On 7 March, Free Tibet will join Students for a Free Tibet UK, Tibet Society and Tibetan Community UK for Tibet Lobby Day 2017.
The Tibet Lobby Day is a key opportunity for supporters of Tibet to call for action for Tibet from their elected representatives. It gives supporters the chance to build up their relationship with their members of parliament and introduce them to Tibet, the occupation and the human rights abuses taking place.
This year we are encouraging supporters to raise two issues with their MPs:
1. The need for the UK government to publicly meet with the Dalai Lama and the SIkyong (Tibet's Prime Minister).
2. For the UK government to call for a halt to the ongoing demolitions and evictions taking place at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute.
We have provided a number of resources to enable supporters to take part in Tibet Lobby Day. They cover everything from finding your MP and securing a meeting with them to talking points and detailed background information to help make your lobbying a success.
Background: What is Lobby Day?
Tibet Lobby Day takes place every year around the world. Tibet groups and their supporters meet with their elected representatives and encourage them to take action for Tibet. Tibet Lobby Day generally takes place around 10 March, the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising - one of the most significant dates of the year among Tibetans.
On the day, campaigners and supporters gather at their parliaments, senates or government buildings and attend pre-arranged meetings with their elected representatives. The meetings allow supporters to brief their representatives about what is happening in Tibet and ask them to take action.
The following resources will help you carry out your lobbying on 7 March. Don't forget to let us know that your are signing up for Lobby Day 2017 - you can fill in your details on the form here, or contact Ellen Lees (Students for a Free Tibet) at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Jones (Free Tibet) at email@example.com.
Lobbying Training, Sunday 26 February, 12:00–15:00: To help your prepare for Tibet Lobby Day, Students For a Free Tibet UK are conducting a training session. The training will take you through the entire Lobby Day process- what you need to do, who to talk to and how to give the perfect pitch to your MP. The training will take place at Limehouse Town Hall 646 Commercial Road, London E14 7HA. For further details, see the Facebook event page.
Tibetan Uprising Day, Friday 10 March, from 14:00: The big day. We will carry out a march and rally to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising. Tibetans and supporters of Tibet will hold a rally outside Downing Street and then march to the Chinese Embassy. There we will hold a demonstration to call for an end to China’s occupation and human rights abuses in Tibet. We will gather at the entrance to Downing Street from 2pm and begin marching to the Chinese Embassy at 3pm. From around 4pm we will demonstrate at the Chinese Embassy, 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL. For further details, see the event page.
Tibet Uprising Commemoration, Friday 10 March, from 17:30-21:00: An evening event commemorating the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising. The evening will consist of talks, film, music and interactive events on Tibetan culture, history and campaign actions. Refreshments will be available. The venue will be Mahatma Gandhi Hall, Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ.