1. SIGN THE DALAI LAMA PLEDGE
The atheist Chinese Communist Party bans practicing religion through repressive policies and arbitrary policing in Tibet. Having a photo of the Dalai Lama is considered reason enough to have you arrested.
The same government has released a decree to control the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, which they stipulate “must comply with Chinese laws and regulations.”
We know that they are planning to control the next Dalai Lama – and we don’t accept this.
The US Government has already passed laws to recognise only Dalai Lama appointed by Tibetans. We want the same from the Australian Government.
"I pledge to only recognise a Dalai Lama appointed via Tibetan Buddhist traditions and practices, without interference by the Chinese Government."
HELP GET TIBETANS TO CANBERRA!
Donate to power our Lobby Day. Help get our participants to Canberra.
Sponsoring the trip to Parliament House is the most powerful and direct way you can contribute.
Your donation to this appeal will enable us to:
- Join with Tibetan communities around Australia to find and bring the best and brightest delegates to represent Tibet to the parliamentarians.
- Provide ongoing advocacy training and prepare the delegates prior to Tibet Lobby Day to ensure our delegates feel ready to connect the most pressing issues facing Tibetans to their personal lives and experiences.
- Present Australian parliamentarians with the issues raised in our report Overcoming Obstacles: Protecting Tibetan Religious Identity
With a new Parliament full of new Senators and MPs – let’s do our part to make Tibet a priority from the start.
WE ARE COMING BACK!
TIBET LOBBY DAY
Tibet Lobby Day is an annual event where we take our supporters and Tibetans to meet with Parliamentarians to talk about different issues concering Tibetans.
We strive to make human rights issues in Tibet an important part of Australia’s relationship with China. We do this by engaging our political leaders and ensuring the voices of our community and Tibetan-Australians are heard.
The Covid-19 pandemic had forced all of us to find new ways of getting things done. We had online Tibet Lobby Days in 2020 and 2021 to make sure we kept speaking up for Tibet even as we were living through strange times.
However all restriction have now been lifted and this year we return to Canberra in person.
MEET OUR DELEGATES
This year we have 15 Tibetan delegates who will be heading off to Canberra for Tibet Lobby Day, in just 12 days time! In Canberra they will be meeting with Australian MPs and Senators to brief them on the current situation in Tibet and ensure they understand the actions they can take to help Tibetans in Tibet.
Tsering Deki - ACT
“I’m a Tibetan-Australian, born and raised in India, living in Canberra. I’ve never been to Tibet. Before we became Australian citizens, my husband, our children and I were stateless. Our Aussie friends and colleagues were shocked to hear that we were stateless. But this is the sad truth about many Tibetan refugees including my parents who escaped into exile to India following the Chinese occupation.
Growing up in Dharamsala, India, I thought we were only there temporarily and soon we would all return to Tibet. It is now over 63 years since His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans sought refuge in India and neighbouring countries. His Holiness turned 87 in July this year. To think that the Chinese Communist Government wants to have a say and interfere in the process to identify his reincarnation is not acceptable. That’s why this Lobby Day, I want to urge the Australian Government to pass a resolution that it will only recognise a Dalai Lama appointed via Tibetan Buddhist traditions and practices, without interference by the Chinese Government. I would like Tibet to be accessible to all who want to visit Tibet and for that I’m also lobbying the Australian Government for a Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act.”
Tenzin Wangmo - NSW
My name is Tenzin Wangmo. I have currently completed a bachelor’s degree in Policing at Western Sydney University. I was born in India and was raised in Australia since the age of 5. Like many other Tibetans, my parents fled from Tibet to India and came to Australia through a Humanitarian visa.
Since the time I moved to Australia my parents encouraged me and my siblings to engage in events and activities within the Tibetan community in the hope that we don’t forget our roots, country, religion, and language and thus I am still, to this day, able to be an active member within the Tibetan community. However, due to little knowledge and experiences, I have always been hesitant of participating in activities such as the Lobby Day.
However, I would like to improve my knowledge upon Tibetan political matters as well as gain experiences in interacting with the personal stories of my fellow Tibetans and to gain more confidence by taking myself out of my comfort zone through taking part in this Lobby Day. I also hope, that in the near future, many other young Tibetans are able to gain the confidence to participate.
Tenzin Lobsang - QLD
Tenzin Lobsang was born and raised in Tibet. He escaped to India and later moved to Queensland, Australia in 2018. Tenzin is passionate and a strong advocate for conserving Tibetan tradtional art and culture.
Yangchen Tshoko - ACT
Yangchen is the granddaughter of Tibetan refugees who fled to India in the 1960s with their young families after the March 10 1959 uprising in Lhasa. She grew up seeing her parents actively involved in the wider Tibetan community, with her father working for the Central Tibetan Administration, and mother serving in various executive positions in the local community including as President. This has instilled a sense of responsibility to raise awareness about the dire situation in Tibet.
Yangchen was born in Japan and moved to Australia when she was six years old. She studied a Bachelor of Commerce at The Australian National University and is currently working as a Management Consultant. She is a former Secretary of the Canberra Tibetan community (2017-2019), and is passionate about keeping connected with the wider Tibetan diaspora. This is Yangchen’s third Tibet Lobby Day and she is looking forward to engaging with our elected Senators and MPs about Tibet in the Australian Parliament.
Kalsang Tsering - ACT
Kalsang Tsering was born in Tibet and at a young age left for India. He has worked for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in Dharamsala as a public servant before immigrating to Australia under the program of Australian Humanitarian Settlement Program just ahead of the pandemic. Kalsang is now the President of the ACT Tibetan Community and Chair of the Tibetan Communities of Australia.
Kalsang has a wealth of experience to bring to the team heading to Canberra in 12 days, as he was a member of the Tibetan negotiation team led by the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama late Mr. Lodi G. Gyari and participated at the Eighth Round of Talks with the Chinese leadership.
Yama Choezom - NSW
Yama Choezom was born in Tibet and brought up in India. She was educated through Tibetan Children’s Village School. Yama is now a qualified solicitor, and currently works as litigation lawyer at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.
Although Yama is aware that there are risks with speaking out about Tibet, she does not want to surrender to CCP intimidation.
Tenzin Dhesel - NSW
My name is Tenzin Dhesel. I am 19 years old. I was born and raised in Dharamsala. I came to Australia as a refugee with my family in 2013 and have been living in Sydney, Australia ever since.
Currently I am in my second year of studying Bachelor of Social work.