibet and Xinjiang are gaining momentum. “The international awareness about the real situation in Tibet and Xinjiang is increasing among the world community which is a good sign for both,” he added.

Kai Mueller expressed concern over China’s role in the ongoing Ukraine war. He pointed out that more and more western countries are now realizing that China is becoming a close ally of Russia and cannot be relied upon for conducting any honest negotiations with Russia for bring truce and peace in this war. “World is now realizing China’s increasing attempts in the United Nations, especially in the UN Human Rights Council where it is continuously attempting to undermine definitions, standards and processes of acknowledged and well established UN Rights mechanisms,” he said.

Talking about the take away of the Ukraine war for the Tibetan people he said, “The issue of near total dependence on one source for energy has become quite evident among the western countries during the ongoing Ukraine war. This might now lead to decoupling and diversification of trade with China. If this happens then we can hope a lesser influence of the western corporates over the foreign policy of their respective governments about China. And this will surely lead to a better realization and understanding of western governments on the Tibetan and the Uyghur cause.”

Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, an old hand at developing strategies in the Tibetan campaign, reflected a hopeful scenario on the issue of Tibet as she finds a noticeable change and realization about China in many countries, especially in the UK. She said that the government and people of UK are waking up to their vulnerability to Chinese spying and surveillance through China made CCTV cameras and other equipment. “Just like we have been using asbestos in our homes and buildings without realizing its dangerous impact on our health, we are now waking up to the danger posed by the Chinese CCTV cameras and other Chinese equipment….. But UK is not the only country which is becoming aware of this danger from China. There are many other countries like Australia and USA who are rising up to this challenge. And all this will lead to a better understanding of the situation of the people of Tibet, ” she added. She pointed out at the naïve belief of many countries that more trade with China will bring more democratic and political change in China.


Highlights on Tibet


Human Rights Watch, an American-based organization, released its highly regarded annual human rights report on 12th January 2023. The report, covering over 100 countries, highlights Tibet’s position as the second least-free country, alongside South Sudan and Syria, based on the previous year’s Freedom House Global Report. The findings underscore the Chinese government’s alleged abysmal human rights violations, maltreatment, and systematic eradication of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and the Tibetan language, which has historically served as the medium of education for Tibetan school students.



In 33rd annual global human rights report, Tibet, unlike any time before, got larger space to hue her infliction, both potent and latent under the Chinese fragrant system.  Human Rights Watch, this year, did not let economic interest outweigh human rights; and they courageously brought out Tibetan issue more practical, covering some urgent issues: environmental degradation, the primary education system in Chinese-designed boarding schools; and restrictions on religious activities. The report also emerged of the arrest and sentencing of Tibetan cultural figures, notably Go Sherab Gyatso and the popular young Tibetan pop singer Tswang Norbu attempted self-immolation in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet in 2022.


“Holistic View of Tibetan Human Rights Challenges in Human Rights Watch’s Annual Report”


In its 33rd annual global human rights report, Human Rights Watch shines a spotlight on Tibet, providing a comprehensive examination of the multifaceted challenges faced by the region under the Chinese governance. This year, the report demonstrates a commendable commitment to prioritizing human rights over economic interests, bringing crucial Tibetan issues to the forefront. The report addresses pressing concerns such as environmental degradation, shortcomings in the Chinese-designed boarding school system for primary education, and restrictions on religious activities. It also highlights the arrests and sentencing of Tibetan cultural figures, including Go Sherab Gyatso, as well as the attempted self-immolation of popular young Tibetan pop singer Tswang Norbu in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, during 2022.





“U.S. Department of State Launches Global Political Prisoner Campaign, Urging for the Release of 18 Prominent Political Prisoners”



On January 10, 2023, the U.S. Department of State unveiled its “Without Just Cause Political Prisoner Campaign,” urging the international community to take decisive action to secure the freedom of 18 prominent political prisoners. Among those highlighted are Go Sherab Gyatso, a Tibetan religious philosopher, and Mohamed El-Baqer, an Egyptian human rights lawyer, who have endured lengthy confinement under the Chinese government’s prosecution. Uzra Zeya, the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, called for the immediate release of these international political prisoners without any preconditions. Stressing the urgency, Zeya emphasized that countless political prisoners worldwide face torture, suppression of fundamental freedoms, and enforced disappearances, impacting both their families and nations. The campaign aims to address these injustices and advocate for the rights and freedom of political prisoners globally.


“International Campaign for Tibet Reports Alarming Impact of China’s Policy Shift on COVID-19 in Tibet”


On January 19, 2023, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) released a comprehensive report detailing China’s sudden abandonment of its “zero-COVID” policy and the dire consequences for elderly Tibetans in Tibet. The report draws on extensive research, including first-hand accounts from Japan and Brazil, as well as on-ground information from individual Tibetans.


According to ICT’s findings, since the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions in Tibet on December 7, 2022, a worst-case scenario predicts that over 220,000 Tibetans aged 60 and above could lose their lives following the end of the zero-COVID policy. Furthermore, considering the current case fatality rate during the COVID surge, it is estimated that over 45,000 Tibetans aged 80 and older may face mortality.


It is important to note that these estimates represent the most severe outcome based on current levels of vaccination and immunity, as well as China’s alleged mismanagement of the pandemic. However, without genuine transparency from the Chinese government, the true COVID death toll in Tibet remains uncertain.

The report highlights the urgent need for transparency and accountability from the Chinese government regarding their handling of the pandemic in Tibet. Efforts to mitigate the impact on vulnerable populations, particularly the elderly, are crucial to protect lives and ensure the well-being of Tibetan communities.





