Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

PaulAfter 30 years, ATC’s Executive Officer Paul Bourke will be leaving at the end of this year.

The ATC Board expresses our sincerest thanks to Paul, who has dedicated three decades of his life working for the rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people.

Under Paul’s tireless leadership, ATC has grown from a handful of volunteers in 1988 to be today the largest and most active community of Tibet supporters in Australia. From being one of the first western supporters to stage a protest in Beijing to becoming a leading voice for Tibet in the halls of power in Canberra, Paul has made a remarkable contribution.

We have no doubt the ATC community, Tibetans here in Australia and Dharamsala and the global Tibet movement will miss Paul dearly.

We are excited to announce the appointment of Kyinzom Dhongdue as ATC’s new Executive and Campaigns Officer, starting January 2018.

A passionate advocate for justice, Kyinzom has a broad range of experience in activism, media and government. She brings to this Kyinzomnew leadership role insights drawn from her Tibetan roots, unwavering commitment to the Tibet cause and a bold, new vision for ATC.

Kyinzom was born to Tibetan refugee parents in India and schooled at the Tibetan Children’s Village. She studied English literature and mass communication at Delhi University and worked as a journalist before moving to Australia in 2005.

As Campaigns Manager at ATC for the past seven years, she has played a vital role in our work, building grassroots and political support for Tibet in Australia and globally. With her election as the first Member of the Tibetan Parliament from Australia last year, Kyinzom represents a new generation of Tibetans in the highest representative body of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile based in Dharamsala in northern India.

Please join us in welcoming Kyinzom into her new role and wishing Paul every happiness in his retirement.

Donate to our end of year appeal and be part of this important evolution of ATC:


Revised Chinese government regulations on religion are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet.
The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ to China’s security, creating a more dangerous political environment for monks, nuns, and lay Buddhists, isolating them further from their counterparts outside China.
The Chinese state media also announced a focus on the ‘Sinicization’ of religion, stating: “The direction of religions is to integrate them with Chinese culture” (Global Times, September 7, 2017). The Buddhist community is one of the main targets of ‘Sinicization’ of religion, which represents a more far-reaching effort to mould and shape Tibetan Buddhism to the diktats of the Chinese Communist Party in line with a more entrenched regulatory framework that has already deepened religious oppression over the last decade. Read more

A charred body was found near the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamsala on Saturday (July 29), with one eyewitness reporting seeing a man in flames near the pilgrimage route. It is the first self-immolation in Dharamsala, India, base of the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.

The man has been identified as Dhondup (also known as Passang Dhondup) a wood painter at Norbulingka Institute, near Dharamsala. The 49-year old man was born in Gyantse (Chinese: Jiangzi) in Tibet and had arrived in India in 1991 and had been working in Norbulingka institute from 2012, according to Tibetan media. Read more

Liu Xiaobo has died

Published in Latest news
Friday, 14 July 2017

Liu XiaoboChina has lost an icon for a democratic future, the world a Nobel Peace laureate, and the Tibet movement a dear friend.

Read Liu Xiaobo, We Miss You by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.

Liu Xiaobo, a democracy and human rights activist, literary critic and scholar, was imprisoned in 2008 for his role in crafting the Charter 08, a manifesto that calls for political reforms and an end to the communist one-party rule in China.

A long-term supporter of the Tibetan people's struggle for freedom and justice, Liu Xiaobo was one of the key intellectuals who signed a 12-point petition to the Chinese authorities in 2008, calling for dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, noting the “serious mistakes” in China’s policies in Tibet, and criticising the Chinese government’s response to the 2008 Uprising in Tibet as lacking “a style of governing that conforms to the standards of modern civilisation.”

Here are some of Liu Xiaobo’s works:

Charter 08, the political manifesto that got him thrown in jail

June Fourth Elegies, a book of poetry

I have no enemies, Nobel lecture delivered in absentia

Love poems for wife Liu Xia

A few of the numerous media reports:

Reuters: China dissident Liu's condition critical, breathing failing, hospital says 

ABC: Liu Xiaobo: Imprisoned Chinese dissident's condition critical, hospital says

New York Times: China Won’t Let Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Laureate, Get Cancer Treatment Abroad

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