Asia

China (Tibet) 2014

Consultations Samdup
Freedom of Information
$25,000
Human Rights Dialogue Between Tibetans and Chinese
To share information, facilitate dialogue, and improve understanding between Tibetans in exile and Chinese inside China. Consultations Samdup will carry out an on-line communication project directed primarily at outreach to Chinese citizens inside China to engage them on issues of freedom of information, democracy, and human rights, especially with respect to Tibet.

Filming for Tibet
Rule of Law
$15,000
A Workshop on Legal Rights for Ethnic Minorities in China
To educate ethnic minorities in China about the legal and civic rights guaranteed under the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China. Filming for Tibet will organize a workshop on the legal rights of ethnic minorities.

Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
Human Rights
$36,000
Support for Political Prisoners
To provide support to current and former political prisoners and to educate Tibetans in exile about human rights conditions in Tibet. Gu-Chu-Sum will provide support to political prisoners in Tibet, maintain a human rights desk, publish an annual human rights magazine, and document video testimonies of former political prisoners.

International Campaign for Tibet
Human Rights
$24,000
Fostering understanding between Tibetans and Chinese
To foster better understanding of human rights and democracy-related concerns in Tibet among Chinese, both in China and abroad, and to increase communication between Tibetans and Chinese. ICT will organize conferences bringing together China and Tibet scholars, Tibetan activists, and media specialists to further elaborate and explore key engagement areas such as protection of the Tibetan environment, engaging with Chinese Buddhist communities, and analyzing China’s ethnic minority policies.

International Campaign for Tibet
Freedom of Association
$25,000
Tibet-China Democracy Networking Program
To create a vibrant strategy to improve understanding of human rights and democracy-related concerns in Tibet among Chinese, both in China and abroad, and to increase communication between Tibetans and Chinese. The International Campaign for Tibet will organize a two-day meeting of China and Tibet scholars, Tibetan activists, and media specialists to formulate ideas for creating and redefining a vibrant Chinese outreach strategy.

International Tibet Network
Human Rights
Supplement: $7,000
Strengthening International Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Tibet
To improve strategic planning and coordination of worldwide campaigns for human rights and democracy in Tibet. ITN will facilitate an international campaign for greater freedom in Tibet, produce advocacy materials for use by members, and organize international meetings of Tibet support groups, including a steering committee meeting.

International Tibet Network
Human Rights
$80,000
Strengthening International Support for Democracy and Human Rights in Tibet
To improve strategic planning and coordination of worldwide campaigns for human rights and democracy in Tibet. The International Tibet Network will facilitate an international campaign for greater freedom in Tibet, produce advocacy materials for use by members, and organize international meetings of Tibet support groups, including a steering committee meeting.

Khawa Karpo Tibet Culture Centre
Freedom of Information
$35,000
Tibet Express Newspaper
To provide independent news and analysis to the Tibetan public and to promote greater discussion and debate on current issues related to Tibet and Tibetans. Khawa Karpo will publish the weekly Tibetan-language newspaper, Bo-Kyi-Bang-Chen (Tibet Express), and maintain a trilingual website.

Sino-Tibet Friendship Association of Taiwan
Freedom of Association
$42,400
Tibet Film Festival and Art Exhibition
To facilitate dialogue and understanding between Tibetans and Chinese through the medium of arts and films. The organization will arrange art exhibits, film festivals and discussion panels in Taiwan and Hong Kong to promote greater awareness of Tibet among Chinese students and tourists from the mainland, Hong Kong Chinese and Taiwanese.

Social and Resource Development Fund
Freedom of Information
$17,000
Demton Khang – The Tibet Museum
To collect, preserve, and present material related to modern Tibetan history, commemorate Tibet’s rich civilization, protect Tibetan identity, and to counter Chinese propaganda on Tibet’s political and cultural history. The Tibet Museum will educate the public about Tibetan culture, language and religion through its Dharamsala-based museum, Demton Khang, as well as a touring exhibition, digitization of its photo archive, trainings on archiving techniques, an online newsletter, and a website.

Students for a Free Tibet, Inc.
Human Rights
$46,000
Empowering Tibetan Activists through Technology and Leadership Training
To raise international awareness of rights issues in Tibet, and to strengthen Tibetan activists’ advocacy skills. Students for a Free Tibet will conduct thematic campaigns on human rights and environmental issues at the grassroots, national, and international levels on language rights, political prisoners’ rights, and forced resettlement of nomads. It will also organize Lhakar Academy, leadership training for Tibetan youth focusing on democratic values and norms, media advocacy, communications and technology, grassroots organizing, and the use of information communication technology.