“Arrest of Tibetan Monk Rongwo Gangkar Raises Concerns over Intellectual Suppression”


Rongwo Gangkar, a 43-year-old Tibetan monk known for his deep appreciation of poetry and literature, was actively involved in book-related discussions and advocated for the celebration of the Dalai Lama’s birthday just before his arrest. However, he was arrested by local Chinese authorities in early 2022 in the Malho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Since his arrest, information regarding his whereabouts and well-being has been limited.


According to information compiled by Free Tibet.Org, released on January 21, 2023, Rongwo Gangkar’s arrest is part of a larger pattern wherein Chinese authorities have specifically targeted Tibetan intellectuals and individuals who promote Tibet’s language and culture. This alarming trend underscores the suppression of intellectual freedom and the stifling of Tibetan cultural expression.


The arrest of Rongwo Gangkar has raised concerns within the international community regarding the ongoing targeting of Tibetan intellectuals by Chinese authorities. It highlights the need for greater attention to the protection of human rights and freedom of expression in Tibet.


“Global Week of Action Highlights Concerns Over Thermo Fisher’s Involvement in China’s Surveillance and Attack on Tibetan Identity”


As part of the ‘HANDS OFF TIBETANS’ DNA’ Global Week of Action, an expert panel hosted by the Internal Tibet Network on February 1, 2023, focused on Thermo Fisher’s corporate responsibility and their alleged involvement in China’s latest assault on Tibetan identity and extensive surveillance measures. The event garnered support from 120 NGOs worldwide, as well as coalitions including the Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, National Democratic Party of Tibet, and Students for a Free Tibet at Mcload Square in Dharamshala.


On February 3, 2023, participants united their voices through theatrical performances and signature campaigns to protest China’s mass DNA collection of Tibetans, including children as young as five. The event aimed to raise awareness and express concerns over the infringement of Tibetan rights and the potential misuse of genetic data for surveillance purposes.


The Global Week of Action serves as a platform for various organizations and individuals to come together in solidarity, advocating for the protection of unique identity, human rights, and the preservation of cultural heritage in the face of mounting challenges caused by the Chinese Communist government’s repressive policies.



“UN Receives Damning Report on China’s Colonial Boarding Schools in Tibet”


A comprehensive report exposing China’s extensive network of colonial boarding schools in Tibet, which garnered significant social media coverage upon its release in 2021, has reached the United Nations table on February 7, 2023. The report provides in-depth research, shedding light on the alarming situation of over 900,000 Tibetan children being forcibly enrolled in state-run boarding schools.


The report further condemns the emotional and psychological distress experienced by young Tibetan children in these boarding schools, emphasizing the unacceptable indoctrination and the heavy-handed torture inflicted by the forced separation of approximately 1 million Tibetan children from their families.


The findings presented in the report have ignited global concerns over the welfare and rights of Tibetan children, calling for urgent attention and action from the international community to address the severe consequences of this system.



“110th Anniversary Celebration of Tibet’s Independence Day Marked with International Webinar”


On February 13, 2023, Tibetans around the world commemorated the 110th anniversary of Tibet’s Independence Day, a historically significant event in Tibet’s political history. The 13th Dalai Lama’s resolute declaration of Tibetan independence on the same day in 1913 resonates deeply within the hearts of every Tibetan.


In recognition of this momentous occasion, the Tibetan Youth Congress along with the Centre for Himalayan Asia Studies and Engagement organized an international webinar titled “Tibetan has been an Independent Country in History.” The webinar featured esteemed keynote speakers including Bhuchung Tsering, Interim President of the International Campaign for Tibet; Dr. Uwe Meya, Board Member of Gesellschaft Scheweiz Tibetische Freundcha; Tenzin Zockeur, Executive Director of Tibet Initiative Deuschland, Berlin; and Tibetan parliamentarian Youdon Aukatsang dropped in her perspectives during the event.


The webinar provided a platform for insightful discussions and reflections on Tibet’s historical independence, reaffirming the Tibetan Youth Congress’s unwavering commitment to restore Tibet’s rightful independence.


“Tibet Watch and Free Tibet Organization Expose Human Rights Violations in Drago County”



Tibet Watch, in collaboration with the Free Tibet Organization, held a press conference at Norbu House’s auditorium hall on February 9, 2023, to shed light on the extensive human rights violations, environmental exploitation, and distressing desecration occurring in Drago County, Tibet, between 2012 and 2022. The conference presented compelling evidence and a comprehensive report that had been previously released in the United Kingdom Parliament earlier in 2023, gaining significant news coverage and international attention. The report drew on individual experiences, testimonial documents, and satellite images to provide a nuanced understanding of the situation.


During the press conference, an exiled Tibetan monk from Drago County shared his recollections, stating that the escalating repression imposed by the Chinese authorities in Kham Drago, as with other areas in Tibet, aims to eradicate Tibetan identity, culture, influential Tibetans, and Tibetan language and education centers.


The press conference served as a platform to bring attention to the plight of the Tibetan people in Drago County and to advocate for the protection of their human rights, preservation of their culture, and the restoration of their freedoms.




“Chinese Government Initiates Massive Railway Construction Project in Tibet”



On February 9, 2023, Tibet Times reported that the Chinese government has commenced a new railway construction project in Tibet, aiming to establish a comprehensive railway network connecting the Tibetan plateau with China. The ambitious project comprises 10 railway constructions and is projected to commence operations around 2035.


