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Promoting and Protecting Tibetan rights at the United Nations since 2013



Tibet Advocacy Coalition is a project established in 2013 by International Tibet Network, Tibet Justice Center and Students for a Free Tibet to develop coordinated strategies, monitoring tools, and reports to highlight the situation in Tibet at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Coalition core members are International Tibet Network Secretariat, Tibet Justice Center, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibetan Youth Association Europe and Tibet Initiative Deutschland, who work together with support and advice from Boston University’s Asylum & Human Rights Program. The Coalition also offers support to other Tibet groups engaging in UN mechanisms and strengthen the global Tibet movement’s advocacy work and lead an on-the-ground team of Tibet advocates.

Tibet Advocacy Coalition provides information to UN Missions in Geneva, encouraging strong monitoring of the human rights situation in Tibet via the UN mechanisms available e.g Universal Periodic Review, Committee for Economic, Social, Culture and Economic Rights.


Tibet Advocacy Coalition advocates for the promotion and protection of human rights of Tibetans.

Tibet Advocacy Coalition engages in advocacy with the aim of promoting and protecting the human rights of Tibetans and securing the release of Tibetan political prisoners.

UN Permanent Missions:

tibet advocacy at the united nationsTibet Advocacy coalition plays a vital role raising Tibet with UN Member States. In addition to holding meetings with UN Permanent Missions about the human rights situation in Tibet, the Coalition prepares reports and political prisoner lists which it shares with delegations.

United Nations:

The Tibet Advocacy Coalition has participated in all major treaty body reviews of China since 2013, as well as China’s second and third Universal Periodic Reviews at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which took place in 2013 and 2018. The Coalition also briefs UN experts on the human rights situation inside Tibet, encouraging them to send communications to the Chinese authorities. Members of the Tibet Advocacy Coalition also deliver oral statements on Tibet at the Human Rights Council, urging China to comply with its international legal obligations.


The Tibet Advocacy Coalition prepares reports documenting the human rights situation in occupied Tibet.

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Training Programmes

The Tibet Advocacy Coalition organises capacity building trainings for Tibetans and those working for human rights in Tibet.

Tibet Advocacy training programmesSince 2013, the Coalition has delivered training programmes focused on UN mechanism engagement in both Geneva and New York. These trainings aim to equip those working on the situation in Tibet with the knowledge and tools to engage in successful UN advocacy.

Previous participants of the Coalition’s trainings include well-known Tibetan human rights defenders who have escaped from Tibet in recent years such as Tibetan monk and former torture survivor Golog Jigme and Nyima Lhamo, the niece of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who denied in police custody in 2015.

The Coalition aims to deliver and facilitate trainings on UN mechanism engagement at least twice annually.

Panel Discussions

The Tibet Advocacy Coalition participates in events, talks, and forums to raise awareness about the human rights situation in Tibet.

Through organizing and participating in talks, events, and public affairs forums, members of the Tibet Advocacy Coalition have engaged thousands of individuals on Tibet.

Tibet Advocacy Coalition representatives have given evidence and information at a number of international forums including side events at the Human Rights Council and rights NGO discussions and seminars.

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