Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

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Happy New Year from ATC

Published in Blog ,
Written by Wednesday, 09 January 2013

jill tibetflag camping ny2013As a Tibetan, I am always uplifted by the sight of a Tibetan flag flying high under a clear blue sky. Immediately, I long for the day the Tibetan flag will stand tall on the majestic Potala Palace in Lhasa.

I was struck by a picture of our member Jill Allaway on Facebook the other day, and wanted to share it with you. Jill and her family rang in the New Year with what they called a “Free Tibet” ceremony by hoisting a Tibetan flag at their camping spot in country Victoria.

On this note, here’s wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at ATC.

Thank you for your generous donations to our End of Year appeal, which has generated over $9,000. We will ensure that every dollar is spent in building a positive future for Tibet. If you’d like to make a contribution, we will be grateful for that.

As the crisis in Tibet continues to grow, so does the scale of our work.

We have an ambitious work plan for the year ahead to build stronger support for Tibet, both at the political and grassroots levels.

Remember Tibet this holiday season

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 11 December 2012

At this time of the year, when we are thinking of the holiday season and spending time with friends and family, Australia Tibet Council urges you to remember Tibet and make a donation to our End of Year Appeal. Whether you give $20, $30 or more, every dollar will be invested in bringing freedom in Tibet.

Here are just five good reasons to support Australia Tibet Council.

1. We take the voices of Tibetans to where it matters

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Australia is home to many former Tibetan political prisoners. It is also home to a new generation of Tibetans born and raised here.

This year we took their voices to where it matters – the federal parliament in Canberra. In March, Tibetan-Australians met for the first time with political leaders in Canberra to advocate for Tibet. Planning is already underway for our Tibet Advocacy Project in 2013.

2. We mobilise the Australian public on Tibet

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We mobilise the voices of Australians to build political support for Tibet. From email actions to signing petitions, our campaigns are driven by supporters like you from across the country.

Last month, we won the support of over 7,000 Australians who signed our petition - Australia: Stand up for Tibet. The petition was sent to Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Throughout the year, we take part in rallies, public forums and festivals and speak to the Australian, international and Tibetan media. We promote understanding of the many aspects of Tibetan life at our Tibet Talks series in cities around the country.

Australians stand up for Tibet

Published in Blog ,
Written by Friday, 30 November 2012

canberra5I know that Australians care deeply about the tragic situation in Tibet. It is brought home to me whenever I talk to people about Tibet. And they want the Australian government to do something to help. Publicly acknowledging the reality of what's happening in Tibet would be a good first step.

Yesterday we delivered our petition - Australia: Stand up for Tibet – to Foreign Minister Bob Carr to convey this clear message.

Over the past two weeks more than 7,000 Australians have raised their voice for Tibet by signing our petition, in what has become a powerful boost to our campaign calling on the Australian government to help end the crisis in Tibet.

Everyone in Dharamsala has a story

Published in Blog
Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Insight-painterI have been in McLeod Ganj for almost a week, visiting various NGOs, welfare organisations and cultural and educational institutions listening to people's stories. Everyone here has a story - of loss or separation.

There's the little monk who was smuggled out of Tibet in a suitcase, sent to Dharamsala by parents desperate for him to have a Tibetan education, and a future. There's the ex-political prisoner with his accounts of torture whilst in prison who had to flee once free because of the intolerable pressures placed on his family.

There's the elderly woman who hopes to return to the country she fled half a lifetime ago to see it one more time before she dies.

There's the young activist born in exile, who has never seen the land he calls home.

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