The planned railway lines strategically target crucial areas within Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, including Nagri, Shegatse, Lhokar, and Nytri. In a report released by the Central Tibetan Administration in August 2001, it highlighted the environmental concerns associated with China’s Railway Project. The report emphasized that the Railway Project Committee had allocated an estimated 100 billion yuan (US$12.1 billion) for the construction of large and medium-sized railways.


Critics express deep concerns over the potential environmental impact of these railways, including the degradation of permafrost, destruction of the ecosystem, and damage to the habitats of wildlife and river systems. The extensive construction and operation of the railways raise significant ecological and environmental challenges in the region.


“G20 Summit in New Delhi Marred by Tibetan Activist Protests”


Tibetan Youth Congress, Students for a Free Tibet, and National Democratic Party of Tibet activist staged a protest targeting Chinese Foreign Minister Qing Gang. On February 27, 2023, prior to Qing Gang’s arrival at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, our protesters confronted him, displaying banner posters and demanding his departure with slogans like “Qing Gang, Go Back” and “G20 Protect Tibetan Children”.


Despite their peaceful intentions, the protesters were met with opposition from Indian police constables who intervened, resulting in scuffles and the confiscation of torn banner posters. The activists’ attempts to raise awareness about the Tibetan cause and advocate for the protection of Tibetan children were silenced during the protest and detained for the rest of the day, and later released.


“Tibetan National Uprising Day Marked by Global Demonstrations and Detentions”



On March 10, 2023, Tibetans worldwide came together to commemorate the 64th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. In Dharamshala, a significant gathering of Tibetans from various states in India and overseas congregated to express their grievances against China’s policies. Five NGOs organized a nationalistic peace march denouncing China’s practices, including the mass collection of Tibetan DNA samples, the sinicization of Tibetan culture, the implementation of massive surveillance systems, the existence of colonial Chinese boarding schools, and the arbitrary imprisonment of Tibetan intellectuals.


The Tibetan community, both within India and abroad, united in peaceful demonstrations, petition campaigns, and street protests to draw attention to the ongoing challenges faced by Tibetans under Chinese rule. Despite the peaceful nature of the protests, Delhi police intervened and detained all the TYC activist.


The Facebook livestream video of the protest receiving more than 11 million views and being shared by fourteen thousand Facebook users suggests that the protest event was successful in reaching a large audience and generating engagement on social media. This level of viewership and sharing indicates that the protest was able to capture people’s attention and generate interest in the advocacy campaign for freedom.


In 2023 again, Freedom House testified Tibet of a zero-free country from the entire worldwide countries and it has remained in the same category as it was in the last year 2022.  Tibet is ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government based on its dictatorship system. The residents of both Han Chinese and Tibetan ethnicity are denied fundamental rights, but the authorities are especially rigorous in suppressing any signs of dissent among Tibetans, including manifestations of Tibetan religious beliefs and cultural identity and language.


Tibetan Youth Congress flagged off the month-long “Tibet Matters March” on 29th April 2023 and it was aimed at public awareness creation, international support, and the world leaders to talk about Tibet during the G20 summit. The president, Gonpo Dhondup spoke to the Times of India, “Tibet matters for India’s security, Tibet matters for global peace, and Tibet matters for the betterment of a whole section of the population and their livelihood”.

The month-long Tibet Matters March commenced from Gangtok, located in the state of Sikkim. The march spanned across the West Bengal region, covering a distance of over 700 kilometres. The determined participants persevered through this extensive journey, facing various challenges along the way. The march concluded at Tezpur, situated in the state of Assam.

The Tibet Matters March witnessed the participation of over 87 activists ranging from 23 to 70 years old, who embarked on a challenging journey from Gangtok to Tezpur. Despite facing scorching sun and heavy rains, the determined activists persevered, covering long distances each day with limited resources and poor facilities along the way. Their commitment and spirit remained unwavering.

The media coverage surrounding the March was extensive, capturing the attention of both local and global news outlets, highlighting the demands being put forth. The enthusiasm and interest shown by the media further amplified the impact of the March.


The Tibetan and Indian communities warmly welcomed the volunteers, demonstrating their support through traditional gestures like offering Khata (scarves) and extending hospitality with water, juice, and donations to the Tibetan Youth Congress. The overwhelming support received from Tibetans worldwide served as an immense source of encouragement for the volunteers, reinforcing their dedication to engaging in such activism.


The Tibet Matters March benefited from the assistance and facilitation provided by the BTSM and ABVP friends in Guwahati, who helped organize a press conference. Other Tibetan support groups along the way also warmly received the volunteers, creating a network of solidarity.


Upon reaching Tezpur, the volunteers held a prayer meeting at Missamari in Assam, paying tribute to the Tibetan brothers and sisters who lost their lives during their escape into exile. The support extended by regional chapters in Northeast India and other chapters worldwide throughout the Tibet Matters March was crucial in ensuring its success.

Overall, the Tibet Matters March achieved great success, raising significant awareness and garnering interest from concerned leaders to address the demands of the marchers through their representatives. The determination and resilience displayed by the participants resonated strongly, leaving a lasting impact on the cause.



Tibetan National Uprising Day Marked by Global Demonstrations

On March 10, 2023, Tibetans worldwide came together to commemorate the 64th anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day. In Dharamshala, a significant gathering of Tibetans from various states in India and overseas congregated to express their grievances against China’s policies. Five NGOs organized a nationalistic peace march denouncing China’s practices, including the mass collection of Tibetan DNA samples, the sinicization of Tibetan culture, the implementation of massive surveillance systems, the existence of colonial Chinese boarding schools, and the arbitrary imprisonment of Tibetan intellectuals.

