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Today’s successful and inspiring action at Intercontinental Hotel in London close to St James’s Park! We were there to tell Intercontinental Hotel Group that Tibetans don’t want or need a luxury hotel in their capital, Lhasa. Tibetans are living under Chinese military occupation and have no say in the development of their own land. 

We will keep pressuring Intercontinental Hotel Group to pull out of Lhasa, which is under Chinese occupation. Tibetans will not benefit from the construction of this hotel, neither as visitors or as workers. We can use your help to keep up the pressure! If you have Twitter please tweet to @InterConHotels that Tibet belongs to Tibetans with the hashtag #ihgparasites, on facebook you can comment on their facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/intercontinental?fref=ts. You can also send feedback via their website https://www.ihg.com/hotels/gb/en/customer-care/forms 

This year’s February 13th badges just arrived in London! Based in the UK? Get in touch with us at info@sftuk.org or send as a Facebook message if you would like some for your event, stall or sign of solidarity to celebrate the legacy of the Tibetan Empire. 

Every country marks significant historical dates in its founding as a nation. Regardless of its current political status, Tibet is no exception and Students for a Free Tibet has set aside February 13th as an important day to commemorate Tibet’s independent past. In occupied countries, observing independence day is a powerful expression of a people’s desire for freedom.

Last year on February 13th, in over 30 cities worldwide, Tibetans and their supporters commemorated the Centennial of the 1913 Tibetan Proclamation of Independence by organizing flag raising ceremonies, exhibitions, lobbying event and other creative actions to put a spotlight Tibet’s independent past. Globally, elected representatives took part in honoring this day and showed solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet.

SECURE THE PAST, SHAPE THE FUTURE

In their latest attempt to rewrite Tibet’s history of an independent past, the Chinese government has invented propaganda lies depicting the Doring pillar of the Tibet-China Peace Treaty of 821-822 AD outside the Jokhang in Lhasa - a very prominent monument from the time of the Tibetan Empire - as a legitimate claim to Tibet. Nothing could be further from the truth!

This year on February 13, Students for a Free Tibet will mark the day by celebrating the great legacy of the Tibetan Empire to challenge China’s propaganda about Tibetan history as well as to strengthen the case for Tibet on the global stage.

In commemorating the historical legacy of the Tibetan Empire, we are not only securing our past but also shaping our future, as we work toward fulfilling our vision of all Tibetans uniting in a free and democratic Tibet.

For more info see here: https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/campaigns/political-action/february-13-2014-year-of-the-tibetan-empire

SFTUK ACTIVIST CONFERENCE 2013  This November in Sussex! Please share! 

The new term is fast approaching us, and that means that once again it’s time for the annual SFTUK Activist Conference! An opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to the movement, and also a chance to meet like minded individuals, dedicated the plight of Tibetans inside Tibet. 

This November 2nd, we’re heading to the University of Sussex, renowned for academic brilliance and strong resistance against privatisation, in recent news. Join us here for workshops on:

- Non Violent Direct Action
- Campaigning 
- Sustaining / building your university group
- Activism and technology
- Fundraising
- Updates from Tibet
- And much much more

Register now and get your tickets online - only £12 until 28th September (£15 after)! This covers your crash-pad accommodation, food and interactive workshops. Click the link below and make your donation, with the reference: "SFTUK national conference" and your name. 

http://www.sftuk.org/donate-us/

To find out more about the conference, visit our FB events page and let us know if you’re coming.

 http://tinyurl.com/na4b6c6 

If you are in the UK and have an interest Tibet or are Tibetan, we want to meet you.

See you soon,

The SFTUK Team

Short rant

The messages we receive from  some “supporters” are really infuriating sometimes! They go along the lines of - “Tashi Delek/Namaste, We are supporting Tibet and promoting Tibetan culture/language/… by selling i.e. some kind of product, that we of course charge lots of money for which we will be keeping for ourselves. Could you please advertise for us? Peace and love [a non Tibetan person]. Needless to say we will not respond to these requests. 

(That’s not to say that most of our supporters are great and we really appreciate you!) 

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Tibet activists demand InterContinental ditch Lhasa luxury hotel plan

Tibet campaigners armed with placards carrying graphic images of human rights abuses in Tibet disrupted InterContinental Hotels Group’s annual general meeting in London with a “die in” Friday. The demonstrators were demanding IGH to withdraw its plans to open a luxury hotel in Lhasa

Photo taken by SFT at the die in last week is now on Phayul, a Tibetan news website!

Today our intern Andrew, who’s been working on our environmental campaign, sent a letter to Kishore Rao, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The Centre acts as a coordinator for UNESCO concerning World Heritage Sites, a network of international protected areas renowned for their outstanding natural or cultural significance.

Our letter concerned the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas in China, a World Heritage natural Site seriously threatened by five dam projects recently approved by the Chinese government. One of these projects in particular, the Song Ta dam, is located in Tibet and has been planned to start within the 2011-2015 period. 

The dams will be built on the Nu River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in Asia, which originates in the Tibetan Plateau and flows through the World Heritage Site. This site represents a fundamental source of livelihood for millions of people across Asia.

Both UNESCO and other organisations have  shown the negative impacts that these dams would have on the Three Parallel Rivers, an area that is home to 7,000 plant species and believed to support over 25% of the world’s animal species.

The impacts of dam construction include, great loss of biodiversity and water pollution, social disruption and forced resettlement, loss of natural and cultural heritage and potentially increased geological and seismological risks

At the World Heritage Committee session in Cambodia this June, there is a real chance that the Committee will consider including the Three Parallel Rivers on the List of World Heritage In Danger.

Such action is often seen as a sanction of the host country . It has proved to be a successful strategy to restrain China’ in the past. In 2004, under the pressure brought by the World Heritage Committee to comply with China’s international obligations, the then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao suspended all of the thirteen dam projects originally proposed for the Nu River.

We demand in our letter that the current Chinese government once again complies with its international obligations by immediately suspending any projects that not only threaten the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage Site, but that are also expected to cause, among others major social and environmental disruption within the Tibetan Plateau and which will further contribute to the marginalization of Tibetan people.

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Padma Dolma, Executive Director of SFT UK, talking at Essex University last week on a panel titled “Colonialism Today - Many Struggles - One Fight”, with speakers about Palestine, Western Sahara and Tibet and Professor Colin Samson who has worked extensively with the Innu peoples in Labrador, Canada. Padma describes contemporary colonial policies in relation to Tibet. The rest of the talk should be up soon too for those of you who are interested. 

With thanks to our cameraman Myles Fisher! 

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Protests as Chinese Premier visits UK

SFT Europe Director Padma Dolma speaking with BBC News China Editor Carrie Gracie yesterday before the press conference with Li Keqiang. Carrie was one of two UK based journalists allowed to ask Li Keqiang a question during the press conference and chose to ask him about human rights. If you missed her report on yesterday’s protest you can watch it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27892241 #FreeTibet