International Tibet Network is a vital organisation within the movement promoting freedom and human rights for the people of Tibet. The Network coordinates regional and international campaigns, provides tools and resources for Tibet groups and assists those wishing to get a Tibet group started in their own country. With only a handful of staff it manages to provide an amazing and indispensable service.
Since 2000 when ITN was founded and established, the cooperation along the TSG's worldwide became more professional. Before I was already activ in the Tibet movement and in the beginning of the years of ninetees I attended European TSG Meetings in Oslo and Sofia which coordinated only the activities of TSG's in Europe and without employed professional staffs. Since 2000 ITN has developed professionally and is launching worldwide campaigns. This global Plattform is for the Tibeten Freedom struggle necessary. The Meetings and Actions of ITN brings the TSG's closer together to achieve the Goals of the Global Tibetan Movement. Since 2006 i'm a member of the Steering Committee of ITN.
My name is Migmar Wangdu Christoph RAITH, President of the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association. Since many years I'm working closly with International Tibet Network. Since 3 years I'm a member of the Steering Committee of ITN. ITN is well organised and works with Tibetan NGO's at the grassroot-level. ITN launches worldwide campaigns like the "Games of Beiing Campaign 2008" or the actuell campaign "stop the forced resettlement of Tibetan Nomads" or the campaign "The Third Pole- The Right for Water for Tibet and the Asian Subcontinent". ITN works successfully . Twith small costs of administration without costs of a office. The longtime serving of the Director and other staffs are a quaranty for the continuity of the NGO successfull and substainable engagement for the Human Rights and Freedom in Tibet.
International Tibet Network has been helping, coordinating and boosting activities for Tibet support groups in the world for years. Its work helps alleviate the suffering of the Tibetan people, a country where there are less journalists than in North Korea ! More than 130 people did immolate themsleves to make their plight known outside Tibet. and still it is hard to know what is going on inside Tibet due to lack of independant reporters and communications cut off. Thanks to ITN for their work !
The International Tibet Network is an organizacion which supports the cause of Tibet and have almost 200 member groups. Its work is remarkable giving information, organizing campaigns, and making visible the plight of Tibet around the world. For all the people who support this struggle, the existence of the Net is fully necessary
Aloma Sellanes (Uruguay)
Members of The International Tibet Network are a dedicated team who are passionate about the situation in Tibet and they 'walk their talk'. They are proactive and professional in their approach to resolving the Tibet issue. I highly recommend them as a Great NonProfit organisation; they have values and keep to them in whatever they do; a first-class organisation with a first-class bunch of people.
Le réseau international pour le Tibet est absolument essentiel à la lutte pour les Droits du peuple tibétain.
Il permet de créer une cohésion au mouvement de soutien à travers le monde et je puis dire, en tant que co-présidente et fondatrice d'un petit groupe, qu'il nous permet de nous sentir relier à un même but.
Il permet également d'aborder les grands décideurs en tant que participant à un mouvement international, ce qui donne plus de poids aux revendications et aux actions.
Google translation : The International Network for Tibet is absolutely essential to the struggle for the rights of the Tibetan people.
It creates a cohesive movement to support worldwide and I can say, as co-founder and president of a small group, it allows us to feel connected to the same goal.
It also helps address the key decision makers as part of an international movement, which gives more weight to claims and actions.
The International Tibet Network serves a vital role as a leader and motivator for all Tibet support groups world wide. They keep the movement alive, vibrant and moving.
As Founder Chairman of Tibet Support Group - Ireland since 8th August 1988 (8/8/88!) I was one of a small group of Tibet Supporters who frequently complained about (a) the lack of co-ordination between the various TSGs around the world, and (b) the lack of strategic planning in the Tibet movement’s campaigns. In the early 1990s we were challenged by Thubten Samdup, then in Canada, who said: “Instead of complaining, why don’t you do something about it?” Thus was born (after some two years of effort) the International Tibet Support Network, which in recent years has become the International Tibet Network.
While I was involved in its formation, I have had relatively little to do with the ITN’s organisational work since its early years and I can say as an “external user” that the ITN has been, and continues to be, absolutely vital in providing those two much needed resources - strategic planning and international co-ordination of campaigns, efforts and ideas.
Maybe there are other similar organisations that provide as good as or better service to a global spread of NGOs in their respective sectors as does the ITN - but I doubt it.
Conozco de la iniciativa red internacional de Tibet desde su creación y considero su servicio de extraordinario valor para llevar adelante la defensa del pueblo tibetano y su rica cultura que significa un aporte irremplazable para el futuro de la humanidad. La red es una oportunidad concreta para que todos quienes somos sensibles a este tema en los más diversos rincones del mundo, podamos sumar nuestras fuerzas para socorrer al pueblo tibetano. La red está en permanente contacto y colaboración con todos los que nos consideramos voluntarios de una causa justa, por la libertad del pueblo tibetano.