The Vice President of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Mr Tashi Targyal delivered a powerful speech at a public gathering, highlighting the crucial need for unity among Tibetans in countering the ongoing atrocities committed by Chinese forces in Tibet.

Addressing the gathering, the Vice President emphasized the significance of standing together as a unified front to confront the challenges posed by the Chinese government. The atrocities and human rights violations carried out by Chinese authorities in Tibet have been a grave concern for the Tibetan community, necessitating a strong and united response.

The Vice President’s speech resonated with the audience, emphasizing the importance of solidarity and collective action to raise awareness, advocate for human rights, and work towards a resolution for the Tibetan cause. The Tibetan Youth Congress continues to play a vital role in mobilizing Tibetans and raising international awareness about the ongoing situation in Tibet.


TYC and its Regional Chapters commemorate the 63rd Tibetan National Uprising Day

The Statement of the Tibetan Youth Congress on the 63rd National Uprising Day of Tibet

On this day of 10th March 2022, Tibetan people across the globe are commemorating the 63rd  anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day. On this occasion, the Tibetan Youth Congress would like to take the opportunity to offer our deepest homage to the patriotic Tibetan men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives to restore Tibet’s national sovereignty. We also want to pay our respects to the surviving family members and their relatives and the brave Tibetan men and women who continue to resist Chinese occupation.


Since the forceful invasion of Tibet in 1949, Tibetans from all walks of life have fought relentlessly but Tibet was brutally occupied by 1959. On this day of 10th March 1959, Tibetans from all three traditional regions rose to the defence of their historically defined sovereignty and a national leader with indomitable courage and a spirit of self-sacrifice, culminating in the famous Tibetan Uprising of 10th March 1959 with three famous slogans, “May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live for thousands of years!”, “Tibet is an independent country!” and “China, Quit Tibet!”.


Since then, Communist China deprived the Tibetan people of their basic rights and freedom and was subjected to strict surveillance. Because of such oppressive policies, Tibetans inside Tibet have resorted to measures like self-immolation to protest against China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. Till now, 168 Tibetans have set themselves on fire. On 25th February 2022, a 25 years old Tibetan artist, Tsewang Norbu set himself on fire in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa to protest against China.


Recently, when China hosted the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, heavy restrictions were imposed on Tibetans inside Tibet and showcased thousands of Chinese propaganda posters and paintings inside Tibet. Moreover, Tibetan Schools were shut down, there were bans on large religious gatherings, Nomads were resettled from their traditional homelands, and Statues of Buddha and Guru were destroyed. A renowned writer, Go Sherab Gyatso was arbitrarily imprisoned for 10 years for writing about Tibet. In short, the Chinese Communist Party has made living life like Hell in Tibet. Despite all these Gross Human Rights Violations in Tibet, Uyghurs, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolia, the International Olympic Committee has turned a blind eye and let China host the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.


Today, on this occasion, Tibetan Youth Congress condemn CCP’s repressive regime in Tibet and reaffirm our commitment to resist China and continue our fight for the independence of Tibet.

We’d also like to extend heartfelt appreciation to all the individuals and organizations who continue to contribute to the cause of Tibet in various ways during this difficult time. We also urge Tibetans living in exile and inside Tibet to remain united and steadfast in our struggle against the single opponent and ultimate goal. We must stand, speak and take responsibility for our movement.


Finally, we’d like to pray for the long life of our leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and an early reunion of all the Tibetan people in an independent Tibet.

Bhod Gyalo! Bhod Rangzen Gyalo!


On 10th March 2022, Tibetans all over the world commemorated the 63rd National Uprising Day. The Office of the Central Executive Committee, TYC along with the Regional Chapters has led the processions over various cities and States. 

Mr. Tsewang Rabgyal and Mr. Penpa Tsering leading the 10th March annual procession to Kachari.

In Dharamshala, the hub of the Tibetan community, the Tibetan Youth Congress along with four major NGOs organized a protest march from Tsuglakhang, Temple Road to Kachari, Dharamshala to commemorate 63rd Tibetan National Uprising Day. On reaching the Kachari Police ground, the gathering was addressed by the TYC Organizational Secretary Mr. Penpa Tsering, and the representatives of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet, and Students for a Free Tibet (STF) India.


In the National Capital of India, around 70 Tibetan Youth took part in the TYC-led peaceful demonstration at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on 10th March 2022. All 70 activists along with TYC General Secretary, Mr. Sonam Tsering, TYC Information Secretary Ms. Lhamo, and TYC Researcher Ms. Tenzin Norzom were arrested after more than five minutes of fierce demonstration. All the three organizers were charged under section 144.

They were detained at the Mandir Marg Police Station till the evening. All the activists were warmly welcomed with white scarves by the representatives of Tibetan NGOs in Majnu Ka Tilla. The event ended with a candlelight vigil around Majnu Ka Tilla.

Pic 54, 55, 56, 57: 10 March Protest campaign outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi.


In Bangalore, TYC along with the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Bangalore organized a Peace Rally from MG Road to Press Club, Bangalore. After that, TYC President Mr. Gonpo Dhundup along with TYC Cultural Secretary Mr. Yeshi Chomphel held a press briefing at the Bangalore Press Club. This was attended by Mr. Niranjan Umapathy, President of the Indo-Tibet Friendship Association (ITFA) South Zone, Mr. Raja Shekar, President of Bharat Tibbat Sanyog Manch (BTSM) Bangalore, and Bharath Ramanujan Kumandur, BJP Bangalore Representative. After the briefing, the guests reaffirmed their commitment to support the cause of Tibet. The event was concluded with a candlelight vigil in Bangalore Tibetan Youth Hostel. South India Chief Representative Officer (CRO) along with the staff and students took part in the candlelight vigil.

