Actions for Tibet: Anniversary of 10 March 1959 Tibetan Uprising

On Thursday 10 March and Saturday 12 March Tibetans and supporters world-wide will be commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising 10 March 1959, one of the most important dates in the Tibetan calendar. A number of events are being held in the UK to mark the anniversary including a lobby at Westminster. Tibet lobbyists have two asks of MPs:
1. To call on the Foreign Secretary to publicly welcome the election of the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile), invite the Kalon Tripa to the UK and encourage the Chinese President to engage with the Kalon Tripa.

2. To sign EDM 1434: “Arrests in Tibet”, and call on the British Ambassador in China to follow up on cases of arbitrarily arrested Tibetans, including writers, bloggers and artists, to seek their release.

Thursday 10 March (1.00pm-4.00pm)
Tibet Mass Lobby

Supporters across the UK will be lobbying their MPs to urge the government to act on its stated commitment to human rights and to bring tangible progress in seeking a just solution for Tibet. Many will be taking part in a Mass Lobby at the Houses of Parliament.

Location: Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA
Further information and background materials are available at:

Thursday 10 March (Midday)

Wreath-laying at the Memorial to Innocent Victims of Oppression, Violence and War
 An annual wreath-laying to commemorate the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising and remember the thousands of Tibetans who have lost their lives or suffered from torture and oppression as a result of China’s occupation of Tibet. There will be a short service with multi-faith prayers (approximately 15-20 minutes).

Location: At the Memorial to Innocent Victims of Torture, West Door, Westminster Abbey.

Saturday 12 March (11am-1pm. Gather from 11am, march starts at 11.30am)
Tibet Freedom March

To commemorate the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, the annual Tibet Freedom March will take place through central London. This year it will begin on Tothill Street, Westminster and finish outside the Chinese Embassy on Portland Place. Kate Hoey MP will be speaking at the rally outside the Chinese Embassy; the Dalai Lama’s Representative, Mr Thubten Samdup, will be reading the Dalai Lama’s 10th March message.

Location: starts on Tothill Street, London SW1H. Finishes outside Chinese Embassy, Portland Place, London W1B 1JL.


Saturday 12 March (Doors open at 3pm – 6pm)
Remember Tibet


An afternoon event in Westminster Cathedral Hall that commemorates Tibetan National Uprising Day and remembers Tibet, giving its vibrant and distinctive culture a voice through performances and readings. Tibetan food will be available.

Location: Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QW



Saturday 12 March (6.30pm – 9.00pm)
Commemoration of Tibet Women’s Uprising

The UK Tibetan Women’s Association is hosting a commemorative event to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day.

Location: The October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL

Full details on all Uprising 2011 events:

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