I came in contact with International Tibet Network when I was in the board of Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. I have great admiration for the organization for their dedication and hard work in spear heading campaigns and coordinating efforts with other Tibetan NGO's around the world. They do great job on utilizing resources in most effective ways in highlighting Tibet issues and struggle for human rights in Tibet.
The people who work in the ITN are very knowledgeable and helpful. I wish the network will continue to do great job in supporting and working along side the Tibetans and other NGOs for the Free Tibet.
I got to know the International Tibet Network in October 2008, while visiting Dharamsala in India. A former Board Member of the International Tibet Network who was working at the Office there, invited us to the Office and he explained the work and services. As a board member of a Tibet group in Belgium I was very interested and later also impressed by the great work that the Tibet Network does. The International Tibet Network unites almost 200 Tibet associations and Tibet groups worldwide, and they organize joint actions, provide very useful and actual information, samples of texts and material for actions etc. In March 2013 I participated in a One Day Strategy Meeting organized in Brussels (Belgium), and in September 2013 in the European Meeting organized in Basel (Switzerland). The guest speakers gave very interesting lectures and the workshops were absolutely wonderful and very useful for the Tibet groups. Everything was perfectly organized. The International Tibet is doing a very good job, and I always recommend Tibet associations to become member of this Tibet Network.
After sixteen years in the Tibetan freedom movement, both before and after the formation of the International Tibet Network, I have deep admiration for the work the organization does and the invaluable role they play, providing coordination and resources that help foster strong leadership and strategic direction within the global Tibet movement.
I've known about International Tibet Network (ITN) since I started volunteering with Students for a Free Tibet in 2010. I only fully realized the incredible resourcefulness and importance of this organization during a non-violent direct action that we planned and executed during the G20 Summit in Cannes in November 2011. I was amazed and inspired by the commitment, energy and proficiency of the ITN team. ITN is one of the most efficient, and timely resource and information sharing networks, in addition to providing invaluable training to activists in the Tibetan freedom movement. A committed team that provides crucial updates, data, resource materials and facilitates the efficient and strategic mobilization of the Tibetan diaspora in order to take strong, coordinated actions for Tibet. I love what they do, and their work is critical for the functioning and growth of the Tibetan independence struggle in exile.
Tibet Network is an organization which unites and supports Tibetan associations and Tibet support groups around the world.
Tibet Network built up a worldwide network where all the support groups in different countries may share ideas and coordinate activities. Tibetan Network provides important information, runs and coordinates powerful campaigns and strategic actions and provides assistance to its members.
I came to know about the International Tibet Network 2 years back when i attended International Tibet Support Group's conference in Delhi. Since than i have been closely following the work of Tibet Network and its contributions towards Tibetan Movement and also participated in number of its successful campaigns. As Tibetan Freedom movement has turned into global with its members and supporters spread across the world with hundreds of Tibet support groups in different countries. I believe International Tibet Network is doing great work in networking and resource sharing, updating news in most needful way. i have seen in past 2 years Tibetan Network has helped organize number of successful global campaigns on issue of Human rights and freedom of Tibetan people inside Tibet, specially when Tibet is undergoing its hardest time with series of self immolations both Inside and outside Tibet. I see the work of Tibet Network needed more than ever before. I am really honored and proud of to be part the Board Member of Tibet Network and pledge to work with all my capacity for the Tibetan people in it's fight against oppression through this organisation.
International Tibet Network is extremely important for action for Tibet all over the world. As a global coalition of Tibet-related non-governmental organizations ITN maximise the effectiveness of the worldwide Tibet movement. I can`t imagine an effective global action without the support and coordination. I strongly recommend ITN as an example of this type activity.
I joined Pensando en Tibet in 2007, a Tibet support group grounded in Mexico with the aim of making note the Tibetan issue in our country, and informing mexicans about the Tibetan people and its incredible rich culture. I can say that having worked with the International Tibet Network in the last years has been a great learning experience: they have shared their knowledge, information, resources and commitment to help our group grow. The International Tibet Network is much more than Group of groups, it is a great bridge that brings together all the experience and care from the various Tibet support groups around the world.
ITN is a organization which unite all Tibet support groups around the world. Being a major Tibet support group in Taiwan, ITN has not only provided rich information we need and also share ideas and activities of TSGs in different countries, In this way, we build up a common feelings for our cause, and encourage many of our members and supporters. Because many of TSGs are non-profit org as we Taiwan Friends of Tibet which only run by limited budget and volunteers, we really need support from ITN to provide more information and resource. The support ITN has been providing is very essential and helpful.
