During the last over five decades in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan people under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have been carrying out a non-violent movement to regain their lost freedom and dignity. Since the Tibetan freedom struggle is based on truth, justice and non-violence, Tibetan people’s work and dedication catalyzed many people in the international community, from all walks of life, to take an active interest in Tibet. As a result, over the past two decades the Tibet support movement or the Tibet Support Groups (TSGs) have been formed amongst the international community. These support groups, formed voluntarily and working in close cooperation with the Tibetan people but independent of CTA, have helped in creating increased awareness about the situation in Tibet and generating an impressive level of world-wide support for Tibet.
Today the support for Tibet has reached a critical stage. The ever-expanding Tibet movement has brought more countries under its influence. In the first Tibet Support Group Meeting in Dharamsala in 1990, there were delegates from 25 countries. There were delegates from 56 countries at the Second Tibet Support Group Meeting held in Bonn, Germany in 1996. Since then the number of Tibet supporters internationally has increased manifold. And there is a welcome injection of young blood with the founding of the movement of Students for a Free Tibet in the United States in 1994. This has been witnessed during the Third Tibet Support Group Meeting in Berlin, Germany in May 2000 with nearly 300 Tibet supporters from all over the world participating in the conference. There were delegates from 47 countries including 12 Chinese during the fourth International Tibet Support Group Conference held in Prague, Czech Republic in October 2003. And the fifth International Tibet Support Group Conference brought the maximum number of delegates of 306 from 52 different countries including 13 Chinese. The growing number of support clearly shows the widespread support of the Tibet movement worldwide.
The Tibet Support Group movement has become so strategically effective that no government can ignore it much longer. A measure of its effectiveness can be gauged by the reaction of the Beijing government to every Tibet Support Group meeting. Beijing made a concerted effort but without success to prevent the five important and historic meetings of Tibet Support Groups since 1990.
In the official Chinese propaganda, Tibet supporters are routinely referred to and labelled as “hostile western forces” and the Tibet movement as whole is labelled as “splittist movement” backed by “Western imperialist forces.” However, the reality is that the supporters of Tibet are far from hostile to Beijing. The members of Tibet Support Groups belong to a wide diversity of countries, cultural background and ideological denominations. As a matter of fact, Tibet today also enjoys support from a substantial number of Chinese who contribute meaningfully in supporting the cause of Tibet. The ideology that unites supporters of Tibet is a common belief that freedom, justice and human dignity are the birthright of every human being. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “it is natural for human beings to feel a sense of compassion and solidarity if they see their fellow human beings suffer.” The members of Tibet Support Group are the people who have taken upon themselves the universal responsibility of ensuring that the world becomes a better place to live in.
The interaction of the Tibetan people with the international Tibet supporters over the years has reinforced their Buddhist belief in the spirit of non-violence and forgiveness, even towards China. It has rejuvenated the sense of optimism for the future of Tibet and the world at large. Just as truth and justice must triumph at the end, Tibetan people believe that Tibet will regain its lost freedom sooner rather than later. When such a time comes, Tibetans will remember the consistent and committed contribution of Tibet supporters to the cause of Tibet. Tibetans, too will, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, dedicate their lives and actions to the cause of peace, justice and freedom for all in this world.
The main functions of the TSG Desk at the Department of Information and International Relations of Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala, North India, are to:
- Inform TSGs about the policies and initiatives of the CTA;
- Inform TSGs about Tibet and the Tibetan communities in exile;
- Interact with members of TSGs, and coordinate their programme during their visit to Dharamshala;
- Act as an observer to the ITSN Steering Committee;
- Facilitate international conferences of TSGs;
- Keep records of campaigns and activities of TSGs, and present annual reports on the state of the worldwide Tibet movement.
