Act Now

 

It's been nonstop – news of more self-immolations, mass protests and other acts of resistance, large and small, is flooding out of Tibet.

Most upsetting is the fact that Tibetans from all walks of life continue to light themselves on fire in heartbreaking and unforgettable cries for freedom.

This month alone, a staggering 25 Tibetans have set themselves on fire. Most of these individuals were in their late teens and early 20s and in the prime of their youth, with the youngest, a nun named Sangay Dolma, just 17 years old.
In the past few weeks, several Tibetan towns have seen thousands upon thousands of students marching in the streets to support the call of the now 87 Tibetans who have self-immolated – for freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

While we do not know when or how these dramatic protests will end, we know that we must do everything in our power to push for the change that these brave individuals have sacrificed everything to achieve.

At this incredibly difficult time, we need your help to mobilize all of our resources, connections, media and political capital to make Tibet a priority issue for the world at this time.



TAKE ACTION NOW!

1. Make a 1-min video message to the President or Prime Minister of your country, asking him or her to break the silence and take action. Speak from your heart and let them know how desperately Tibetans need their help and how their action could actually save lives.

Upload the video to YouTube and send us the link at tdolkar@studentsforafreetibet.org. WATCH some of the sample videos here. We will compile your messages and deliver them on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

 
2. Call the office of your foreign ministers and urge them to push for a multilateral forum for Tibet. At this time, as Chinese leaders continue to ignore the individual protests made by a handful of world leaders, multilateral action is the only way to pressure them to end the repression that is driving increasing numbers of Tibetans to give up their lives in these heartbreaking acts of protest.


3. Write letters to the editor and forward this Associated Press article to your local and national news outlets and call on the media to bring the story of Tibetan self-immolations to the world.
There is no doubt that these are difficult times. Every self-immolation in Tibet tears at our global conscience. But as Tibetans inside Tibet have shown us, even at this most challenging time, they are strong and unrelenting in their efforts. We must draw strength from them and push forward with even more energy and conviction.

Thank you for standing with the Tibetan people through this difficult time. Tibet will be free.
 

FURTHER READING:

1. "Tibetan Protesters Injured in Crackdown; Self-Immolations Continue" NYTimes

2. "Tibetan Protests Against Chinese Rule in New Phase" ABC News

3. "Tibetan Students in West China Clash with Police" ABC News
 

 

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