Action and campaigns
Over the last few years, TYAE has drawn attention to itself and Tibet through spectacular actions and campaigns. Campaigns such as “Team Tibet” or “Put Tibet Back on the Map”, just as in the past, have lead to international headlines.
Leaving Fear Behind
Equipped with a video camera worth 300 $ and almost no experience, Dhondup Wangchen and his friend Golog Jigme came up with the idea to log the daily life in Tibet by camera prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing. They travelled to the remotest corners of Tibet. Dhondup Wangchen’s motivation becomes visible in one of his movie quotes: «At a time of great difficulty and a feeling of helplessness, [the idea of our film is to] get some meaningful response and results. It is very difficult [for Tibetans] to go to Beijing and speak out there. So that is why we decided to show the real feelings of Tibetans inside Tibet through this film.»
Put Tibet back on the map
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of independence, on 13th February 2013, the TYAE approached Google with an urgent demand: Tibetan towns and cities should be named on google maps in Tibetan. With this demand, the TYAE, along with Students for Free Tibet and Tibetan Youth Congress launched the action platform www.tibetonthemap.com in order to stop the extinction of the Tibetan language and culture. On the website over 1600 towns were already named in Tibetan by members of the TYAE, which meant hours of work with painstaking attention to detail and constant checking back and forth between old Tibetan maps.
UPR China Geneva
On the 22nd October 2013, UN member states had the rare chance to ask China critical questions in relation to their domestic policies and the subsequent human rights violations, during its UPR. Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) and the TYAE took this opportunity to use this UPR as a platform to draw media attention to the plight of the Tibetans in Tibet. The collaboration was already discussed and initiated during the Summer Action Camp in Dusseldorf. After weeks of planning and preparation in the Swiss mountains, the campaign was finally realized.
On the 13th February 2013 it had been 100 years since the 13th Dalai Lama announced Tibet’s independence. He wrote a historically relevant statement that was sent to all the different regions of Tibet. In it, he encouraged the Tibetan people to safeguard Tibetan independence, as well as their religion and the culture.
Aktion vor der chinesischen Botschaft
The Tibetan community is filled with sadness because of the self-immolations in Tibet. Sadness, because Tibetan countrymen – most of them still very young – had to give up their lives. The recent developments are even more concerning, because they give us a glimpse of the terrible and inhuman politics of the Chinese government. The board of the TYAE asks itself again and again: how can young Tibetans in exile react to the situation in Tibet. Because of this question, 20 people decided to gather in front of the Chinese Embassy on the 15th November
hus bloody hands
Activists walked through the streets of Zurich, St. Gallen and Berne wearing masks depicting Hu Jintao and greeted pedestrians. Hu Jintao’s hands were red as if drenched in blood. Pedestrians reacted shocked and refused to shake his hand. The red hands symbolized the blood that sticks on Hu’s hands. The confused pedestrians were given a flyer explaining the meaning behind the campaign and were informed about the current situation in Tibet.
An die 10.000 Menschen setzten ein starkes Zeichen der Solidarität für Tibet: Am 26. Mai 2012 fand auf dem Wiener Heldenplatz die “Europäische Solidaritätskundgebung für Tibet” statt. An der mit der GSTF gemeinsam organisierten Kundgebung forderten der Premierminister der Exilregierung der Tibeter, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, und der ehemalige französische Aussenminister, Bernard Kouchner, die Regierungen der EU-Mitgliedstaaten auf, sich auf höchster Ebene gegen die eskalierende Menschenrechtssituation in Tibet stark zu machen. Höhepunkt bildete die Rede Seiner Heiligkeit dem 14. Dalai Lama.
Deine Stimme Entscheidet
With the program „Your vote makes a difference“ the TYAE has launched an information campaign about the elections of the Chitue and the Kalon Tripa. A campaign that has been successful! We could spur the interest for politics with many mainly young countrymen and create a motivation to cast a vote.