Liaison Officer for TSGs
TSG Desk DIIR,
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamsala – 176215 H.P.,
India Tel: +91-1892-222457, 222510
- Special International Tibet Support Groups Meeting, 2012
- Sixth International Conference of TSGs, Surajkund, 2010
- Special International TSGs Meeting, Gurgaon, India 2008
- Fifth International Conference of TSGs, Brussels, 2007
- Fourth International Conference of TSGs, Prague, 2003
- Third International Conference of TSGs, Berlin, 2000
- Second International Conference of TSGs, Bonn, 1996
- First International Conference of TSGs, Dharamshala, 1990
Urgent Appeal to the Tibetan people and Tibet supporters in the USA and Canada
Under the wise guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle-Way policy, we have been striving for a genuine autonomous status for all the Tibetan people through negotiations. This policy has been adopted democratically by the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet, as well as by the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies. In order to achieve this, the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have undertaken five rounds of talks with the concerned officials of the People’s Republic of China since 2002. At present our effort to bring about negotiations has reached at a critical stage of whether we are able to sustain it or not.
Last year the Kashag issued a detailed and unambiguous appeal letter on 3 September 2005, but it had not been as effective as expected. Moreover, Tibetans have staged a strong protest demonstration during President Hu Jintao’s visit to America and Europe, and, as a result, the fifth round of talks was prolonged by three months.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama stated in this year’s 10 March statement “The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration has made a number of appeals to Tibetans and our international supporters to work toward the creation of a conducive environment for negotiations. Today, I would like to emphasize that we leave no stone unturned to help the present process of dialogue for the resolution of the Sino-Tibetan problem. I urge all Tibetans to take note of this on the basis of the Kashag’s appeal. I make the same request to Tibet supporters and those sympathetic to the Tibetan people.”
President Hu Jintao will soon pay an official visit to America this month and the Kashag would like to once again strongly appeal with utmost importance and emphasis to all the Tibetans and Tibet Support Groups to refrain from any activities, including staging of protest demonstrations causing embarrassment to him. This appeal is not only to create a conducive atmosphere for negotiations but also not to cause embarrassment and difficulty to His Holiness the Dalai Lama whose visit coincides with President Hu Jintao’s visit to America. If protests are held, this will give the impression that no Tibetan or Tibet Support Group is taking notice of and carrying out His Holiness the Dalai Lama?s instructions issued in the recent 10th March statement.
Therefore, to avoid such things from happening, the Kashag hopes and believes that, unlike last year, all Tibetans and Tibet support groups will respond positively to this appeal at least for this one time, and make a wise choice from a wider perspective.
With warm greetings
3 April 2006
(Translated from Tibetan original)
Urgent Appeal to the Tibetan people and Tibet supporters in the USA and Canada
Under the noble guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle-Way policy, we have been striving for a genuine autonomous status for all the Tibetan people through negotiations. This policy has been adopted democratically by the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet, as well as the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies. In order to achieve this, the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have undertaken four rounds of talks with the concerned officials of the People’s Republic of China since 2002. Particularly, in the third and fourth round of talks held in Beijing and Berne respectively, both sides were able to clear many doubts, and had the opportunity to provide clarifications and explanations on a number of issues so that a meaningful negotiations can take place. Now that our efforts to bring about negotiations have reached a critical stage, a time has come for all the Tibetan people to employ every possible means to ensure the success of this process without creating any obstacles to it.
Soon after the reestablishment of our contacts in 2002, we have made an appeal for the creation of a conducive environment for our future negotiations, to which most of the Tibetans and Tibet supporters have responded positively. This has helped immensely in the ongoing process of dialogue. We, therefore, would like to thank all of you for your co-operation.
At the same time, as you all know, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, will soon pay an official visit to the Americas sometime in September this year. We would like to take this opportunity to make an urgent appeal to all the Tibetans and Tibet Support Groups to refrain from any activities, including staging of protest demonstrations, which will cause him embarrassment. This is President Hu Jintao’s first visit to the US as the President of the People’s Republic of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. Moreover of late, China has been showing a keen interest in and positive attitude towards our relations. Therefore, if the Tibetan people can demonstrate a new attitude this time, it will not only help bring about the fifth round of talks, but will also positively impact the future status of our negotiations. Conversely if we cause embarrassment to him, it will certainly have a negative impact on the process of negotiations, particularly on our existing contacts with the Chinese leadership. Therefore, irrespective of whether this is agreeable to the Tibetan people and Tibet supporters, we have dared to make this appeal. We hope that all of you will pay a close attention to this and lend us full co-operation.
