Facts About Tibet

Tibetan monk Jampa Tenzin, Lhasa, Tibet, 1st October 1987
FACTS ABOUT TIBET

Historically Tibet enjoyed a fully independent entity as a nation except for a few cases where it came under various degrees of foreign influences. There were times when the Tibetan empire expanded its area of influence by conquering some parts of China and making the Tang Empire pay an annual Tribute to Tibet. Later, the boundaries were marked by installing and erecting treaty pillars at the capitals of each country with equal status.


Following the 1911 Chinese Revolution that led to the downfall of the Qing Dynasty, the 13th Dalai Lama issued a proclamation reaffirming the independent status of Tibet on 14th February 1913. The proclamation was issued to dispel the doubts of the international community that the neighboring nations have a say on the Sovereignty of Tibet. Since then Tibet enjoyed a fully independent nation status, which can be justified under international law.

In 1949, China invaded Eastern Tibet and forcefully captured Chamdo in October 1949.

On May 23, 1951, the Tibetan delegations in Peking were forced to sign a 17-point agreement with the threat of large-scale military retaliation on Tibet.

On 10th March 1959, When the situation in Tibet become critical and the security of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was threatened by the presence and the pressure of the Chinese Communist forces.
The Tibetans from all three traditional regions of Tibet rose against the Chinese forces and took to the streets of Lhasa, and defended the national sovereignty. Many of the participants in the Uprising were later imprisoned or executed for their actions.

Tibetan Uprising Day is observed every year on March 10, to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising against the presence of the people’s Republic of China in Tibet.

On 17th March 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama along with more than 80,000 Tibetans sought refuge in India.

Under Chinese Rule

More than 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed.Over 6,000 monasteries have been destroyed.
Thousands of Tibetans are still imprisoned for exercising their fundamental rights.Tibet’s natural resources and fragile ecology are being irreversibly destroyed.
There is evidence suggesting that Tibet is being used for the dumping of nuclear wastes.Tibetans (6 million) have been outnumbered by Chinese (More than 7.5 million) in Tibet.
Tibet, once a peaceful buffer state between India and China, has been transformed into a vast military base.

Self-immolation:

Since 27th February 2019, 159 Tibetans including monks, nuns, and laypeople set themselves on fire to protest against the Chinese oppressive and repressive rule.

Long nights and days!

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I watch the moon moves all alone the whole night, 

I count the clock ticks all alone the whole night, 

I stare at the ceiling in silence the whole night

Those were the days the nights were too long to pass

And those were the days I miss them the most 

I watch the sun setting down to an evening chill,

I watch the cloud passing by the hills, 

I watch the birds fly as it wills

Those were the days, the days were too long to pass

And those were the days I miss them the most.

By Sonsnow

After landing US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Taiwan

ཁྱོད་ནི་ང་ཡི་དགྲ་མིན་སུ་ཞིག་ཡིན།

Street play showing how the Chinese torture and treat the peaceful Tibetan protesters.
People’s liberation army parading in front of the peaceful standing Potala Palace.

ཁྱོད་ནི་ང་ཡི་དགྲ་མིན་སུ་ཞིག་ཡིན།

སྤུན་ཟླ་བསད་ཅིང་ཕ་ཡུལ་བཙན་གྱིས་འཕྲོག

མ་བུ་གསོན་བྲལ་འཛོམས་པའི་ལས་སྐལ་བཅད།

རྩ་ཆེའི་རི་ནས་རིན་ཆེན་གཏེར་རྣམས་བཏོན།

ཁྱོད་ནི་ང་ཡི་དགྲ་མིན་སུ་ཞིག་ཡིན།

བླ་སྤྲུལ་མཁན་ཆེན་ཐམས་ཅད་བཙོན་དུ་བཅུག།

གནས་ཆེན་དགོན་ཆེན་ཐམས་ཅད་རྡུལ་དུ་བརླགས།

སྟོན་པའི་བཀའ་བསྟན་ཡོངས་རྫོགས་རླུང་དུ་བསྐུར།

ཁྱོད་ནི་ང་ཡི་དགྲ་མིན་སུ་ཞིག་ཡིན།

མཛེས་པའི་རི་ཆུ་ནགས་གསུམ་སྟོངས་ལ་སྦྱར།

ཕྱུག་པའི་སྒོ་ཕྱུགས་སེམས་ཅན་བཤས་རར་ཕུད།

གཅེས་པའི་རིག་གཞུང་ཕྱུག་མོ་སྟོངས་ལ་སྦྱར།

ཁྱོད་ནི་ང་ཡི་དགྲ་མིན་སུ་ཞིག་ཡིན།

ཕ་བཟང་བུ་ནས།

Who else is my enemy, if not you?

