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The World With Tibet' Campaign launched

December 20, 2007

Friends of Tibet
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bombay: The World Map showing Tibet as an Independent country was
launched in Bombay on December 10, 2007 - World Human Rights Day. The
first copy of the “World Map with Tibet” was released by Venerable Geshe
Lhakdor, Official Translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
Director of Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamshala. He
presented the Map with Tibet to the public while pointing at the nation
which he had to flee decades ago following the Chinese aggression. This
campaign and unique map showing Chinese-occupied Tibet as an independent
nation was conceptualised by Rohit Singh, a Bombay-based Friends of
Tibet Campaigner who took several laborious hours to do research and

Introducing the 'The World with Tibet' Campaign of Friends of Tibet,
Sethu Das, founder of the organisation described the map as "The dream
of every Tibetan, the dream of six million Tibetans living and suffering
under the Chinese occupation and also the dream of people like Rohit
Singh". He also hoped that "One day this dream would become a reality."

Venerable Geshe Lhakdor releases the first copy of the World Map with
Tibet during the Human Rights Day observance on December 10, 2007 in
Bombay. Next to him on left are Rohit Singh and Sethu Das of Friends of
Tibet and, Aspi Mistry of Dharma Rain Centre (R). (Photo: Friends of Tibet)

Rohit Singh spoke to the gathering of both Tibetans and Indians about
the significance of having Tibet in the world map. He said "A country is
identified by its boundaries and presence on the political map. Tibet
was an Independent country till china occupied it and diminished it from
face of World Atlas. This initiative is for reestablishing Tibet on the
World Map, to focus on the aspect of its position, its importance and
its existence which china is out to destroy." Rohit Singh also requested
the people to spread the map in order to educate the people in India
about the location of Tibet in the World Atlas. He also added that his
organisation would soon launch a nation-wide education campaign using a
much detailed map with the primary aim of education.

The new world map also illustrates Turkistan, Manchuria and, unified
Inner and Outer Mongolia as separate countries along side China.

To know more about the map or to get involved with the campaign, write

The group believes that Friends of Tibet is a people's movement to keep
alive the issue of Tibet through direct action. Its activities are aimed
at ending China's occupation of Tibet and the suffering of the Tibetan
people by supporting the continued struggle of the Tibetan people for
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