Commemorating the 63rd Tibetan National Uprising Day in Bangalore.


Commemorating the 63rd Tibetan National Uprising Day in Bangalore.

Tibetans protests as Winter Olympics Kicks off in Beijing

On 4th February 2022, the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, cities across the world held a Global day of action protests to boycott the Games.

Protestors marching towards the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi as Beijing kicks off Winter Olympics.
Protestors being taken by the Delhi Police and were detained at the Mandir Marg Police Station.

In New Delhi, Tibetan Youth Congress along with Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Delhi,  Samyeling and Rohini organized a protest Rally at Teen Murti Chowk, denouncing the Beijing Winter Olympics and demanding a Free Tibet. More than 70 protestors joined the peaceful protest and 6 got detained at the Mandir Marg Police Station. The venue is just a few meters away from the Chinese Embassy, in New Delhi.


Below is the press statement handed over to the media by the office of the Central Executive Committee, Tibetan Youth Congress:


The Olympic game is a game of glory and an opportunity for sportsmen and women to share the spirit of love and friendship and promote peaceful solutions to the conflicting issues around the world in a fair and friendly manner. But this time it is hosted in Beijing, China – a country that has a record for its Human Rights Violations and for committing genocide of Tibetans, Uyghurs, and others who are colonized and controlled under an oppressive and repressive system. It is hosted by a regime that continues to commit gross Human Rights violations in Tibet and continues to demolish and destroy the monastic institutions down to ashes.

Recently, before a month countdown to the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Chinese government forcefully demolished a 99-foot Buddha statue and burned down 45 prayer wheels amid a wave of ongoing demolitions in Drago and other parts of Tibet. And the CCP continues to detain and imprison Tibetans for expressing their disapproval of the hard-line policies and inhuman treatment.


The situation in Tibet has sharply deteriorated since the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and an alarming number of Tibetans continue to die in custody under Chinese authorities and many have burned themselves in protest against China.


The brutal policies of the Chinese government are increasingly being recognized by the diplomatic boycotts from countries including the US, Lithuania, New Zealand, Scotland, Belgium,  Taiwan, Australia, UK, Canada, Kosovo, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Portugal.

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics run a serious risk of legitimizing these abuses. Despite the increasing abuses against Tibetans, Uyghurs,  Hongkongers, Taiwanese, and Inner Mongolians, China has faced no challenge from the IOC.


Therefore, we urge the international community and world leaders to condemn the IOC’s complicity in sports washing crime against humanity and to make China accountable for not only posing a threat to the survival of Tibetan culture and identity but also for posing a strategic and security threat to the free nations of the world.


We believe Olympians are people of conscience who are committed to the Olympic Charter and its Fundamental Principles of Olympism that include a focus on “the harmonious development of humankind, “promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity”, and rights and freedoms for all “secured without discrimination of any kind.”

Therefore, we urge and appeal to the participating athletes to show their support and solidarity to our fight for the just cause by returning the blood-stained Medal that has cost countless lives, a medal made up of the minerals extracted by exploiting the rich natural resources of the Tibetan plateau and a medal known for the history of oppressions.


We, therefore call to commit the boycott of the winter 2022 Beijing Olympics and to make China Accountable for the appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent.

TYC Cultural Secretary Mr. Yeshi Chomphel addressing the media about the hunger strike event.

In McLeod Ganj, TYC along with four major NGOs organized a press conference and a day-long hunger strike at McLeod Ganj Square, Dharamshala to condemn the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The five Tibetan NGOs have joined international rights groups representing Tibet, East Turkestan, Hong Kong, Southern Mongolia, and Taiwan as a part of Global Day of Action, 4th January 2022, marking a one-month countdown to the genocide Beijing Olympics 2022 in McLeod Ganj.

TYC Statement on the 57th commemoration of the Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10

In the milieu of the great campaign for the restoration of the sovereign rights of the Tibetan people and of the Tibetan nation, we, to begin with, remember with incomparable deep respect the patriotic men and women who in heroic deeds have sacrificed their invaluable lives, especially the martyrs both in Tibet and in exile who have set themselves on fire, in pursuit of the cause. So also the kith and kin they have left behind, the heroic men and women of patriotic fervour who to this day endure multitude of suffering in Chinese prisons, and, likewise, all our brethrens left behind in Tibet who have been rendered bereft of any right to enjoy any of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights of the United Nations. To all of them we offer our support and solidarity borne of a shared heartfelt feeling of suffering.

On this day of 10th March in 1959, many tens of thousands of heroic men and women from all the three traditional provinces of the Snowland of Tibet rose to the defence of their historically defined sovereignty and national leader with indomitable courage and spirit of self-sacrifice. With shouting in unison of slogans offering prayers of long life for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, asserting that Tibet was an independent country and is hH demanding that China quit Tibet, they rose to resist and stage an uprising against the government of China. This is therefore a particularly important day, for it marks a historic occasion when the Tibetan people made manifest their sense of loyalty and courage as the people of the Snowland of Tibet. We should, whether as members of any organization or as private individuals, commemorate the March 10 Tibetan National Uprising Day with a sense of unity, forgetting as a distant memory our parochial stands and provincial biases. Besides, we should bear in the core of our hearts the demands raised by our patriotic brethrens and the slogans shouted by them on that historic occasion. And it is on this basis that we should seek to further our historically defined just cause, the aspiration of our ancestors, and the indomitable courage shown by the heroic fellow-Tibetan men and women. And we wish to remind and reiterate that with unity of purpose, we should work to enhance our campaign of resistance against the occupation of our homeland and national protection.