Needless to say that the responsibility to work for the cause of Tibet, in general, does not rest upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration alone. Every Tibetan has a responsibility towards it. The Kashag has always been appreciative of all those Tibetans who perform their share of responsibilities against all odds.
In recent times, we have made successive appeals not to undertake demonstrations which are potentially violent in nature or any other activities that will cause embarrassment to the Chinese nation and people. These have been misinterpreted by some Tibetans as if one should not carry out any Tibet-related activity at all, or simply remain satisfied by hurling criticisms against the CTA’s position. Anybody, who is genuinely concerned about the Tibetan people and is conscious of his or her responsibilities, can work for the cause of Tibet without going against the principle of non-violence. These include improving the environment for negotiations, creating awareness about the truth of the Tibetan struggle amongst the world community, in particular the Chinese people, and soliciting support from the governments, parliaments, political organizations and the general public in one’s place of residence.
Moreover, there are many other political, social, educational and economic activities, which do not hamper the environment for negotiations. To think that only by staging a violent demonstration will benefit the cause of Tibet is a wrong notion. In short, when a person of intellect initiates any activity, it should certainly benefit the short and long-term goals of that particular activity. Therefore, a careful analysis will make it clear that by simply staging protests which cause embarrassment to a few Chinese leaders, and the short publicity gained from it, will not at all help our cause, including China’s policy on Tibet and the ongoing Sino-Tibetan dialogue.
With warm greetings,
3 September 2005
Letter for TSGs from Kashag
Dear Friends of Tibet,
In the last two years we have seen some encouraging developments with the release of several prominent Tibetan political prisoners, including Takna Jigme Sangpo, Ngawang Chophel and Ngawang Sangdrol. We have also had our contacts with China renewed last September for the first time in more than a decade. The second delegation is now in China and it is our sincere hope that these contacts will contribute to creating an atmosphere for a substantive negotiation that will restore the dignity of the Tibetan people.
International Tibet supporters have contributed greatly through various campaigns in realizing these developments. In the past Tibet supporters have worked ceaselessly for the release of the young Panchen Lama and other political prisoners. Tibetans remain thankful to all Tibet supporters for your unwavering sympathy, support and your efforts to bring an end to the suffering of the Tibetan people.
However, despite these efforts and developments the young Panchen Lama is still under detention in China and his whereabouts are unknown. One area of deep concern to us is the recent extradition of 18 Tibetans to Tibet. This shocking incident clearly reveals the degree to which China is willing to go to prevent Tibetans escaping from Tibet. Another concern is the execution of Lobsang Dhondup early this year without proper trial. Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is still languishing in Chinese prison despite his plea of innocence. Scores of Tibetan political prisoners are still in prison.
We, therefore, would like to request you to continue with your campaigns for the release of the young Panchen Lama and Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. We hope that your efforts will see the early release of these two Tibetan political prisoners.
With my best wishes,
Kalon for the Departments of Religion & Culture and Education
4 June 2003
Follow up Message from the Kalon Tripa’s Desk
Dear fellow Tibetans and friends of Tibet,
I am writing in connection with my previous communication, in which I gave you an update on some of the recent developments concerning our efforts to resolve the Tibetan problem with the Chinese leadership. Since then I have received positive feedbacks from many of you. I have also been following the discussions on the Internet, including the concerns some of you have raised. Seeing these as healthy discussions, I chose not to hasten with my clarifications on the issues you had raised.
In all my decisions, I have endeavored to take the greater interests of the Tibetan people into consideration, and have, as far as possible, tried to keep the Tibetan people informed of all the developments. I am, of course, aware of my heavy responsibility as a democratically elected leader of the Tibetan people. And, I have tried to shoulder this responsibility to the best of my ability, even if it sometimes meant making decisions that might not endear me to a section of the community.
For the first time in recent years, there is now a possibility of our efforts moving forward. Taking stock of the situation, I made a commitment to the Tibetan exile parliament that the Tibetan Government-in-Exile would do everything within its means to create an atmosphere that is for early resolution of the Tibetan problem. The parliament endorsed my decision to this effect.
