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The Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama

China denies Tibetans inside Tibet the right to speak freely, so it isn't possible to say exactly what their goals are - but their opposition to China's current rule is clear.

Protesters in Tibet repeatedly call for the protection of Tibetan identity, for freedom, for human rights and for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. Some call for "Rangzen" (independence from China).

In exile, the 14th Dalai Lama has established a democratic government (known as the Central Tibetan Administration) which currently advocates for the “Middle Way Approach" (MWA), which he first proposed in the 1980s. The MWA proposes that Tibet remains a part of the People's Republic of China but with far greater control over its own affairs.

Within the exile Tibetan community there is vigorous debate between supporters of Rangzen and those of the Middle Way Approach.

Free Tibet has no position on the future political status of Tibet. Our goal is to secure Tibetans' right to determine their own future and it will then be for the Tibetan people to make that decision.