Our History

In 2008, as eyes turned to China before the Beijing Olympics, Tibetans rose up across Tibet. Massive solidarity protests around the globe followed. A new chapter of the Tibetan resistance was born, as Tibetans strategically embraced tactics of self-reliance and noncooperation on a scale never seen before. Tibet Action Institute was formed the following year to support this changing resistance landscape, providing intensive training on lessons of strategic nonviolent action drawn from other successful human rights and democracy movements around the globe, while helping Tibetans inside and outside Tibet capitalize on new information and communication technologies and defend against relentless cyber attacks and surveillance from China.

Our Mission

Tibet Action Institute combines the power of digital communication with strategic nonviolent action to advance the Tibetan freedom movement. We bring together expert campaigners, strategists, and technologists to develop and implement visionary strategies and innovative training, education, and technology programs, equipping Tibetans with the tools and knowledge to achieve human rights and freedom in Tibet.

Our Strategy

By training and educating Tibetans everywhere in the art and methods of nonviolent resistance and safe and effective use of new information and communication technologies, we build a movement that is equipped to successfully wage the strategic civil resistance campaigns that will bring positive change to Tibet.

10 Years! Lhadon's Video Message

Tibet Action Institute turns 10! We’ve made a short video to tell the story of our beginnings as we start our second decade of using technology and nonviolent action to strengthen the Tibetan people’s struggle for freedom. We want to thank each and every one of you who has supported us, believed in us and cheered us on in our mission. We especially want to thank all of the activists who have worked with us, trained with us and inspired our team to keep at it. We have no doubt positive change is coming for Tibetans. We will get there. Tibet will be free. Visit https://tibetaction.net to learn more

Posted by Tibet Action Institute on Friday, November 15, 2019

Lhadon's Democracy Award Acceptance Speech

"We are here today not just to mark a historic moment, or because things have gotten so much worse, but because we have to act -- to right the wrongs of the past and to pick up from that moment, 30 years ago, that was alive with hope and possibility, and this time, to get it right." Lhadon Tethong, Tibet Action Institute. Watch the complete #Demaward acceptance speech here:

Posted by Tibet Action Institute on Wednesday, June 5, 2019