Help stop the destruction of my home, Lhasa, Tibet
  • Petitioning Kishore Rao

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Kishore Rao
Director, World Heritage Programme ICOMOS
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Help stop the destruction of my home, Lhasa, Tibet

    1. Ngawang Sangdrol
    2. Petition by

      Ngawang Sangdrol

      Boston, United States

My name is Ngawang Sangdrol and I am a Tibetan born in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Today I live in exile, unable to return to my beloved homeland as a free person. I share my story with you now as my home, Lhasa, is under severe threat.

This magnificent city has stood on the top of the world for 1,500 years.  It stands not only as the physical capital but also as the spiritual capital for Tibetan Buddhists.  The old city of Lhasa has been the site of many freedom protests and is a symbol of the Tibetan resilience against China’s occupation. When I was 13 years old, I joined a peaceful protest in Lhasa calling for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for Tibetan independence. As a result, I served 11-years in prison for my political actions.

But right now, I am afraid this sacred city faces destruction, environmental risks, and forced evictions to make way for a shopping mall and parking garage.

Please help me defend my home. We must not let Lhasa, a city of immense cultural and historical importance, be destroyed.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee can help prevent China's wilful destruction of the old city of Lhasa by designating the site as “World Heritage in Danger”.  Lhasa’s status as a World Heritage Site is a huge source of pride for China. If Lhasa is listed as being in danger, China must either stop the construction or face losing a World Heritage Site, which would be a major embarrassment.

Don’t let the beauty and historic significance of Lhasa be destroyed!

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    1. Resort Lhasa "Paradise" due to open soon - please take action

      Ngawang Sangdrol
      Petition Organizer

      Last year you were one of over 100,000 people who joined me to help defend my home Lhasa; the beautiful and sacred capital of Tibet. As I wrote to update you recently, the threat to Lhasa has not gone away and I urge you to join me again by helping to stop the opening of a luxury hotel in Lhasa run by UK company Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

      https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/richard-solomons-intercontinental-pull-out-of-tibet

      In the last few days, the campaign group Free Tibet has reported that InterContinental's "Lhasa Paradise" hotel will be open for paying guests at the end of September [1], and that the hotel plans to host a "celebration" on 25 August featuring "a ceremony full of ethnic characteristics". Quite what there is to celebrate is unclear, as Tibetans continue to be severely repressed in their own country; one recent western visitor to Lhasa observed “security personnel visible almost everywhere” and that local Tibetans were “visibly afraid of law enforcement officials” [2]. And in eastern Tibet last week, Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed demonstrators, killing at least four Tibetans. [3]

      Tourism on China's terms is a grave threat to Lhasa, and to the Tibetan people. The Chinese government continues to fast-track economic development in Lhasa by selling “Tibet chic” to rich Chinese tourists. Lhasa under occupation is no place for a luxury hotel; in fact, opening the ‘Resort Lhasa Paradise’ in Tibet today is akin to opening a hotel in Johannesburg at the height of apartheid. IHG themselves admit that less than half the staff will be Tibetan. Intercontinental still has time to make the right decision and pull out of Lhasa instead of turning a blind eye to China’s severe repression of the Tibetan people and destruction of my home city.

      Please sign this NEW petition, and tell IHG that Lhasa is no paradise, and that their involvement in this hotel is simply aiding and legitimising the brutal occupation of Tibet by China. Urge them to cancel the Lhasa hotel NOW! https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/richard-solomons-intercontinental-pull-out-of-tibet

      Thank You,

      Read More:
      1.http://freetibet.org/news-media/pr/tibet-intercontinental-hotel-opens-its-doors-first-time-chinese-propaganda-event
      2. http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/living-state-fear
      3. http://freetibet.org/news-media/na/3-more-tibetans-die-custody

      Richard Solomons: InterContinental - Pull out of Lhasa!

      Tibet is under severe military occupation by China. Tibetans in Tibet are subjected to gross human rights abuses, where peaceful protests are brutally...

