Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.
In our work for Tibetan independence we also aim to inspire and enable people, especially youth, to create a just and equitable world, free of oppression, in which there is respect for the earth and all living things.
We believe every individual has the right to be free. Those who enjoy freedom have the power and also the responsibility to make positive change in the world. We seek to create opportunities to inspire, enable and motivate all people to see that change is possible. We value creativity in every pursuit and we believe it is essential to have fun while working towards our vision of a just and equitable world.
Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters.
Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength.
To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
Activities of SFT (INDIA)
- coordinate strategic, nationwide and international campaigns focused on political, economic and human right issues in Tibet.
- have a team of skilled and highly-motivated board members and volunteers all over India.
- organize open forums for discussion on the various issue of Tibet.
- engage and educate a growing number of young people about Tibetan Freedom Struggle and provide a space for young Indian activists and Tibetans to work together.
- organize public campaigns and protest to highlight the human rights violations in Tibet and strengthen the Tibetan Freedom Movement.
- aim to stimulate interest and constructive sympathy from the general Indian masses and leaders on the cause of Tibet and turn it into actions.
- organized a “coast to coast India cycle rally for Free Tibet” involving 28 cyclist- December 27 2001 to march 10th 2002, starting from Calcutta via Madras, Bangalore, Cochin and ended at Mumbai. It took two and half months to complete the rally . Our objective was to demand the release of the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima from the Chinese custody.
- organized a Peace March rally from Dharamshala to Delhi on 15th February 2001 and wound it up on March 10th, 2001. It took one whole month for the marchers to reach Delhi after covering 510 kms walk.
- organize advance Leadership Training Programs
- co-organized the ‘March to Tibet’ with 4 major Tibetan NGOs under the coalition Tibetan People’s Uprising Movement (TPUM). TPUM aims to revive the spirit of the Tibetan national uprising of 1959, and by engaging in non-violent direct action, bring about an end to China’s illegal occupation of Tibet.