The White Lotus Book of Remembrance

Tenzin Choedak before his arrest
Tenzin Choedak before his arrest

Since China invaded and occupied Tibet in 1950, over one million Tibetans have died.

Killings, mass starvation, executions, protesters who are shot, Tibetans who die fleeing, Tibetans who choose to die for their country’s freedom by setting themselves on fire and prisoners who are denied medical treatment or tortured like 33-year-old Tenzin Choedak.

After years of torture Tenzin lost his vision, lived with chronic diseases and was unable to recognise his own family.

His condition became terminal and he died days after being released to his family in December 2014. According to Free Tibet sources, he died with the words of the banned national anthem on his lips.

Remembering Tibet’s fallen

The Book on display in our office
The Book on display in our office

We have created the White Lotus Book of Remembrance as a way to honour the memory of Tenzin and the more than one million men, women and children who have lost their lives, and may yet lose their lives, as a result of China’s occupation.

We hope you will contribute to the Book. We warmly invite you to send a sentence of remembrance which will be hand written by one of our staff in the White Lotus Book. You may wish to include a donation with your words.

Messages will also be written on our online White Lotus Wall of Remembrance.

The Book will have pride of place in the Free Tibet office in London. But only for so long. One day Tibet will be free and when that day comes, Free Tibet will deliver the Book to the people of Tibet in their homeland.

Email your contribution

You can email your sentence of remembrance to whitelotus@freetibet.org, with your name and country.

Give a donation with your contribution

Alternatively, if you would like to include a donation, please do so below (you do not need a PayPal account). Once you have entered your payment details you will be taken to their "Review your information" page, where you can click to add a 'Note to seller' and type your sentence of remembrance (alternatively, please email whitelotus@freetibet.org).

Any donation you choose to make will help us build the international support needed to bring about the vision of so many of those who have died: a Tibet where all Tibetans are free to determine their own future in their own country. Thank you.

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