I have participated in the activities of the International Tibet Network since its inception. I was, in fact, involved in the inaugural meeting when discussions were held about the mandate and operating approach that would be elevate collaboration between the many Tibet-related organizations around the world. Little did I know at that time, to what extent the network would succeed in reaching its lofty objectives. This is in great measure due to the consistent and principled leadership the network has enjoyed, particularly its adherence to a facilitator's approach to campaigning, and the open and transparent nature of its administration. Today, the Network is viewed as an essential component of the international movement to promote human rights in Tibet.
One of the main factors responsible for a strong Tibet movement today is the genuine support given by Tibet Support Groups worldwide. Over the years, the number of Tibet support groups have grown tremendously. With the growth came the need for a coalition to provide coordination, cooperation and most importantly, a strategic direction. The International Tibet Network has been serving this purpose. Over the years, it has worked to assist and involve individual member organisations in coordinated strategic campaigns such as the Beijing Olympics 2008 and Tibet Third Pole.
At a time when human rights and justice is valued by every individual, orgnaizations and governments, there is a great challenge to bring these values to work and International Tibet Network does that. While Tibet is at the core of their work but their actions, policies and goals carry a universal appeal-that of protecting human rights and justice by acting on it and giving people (novices like me) an avenue and the right impetus to take action in protecting the human rights of the Tibetans inside Tibet while strengthening support for Tibet on a gloabl platform.
International Tibet Network connects and resources hundreds of Tibet support groups throughout the world. Over the last year it has taken its work to a new level, responding to the escalating crisis inside Tibet by providing first-rate leadership of the international movement, running powerful campaigns and enabling groups from Europe to Australia to take coordinated and strategic action.
I have watched the International Tibet Network grow over the past decade and enthusiastically support them because of the critical communications, coordinations and caring services this organization provides to the international Tibet movement. These services enhances the effectiveness of it overall and are a special service to underrepresented or underserved populations around the globe interested in advancing Tibetan rights.
Excellent to have this organization ITN share information and enable member groups to be more effective. The staff are clear and focused and dynamic. Our goals are refined and achievable - human rights in Tibet. One aspect of their work key for me is the commitment to nonviolence and outreach to the Chinese people. Inter-ethnic and interfaith outreach is high on my priority list. I remember working on these issues without the foundation/support of an international org and it was tough. ITN is basic and enabling.
International Tibet Network is network of Tibet Support Groups all over the world. Since its inception Tibet movement has gain huge amount of support internationally and the activities and campaigns under their guidance carried out by each Tibet Support Group is more vibrant and strong in the eyes of the world leaders. Campaigns carried out by them has resulted in release of political prisoners.
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I am not sure if I am liable to post a review in the name of Tibetan Community in Poland as we are just a fresh member of this magnificient INTERNATIONAL TIBET SUPPORT NETWROK that binds all those great groups acting all across the globe for the same common cause of regaining the occupied Tibet. I am extremely happy to hear about my elelction to the Steering Committee member to the Central and Eastern Europe few months back. I knew about the Network and their l wide ranged activities for Tibet from few years. Not to go so far are the recent global actions of International Tibet Support Netwrok in which I also could act ; Global week of actions for Ngaba (30.05. - 06.06.2011) , Global Day of Action for Tibet (13th July 2011) titled 60 Years of Oppression: China's Failed Tibet Policies and ongoing long term actions for Release Karma Samdrup ( a leading Tibetan enviromentalist and philanthropist) and Family sentenced to 15 years for alleged political activities and Dhondup Wangchen. Apart from these effective actions there are campaigns namely; Political prisoners, The Third Pole bringing the key issues of the survival of Tibetan nomads on their own land to the world's attention . These events and campaigns are longed tools for lot of people willing to act for Tibet and Tibetans. The actions launched by ITN worth of special attentions are uncounted on-line petitions prepared in advance as a quick response to political riots and unrests in Tibet, ready to be signed by the interested persons in favor of not only Tibetans but also chinese citizens and the release of 2011 Noble Peace Prize Lauret Liu Xiaobo and Ai Wei Wei could be fowarded as the direct results of actions carried out. The on-line petitions were greatly helpful for us to put pressure on the world leaders and the local chinese authorities to take significant steps to end the occupation of the Kirti monastery by the chinese armies, the crack down on the Kirti monks and to force restrain from violence and tortures on the hundreds of arrested in the Ngaba couty in the Amdo province of Tibet and recently in Karze area. It's so great to share these great moments experienced in the last few months of our membership in ITSN and ardently looking foward for much greater experience and touch of relief to a minor extent to my mates back in Tibet in the months and years to come. Currently I join my hands with ITN in their efforts to Protect the Tibetans in Nepal deemed to massive influence of the Chinese Communit Party.