The Foundation Voice of Tibet
Freedom of Information
$36,240
Voice of Tibet: Independent Shortwave Tibetan Radio
To encourage and sustain independent public opinion inside Tibet and to familiarize Tibetans with the ideals of democracy and human rights. The Voice of Tibet, an independent, Tibetan-language shortwave radio station, will broadcast regular news about Tibet, the Tibetan exile community, and the Tibetan government-in-exile to audiences in Tibet and in neighboring countries.

Tibet Justice Center
Human Rights
Supplement: $7,464
International Advocacy for Human Rights in Tibet
To strengthen coordinated and concerted engagement on Tibet at the United Nations through the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights review of China. The Tibet Justice Center will work closely with the International Tibet Network to monitor, document and highlight human rights violations in Tibet, and to pressure the Chinese government to adhere to universal human rights norms.

Tibet Justice Center
Human Rights
$24,500
International Advocacy for Human Rights in Tibet
To strengthen coordinated and concerted engagement on Tibet at the United Nations through the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights review of China. Tibet Justice Center will work closely with the International Tibet Network to monitor, document and highlight human rights violations in Tibet, and to pressure the Chinese government to adhere to universal human rights norms.

Tibet Society UK
Freedom of Information
$15,630
Amplifying Voices from Tibet
To promote democratic reform and media freedom in Tibet through the amplification of voices of Tibetans inside Tibet. Tibet Society UK’s project will translate articles and commentary written by popular bloggers in China into English, and disseminate them widely to encourage accountability and highlight Tibetan perspectives on the effects of current government policies in Tibet.

Tibetan Centre for Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution
$30,000
Promoting Conflict Resolution and Democratic Processes
To build a vibrant democratic environment by instilling democratic values and practices that are rooted in conflict resolution principles. The Tibetan Center for Conflict Resolution (TCCR) will provide skills training to local assembly members in the nonviolent management of conflict and introduce communication skills that are useful in conflict prevention. TCCR will also conduct a training of trainers program to develop a new cadre of conflict resolution trainers.

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Democratic Ideas and Values
$38,500
Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy
To monitor, document and highlight political repression and human rights violations in Tibet. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) will monitor state-owned Chinese media and social media for information on Tibet and conduct research on the human rights situation and legal landscape in Tibet. TCHRD will produce a variety of reports based on the findings, including a special report on how current policies are repressing nearly all forms of independent social solidarity, cultural life, and community mutual assistance in Tibet.

Tibetan Literacy Society
Freedom of Information
$40,000
Tibet Times Newspaper
To provide the Tibetan public with independent and accurate information on developments in Tibet and in the exile community, and to promote open discussion among intellectuals and the general public on civic issues, including human rights and democracy. The Tibetan Literacy Society will publish and distribute Bod-Kyi-Dus-Bab (Tibet Times), a Tibetan-language newspaper published three times a month, and maintain a website updated daily.

Tibetan Voluntary Health Association
Civic Education
$10,400
Promoting Democracy through Theater and Performing Arts
To promote democratic values and norms, and engender mutual understanding among visitors and refugees from Tibet and Tibetans living in exile through the medium of performing arts. The Tibetan Voluntary Health Association will work with the Tibet Theatre to perform two plays aimed at encouraging discussion about democracy, cultural identity, and language preservation.

Tibetan Women’s Association
Human Rights
$34,000
Promoting Women’s Rights in the Tibetan Exile Community
To promote the social, political, and economic empowerment of Tibetan women, and to raise awareness about Tibet’s political situation. The Tibetan Women’s Association will conduct an advanced women’s leadership training course and produce publications that highlight the issues faced by Tibetan women. It will also organize panel discussions and attend conferences to advocate for protection of Tibet’s environment.

Freedom of Information
$12,000
Tibetan-Chinese PEN Centre
To promote freedom of expression by amplifying independent voices defending civil liberties in Tibet and China. The organization will convene a founding meeting of the Tibetan-Chinese PEN Centre by inviting Tibetan and Chinese intellectuals and writers who want to collaborate with one another, counter state censorship, and conduct advocacy on behalf of imprisoned writers.

Rule of Law
$20,000
Providing Legal Aid for Ethnic Minorities in China
To raise awareness on and protect minority rights, promote adherence to constitutional protections, and strengthen the rule of law in China. The organization will work closely with lawyers in China to identify cases and provide legal representation for minorities.

Grant descriptions are from the 2014 NED Annual Report.

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