What We Do

The International Campaign for Tibet proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008. For more than two decades, we have called the world’s attention to the injustices and brutality being suffered by the people of Tibet. We’ve shone a spotlight on China’s repressive authority and intervened on behalf of political prisoners. We’ve worked with and been guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and have provided support to Tibetans in exile.

View the ICT and Tibet Timeline: 1988-2008 and read more about ICT’s work in an article from the May 2010 issue of Shambhala Sun magazine.

Here are some of the many ways we realize our mission statement:

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy – ICT monitors and investigates human rights conditions and works with appropriate organizations and government officials to publicize abuses and bring pressure to bear on the PRC government.

Legislative Activities – ICT seeks support for Tibet in the form of, floor speeches, testimony, resolutions and legislation by members of Congress. ICT also responds to many requests from Members of Congress and their staff for information and assistance.

Fact-Finding Missions – ICT conducts on-site fact-finding missions to India and Nepal. ICT has investigated the Chinese population transfer, prisons, education, China’s racist policies in Tibet, deforestation and China’s nuclear activities on the Tibetan plateau.

Environment and Development Initiative – ICT monitors cultural and environmental implications of foreign and Chinese economic development projects in Tibet and publishes a newsletter called Tibet Environment and Development News.

Tibetan Refugees in Exile – ICT works to protect the right of Tibetan refugees to pass safely through Nepal and monitors conditions for Tibetan refugees around the world.

Chinese Outreach – ICT networks with exiled Chinese democracy and overseas Chinese organizations, works with Chinese language media, edits and translates books and materials and conducts research on Chinese rule of Tibet. The project also develops Chinese language material on Tibet and sends it to China.

Education and Publications – ICT’s bi-monthly Tibet Press Watch is distributed to ICT members and prominent organizations and individuals who are engaged in work on Tibet. ICT has published a leading report on religious persecution in Tibet, a report on Chinese settlers and population transfer in eastern Tibet, a survey of international development projects in Tibet, a report on Racism in Tibet, and a report on nuclear activities in Tibet. ICT staff regularly give lectures and provide news and background to the media.

The Light of Truth Award – In 1995, the International Campaign for Tibet established the Light of Truth Award to be bestowed upon individuals who have made outstanding contributions to public understanding of Tibet and its current plight. The Light of Truth Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the Tibet movement and has been presented each year by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on behalf of ICT. You can find more information about the awardees here.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet – The Rowell Fund for Tibet gives small grants to Tibetans who are working to in the areas of environmental conservation, photography, humanitarian issues, journalism/literature, and women’s projects. The Fund is managed by the International Campaign for Tibet. Tibetans from any country are eligible to apply.

Tibetan Youth Leadership Program – The TYLP aims to nurture youth leaders who will not only become the leaders of the Tibetan community in the future, but who will also act now to convert their energy and convictions about issues affecting Tibet into a powerful force for activism and change. Through workshops, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants are taught the art of leadership. The training is specifically geared to meet the needs of the Tibetan community for a core group of young, articulate Tibetan leaders.

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