What we do
For more than 20 years, the ATC community has fought and won campaigns in support of Tibetan human rights and democratic freedoms. From stopping Australian companies from exploiting Tibet’s resources to campaigning successfully for the release of political prisoners to pushing the Australian government to publicly speak out on Tibet, we have shone spotlight on oppression and injustice, empowered Australia’s young Tibetans and amplified the voices of the Tibetan people in their call for freedom.
So how do we do it?
Educating and mobilising the public
ATC works to better educate the Australian public, media, parliament and other key institutions on why Tibet matters in today’s world – its rich culture, strategic position in Asia and unique environment. Through our regular Tibet Talks series we help Australians explore diverse aspects of Tibetan life. We provide the latest news on our website and social media and use cutting-edge online tools to help people turn that awareness into action.
Direct political advocacy
Several times a year ATC staff meet directly with politicians and government officials to seek concrete action on Tibet. But to carry any clout in Canberra we need to be able to show that ATC has the voices of thousands of Australians and Tibetans behind it. That’s why the real power is in the ATC community and why we work to provide everybody with the tools to have their voices heard, from sending an email to their local politician to taking part in the Tibet Advocacy Project.
ATC also meets regularly with Government officials and participates in a range of enquiries and other processes. We work with Tibet Information Office to help organise parliamentary delegations to Dharamsala, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, and visits to Australia by Tibetan leaders, including Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay in 2012. These combined actions achieve results, with more and more politicians speaking out about the situation in Tibet.
Through the foresight of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans have built one of the most resilient exile communities.
ATC helps to further strengthen the exile community through projects such as Freedom Education Program, which enables former political prisoners to develop the necessary educational and employment skills to rebuild a new life in exile.
We also work to support Australia’s Tibetan communities in their political and cultural activities throughout the year, and in particular help young Tibetans in becoming stronger advocates through trainings and advocacy days.
Strengthening the global Tibet movement
Our work expands beyond our shores.
As an active player in the International Tibet Network, we take part in strategic planning processes at international and regional Tibet Support Group conferences and in hard-hitting campaigns to build a strong international pressure on China to bring real change in Tibet.
SOME OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES
Welcome the Dalai Lama to Sydney Uni
Tibet Advocacy Project
Australian visit by first Tibetan elected prime minister-in-exile
Dharamsala Insight Tour
Freedom Education Program
Australian parliamentary delegations to Dharamsala
Beijing 2008: Race for Tibet
Who owns Tibet’s gold?