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I'm Tibetan-American & have been in the active Tibet movement for many years. I'm new to join Tibet Network but have been familiar with their work for several years. The Tibet Network has given a much-needed boost to the Tibet support movement. It has helped coordinate activities, plan strategies, provided resource material & information, and international/regional organized meetings so that Tibet Support Groups can meet and strategize as well as get to know each other. For small NGOs like the one I belong to, US-Tibet Committee, the Tibet Network has been a boon. They have provided us sample press releases, information about important dates, and suggested actions. Since USTC has no staff & limited budget, Tibet Network allows us to continue our work to help the people of Tibet.
I am associated with International Tibet support network for the last four years. I am an Indian citizen of Tibetan origin and therefore a part of both supporter and supportee for this cause. I believe that I must have done some good things in my previous live that I am able to join such an organization and be the voice of the 6 million fellow Tibetans in Tibet who have no voice for themselves and whose only ray of hope are organizations like this. Our first strategy ‘putting Tibetans in Tibet first’ and networking with all international organizations that aims to restore fundamental human rights through non-violence has gained great appreciations from Tibetans as well as Chinese intellectuals.
I am also amazed to see so many members in this network who contributes their time and energy and because of their selfless dedication this network has risen from a non entity organization four years back into one of the most vibrant and vital coordination network, central to the Tibet movement.
With a very limited funding, I think we have done wonders so far. Yet there is so much to do including organizing Tibet awareness camps and such actions that can keep the hope of Tibetans alive.
We are not working against Chinese people but simply telling the Communist Government that the Tibetans who have 2500 years of unique civilization, history, culture and religion and distinct ethnic entity have the right to survive and determine their own future.
I hope and appeal to all the right thinking people of the world to support us and support the truth and justice.
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The inception of International Tibet Network in itself has been a huge advancement of the global Tibet movement.
Tibet Networks’ dynamic group of staff working round the clock from various time zones make sure that all Tibetan and Support groups are regularly provided with updates on development of situation in Tibet and materials for various campaigns designed by the Network making it the resource hub for most member groups.
The network played a key role in coordinating the global uprising for Tibet in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics which became a huge success by stealing the spotlight from the Chinese government that they even went on calling Freya Putt, program coordinator of Tibet Network during the Olympics the 'General Commander' of a torch-disruption network” in Xinhua, the state run news portal.
As an individual in the movement, I feel that the existence of the network has helped make the movement global and has brought together all the different groups supporting Tibet on various issues, bringing unity to the movement but at the same time acknowledging the diversity of groups.
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ITN is doing a great job! Keep up the good work! The Norwegain Tibet Committee makes good use of the ideas and suggestions and the tactics that ITN comes up with. And we think that it is important to have ITN who coordinates the TSGs campaigns.
Tibet Network, with a core full time staff of five global activists and strategists, provide a platform and process for shared strategic planning and coordination amongst Tibet activist groups around the world, small and large. The network is the silent backbone to the Tibet movement. Its effective behind the scenes modus operandi is a challenge to its own ability to raise funds and resources for its important work.
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International Tibet Network (ITN) provides a crucial connection between Tibet support groups worldwide, allowing hundreds of geographically disperse groups to work strategically and effectively together. In addition to providing this connectivity, ITN plays a vital leadership role for the international Tibet support movement, providing resources, a wealth of canpaigning expertise and an overarching strategy and pathway.
Specific examples of ITN's important service to the Tibet movement include the provision of a common campaign strategy, developed through extensive consultations with it's member groups. This strategy is rolled out through a series of work plans and is regularly reviewed and tested. Importantly, ITN provides regular recommended actions and resources to its member groups, allowing even very small groups to access the resources with which to carry out effective campaigns. It also allows the movement as a whole to respond rapidly to emerging situations in Tibet or significant international campaigning opportunities.
In overseeing such a large network and body of work, ITN inevitably faces challenges from limited financial and human resoures. Further funding would enable ITN to provide more targeted support to oorganizations in particular regions. That said, ITN's present operations are testament to what a small but experienced campaign staff are able to achieve.
One of the most critical needs for any international cause is an organization that can bring disparate, yet like-minded groups together in common purpose.
The International Tibet Network serves this need in an exemplary manner. In addition to offering larger organizations with various information resources, it offers smaller groups needed strategies, tools and resources to help them achive their mandate.
When there's an international humanitarian crisis we all think of the Red Cross. For the Tibet movement our Red Cross is the International Tibet Movement.
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I am member of Steering Committee of the Network since 2007 and can see a rapid growth of expertise, impact on member organization and whole movement that Network is leading. Thanks the high value of word 'strategy' create an atmosphere of constructive proccess to claim for common goals internationally.
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