The one who murdered my countrymen and forcefully captured my country,

The one who causes the mother-Child separation for too long,

The one who mined minerals out of the sacred mountains,

Who else is my enemy, if not you?

The one that imprison the abode and educated High lamas,

The one that demolished the sacred sites and institutions down to ashes,

The one that burns away the sacred Buddhist text,

Who else is my enemy, if not you?

The one that has done the destruction and deforestation,

The one that drives the domesticated animals into the slaughterhouse,

The one that is eliminating and eradicating the cultural identity,

Who else is my enemy, if not you?

By Sonsnow

Oh White Crane!

White crane gazing over the glamorous Potala Palace, the sacred abode of the Avalokitesvara.

Oh White crane!

White crane!

lend me your wings,

I won’t Fly Further to the West

From here I shall return

White crane!

Lend me your ears,

And Hear me out in Silence

Tell them how firmly we Stand

White Crane!

Lend me your Eyes,

And watch me in Distance

How United we stand

By Sonsnow

Why are you so Silent?

Why are you so silent?

When your countrymen continue to scream in great pain, Behind the bars with broken bones.

Why are you so silent?

When the monasteries and nunneries are destroyed and demolished down to ashes.

Why are you so silent?

When the forests are fired and trees cut down to Timbers in great number.

Why are you so silent?

When the monks and nuns in great numbers are forcibly evicted from their institutions.

Why are you so silent?

When the singers and writers are imprisoned for speaking out the injustice imposed upon them.

Why are you so silent?

When they mined minerals out of the mountains and made a whole lot of holes in the Himalayas.

Why are you so silent?

When they installed eyes on every street pole and watched you pee and peep in deep silence.

Why are you so silent?

When the rivers and rivulet are controlled by building dams after dams.

Why are you so silent?

When you are not dumb and numb enough to ignore the injustice.

By Sonsnow

Who are you?

Who are you to smile on their behalf?
when you hide their sorrows aside

Who are you to speak on their behalf?
when you do not speak their tongue

Who are you to dance on their behalf?
when you do not know their dance

Who are you to speak on their behalf?
when you tied their tongues too tight

Who are you to liberate them?
when you confine them in Full control

Who are you to speak on their behalf?
when you do not respect their idea

Who are you to wave on their behalf?
When you tied their hand too tight

Who are you to speak on their behalf?
when you do not Speak out the bitter truth

Who are you to pray on their behalf?
when you do not respect their religion

Who are you to speak on their behalf?
when you do not speak their heart out

Who are you to cry on their behalf?
when you do not feel their pains

By Sonsnow

Who: The Chinese Communist Party

Their: Tibetans and others who face intense surveillance and oppression under the Chinese authoritarian rule.

If I die here on a Foreign Soil

Protest against CCP Centenary celebration, New Delhi

If I die here on a foreign soil

Bury me not, burn me Instead

I have stayed here long enough

with high hopes of homecoming,

Send some of my ashes back to my homeland,

As I have promised to return not long after

Ask my parents not to cry in great grief

They have cried enough in all those years,

Ask them to forget their son,

Who doesn’t deserve a place in their heart,

But tell them they have raised a Men

Who fought well enough until his last breath,

For a nation that is under an Oppression

And for a Country whose Countrymen continues to suffer,

They might smile a bit after it

And I can Rest In Peace

By Sonsnow

TYC Yellow Guards

Tibetan Youth Congress members providing support and assistance to the poor and destitute amidst the deadly disease.

TYC Yellow Guards

When the world locked down
With an alarm of Chinese Virus,
You see them on the ground
leaving their life at risk,

Here and, there the yellow guard
Guarding the gates and Graves
fighting at the Frontline
With white gloves and Yellow suits

Here comes the Yellow Guard
with an unclaimed corpse
and there goes the Yellow Guard
with cremains, if claimed somehow,

Here comes the Yellow Guard
with a truck full of food
and there goes the Yellow Guard
with a street full of smiles

Call them the Yellow Guard
Or the Frontline Warriors
They were the wonder volunteers
securing the safety of all cities

Here comes the Yellow Guard
At any calls at no cost
and there goes the Yellow Guard
with the whole city sanitized,

Here and, there the Yellow Guard
With an oxygen cylinder on their bike
and mask boxes on their back
Only to save the sicked city

Here and, there the Yellow Guard
All in one for All
Waging a war against the Virus
With a weapon of Volunteer badge

By Sonsnow

Note: The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) is a worldwide Organisation of Tibetans united in our common struggle for the restoration of complete independence for the whole of Tibet. Tibetan Youth Congress and its regional chapters have been engaging with social services work throughout this global pandemic. The social service activities TYC engages with are setting up quarantine centers, providing medical devices, sanitization drives, cremation, distribution of ratios to the poor and destitute, and providing assistance to the old and sick in this time of great need.