2019 Democracy Award Recipient: Tibet Action Institute

Founded in 2009, the Tibet Action Institute brings together digital communication tools with strategic nonviolent action to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the Tibet movement in a digital era. Tibet Action's team, comprised of technologists and human rights advocates, develops and advances open-source communication technologies, nonviolent strategies, and innovative training programs for Tibetans with a particular focus on digital security and harnessing the power of digital technologies.

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Lhadon Tethong

Lhadon Tethong is co-founder and director of the Tibet Action Institute, where she leads a team of technologists and human rights advocates in developing and advancing open-source communication technologies, nonviolent strategies, and innovative training programs for Tibetans and other groups facing heavy repression. A visionary strategist, she has spent two decades building a powerful nonviolent movement for Tibet’s freedom and driving innovative economic and political campaigns to counter China’s rule in Tibet. She previously served as Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet from 2002-2009, where she led the high-profile global campaign to condemn China’s rule of Tibet in the lead-up to and during the 2008 Olympic Games.  Tethong made international headlines as she posted real-time accounts of her travels through Beijing on her blog BeijingWideOpen.org – one of the first in the Tibetan world – before being detained and deported. Lhadon was awarded the first-ever James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in 2011 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the International Tibet Network, the global coalition of Tibet-related non-governmental organizations.   Read Lhadon's acceptance remarks from the 2019 Democracy Award. 

2019 Democracy Award Recipients

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