Australia Tibet Council

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Tibet Advocacy Day

Friday, 06 March 2015

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The Tibet Advocacy Day is an annual lobbying initiative for Tibet in the Parliament. Members of Australia’s Tibetan community, back by Australia's Tibet supporters, visit Parliament House every March, brief parliamentarians on the latest situation in Tibet and call for stronger political support.

Click on the titles to see videos, photos and reports on our past Advocacy Days.

Tibet Lobby Day 2017

TibetLobbyDay video imageOur Tibetan delegation will be in Parliament House on 27 and 28 March. Over two days, we will meet with MPs and Senators from all parties and from across the country. 

The delegates will discuss China’s intensifying crackdown on the Tibetans’ freedom of religion, as demonstrated by the recent demolitions and expulsions of monks and nuns at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, and push for a visit to Tibet by Australian parliamentarians.

We are excited to have our biggest delegation ever, with 14 delegates and four mentors who have joined us on our past advocacy days. They are young activists, local community leaders and former political prisoners from Tibet who have made Australia their home.

Tibet Advocacy Day 2016

A group of 15 Tibetans from across Australia, including former political prisoners, community leaders and youth activists, met with around 30 politicians from all sides of politics and presented a compelling case for Tibet.

“The Tibetan environment is not a remote issue, it has global impact and Australia cannot afford to ignore Tibet”.

Tibet Advocacy Day 2015

AAPGT reception DolkarOn Monday 23 March, our Tibet Advocacy Day delegation which included 13 Tibetans from around Australia, met with 31 politicians from all political parties. We spotlighted the ongoing human rights violations in Tibet and the appalling treatment of political prisoners and asked them to support our call for the release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Runggye Adak.

On 26 March, Mr Warren Entsch MP, a senior parliamentarian and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, spoke in the House of Representatives about Tibet Advocacy Day, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Runggye Adak, and the Group's request to visit Tibet to see coditions there firsthand. 

Tibet Advocacy Day 2014: In Our Own Words

Group courtyard 2014On 17 March, 12 Tibetans met with 42 MPs and Senators from all parties. They shared their perspectives on the situation in Tibet through their own and their families' experiences and called for stronger political support from the Australian Parliament and Government. Together they gathered 36 signatures to a Statement of Support for Tibet.

On 18 March, Australia Tibet Council delivered the statement to the Foreign Minister. With the statement signed by an overwhelming number of politicians, we have demonstrated to the Government the growing level of parliamentary support for Tibet and called for stronger action. 

Tibet Advocacy Day 2013

training7On 18 March, twelve young Tibetan-Australians shared their personal stories about Tibet with almost 40 national leaders from across the political spectrum and urged Australia to adopt a new approach on the Tibet issue by joining forces with other governments. They joined Tibetans and supporters lobbying their elected representatives in various national capitals in March. We're all carrying the same message – that it's time for governments to work together to address the escalating crisis in Tibet.

On the same day, our petition signed by over 2,500 Australians was tabled in the House of Representatives by Mr Warren Entsch, a senior parliamentarian.  The petition also urged the Australian government to “join other concerned countries in an intergovernmental forum dedicated to building stronger International pressure on China to address the crisis in Tibet.”

Tibet Advocacy Day 2012

tap media webCongratulations to our team on an outstanding Tibet Advocacy Day on 19 March 2012 in Canberra. Our delegation of 12 Tibetans met with 35 politicians from both Houses of the Parliament, from all parties and from every state and territory. They briefed the parliamentarians on the current situation in Tibet and appealed for stronger government action.

On the day the Tibet team was in Canberra, the government finally broke its silence on the deepening crisis in Tibet. Foreign minister Bob Carr announced the government is seeking permission for the Australian Ambassador in Beijing and a parliamentary delegation to see for themselves the conditions which have seen over 30 Tibetans setting themselves on fire in acts of protest.

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