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Calling for Justice in Tibet – 57th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

10th March 2016 – Calling for Justice in Tibet
10th March 2016 poster57th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day
Join the protest in London

1.30pm: Protest outside the Chinese Embassy
5.00pm to 8.00pm: Programme at Westminster Cathedral Hall, London

On March 10th, 1959, thousands of Tibetans rose up to protect their leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and to protest China’s invasion and occupation of their country.

As the protests intensified, Chinese troops responded with fatal force. On March 17th, the Dalai Lama began his harrowing escape to India on horseback. In the following days, the Chinese army took full control of Lhasa. Tens of thousands of Tibetans were killed and imprisoned in the months that followed and thousands more fled persecution by making the dangerous journey into exile in India.

March 10, 2016 marks the 57th anniversary of the historic 1959 Tibetan National Uprising. For more than half a century, the Tibetan people have suffered unimaginable hardship under Chinese rule, but have refused to give up their internationally recognised right to freedom and self-determination.

Despite the ongoing repression in Tibet today, the younger generation is using new and creative ways to assert their identity and culture. The spirit of their resistance is alive both in Tibet and in exile, as we see a new wave of young Tibetans taking up the torch of Tibet’s nonviolent freedom struggle.

On Marth 10th, Tibetans around the world stand united, belonging to one nation, with a proud history of resistance. Please support the Tibetan freedom movement and stand on the right side of the history.

Tibetan Uprising Day, observed on March 10, commemorates the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the presence of the People’s Republic of China in Tibet. The failure of the armed rebellion ultimately resulted in a violent crackdown on Tibetan independence movements, and the flight of the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso into exile.

Today, Tibetan Uprising Day is observed throughout the world led by Tibetan Communities and joined by Tibet supporters.

Further information from: http://www.tibetancommunityuk.net

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About Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Born in a refugee camp in western Nepal, Tsering is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. An NGO professional with combined experience of over 22 years, Tsering has led the Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. He continues to engage in a wide-range of issues in support of the Tibetan aspirations. Prior to his current appointment as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, which is the first and longest established Tibet support group anywhere in the world, Tsering has worked for Tibet Relief Fund and Tibet Foundation. He has also served on the boards of Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust, Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. A firm believer in making difference to his community, Tsering invests in the empowerment of youth and vulnerable individuals through development and advocacy work. He has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades and worked with professionals and local partners. A keen observer on China's global ambitions, Tsering follows its actions particularly policy implications on the Tibetan people across the Himalayan belt and beyond. As well as advocating on the Tibetan issue with the UN, EU and the UK through the parliamentarians, officials and special advisers, Tsering has spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included government representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was also interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has also conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington based) and former Representative (London based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel. Tsering’s personal blog: tsamtruk.wordpress.com

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