    2. Threat to Lhasa - New Urgent Action!

      Ngawang Sangdrol
      Petition Organizer

      Last year you were one of over 100,000 people who joined me to help defend my home Lhasa; the beautiful and sacred capital of Tibet. The threat to Lhasa has not gone away and I urge you to join me again by helping to stop the opening of a luxury hotel in Lhasa run by UK company Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) - https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/richard-solomons-intercontinental-pull-out-of-tibet

      Tourism on China's terms is a grave threat to Lhasa, and to the Tibetan people. The Chinese government continue to fast-track economic development in Lhasa by selling “Tibet chic” to rich Chinese tourists. But the reality is that Tibetans continue to be severely repressed in their own country; one recent western visitor to Lhasa observed “security personnel visible almost everywhere” and that local Tibetans were “visibly afraid of law enforcement officials” 1.

      Against the repressive backdrop of a sixty-plus year occupation, IHG is preparing to open Lhasa’s largest luxury hotel, the so called ‘Resort Lhasa Paradise’. But Lhasa is no paradise and IHG’s involvement in this hotel is simply aiding and legitimising the brutal occupation of Tibet by China. Plesign this NEW petition

      Lhasa under occupation is no place for a luxury hotel; in fact, opening the ‘Resort Lhasa Paradise’ in Tibet today is akin to opening a hotel in Johannesburg at the height of apartheid.

      Intercontinental still have time to make the right decision and pull out of Lhasa instead of turning a blind eye to China’s severe repression of the Tibetan people and destruction of my home city.

      Please sign this NEW petition to IHG urging they cancel the Lhasa hotel NOW!

      Richard Solomons: InterContinental - Pull out of Lhasa!

      Tibet is under severe military occupation by China. Tibetans in Tibet are subjected to gross human rights abuses, where peaceful protests are brutally...

    3. Reached 100,000 signatures
    4. 10 Hours left! Help make thunder to #SaveLhasa

      Ngawang Sangdrol
      Petition Organizer

      We have just hours left for UNESCO to raise our concerns about Lhasa.

      Hundreds of you have signed up to make a Thunderclap* to #SaveLhasa - http://bit.ly/ClapSaveLhasa - sending an enormous message to UNESCO on Wednesday 26 June, the final day of their meeting.

      But we really need more of you. We need thousands of us to join together, raising our voices to such a degree our message to @UNESCO to #SaveLhasa will be deafening.

      Please take just a minute to sign up to the #SaveLhasa Thunderclap - http://bit.ly/ClapSaveLhasa. By joining today you will enable the voices of nearly 100,000 individuals to be heard together - making thunder (delete to) for Tibet.

      Sign up now; we only have hours left to do this - http://bit.ly/ClapSaveLhasa

      Bhod Gyalo (Victory to Tibet)
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      Ngawang Sangdrol

      *A Thundercla

      #SaveLhasa

      I just supported #SaveLhasa on @ThunderclapIt

    5. At UNESCO TODAY!

      Ngawang Sangdrol
      Petition Organizer

      On the eve of the 37th World Heritage Committee we are delivering all of the names on this petition directly to UNESCO's headquarters in Paris.

      To keep up-to-date with our actions today please follow us on Twitter @TheTibetNetwork #SaveLhasa and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/InternationalTibetNetwork

      Thanks again for supporting this important campaign to Save Lhasa, my home town.

      Bhod gyalo (victory to Tibet)

      Ngwagang Sangdrol and the #SaveLhasa team

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    6. Reached 75,000 signatures

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    • Michael Plæhn ROSKILDE, DENMARK
      • 5 days ago

      we must protect diversity in the ecosystem as well as cultural diversity.

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    • Kiyomi Marsh PORTLAND, OR
      • 5 days ago

      I travelled in Tibet from Lhasa to Nepal overland, and it is one of the most fantastic and beautiful places I've ever been.

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    • Rinjing D0rje DMONDS, WA
      • 5 days ago

      heart/ Soul of the people

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    • Zdeněk Řípa PRAHA, CZECH REPUBLIC
      • 7 days ago

      let the people of TIBET, that is continuing of Mao politic now

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    • Jorge Quiros ARGENTINA
      • 17 days ago

      La libertad de consciencia y culto debe respetarse, es un derecho humano. El budismo nunca participo de guerras y si ayuda a despertar a la HUMANIDAD.

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