We are fortunate that our movement has gained support from a vast section of the international community.I cherish this outpouring of international solidarity, and have, therefore, taken the first possible opportunity to update our supporters on the recent development and the follow-up action that we intend to take.I have appealed for your cooperation in our efforts to find out if the new development really holds the promise of a negotiated settlement to the Tibetan issue.
I was rather surprised and saddened to discover that some of our friends had misunderstood my appeal and called it a “directive” or “order”, thus creating misgivings in the minds of many people, who had not read my communication carefully.
Almost all of you, international supporters, have been working for the wellbeing of the Tibetan people. Your dedication to our cause is, of course, voluntary. There is absolutely no way I can presume to issue directives or orders to any of you. At the same time, as a legitimate representative of the Tibetan people, I have an obligation to explore all avenues, including appealing for your cooperation, for a peaceful resolution of our problem. If you read my communication more closely, you will realize that my appeal was only one part of the message that dealt with the significant political implication of the recent development and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile?s decision to make the most of the new opportunity.
I believe we should seize the opportunity presented by the recent development. I want to make every effort to promote His Holiness the Dalai Lama?s Middle Way Approach; and we believe that our strategy does contribute toward this. I want to show the international community and the Chinese Government that the Tibetan Government-in-Exile sincerely wishes to find a peaceful solution. As you may have noted, governments of the world have welcomed the recent development, which naturally means we can expect their support and encouragement as well.
I must point out that we are only at the initial stage of the process. It is our hope that the process will culminate in a positive outcome for the Tibetan people. We stand to lose nothing by contributing to the creation of an atmosphere for such an outcome. More importantly, struggle per se, of which public demonstration is but one aspect, is not the goal of our movement. It is only a means to an end. We need to be clear about the roles of the medium and the message, and act accordingly. If the on-going process fails to take us towards our goal, then the Tibetan Government-in-Exile will redouble its efforts to highlight our issue publicly. In such an eventuality, I am sanguine the determination and dedication of the Tibetan people will be there, just as I know that our international supporters will continue their noble endeavors for our cause. However, if the on-going initiatives succeed in bringing dignity and respect for the Tibetan people, each one of you will have contributed significantly toward it.
18 October 2002
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Message from the Kalon Tripa’s Desk
Dear fellow Tibetans and friends of Tibet,
In recent times there have been some positive development in our effort to re-establish contact with the Chinese leadership. As you all know, Special Envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen visited Beijing and Lhasa from 9-24 September 2002 and met Chinese leaders and senior officials. On their return, they reported to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Kashag that they had been encouraged by their discussions with the Chinese leadership. This gives us hope that we can open a new chapter in our relationship and start a process of dialogue, leading to negotiations toward resolving the issue of Tibet.
His Holiness welcomed Beijing’s positive gesture in receiving our delegation and was very pleased that the contact has been renewed. He instructed the Kashag and his envoys to make full use of the new opportunity and continue our efforts to advance this process vigorously.
The Kashag reported the latest development to the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies during its recent session. We have informed the Assembly that we will respond to the Chinese gesture by devoting the period till June 2003 towards creating a conducive atmosphere for building on the new contact. I look forward to the cooperation of the Tibetans and friends of Tibet in this endeavour.
In October, Chinese President Jiang Zemin is visiting the United States and Mexico. In the past Tibetans and Tibet supporters throughout the world had used the opportunity of Chinese leaders’ visits to convey their feelings through peaceful rallies and demonstrations. One of the objectives of such actions was to encourage the Chinese leaders to respond to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s initiatives for a negotiated settlement of the Tibetan problem. Now that there is an indication that the Chinese leadership may be willing to start discussing with us, we could use the opportunity of President Jiang’s visit to test China’s response. I want to urge all Tibetans and friends of Tibet to refrain from public actions like rallies and demonstrations during President Jiang’s visit to the United States and Mexico.
