Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Tibet Advocacy Project

Australia can play a constructive role in the resolution of the Tibet-China conflict. ATC is committed to making Tibet an important part of a deepening Australia-China relationship and in leveraging Australia’s growing importance as the global power shifts from the west to the east.

Our strength in building political support comes from our movement of 20,000-strong Australians.

Translating our strong public support into real political action for Tibet is a key goal at ATC.

Tibet in the Australian parliament

parliament1We work closely with the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet in Canberra, a cross-party group of members from both houses of the Parliament. They keep the Tibet issue on the parliamentary agenda through motions and statements and raise the issue with the government through questions to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and meetings with the foreign minister. Members also participate in meetings with visiting Tibetan leaders including the Dalai Lama in the Parliament, take part in parliamentary delegations to Dharamsala and speak at rallies and public forums across the country.

Tibet Advocacy Day

TAP1The Tibet Advocacy Day is our annual lobbying initiative for Tibet in the Parliament. Members of Australia’s Tibetan community visit Parliament House every March, brief parliamentarians on the latest situation in Tibet and call for stronger political support.

2017, the sixth Tibet Advocacy Day in Australia, will see our largest delegation ever, with 14 delegates and four mentors.  They will discuss China’s intensifying crackdown on the Tibetans’ freedom of religion and push for a visit to Tibet by Australian parliamentarians.

Australian visits by Tibetan leaders

ktls tt sydAlong with Tibet Information Office, we work towards building political support for the Dalai Lama and the democratically elected Tibetan leadership in exile.

Australian politicians, media and the public gave a strong endorsement to Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay as he visited Australia in August 2012 for the first time since taking over Tibet's political leadership from the Dalai Lama.

Parliamentary delegations to Dharamsala 

delegation2012A parliamentary delegation to Dharamsala is an important step in Australia’s support for Tibet. We have been involved in organising two parliamentary delegations to the Tibetan exile capital in India, the most recent in July 2012.

After meeting with Tibetan political and community leaders, students, former political prisoners and artists in Dharamsala, politicians have invariably returned with a deeper appreciation of the Tibet issue. Back in Australia, they become strong voices for Tibet in the Parliament. 

Melissa Parke MP (Member for Fremantle)

Last Tuesday the Australia-Tibet Council released their report, Tibet— An Environmental Challenge, at Parliament House. The report highlights the cultural, environmental and geostrategic significance of Tibet to Asia as a whole, and it makes the case that if the international community is interested in acting on climate change and if it is concerned about food and water security then it is in every country's interest to see a peaceful resolution of the Tibetan situation.

AAPGT logoThe Australian All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (AAPGT), led by the Hon Warren Entsch MP and the Hon Michael Danby MP, is deeply saddened by the passing of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a highly respected and much‐loved Tibetan lama who died in a Chinese prison on 12 July.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche had qualified for medical parole and required urgent heart surgery. His family had made desperate representations to the Chinese authorities for his release for over a year without response.

“Members of the Australian Parliament, in conjunction with the Australia Tibet Council, raised concerns about Tibetan political prisoner Tenzin Delek Rinpoche with our Chinese counterparts most recently in May of this year, and only last month an international petition was presented to Governments around the world requesting urgent medical parole,” said Mr Entsch.

Tibet Advocacy Day 2015 (old)

Published in Tibet Advocacy Project
Saturday, 04 April 2015

Briefing AAPGT ChoekyiTibet Advocacy Day 2016 will take place on 1 March. Our team of young Tibetans from around the country are beginning preparations for their training and lobbying in Canberra. Please join us by donating to support Tibet Advocacy Day 2016 here

On Monday 23 March 2015, 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.

At a reception hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, our Tibetan delegates shared their own experiences of leaving their family and fleeing Tibet or growing up in India in a refugee settlement. Lobsang Lungtok Co-Chair of ATC, described his harrowing time as a political prisoner in Tibet after he was arrested for writing a poem about protecting Tibet’s fragile environment. They all expressed their strong commitment to speak up on behalf of the Tibetans suffering inside Tibet.

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

Thank you to all our supporters from across the country, our volunteers and the entire Tibet Advocacy Day team! It is all of us working together that makes Tibet Advocacy Day possible.

Warren Enstch MP (Liberal)

On Monday this week the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet held an event in the parliament for Tibet Advocacy Day. The AAPGT is a bipartisan group whose purpose is to amplify Tibet's voice in parliament through events such as Tibet Advocacy Day. This year's event had a special focus on political prisoners and the human rights situation in Tibet. Together with my co-chair, Michael Danby MP, and other members of the group, we heard some telling personal stories from delegates whose lives have been directly impacted by China's harsh policies in Tibet: Mr Lobsang Lungtok, Co-Chair of the Australia Tibet Council, previously a political prisoner in Tibet; Mr Sonam Paljor, Australia Tibet Council board member; and Ms Tenzin Chokey from South Australia. Tenzin visited parliament last year for advocacy day and is now working as a nurse in Adelaide.