An overview of the London 60th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising
On Sunday 10 March we marched alongside hundreds of Tibetans through the streets of London to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1959 uprising and protest against Beijing’s occupation of Tibet.
Those present said they marched to show solidarity with their fellow Tibetans who are living under Chinese occupation, claiming they would keep fighting without giving up hope.
The demonstration in London was part of a worldwide action with events in Brussels, New York, Dharamsala, New Delhi, Taiwan and other cities around the world.
Free Tibet in the news
Free Tibet made the news several times this month In early March, The Sunday Times ran an article on Beijing’s new controls over religion in Tibet, which have even extended to demanding that Tibetans display pictures of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in their homes.
We also worked with The Guardian and Al Jazeera on pieces about the 60th anniversary of the 10 March Uprising. As well as being interesting pieces, these stories help us bring Tibet to new audiences.
Panchen Lama on TV
We have a date for your diaries: at 7pm on 24 April, BBC One’s The One Show will broadcast a feature on the Panchen Lama
The Panchen Lama, one of the most revered individuals in Tibetan Buddhism, has been missing since 1995. Shortly after his sixth birthday he was abducted, along with the rest of his family. There has been no trace of him since then, with Beijing refusing to disclose information about his location or well-being.
On the eve of the Panchen Lama’s 30th birthday, a forensic artist has produced a reconstruction of how he may look as a 30 year old. The image was painstakingly constructed in consultation with Tibetans and using exhaustive information on how Gedhun Choekyi Nyima could look today. The broadcast on 24 April will be the first time that picture has been publicly released.
We encourage supporters to spread the word about the broadcast so that others can learn about him and about Tibet.
Tibet Match 2019
Thank you to all those who have donated to Tibet Match 2019, raising an incredible £8,731
£8,500 of this will be doubled, meaning a total of £17,231 for Tibet Watch.
During Tibet Match week, any donations made (up to a £8,500 limit) were matched by a handful of generous supporters. We have surpassed that limit, securing the entire match pot for our research partner.
Thanks to your generous donations, we now have the funds to support Tibet Watch‘s vital monitoring and advocacy work.
Thank you for your support.
Renewed fears of Chinese censorship at Google
Employees at the tech company discover ongoing work on Project Dragonfly
A group of Google employees has been investigating claims made by company executives that development of a new censored search engine for the Chinese market, known as Project Dragonfly, has been halted.
Employees say they are concerned that, despite the public outcry, work on the project is still ongoing.