Three Tibetan voices: Solidarity with the people of Tibet

For Tibetans worldwide, 10 March is the most important day on their political calendar.

On that day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans took to the streets of capital Lhasa to resist China’s invasion of Tibet. The crackdown on the protest led to the loss of many Tibetan lives and forced the Dalai Lama and over 80,000 Tibetans to flee into exile to neighbouring India. From there, the Tibetan diaspora has spread far and wide, including to Australia where around 3,000 Tibetan refugees have found safety and continue to advocate for human rights in Tibet.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day.

Three generations of Tibetan-Australians, whose lives have been shaped by that historic day in 1959, share their stories – Lobsang Norbu, who joined the protest on that day as a young monk and spent over 20 years in prison; Kyinzom Dhongdue, born in a refugee camp in India and currently Amnesty International Australia’s Government Relations Lead; and Tenzin Chokrab Kundeling, a high school student born in Sydney who spends his weekends learning Tibetan language and music.

Our blogs are written by Amnesty International staff, volunteers and other interested individuals to raise awareness and encourage action around human rights issues. They do not necessarily represent the views of Amnesty International.


Lobsang Norbu
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Kyinzom Dhongdue
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Tenzin Chokrab Kundeling
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