The Truth about Tibet: Hear Their Stories

by 3 Generations

Before escaping in 1959, Rinchen Dharlo lived in a small town in southwestern Tibet with his family.  When the Tibetan government was abolished, he fled, eventually working for the Tibetan government-in-exile in Nepal.  He represented the Dalai Lama in Nepal, and in 1986 was transferred to the United States, where he served as the Dalai Lama's representative to the Americas.  He is deeply involved with the Tibetan people, helping to resettle over 1000 refugees in the United States. He continues to devote his life to Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

Along with his unique life story, we are recording other Tibetans in the United States telling their stories of escape, exile, and building a new life in a new country while staying connected to Tibet.

Thank you for being a supporter of our film project, The Truth About Tibet: Hear Their Stories. Before you leave the office for the long weekend, mark you calendar for October 16th. Next Wednesday, Global Giving is running its second ever Regional Bonus Day. This means that for every donation you make, Global Giving will match your donation 30%. PLUS the project that raises the most money on that day will win an additional $1000 from Global Giving.

As you may remember from our last update, we have big plans for our Tibet Project. This spring, we are hoping to travel to Dharamshala, India where we will interview Tibetans who have unique visions for the world without human rights abuses. Through our Tibetan contacts, the 3 Generations team has secured rare interviews with high-ranking Tibetan rinpoches, as well as other lamas and spiritual leaders who have powerful visions for the future. The visions and stories of governmental leaders will also be incorporated into this project. The interviews will be edited for 3 Generations’ website, as well as incorporated into our short film project Imagine the End of Atrocity.

We need your help to make this project possible! If you can, please consider donating on October 16th and support our project once more. All you have to do is log in anytime between OCT. 15th at 9:01 pm and OCTOBER 16th at 8:59, and donate.

Once again, thank you all for your continued support and enjoy the long weekend!

The Tibetan government, along with political refugees who have escaped persecution from the Chinese government, have kept their hope alive for over 60 years for a peaceful, independent Tibetan state. In recent weeks, China has begun to reassess its hardline policies regarding Tibet. Visible change has yet to take effect, but in a speech last Friday, the Dalai Lama announced he has hope. As a organization dedicated to sharing the voices of those who have survived the worst human atrocities imaginable, we are always looking for new stories and visions for the future. Who better than this diaspora, whose lives are dedicated to maintaining hope for an end to violence and occupation, to share their visions for the end of atrocity?  

In 2014, as part of our ongoing campaign, the 3 Generations video crew will travel to Dharamshala, India where we will interview Tibetans who have unique visions for the world without human rights abuses. Through our Tibetan contacts, the 3 Generations team has secured rare interviews with high-ranking Tibetan rinpoches, as well as other lamas and spiritual leaders who have powerful visions for the future. The interviewees will also include Tibetans who have been tortured by the Chinese government, and want to share their stories of survival and their visions for the future. The visions and stories of governmental leaders will also be incorporated into this project. The interviews will be edited for 3 Generations’ website, as well as incorporated into our short film project Imagine the End of Atrocity.

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with these Tibetans, whose visions and stories will be recorded for our benefit, as well as for generations to come. 

This past weekend, leaders from the world’s wealthiest and most powerful countries met in Northern Ireland for a G8 summit. Unsurprisingly, the conference centered around the topic of Syria where civil war has led autocrat, Bashar al-Assad, to utilize chemical weapons against resistance groups. While the political situation in Syria is no doubt dire, Tibetan rights advocates found the parallels hard to ignore. Expressing his frustration Tibet activist, Tenzin Jime, wrote, “If a conference for Syria can be ‘strongly’ supported, surely the G8 can also give support to the Tibetan people who have suffered occupation for over 60 years, increasing economic marginalization and brutal repression, and yet continue to steadfastly conduct a non-violent campaign for justice.”

Indeed, despite Tibet’s dedication to peaceful protest, their work has lead to little avail. In fact, conditions appear to be worsening. In March, Human Rights Watch released a report noting a drastic increase in surveillance and prosecutions as well as limitations on movement and communication beyond Tibet’s borders. The establishment of 600 new police stations and patrol groups known as “Red Armband patrols,” has further alarmed activist groups; and for good reason. Working alongside grassroots administrations tasked explicitly with the job of collecting personal information on the neighborhood people, these patrols use computers and video equipment to track individuals and raid homes. Despite these conditions, Tibet’s peaceful resistance continues with minimal international action while the numbers of those who have resorted to self-immolation as a form of protest, have increased.

