Friday is International Tibetan Solidarity Day

This Friday, May 17, is International Tibetan Solidarity Day, which “symbolizes international community’s solidarity with the aspirations of the Tibetan people who yearn for freedom and continue to stand strong in the face of great adversity.” It also marks the anniversary of the disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama, who went missing at the age of six in 1995. His whereabouts are still unknown.

The Central Tibetan Administration is calling upon Tibetans and their supporters with expressions of solidarity for Tibet and by contacting government officials to urge action to improve human rights conditions in Tibet. All are requested to pray for the at least 117 Tibetans who have self-immolated since 2009.

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