On Monday, I met with Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne alongside representatives of the International Tibet Network and Avaaz. We delivered an urgent petition signed by over half a million people who are gravely concerned about the crisis in Tibet; 63,297 signatures were from the UK.
I urged Minister Browne to join other world governments to push for multi-lateral action to help end China's violent crackdown in Tibet. He assured us that he would continue to raise the Tibet crisis with his counterparts in Beijing.
Me meeting Jeremy Browne
Our meeting could not have come at a more critical time. Last week, Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans in eastern Tibet as protests for freedom continue across the region. At least 5 people have been killed in these vicious attacks.More troops are flooding into the area.
In response to the shootings, Foreign Minister Browne issued a statement urging the Chinese government to address Tibetan grievances.
This a critical first step and one that would not have been possible without grassroots pressure; the public statement and our meeting with Foreign Minister Browne on Monday demonstrate that together, we can make the UK government stand up for Tibet.
As Tibetans inside Tibet continue to put their lives on the line for freedom, we must double our efforts to press for a multilateral response from world governments.
3 IMPORTANT ACTIONS FOR TIBET:
1. Phone your MP's office to update him/her about the Foreign Ministry's statement in response to the shooting incidents in Tibet (see references below). Request that he/she write a letter to the Chinese Ambassador in London echoing the Foreign Ministry's call for restraint. For more information on the recent events in Tibet, visit: www.StandUpforTibet.org.
2. Join Tibetans and supporters at the Chinese Embassy in London for Losar (the Tibetan New Year): Wednesday 22nd February, 3-7pmTibetans in Tibet have announced they will not celebrate Losar in protest of the shootings, arrests, and military repression. Around the world, Tibetan communities are holding solidarity events to show support for the incredible resistance efforts in Tibet. We hope you will join us in the streets for Tibet.
3. Join the 3rd Annual Tibet Lobby Day. On Wednesday 7th March, join over a hundred Tibetans and supporters as we descend on the Houses of Parliament to push for multi-lateral action to stop China’s brutal attacks on Tibetans once and for all. To register and receive your Lobby Day information package, please email Liam@sftuk.org. Lobby Day is open to everyone, even if you have never lobbied before!
A Tibetan man being beaten in Serthar, 24th January and troops lining the streets
Tibetans are courageously standing up and they need our support. A global outcry against China's violent actions now will help save Tibetan lives. Thank you for all that you are doing for Tibet at this critical time.
With hope and determination,
SFT UK National Director
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1. Foreign Minister Jeremy Browne's statement: UK concern at shootings in Tibetan areas of Sichuan
2. SFT's press release: Tibetans, Supporters Worldwide Denounce China's Escalating Violence in Tibet;
3 Reported Dead After Chinese Troops Open Fire On Protesters3. RFA report: Chinese Security Forces Fire on Tibetan Protesters in Second Day of Killing
4. CNN: CNN crew detained amid Chinese Tibetan crackdown
5. Human Rights Watch: China: Refrain from using excessive force against protesters