European Regional Meeting
27 – 29 September 2013
Four Key Strands:
1. Put Tibetans in Tibet first; Amplifying Tibetans
2. Exert renewed pressure on our governments to
take tangible action that supports Tibet.
3. Target China’s leaders responsible for Tibet policy.
4. Chinese outreach to build support for Tibet through
solidarity with dissidents in China and other Chinarelated movements
Network Priority Campaigns
“Strategy without tactics is the
slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the
noise before defeat.”
Stand up For Tibet Campaign
To generate strong, multilateral
diplomatic action by key governments to
take multilateral action on Tibet and
increase pressure on China to end the
Activities & Resources:
- Public Awareness-raising: 70,000+ signatures, Key
signatories (including Nobel Laureates &
- Protests: Global Days of Action (2 November, 10
- Advocacy: Targeting key leaders summits (G20, G8),
Tibet Lobby Days, Chinese leadership handover,
China’s Universal Periodic Review linked to China’s
membership of UN Human Rights Council
Amplify Tibetan Resistance
- I Heart Tibet: Highlights & promotes Tibetan
resistance through writing, music and cultural
- Lhakar: The Network encourages member
groups to support the growing Lhakar
- Possible New Campaign: exploring ways to
support the Tibetan peoples’ call to bring the
Dalai Lama home to Tibet.
Working Campaign: Home
• At the 2010 International TSG Conference the
idea to have a campaign for the Dalai Lama to go
“home” to Tibet was warmly received.
• The Network convened an informal working
group to develop the idea but political changes in
Dharamsala led us to pause.
• The public call in Tibet for His Holiness’ return
has escalated during the self-immolation crisis.
• In November 2012 the Network Steering
Committee reconvened the working group to
evaluate the idea & make recommendations.
• We now have a DRAFT outline.
Free Tibetan Heroes
Significantly raise the profile of a range of
Tibetan political prisoners, to secure their
release and highlight the strength and
breadth of Tibetan resistance.
• Dhondup Wangchen: Filming in Tibet’s new
• New joint profile of political prisoners linked
to self-immolation protests: Yonten Gyatso,
Lobsang Kunchock & Lobsang Tsering
and Dolma Gyari
• Panchen Lama: 25 birthday will be in 2014
- Raise public awareness of the critical
issue of Tibetan nomad resettlement
- Amplify the call for China to stop the
resettlement of Tibetan nomads
- Urge China to adopt “best practice”
model to manage impacts of climate
change on the grasslands
Spotlight on Chinese Leaders
- Educate ourselves about China’s new leaders
and their Tibet policies
- Brand Xi Jinping as the man with the problem
of Tibet on his hands
- Send Chinese leaders a strong message that
they need to address China’s failed Tibet
Activities to date: Chinese-Leaders.org, “Xi
Jinping’s Tibet Challenge”: Report and media
opportunities, Protests around key summits &
Paradise Hotel in Lhasa
- InterContinental Hotel Group to pull out of
opening the hotel.
- Ensure other multinationals understand
exploiting business in Tibet carries a heavy
public relations risk
- Raise awareness with new audiences &
media about the current situation in Tibet
- Global Day of Action: 5 November
• Primary Goal:
To stop the rapid urban development in Lhasa
taking place at the expense of historic buildings
by generating pressure on UNESCO World
Heritage Committee to seek an urgent mission
Actions to date:
Change.org petition, Report about
developments, letters to UNESCO & ICOMOS,
• Stand up for Tibet
• Amplify Tibetan Resistance
• Free Tibetan Heroes: Dhondup Wangchen,
New Profiles, Panchen Lama
• Nomad Rights
• Chinese Leaders: Xi Jinping
• Paradise Hotel Lhasa
• Other options?: e.g. EU elections, Put Tibet
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