Tibet Watch, registered charity no 1114404, was established in 2006 to promote the human rights of the Tibetan people by providing accurate information about the situation in Tibet, for the purposes of educating people and engaging in international advocacy on behalf of the Tibetan people.
A research-based human rights monitoring organisation,
Tibet Watch's researchers speak to a range of contacts, collating
and corroborating accounts (testimonies and eye-witness accounts)
of human rights abuses in Tibet, including torture and arbitrary
detention. Tibet Watch staff also collate and corroborate information
and, where applicable, testimonies from new Tibetan refugee arrivals
in Dharamsala, India. Other information is sourced from official
Chinese Government websites, which Tibet Watch staff monitor.
Watch Definition of Tibet
Before the Chinese occupation in 1949, Tibet comprised of three
provinces known as U-Tsang, Amdo and Kham. Tibet Watch uses
the term Tibet to refer to these three areas. Nowadays, when
the Chinese refer to 'Tibet', they mean the Tibetan Autonomous
Region (TAR) which was established in 1965. This comprises all
of what Tibetans call U-Tsang and parts of Kham. The traditional
Tibetan areas of Amdo and the rest of Kham were incorporated
into the Chinese Provinces of Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan.
Within these Chinese Provinces there are Tibetan areas divided
into various Prefectures subdivided into Counties or district
level administrative areas.