Free Tibet Movement

AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
A Chinese military officer visits the square near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, western China's Tibet
Province, July 28, 2007. Tibet's history is steeped in dispute.

Modern Political History of Tibet

In the popular consciousness, Tibet is a mystical, spiritually and culturally rich land of sublime natural beauty, beset with social unrest and political turmoil. And its exiled leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, is of the world’s most charismatic and influential social activists. Learn about the modern political history of Tibet, the debate surrounding Tibetan freedom and the future of Tibet.

History of Tibet

Tibet was once a great military power that “carved for itself a huge empire in Central ... read more »

Chinese Annexation of Tibet

In the early 1950s, China invaded Tibet, enforcing its claim to ownership of the region. The ... read more »

Tibet Today

Protests surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games brought renewed attention to Tibet, and ... read more »

Free Tibet Movement

The Dalai Lama and advocates of Tibetan political sovereignty maintain that since the 1951 invasion of Tibet, the People’s Republic of China has been responsible for the deaths of 1.2 million Tibetans. Learn more about the free Tibet movement that has gained momentum and visibility in recent decades, aided in part by a popular concert series.

Top Sites for the Free Tibet Movement

Free Tibet campaigns “for an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for the fundamental human rights of Tibetans to be respected.” Visit the site for information on how to become involved, or for background on Tibet’s culture, economy, environment and politics, and the state of human rights in Tibet.

International Campaign for Tibet is the world’s largest NGO advocating for the freedom of Tibet. Its site hosts a variety of resources for understanding Tibet and Tibetan culture, learning about legislative advocacy, finding news reports from Tibet and participating in the campaign.
Back to Top

The Future of Tibet

Activists advocate for Tibetan sovereignty, and the Chinese government argues that life for ... read more »

Most Recent Guides