In 2008, after decades of occupation and repression, a wave of protests erupted across Tibet. China’s response left 227 dead, over 1,000 injured and 6,810 in prison. Some have since been released. Some are still behind bars. Some didn’t live to tell the tale. A few not only survived until release but then evaded surveillance and managed to escape into exile. In 2015, we put the testimony of seven torture survivors in front of the UN. Voices that China tried to silence now told tales of barbaric cruelty and incredible bravery. They told of the unbreakable spirit of Tibetan resistance.
Our 'Blood on the Snows' tour will bring these tales to a number of venues across the UK. Our speakers include Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Executive Director of Tibet Watch and Free Tibet. Our special guest speaker is Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, Vice-President of Gu Chu Sum Movement Association of Tibet (the Tibetan association for former political prisoners and our partner in our recent work on torture). The events will also feature video testimony from Tibetan monks who survived torture in the wake of the 2008 uprising.
All events will be free. Refreshments will be provided - and Tibetan music. There will be campaign activities for those of you who feel inspired to take action.
Guest Speaker - Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar
Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar was born in India, the daughter of a political prisoner who made the journey into exile after enduring over 20 years in a Chinese prison for challenging the invasion of Tibet. She initially went to school at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala before going on to study at the University Delhi and later at Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University.
As a student, she was active in various campaigns for Tibet and initiated a Walk of Faith for Peace and Freedom in Tibet, which covered the four major Buddhist sites in India and Nepal. After graduating, Namgyal worked as a project coordinator and trainer for the Tibetan Women's Association. She was later elected as the vice-president of Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet, the Tibetan association for former political prisoners. She is also one of the youngest candidates currently standing for election to the Tibetan parliament.