As governmental control over free speech increases, Tibet loses one of its most critical tools for peaceful protest. Exiled to India in 1959, spiritual leader of the Kirti monastery, Kyabje Kirti Rinpoche, has taken an active role in speaking out and raising awareness of China’s oppression. We at 3 Generations are dedicated to providing survivors of genocide, trafficking, war, and human rights abuses with a platform to share their stories. As China continues to crack down on free speech, Mr. Rinpoche’s accounts become increasingly valuable. Donate now and help make it possible for us to share Mr. Rinpoche’s story with the world.  

 

Thank you for checking out our page. For more information, check out the Human Rights Watch Report at:

 

www.hrw.org/news/2013/03/25/chinas-failing-policy-tibet-self-defeating

 

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDQQqQIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hngn.com%2Farticles%2F5715%2F20130619%2Fsyria-ruled-g8-summit-tibet-feels-excluded.htm&ei=EHzEUa6bLO6o4AOnuICIAg&usg=AFQjCNEEuSrBSpAFtQi315xSQ9A-ikNgpg&sig2=4bE4gkehaWixa5bIVoK8nQ&bvm=bv.48293060,d.dmg

Today, you have an opportunity to show your solidarity with the people of Tibet.

Learn the history of Tibetan resistance & the significance of Tibetan Uprising day, read about the ongoing repression of the Tibetan people in Chinese occupied Tibet and discover how you can take action. 

The Past

For over six decades, Tibet has been under Chinese occupation. The People’s Liberation Army in 1950, markedly the inception of a campaign to brutally repress the religion and culture of Tibetans, garrisoned the independent nation. Initially, the People's Republic of China implemented an ostensibly ‘accommodating’ policy- allowing the Dalai Lama to retain his authoritative position, agreeing to allow Tibet to self-govern and respecting Tibetans freedom of religion - all the meanwhile covertly undermining Tibetan authority, confiscating land from the Tibetan aristocracy, looting monasteries, and introducing Communist propaganda.

By the mid-1950's, the Chinese government needed to secure the strategically crucial region in order to enact the next stage of their plan. The 'neccesity' compelled the PRC to accelerate their Tibetan social transformation scheme. The PRC's pace of monastery and temple destruction escalated and hundreds of thousands of monks and nuns were driven out from their religious communities. Anti-Chinese protests sprouted up throughout the region, dissidents becoming more fervent each year. With rumors of the PRC's intention to depose of the Dalai Lama, demonstrations reached their apex in the March 1959 Tibetan uprising. Tens of thousands of Tibetans assembled around the Dalai Lama's home, vowing to protect the Tibetan leader with their lives. The Dalai Lama, under the threat of capture, imprisonment and even death, was forced to flee to India where he remains exiled. 

The PRC consolidated their control after the abortive "Lhasa Uprising" and the Communist Party of China implemented the Great Leap Forward, a campaign that motivated one of the deadliest mass killings in history. No group suffered more than the Tibetans during this time, 1 in 5 dying from 1959 to 1962.  

Despite variations in China's policies over the years, there has always been a continuity of extreme repression of the Tibetan’s way of life. The Chinese government's relentless desire to destroy the independent and distinct Tibetan identity has only become more inflamed.

The Present

The peaceful protests of 2008, demonstrative of the ineffectiveness of China's control and the strength of Tibetan culture, led to a response of heightened repression. Over the last 5 years, the Chinese government has overtly replaced Tibetan textbooks with Chinese textbooks in an attempt to erase the Tibetan language, detained writers, singers and entertainers as an act of cultural repression and even installed civilian cadres in Tibetan monasteries so to monitor monks and impose curriculums designed to denigrate the Dalai Lama and destroy that aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Regardless of the Chinese government’s attempts to suppress Tibetan identity, Tibetans have held on firmly to their beliefs and traditions. However, their long struggle to persevere in the face of oppression has prompted Tibetans to resort to another, more desperate, form of protest. Since 2009, more than 100 Tibetans have self-immolated in an effort to draw attention to the dire situation of the Tibetan people. Those who have committed suicide by fire have chosen to sacrifice their lives in order to raise attention to the despair of their people.

The Tibetan people have had to endure an assault on their culture; their language; their religion and ultimately, their identity for the last 63 years. Without world recognition and support, these gross human rights abuses will continue unabated and the people of Tibet will continue to suffer.

The NOW

Today, March 10, marks the 54th Anniversary of Tibetans National Uprising Day.  Today, Tibetans and supporters from all around the world will join together to commemorate the major protests of 1959 and draw attention to the Tibetan struggle for survival.  

Take this opportunity to say ENOUGH by standing together for Tibet and join a protest near you! 

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Organization Information

3 Generations

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.3generations.org
Project Leader:
Jane Wells
3 Generations Founder and President
New York, NY United States