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

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Director, UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Kishore Rao
Director, World Heritage Programme ICOMOS
cc'd Regina Durighello

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!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100,000 signatures
    2. 10 Hours left! Help make thunder to #SaveLhasa

      Ngawang Sangdrol
      Petition organiser

      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 - - 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 - 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 -

      Bhod Gyalo (Victory to Tibet)
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      Ngawang Sangdrol

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      Ngawang Sangdrol
      Petition organiser

      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

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

      Bhod gyalo (victory to Tibet)

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    4. Reached 75,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • michele caforio GALLARATE, ITALY
      • 2 months ago

      per salvare erdità culturale dei popoli

    • roger beynon SOUILLAC.FRANCE, AL
      • 2 months ago

      tibet is for the tibetans

      • 3 months ago

      iscsedly that

      • 3 months ago

      Per preservare la storia dell'umanità e proteggerla dalla barbarie

      • 3 months ago



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