STORY: Association of former political prisoners of Tibet launched a travelling photo exhibition in north Indian hill town Dharmashala on Thursday (September 27), giving a glimpse of struggle of the Tibetans for their homeland.
Tibetan activists will travel within India and abroad during the yearlong program of the travelling exhibition highlighting the deteriorating human rights condition inside Tibet.
We have been in exile for the last 59 years and the next year will be our 60th year in exile. So I think these sort of global exhibitions if highlighted then we can engage the international support, said deputy speaker of Tibetan parliament in-exile, Yeshi Phungstok.
Gu Chu Sum, the Political Prisoners Movement of Tibet is an organization of exiled Tibetans. Tensions have mounted between Tibet and China since 2008, after riots that broke out in the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Tibetan parts of China, which led to a government crackdown.
China has defended its rule with an iron-fist in Tibet, saying the remote region suffered from dire poverty, serfdom, brutal exploitation, and economic stagnation until 1950, when the Red Army ‘peacefully liberated’ it.
Beijing considers the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who fled China in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, a violent separatist. The Dalai Lama, who is based in India, says he is merely seeking greater autonomy for his Himalayan homeland