This is a crucial time in our nonviolent struggle. It is of utmost importance that the worldwide Tibet movement is able to arrive at a unified position on important issues such as this. It will be a strong gesture for dialogue, nonviolence and reconciliation during a time when the international community is threatened by terrorism, violence and war cries.
Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche
September 30, 2002
Tibet Support Groups (TSGs) are non-governmental organizations formed voluntarily by individuals to support the Tibetan people’s freedom movement through various non-violent action means. TSGs raise awareness of the Tibet issue in regional, national & international levels and engage in concrete actions to mobilize support for the legitimate rights and aspirations of the Tibetan people. Towards this end, TSGs work independent of the Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala, India, but in due recognition and awareness of its policies and initiatives for the resolution of the Tibet issue through a peaceful negotiation.
2. Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina (ACT NC), USA
6. Boston Tibet Network, USA
7. Tibet Committee of Fairbanks, USA
20. West Virginia Friends of Tibet, USA
24. Dharma Bums, USA
29. Canada Tibet Committee-Calgary, Canada
31. Canada Tibet Committee-Montreal, Canada
34. Amigos De La Cultura Tibetana, Argentina
35. Fundacion Pro Tibet, Argentina
37. Centro De Cultura Tibetana, Brazil
39. Amigos De Tibet, Chile
40. Grupo De Apoyo A Tibet, Chile
41. Corporacion Cultural Tibetana, Chile
42. Tibet Independiente, Chile
44. Salvadorian Friends of Tibet, El Salvador
45. Amigos del Tibet, Guatemala
50. Tibet Support Group, Guadalajara
51. Tibet Support Group, Paraguay
52. Asociacion Cultural Peruano Tibetana. Peru
57. Amitiés Franco-Tibétaine, France
58. Amitiés Françaises Chushi Gangdruk (AFAT), France
61. Coord. action Parrainage Prisonnonniers, France
65. France Himalaya Tiers Monde, France
68. La Communauté Tibétaine en France
70. Pour Toi Du Monde, France
71. Réseau Int’l des femmes pour le Tibet, France
72. Rokpa France
73. Tibet Libre, France
76. Aide au Tibet, France
81. Assistance Medicale France Tibet, France
83. Autodétermination Tibet, France
85. Briançon05_urgence Tibet, France
86. Chagpori France
87. Collectif Bretagne-Tibet, France
88. Collectif Tibet-Dunkerque, France
89. Corse Tibet, France
91. CSPT Hérault – c/o Christiane Anderegg, France
93. Culture tibétaine, France
94. Destination Rangzen, France
95. Dolma – Enfants du Tibet, France
97. Eco-Tibet France
98. Espoir pour le Tibet (Tashi Dé Kyi Ling), France
99. Fondation Alexandra David-Neel, France
100. France Tibet Siège Social, France
101. France Tibet – Nord/Pas-de-Calais
102. Grandir au Tibet, France
103. Jamtse Thundrel association, France
104. Kalou Rimpotché d’Aide à l’Enfance, France
105. Khosateng, France
107. Liberté au Tibet (ex France-Tibet Alsace), France
110. Maison des Himalayas, France
111. Mouvement d’Action pour le Tibet, France
113. Niaymdu dro (ex Rhône Tibet), France
114. Nos Amis de l’Himalaya, France
120. Rencontres Tibétaines, France
122. Solhimal Bourges, France
123. Solidarité – Aube – Tibet, France
125. SOS Tibet Nienpo, France
126. Soutien à l’éducation tibétaine, France
128. Tendrel Action Tibet, France
129. Tibet 59/62, France
130. Tibet Chevaux du Vent, France
134. Tibet Résistances, France
135. Tibetoile, France
138. Tibet zone de paix, France
139. Trokpo association, France
140. Tsowa, France
142. Yeti, France
143. Assoc. Songtsen Gampo-Causa Tibetena, Portugal
144. Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete – Portugal
145. Songtsen Tibet Support Group, Portugal
146. Casa del Tibet, Spain: casadeltibetbcn.org
148. Friends of Tibet – Spain
149. Phagma Drolma, Spain
159. TSG Free Tibet & You, Holland
167. Students for a Free Tibet, Poland
168. Polish Movement for Free Tibet, Poland
169. Lithuanian Tibet Culture Foundation, Lithuania
170. Zida Cels, Latvia
171. Union Latvija Tibetai, Latvia
175. Tibet Comittée of North Norway(TINN), Norway
176. Friends of Tibet, Finland
178. Students for a Free Tibet-Sweden
179. EcoTibet Ireland
180. Tibet Support Group, Ireland
181. Tibet Support Group Biokustannus Oy, Finland
182. Scotland Tibetan Association
184. Save Tibet, Austria
185. Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship, Croatia
186. TSG Split Croatia
188. Potala Fund, Czech Republic
192. Tibet & Buddhism, Germany
198. Tibet Support Assoc. Sambhala Tibet Center Hungary
199. CISL-Campagna di Solidarieta’com il Popole Tibetano
202. Piedmont Regional Council, Italy
204. Amici del Tibet(Friends of Tibet) Italy
206. Tibet-Unterstutzung Liechtenstein (TUL), Liechtenstein
207. TSG Romania
209. Dobrodelno društvo Tibet, Slovenia
210. Tibet Support Group, Slovenia
212. Tibet House Switzerland Foundaton
216. Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetan Suisse, Switzerland
227. Roof of the World Foundation, Australia
232. Tibet Mondai Wo Kangaeru Kai, Japan
234. tibetcolo, Japan
235. Tibet Support Group Korea
236. Tibet House Korea
237. TSG Mongolia
239. Friends of Tibet, Taipei
240. Han Chinese & Tibetan Friendship, Taiwan
242. Tibet Support Group – (TSG-KENYA), Nirobi, Kenya
243. TSG Kalmykia, Russia
244. TSG Tuva, Russian
245. TSG St. Petersburg, Russian
246. Society Friends of Tibet, Russia
247. TSG Moscow, Russia
248. TSG Coordinator in Minsk, Belarus, Russia
249. Save Tibet Foundation, Russia
250. Save Tibet, Russia
252. Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet, India
253. Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
2554. Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
256. National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
257. Anter Rashtrya Bharat Tibbat Sehyog Samiti, India
258. Indian Solidarity Committee on Democracy, Freedom & Human Right, India
259. Indo Tibetan Friendship Association, India
260. Indian Women’s Forum for Free Tibet, India
261. People’s Democratic Movement, India
262. Himalaya Parivar, India
263. Youth Liberation Front for Tibet, India
265. Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People, Israel
266. Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh
267. Friends of Tibet, Sri Lanka
2. Tibetan Association of Southern California, US
4. Tibet Association of Connecticut, US
5. Capital Area Tibetan Association, US
7. Tibet Association of Idaho, US
9. Tibetan Association of Ohio & Michigan, US
10. Montana Tibetan Cultural Association, US
11. Tibetan Association of Albuquerque, US
12. Tibetan Association of Santa Fe, US
13. Tibetan Association of Ithaca, US
16. Tibetan Association of Austin, US
18. Tibetan Association of Charlottesville, US
19. Tibetan Association of Vermont, US
21. Tibetan Association of Philadelphia, US
23. Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota, US
24. Tibetan Association of North Carolina, US
25. Indiana Tibetan Association, US
26. Tibetan Community of Alberta, Canada
27. Tibetan Cultural Society of British Columbia, Canada
29. Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec, Canada
31. Tibetan Community in Germany
35. Tibetan Community, Denmark
36. Tibetan Community in Norway
38. Tibetan Community in Poland
40. Tibetan Community in Iceland
41. ACT Tibetan Community INC, Australia
42. Tibetan Community of Victoria, Australia
43. NSW Tibetan Community Inc, Australia
44. Tasmanian Tibetan Community, Australia
45. Queensland Tibetan Community, Australia
46. WA Tibetan Community, Australia
47. South Australia Tibetan Community, Australia
48. New Zealand Tibetan Community, New Zealand
49. Tibetan Community in France
51. Tibetan Community in Netherlands
53. Tibetan Association of Belarus, Russia
54. Tibetan Association of Kalmykia, Russia
55. Tibetan Community of Buryatia, Russia
56. Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, Taiwan
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