With shameless audacity, the government of China keeps propagating all sorts of falsehood about the existence of progress, freedom, and happiness in Tibet under its rule. In particular, by converting many places in Tibet into tourist resorts and carrying out various kinds of projects in Tibetan-inhabited towns and villages, creating a glittering outward atmosphere, China strives to convey an impression that the situation in Tibet is marked by continuing progress. However, the stark reality remains that the Tibetan people have no freedom to enjoy the fruits of any of these outward symbols of progress and modernization. Worse, because of those projects, Tibetans have lost their homes and land. Large numbers of Chinese have moved into Tibet, inflicting severe adverse consequences on the Tibetan people’s traditional mentality, material well being, traditions, customs, and so on. These are parts of China’s relentless efforts directed at decimating out of existence the Tibetans as a people, and their linguistic and cultural heritage.

Since it occupied the entire territory of Tibet in 1959, the communist government of China has carried out a series of cruel and barbaric policies directed at destroying the Tibetan people’s religious traditions, language, culture, and so on. In the face of these continuing onslaughts, the Tibetan people, being tested to the limits of their endurance, countered with an equally relentless series of peaceful protests directed at protecting their fundamental human rights and freedoms of religion, language, and culture in a campaign directed, in the final analysis, at the restoration of their national sovereignty. Likewise, in 2008, Tibetans across the land launched the peaceful uprising protests of the Earth-Mouse Year. In particular, to this day, some 149 Tibetans – including monks, nuns, and laypeople, as well as young and old – have set themselves on fire while protesting against the policies and occupation rule of the Chinese government, raising demands that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, their supreme leader, be invited back to his homeland and Tibet’s freedom and independence be respected. In 2015 alone, seven Tibetans have set themselves on fire while carrying out such protests. During the past more than six decades, over 1.2 million Tibetans have lost their lives under the violent repression and oppression of the Chinese government while campaigning to resist the occupation rule and to protect their country. And most of the 149 Tibetans who carried out protest self-immolations have died.

In order to realize their fundamental human rights and national sovereignty, the Tibetan people have adopted the non-violent method and taken recourse to a variety of perfectly reasonable means to express their demands to the government of China as well as to governments of other countries. However, the government of China has totally ignored the aspirations of the Tibetan people and kept on trampling on their fundamental human rights, implementing on them policies of unprecedented control. Under it, Tibetans, even when travelling within their homeland, whether for purposes of pilgrimage or visiting relatives or other purposes, have to submit to a series of checkpoints set up by the Chinese government and be thereby subjected to severe restrictions on their movement. In particular, during traditional Tibetan ceremonial events, armed Chinese troops are deployed in large numbers to subject the Tibetan people to intimidation. Laws and decrees are issued at will everywhere to subject the Tibetan people to frequent spells of repression and intimidation.

The government of China criminally brands Tibetans who carry out peaceful protests as people who disturb social order, terrorists, and so on and sentence them to execution or long term imprisonments. Likewise, it subjects monasteries, villages and towns, and families, and relatives and acquaintances of people related to such protesters to all manners of harassment and intimidation. And it also, to this day, continues to subject Tibetan intellectuals to hostility and controls in order to achieve its aim of obliterating the Tibetan language and culture.

According to the report for 2015 published just recently by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, there are, as of now, a total of at least 2081 political prisoners across Chinese ruled Tibet, and of them 967 are monks and nuns. Sixty-eight of them were sentenced in 2015 alone.

One of the most recent examples among them was the case of the young Tibetan writer Shogjang. The Intermediate People’s Court of Malho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province on 16 February 2016 held him guilty of carrying out activities amounting to ethnic separatism and harming social stability through his writings and so sentenced him to a jail term of three years. And back in 2002, prominent Tibetan religious figure Tulku Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche was arrested and killed after being subjected to torture and ill-treatment beyond all limits in prison for a period of a little more than 13 years. At that time the family, relatives, and friends of Rinpoche as well as the local Tibetan public appealed to the prison authorities to deliver to them his body. But the Chinese government not only refused to give custody of his body to his family but also denied them any opportunity to even carry out the last rites for him in accordance with the Tibetan customs and traditions.

On 4 January 2016, an order was issued by the Chinese authorities in Draggo County of Karze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, formerly part of the traditional Tibetan province of Kham, making it imperative for the local Tibetan people to surrender all pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in their possession by the deadline of 2 February 2016. The order also banned Tibetans from displaying pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The order said those who failed to comply with the deadline or to surrender the pictures would be severely punished according to law. In connection with cases such as these, Mr. Christoph Strässer, the Federal German Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, severely criticized the Chinese government, saying people in Tibet devoted to His Holiness the Dalai Lama were being not allowed to freely practice their religion, that the government of China considered His Holiness the Dalai Lama a separatist and those who were devoted to him were in constant danger of having their rights infringed. He added that this also led to more arrests and very unpleasant situations for such Tibetans. Likewise, Freedom House, the US-based human rights research organization, revealed in its most recent global annual survey report that the situation of civil liberties and political rights in Tibet under Chinese rule during 2015 was the second worst in the world. Also, Ms. Sophie Richardson, the China director for Human Rights Watch, has said China had increased its surveillance on the daily lives of the Tibetan people, that in gross violation of its own constitution as well as in total negation of the international law and other principles, China continued to be in serious violation of the human rights of the Tibetan people. She has added that under Chinese rule the Tibetan people continued to be subjected to strict surveillance while exercising their religious freedom and in the course of pursuing their daily personal lives. Besides, on 8 October 2015, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China of the United States severely criticized China in its annual report for 2015, saying that by implementing a policy of severe restrictions it denied Tibetans adequate rights to protect their culture, language, religion, and environment. Likewise, in their report the United Nations Refugee Agency has revealed China to be the country with the worst human rights situation in the world. The above few examples provide stark evidences that the situation in Tibet with regard to human rights and religious freedom, linguistic freedom, and so on, has reached a truly critical stage.

