The 2022 winter Olympics will be hosted by China in Beijing and selected few cities in China. The IOC did not uphold the foundation principles it stands on-- Universality, solidarity and honesty. Giving China to host such a prestigious Games is of utmost irony, a country which jailed, tortured and murdered millions of people from east-turkestan, Tibetan, Hong- Kong, Taiwan and southern Mongolia.
Tibet, known as Water Tower of Asia, serves as the source of ten major Asian river systems flowing into some of the most densely populated countries: China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan.
Every country marks significant historical dates in its founding as a nation. Regardless of its current political status, Tibet is no exception and Students for a Free Tibet has set aside February 13th as an important day to commemorate Tibet’s independent past. In occupied countries, observing independence day is a powerful expression of a people’s desire for freedom.
After the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama is one of the highest Tibetan spiritual leaders. In 1995 Chinese officials kidnapped him at the young age of 6. More than two decades later, Tibetans continue to demand for the Panchen Lama to be released and returned to the people of Tibet. China claims he is living a normal life but they refuse anyone access to him.
Google is developing a censored search engine for the Chinese market that has serious consequences for human rights. The project, named Dragonfly, will filter and block ‘sensitive’ search terms - such as Tibet, Tiananmen and the Dalai Lama - that are blacklisted by the Chinese government.
Tibetan shopkeeper, Tashi Wangchuk, 31, was detained on January 27, 2016, after appearing in a New York Times video in which he advocated for the rights of Tibetans to learn and study in their mother tongue. In March, 2016, he was charged with “inciting separatism,” and on May 22nd, he was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge.