Global Tibet Movement



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 catalysed 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.

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Tibet Support Groups (TSGs)

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 mobilise 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.


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Important Links

Tibetan NGOs based in Dharamsala

Tibet Support Groups (TSGs)

1. International Campaign for Tibet, USA

2. Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina (ACT NC), USA

3. Students for a Free Tibet, USA

4. Arizona Friends of Tibet, USA

5. Bay Area Friends of Tibet, USA

6. Boston Tibet Network, USA

7. Tibet Committee of Fairbanks, USA

8. Boycott ‘Made in China’ Campaign, USA

9. Colorado Friends of Tibet, USA

10. Committee of 100 for Tibet, USA

11. International Tibet Independence Movement, USA

12. Los Angeles Friends of Tibet, USA

13. Rangzen Alliance, USA

14. San Diego Friends of Tibet, USA

15. Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet, USA

16. Sierra Friends of Tibet, USA

17. Tibet Justice Center, USA

18. TIBET Michigan, USA

19. US Tibet Committee, USA

20. West Virginia Friends of Tibet, USA

21. Western Colorado Friends of Tibet, USA

22. World Tibet Day and Interfaith Call for Tibet, USA

23. Monadnock Friends of Tibet, USA

24. Dharma Bums, USA

25. Seattle Friends of Tibet, USA

26. Canada Tibet Committee National Office, Canada

27. Canada Tibet Committee- Ottawa, Canada

28. Canada Tibet Committee, Toronto, Canada

29. Canada Tibet Committee-Calgary, Canada

30. Canada Tibet Committee-Victoria, Canada

31. Canada Tibet Committee-Montreal, Canada

32. Canada Tibet Committee-Vancouver, Canada

33. Canada Students for a Free Tibet, Canada

34. Amigos De La Cultura Tibetana, Argentina

35. Fundacion Pro Tibet, Argentina

36. Comite Brasileiro DE Apoio Ao Tibet, Brazil

37. Centro De Cultura Tibetana, Brazil

38. Pro Tibetana Culture Group, Chile

39. Amigos De Tibet, Chile

40. Grupo De Apoyo A Tibet, Chile

41. Corporacion Cultural Tibetana, Chile

42. Tibet Independiente, Chile

43. Associacion Cultural Tibetano-Costarricense, Costa Rica

44. Salvadorian Friends of Tibet, El Salvador

45. Amigos del Tibet, Guatemala

46. Casa Tibet Mexico, Mexico


48. Tibet Support Group, Guadalajara

49. Tibet Support Group, Paraguay

50. Asociacion Cultural Peruano Tibetana. Peru

51. Tibet Patria Libre, Uruguay

52. Action Dolpo, France

53. Aide à l’Enfance Tibétaine, France

54. Alliance Tibet Chine, France

55. Amitiés Franco-Tibétaine, France

56. Amitiés Françaises Chushi Gangdruk (AFAT), France

57. Assistance médicale Toit du Monde, France

58. Association Tharjay, France

59. Coord. action Parrainage Prisonnonniers, France

60. CSPT National, France

63. Don et Action pour le Tibet, France

64. Etudiants pour un Tibet Libre, France

65. France Himalaya Tiers Monde, France

66. Graines d’avenir, France

67. Kun Phen Ling, Terre du Cœur, France

68. La Communauté Tibétaine en France

69. Montagne du Bonheur, France

70. Pour Toi Du Monde, France

71. Réseau Int’l des femmes pour le Tibet, France

72. Rokpa France

73. Tibet Libre, France

74. Tibet Village Projet, France

75. Vivre au Tibet, France

76. Aide au Tibet, France

77. Aides aux Réfugiés tibétains (A.R.T.), France

78. Aide aux réfugiés tibétains d’Asie (ARTA), France

79. Aide et espoir pour le monde Tibetain, France

80. Alternative Tibétaine, France

81. Assistance Medicale France Tibet, France

82. Ass. Paloise pr l’Art & la Culture du Tibet, France

83. Autodétermination Tibet, France

84. Auvergne Mainpat Tibet, France

85. Briançon05_urgence Tibet, France

86. Chagpori France

87. Collectif Bretagne-Tibet, France

88. Collectif Tibet-Dunkerque, France

89. Corse Tibet, France

90. CSPT Eure et Loir, France

91. CSPT Hérault – c/o Christiane Anderegg, France

92. Culture en exil, France

93. Culture tibétaine, France

94. Destination Rangzen, France

95. Dolma – Enfants du Tibet, France

96. Drôme Ardèche-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

106. Le Toit du Monde, France

107. Liberté au Tibet (ex France-Tibet Alsace), France

108. Lions des neiges, France

109. Lions des neiges Mont Blanc, France

110. Maison des Himalayas, France

111. Mouvement d’Action pour le Tibet, France

112. Matchik Labodreun, France

113. Niaymdu dro (ex Rhône Tibet), France

114. Nos Amis de l’Himalaya, France

115. Objectif Tibet, France

116. Ondes Sonores, France

117. Passeport Tibétain, France

118. Provence Himalaya, France

119. Rangzen Toulouse, France

120. Rencontres Tibétaines, France

121. Solhimal Strasbourg, France

122. Solhimal Bourges, France

123. Solidarité – Aube – Tibet, France

124. Solidarité Tibet, Maison des Associations, France

125. SOS Tibet Nienpo, France

126. Soutien à l’éducation tibétaine, France

127. Tashi Delek Bordeaux, France

128. Tendrel Action Tibet, France

129. Tibet 59/62, France

130. Tibet Chevaux du Vent, France

131. Tibet Languedoc, France

132. Tibet, les enfants de l’espoir, France

133. Tibet Normandie, France

134. Tibet Résistances, France

135. Tibetoile, France

136. Tibet Vallée de la Drôme, France

137. Tibet Vent de Liberté, France

138. Tibet zone de paix, France

139. Trokpo association, France

140. Tsowa, France

141. Urgence Tibet, 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:

147. Comite de Apoyo al Tibet, Spain

148. Friends of Tibet – Spain

149. Phagma Drolma, Spain

150. International Campaign for Tibet Europe, The Netherlands

151. International Campaign for Tibet Europe, Brussels, Belgium

152. Les Amis de Tsechokling, Belgium

153. Les Amis du Tibet asbl, Belgium

154. Nyanjay ASBL, Belgium

155. Tibetan Development Fund, Belgium

156. United Nations for a Free Tibet, Belgium

157. Vrienden van Tibet, Belgium

158. Les Amis du Tibet, Luxembourg

159. TSG Free Tibet & You, Holland

160. Free Tibet Campaign, UK

161. Students for a Free Tibet, UK

162. Tibet Society of the UK

163. International Tibet Network, UK

164. Through an Exile Lens, UK

165. Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights; Tibet Desk, Poland

166. Tibetan Programme(The Other Space Foundation), Poland

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

172. The Tibet Support Committee: Denmark

173. Association for a Free Tibet(Foreningen Frit Tibet): Denmark

174. The Norwegian Tibet Committee/Den Norske Tibet Komite, Norway

175. Tibet Comittée of North Norway(TINN), Norway

176. Friends of Tibet, Finland

177. Swedish Tibet Committee, Sweden

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

183. Friends of Tibet, Iceland

184. Save Tibet, Austria

185. Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship, Croatia

186. TSG Split Croatia

187. Lungta TSG, Czech Republic

188. Potala Fund, Czech Republic

189. TSG Prague (Charitable Society of Tolerance), Czech Republic

190. Tibet Initiative Deutschland e.V. Germany

191. International Campaign for Tibet, Germany

192. Tibet & Buddhism, Germany

193. Tibet Initiative Munchen e.V Germany

194. Tibet Initiative Kempten e.V Germany

195. Tibetishes Zentrum Hamburg, Germany

196. International Society for Human Rights(Munich Chapter Association), Germany

197. Friends of Tibet, Athens

198. Tibet Support Assoc. Sambhala Tibet Center Hungary

199. CISL-Campagna di Solidarieta’com il Popole Tibetano

200. Associazione Italia-Tibet, Italy

201. Association of Towns, Provinces, Regions for Tibet, Italy

202. Piedmont Regional Council, Italy

203. Casa del Tibet, Italy

204. Amici del Tibet(Friends of Tibet) Italy

205. Tibet Culture Centre, Italy

206. Tibet-Unterstutzung Liechtenstein (TUL), Liechtenstein

207. TSG Romania

208. Predseda zdruzenia SPT(Tibet Friend Association), Slovakia

209. Dobrodelno društvo Tibet, Slovenia

210. Tibet Support Group, Slovenia

211. TibetFreunde, Switzerland

212. Tibet House Switzerland Foundaton

213. La Porte du Tibet, Switzerland

214. Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association, Switzerland

215. Associazione Ticino-Tibet, Switzerland

216. Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetan Suisse, Switzerland

217. Tibetan Youth Association in Europe, Switzerland

218. Kulturzentrum Songtsen House

219. Australian Tibet Council, Australia

220. Australian Tibetan Society, Australia

221. Tibetan Friendship Group, Australia

222. Tibet Support Group, South Australia

223. Freedom 4 Tibet, Australia

224. Tibetan Action Group of Western Australia

225. Friends of Tibet (NZ), New Zealand

226. Wollongong Dharma Collective, Australia

227. Roof of the World Foundation, Australia

228. Tibetan Women’s Association and Friends Australia(TWAFA), Australia

229. We love Free Tibet (WLFT), Japan

230. Students for a Free Tibet, Japan

231. Amnesty International, Japan (Tibet Chapter), Japan

232. Tibet Mondai Wo Kangaeru Kai, Japan

233. Japan Committee of 100 for Tibet, Japan

234. tibetcolo, Japan

235. Tibet Support Group Korea

236. Tibet House Korea

237. TSG Mongolia

238. Friend of Tibet, Philippines

239. Friends of Tibet, Taipei

240. Han Chinese & Tibetan Friendship, Taiwan

241. Tibet Society of South Africa (TSSA), Durban, South Africa

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

251. Friends of Tibet (India)

252. Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet, India

253. Bharat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India

2554. Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India

255. Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement/Council for Free Tibet, 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

264. Raise Tibetan Flag Campaign, India

265. Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People, Israel

266. Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh

267. Friends of Tibet, Sri Lanka


Tibetan Associations

1. Tibetan Association of Northern California, US

2. Tibetan Association of Southern California, US

3. Tibetan Association of Colorado, US

4. Tibet Association of Connecticut, US

5. Capital Area Tibetan Association, US

6. Tibetan Association of Chicago, US

7. Tibet Association of Idaho, US

8. Boston Tibetan Association, 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

14. Tibetan Community of New York & New Jersey, US

15. Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association-Portland, US

16. Tibetan Association of Austin, US

17. Utah Tibetan Association, US

18. Tibetan Association of Charlottesville, US

19. Tibetan Association of Vermont, US

20. Tibetan Association of Washington, US

21. Tibetan Association of Philadelphia, US

22. Wisconsin Tibetan Association, 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

28. Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario, Canada

29. Tibetan Cultural Association of Quebec, Canada

30. Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein, Switzerland

31. Tibetan Community in Germany

32. Tibetan Community in Italy

33. Tibetan Community in Austria

34. Tibetan Community in Britain

35. Tibetan Community, Denmark

36. Tibetan Community in Norway

37. Tibetan Community of Sweden

38. Tibetan Community in Poland

39. Tibetan Community in Ireland

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

50. Tibetan Community in Belgium

51. Tibetan Community in Netherlands

52. Tibetan Community Barcelona, Spain

53. Tibetan Association of Belarus, Russia

54. Tibetan Association of Kalmykia, Russia

55. Tibetan Community of Buryatia, Russia

56. Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association, Taiwan

57. Tibetan Community Japan(TCJ), Japan

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TSG Desk at the DIIR

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.

Contact Address: Liaison Officer for TSGs TSG Desk DIIR, Central Tibetan Administration Dharamsala – 176215 H.P., India Tel: +91-1892-222457, 222510 Fax: +91-1892-224957 E-mail: tsgdesk[at]

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