This Friday, December 10th, marks the 61st anniversary of Human Rights Day, a day set aside to recognize the inherent rights of every individual and to take action for those who have been denied their rights.
This year, Tibetans and their supporters worldwide are joining Chinese democracy advocates and human rights groups to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese intellectual and activist Liu Xiaobo on Human Rights Day. Liu Xiaobo is currently serving an 11-year sentence on charges of "inciting subversion of state power” for his part in writing and promoting 'Charter 08,' which calls for legal reforms, democracy, and protection of human rights in China. He is also a long-time supporter of the Tibetan people's right to self-determination. His seat at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway will remain empty; a stark reminder to the world of the Chinese government's blatant disregard for human rights.
This Human Rights Day, we are also profiling the cases of three Tibetan heroes – Dhondup Wangchen, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, and Runggye Adak – all jailed by China for demanding human rights for Tibetans and for bravely expressing their opposition to Chinese policies in Tibet.
Like Liu Xiaobo, they have selflessly risked their own freedom to advocate for the human rights of others. Now it is our responsibility to use our freedom to speak out for their human rights.
TAKE ACTION: 5 Simple Actionsto Promote Freedom for Tibet and Democracy in China.
Sign a petition calling on world leaders to press the Chinese government to release Liu Xiaobo and all political prisoners detained by China.
Take Action in support of Tibetans' language rights. The Chinese government is planning to replace Tibetan with Chinese as the language of instruction in schools in eastern Tibet in a systematic attempt to eliminate the use of Tibetan. Language forms the foundation of Tibet's unique and vibrant culture; to deny Tibetans their language is an attack on their fundamental human rights. Learn more.
Show your solidarity with Chinese and Tibetan human rights defenders on Human Rights Day:
Download a poster to display on your campus or in the window of your home/office/car.
Tweet messages in support of #LiuXiaobo & #humanrights in #Tibet and #China. Every time you tweet Liu Xiaobo's name, your tweet will appear in the Free Tibetan Heroes feed.
Please let us know about your actions in support of Human Rights Day. Send us an update and photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post in the SFT Blog. Thank you for speaking up for Liu Xiaobo, Dhondup Wangchen, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Runggye Adak, and for taking action for human rights in Tibet and China.
Tendor, Kate, Tendolkar, Stef, Mary-Kate and all of us here at SFT HQ