If it is already not too late for the government of China to acknowledge and assume responsibility for the criticality of the situation in Tibet today with regard to the above matters, we emphatically reiterate that it bear accountability for the life and aspirations of the Tibetan people and forthwith put an end to its violent occupation rule. Besides, the situation in Tibet has a direct bearing on the world in general terms and especially on peace and harmony across the whole of Asia. Therefore, we strongly appeal to people across the world who support peace and justice and especially to their governments to take a stronger position on Tibet than they have thus far and bring pressure on the government of China in efforts directed at realizing a meaningful outcome.

On another matter, the government of China has in recent times been shamelessly asserting the complete right to dictate all aspects of the process in the ancient Tibetan tradition leading to the recognition of reincarnations, or Tulkus, of lamas of Tibetan Buddhism, especially with respect to the future recognition of the reincarnation of the present, 14th Dalai Lama. We see this as nothing more than a brazen move by the government of China to interfere in the Tibetan religious practice concerned with recognizing the reincarnations, or tulkus, of its lamas. The truth remains, nevertheless, that the government of China has absolutely no right to interfere in the matter of recognizing the reincarnations of Tibetan lamas; least of all, in the case of the recognition of the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan Youth Congress is absolute in its protest against this unimaginably brazen claim and the pursuant actions of the government of China. We would also like to make it a point to remind the Chinese government that it is only the senior lamas of Tibet and the Tibetan people who alone have the power and responsibility in the matter of recognizing the reincarnations of the Dalai Lamas.

On 15th April last year, the government of China said in a so-called white paper released by it that the 14th Dalai group leadership employed various strategies to incite Tibetan lamas and lay followers inside China to engage in acts of self-immolation, leading to a series of such incidents in a number of regions. And it also said, “The Tibetan Youth Congress not only schemed and incited ill-informed people to engage in violence, but also actively trained armed and reserve forces. They set up military training bases in Dharamsala, India, and established the ‘Tibetan Freedom Fighters Association’ to carry out armed sabotage and sent people to contact international terrorist organizations to seek mutual support. TYC has had a hand in many incidents of violence and terror in Tibet and other places in China.” The so-called white paper was filled with such brazenly false and baseless claims. The Tibetan Youth Congress takes this moment to again reiterate our resolve never to acknowledge the veracity of such utterly baseless and distorted claims made by the government of China. On the issue of the peaceful protest campaigns, including the protest self-immolations, taking place in Tibet, the fundamental cause lies entirely in the occupation rule and brutal polices of repression being implemented by the government of China. Beijing therefore must bear total responsibility for these tragic developments.

The Tibetan Youth Congress also takes this opportunity to remind everyone that the situation in Tibet has been continuing to deteriorate rapidly from bad to worse, that Tibetans left behind in Tibet have now reached the stage of adopting the highest level of non-violent action in their struggle for the cause of the Tibetan people and for the realization of their national sovereignty, unmindful of all dangers to their lives. We the Tibetan people living in exile should, on the basis of remembering the gratitude we owe to them for their patriotism and courage, take ever greater responsibility in the struggle for the Tibetan cause. The time to do so is now and we make our appeal accordingly. At the same time we reiterate our appeal to the Tibetan public during this year for the elections of the Sikyong and the members of the Tibetan parliament in exile as a matter of utmost importance to exercise their democratic rights and duties without being in violation of ethical principles. As far as we at the Tibetan Youth Congress are concerned, we again make clear our resolve that so long as the government of China does not end its occupation rule in Tibet, the struggle to regain our national independence will not see a conclusion.

To the people and government of India as well as to all the governments, organizations, and individuals internationally who in body and spirit have provided us genuine support, we take the opportunity provided by this occasion to express our immense gratitude.

Finally, we pray that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the supreme leader of the Tibetan people, as well as all the other great spiritual masters of Tibet may live a truly long life; that the just Tibetan cause for national independence may be realized with speediness, so that the Tibetan people living in exile and those left behind in their homeland be reunited.

– Issued by the Central Executive Committee of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharramshala
10 March 2016, the Tibetan Royal Year 2043














We are willing to die for Tibet

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Tenzing Jigme +91-9882910291
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“We are willing to die for Tibet”

Delhi Sept 28: Around 500 Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) members and Tibetan supporters will gather for a “Peace March” followed by a protest at the United Nations in Delhi on Monday Sept 28. TYC has initiated an “Indefinite Hunger Strike” for Tibet at Jantar Mantar in Delhi from Sept 10. This hunger strike is aimed to raise awareness about the critical situation inside Tibet, pay respect to the self-immolations for Tibet and show solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet. With a set of five demands to the UN, the Indefinite Hunger Strike is in its 19th day today. The three hunger strikers are TYC Executive members: Vice President Tamdin Hrichoe, Information & International Relations Secretary Tsewang Dolma and Finance Secretary Tenzin Wangchuk. 143 Tibetans have self-immolated inside Tibet since 2009 protesting China’s hardline policies. Tibet continues to burn.

