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Canada Stands with Tibet: Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 09, 2015

Tibetan National Uprising Day in Canada


Rallies, demonstrations planned across Canada


March 10, 2015 - Tibetans and their supporters around the world and in cities across Canada will rally today in commemoration of the 56th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan national uprising against Chinese armed forces. [1]

In Ottawa, representatives of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet from all political parties will speak on Parliament Hill beginning at 13:00. Confirmed speakers include Elizabeth May (GPC), Peggy Nash (NDP), Bernard Trottier (CPC), John McKay (LPC).

The group will march from Parliament Hill through downtown Ottawa to the Embassy of China where a solidarity vigil will take place from 14:00-16:00.

This year’s National Uprising Day commemoration comes amidst a renewed crackdown in Tibet on the peaceful expression of dissent, the free practice of religion, and promotion of cultural traditions. Over the past twelve months, at least 10 Tibetans have self-immolated as an expression of protest. The most recent self-immolation took place this week in Ngaba where a 40 year old woman named Norchuk, burned herself to death on March 6.  The total number of self-immolations since 2009 now stands at 137. [2] 

“Even as the Government of Canada deepens ties with China, we ask that it renew and strengthen its efforts address the human rights situation in Tibet”, commented Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee.  “Today, people across this country are raising their voices in a collective declaration that Canada Stands With Tibet.”

The annual Uprising Day statement by the Central Tibetan Administration (government in exile) will be posted at


[1] For the sequence of events around March 1959, see:

[2] A full list of self-immolations since 2009 is found at

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