FREE TIBET MOVEMENT
China invaded Tibet in 1950. Its occupation has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Tibetans and the imprisonment and torture of thousands more.
After a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, Tibet’s political and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled into exile in India followed by tens of thousands of Tibetans.
Photo credit Pedro SaraviaInside its borders and across the world, Tibetans have never stopped believing Tibet is a nation. Since 1959, they have continued to oppose and resist China’s rule and China has responded with intense repression.
In 2014, US think tank Freedom House ranked Tibet among the twelve worst countries in the world for repression of political and civil rights.