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The health of the three hunger strikers are deteriorating day by day but their spirit is high and their will to continue until a response from the UN is given is firm. “We are willing to die for Tibet,” says Tamdin Hrichoe one of the participants of the hunger strike.

TYC demands to the United Nations are as follows:
1. Urge the United Nations to raise the issue of Tibet at its General Assembly and Human Rights Council Session
2. Urge China to address the demands of the Self Immolations in Tibet
3. Urge China to give evidence that the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima is alive
4. Send a fact-finding UN delegation to assess the current critical situation in Tibet
5. Urge China to release all political prisoners

“This peace march will put pressure on the UN to stand up for Tibet and respond to our demands. The Tibetan issue cannot be ignored. UN, governments and leaders of the world have a responsibility to stand up and speak strongly for those oppressed,” said TYC President Tenzing Jigme.

TYC is the largest Tibetan NGO in exile working for the freedom and independence of the Tibetan people.

Who: Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Supporters
What: Peace rally/Protest
Where: March from Khan Market/Protest at UN
When: 10am Monday Sept 28
Why: To pressure the UN for an Immediate Intervention in Tibet


Statement of TYC on the 56th Anniversary of the 10th March Uprising

Today Tibetans all over the world gather to commemorate an unforgettable event in the history of our country. We observe and honor the thousands of valiant Tibetan men and women who on this day in 1959 filled the streets of Lhasa to revolt against the Chinese Communist occupation forces. On that day, Tibetans stood up against the Chinese government with the courage and determination to proclaim and protect the Tibetan Government and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thousands of Tibetans lost their lives and therefore as we commemorate this day, Tibetan Youth Congress pays our deepest respect and homage to our brothers and sisters inside Tibet and in exile who have sacrificed their lives through various forms of protests against China’s illegal occupation of our nation and vow to continue our work for the freedom and independence of Tibet and the Tibetan people until the Tibet issue is resolved.

Tibet was brutally occupied and the Tibetan people fought back. This resistance continues to this day. These courageous Tibetan’s resistances remind us and the rest of the world that it was not a “peaceful liberation” as China claims. Therefore, we take the opportunity to honor and dedicate today to the Tibetans inside Tibet who day in and day out endure the illegal Occupation yet continue to find ingenious ways to resist it for our freedom – for our future.

The Tibetan people continue to be oppressed, discriminated and denied even basic human rights. Tibetans have been systematically arrested, detained, tortured, and killed for merely carrying out non- violent protests against China. The brutality of the regime and its intolerance towards political dissent is evident in the way it has over the decades treated political prisoners. Most recently on 5 December 2014 Tenzin Choedak, died two days after he was released on “medical parole” nine years short of the completion of his 15-year prison term. In fact he was barely alive at the time he was returned to his family. Choedak had reportedly dislocated jawbones, damaged kidneys and was vomiting blood. He was physically emaciated and had suffered brain injury. Every bone in his feet was broken. According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy this suggests that he may have been subjected to the falaka, or foot whipping torture technique. The falaka involves beating the sole’s of the victim’s feet with a heavy cable or whatever else is available. It causes extreme pain up the victim’s body and the feet to swell. Choedak was imprisoned for his alleged involvement in the popular 2008 Uprising where hundreds of Tibetans lost their lives. Prior to his arrest, Choedak worked with a European non-governmental organization associated with International Red Cross. His responsibilities were mainly environmental protection in Lhasa and Shigatse region of Tibet. He was only 34 years old.

Despite the knowledge of brutality and risk to their lives, Tibetans inside Tibet continue to resist and fight. Tibet continues to burn. The number of self-immolations inside Tibet since 2009 has now reached an unprecedented 136 with the latest activist Kelsang Yeshi, a 38 year-old monk who self immolated on 23 December 2014. His slogan at the time of burning were the most common expressions demanding the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. These self-immolations protests clearly indicate that Tibetans inside Tibet want freedom and independence from the current illegal occupation of Tibet. The Tibetans inside Tibet are doing every bit they can to express their aspirations. Those of us living in exile have a responsibility to fulfill those aspirations and towards our movement.

10 March is a day when we reflect upon history and the events that unfolded in Lhasa. We must understand what the uprising was for and most importantly when we observe this Tibetan National Uprising Day, we must work to fulfill the wishes and demands of those that sacrificed their lives for Tibet. 10 March is also a day to remember who we are and where we are headed to and as a Tibetan to pledge your commitment and responsibility for your country – and in doing so, understand that unity, optimism and strategy lies at the core of our struggle. We call upon Tibetans living in exile and inside Tibet to remain united and steadfast in our movement. The Chinese government will never be able to break the will and spirit of the Tibetan people. Tibetans in Tibet and in exile remain more defiant than ever and today we send a message to China that until and unless the Beijing government changes its stance on Tibet, the Tibetan people will continue to rise and resist and our Revolution will grow stronger and bigger.

Finally, on this day we pay our humble respect and tribute to our spiritual leader His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. We Tibetans remain forever grateful for the work he has done for Tibet, the Tibetan people and humanity. The message of love and compassion that His Holiness preaches is the ultimate way to bring peace in the 21st century across the world. We pray for the long life of His Holiness and wish him a very Happy Birthday as he turns 80 on July 6 later this year. On behalf of Tibetans inside Tibet and in exile – Thank you, your Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

Bhod Gyalo!

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