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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

2010 appeal

December 1, 2010

It may seem extraordinary to say, but one of my toughest jobs at the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) is looking at photos of Tibetans living in Tibet, because whenever I see their faces I often feel helpless. Their eyes convey fear, yet somehow despite their plight a relentless optimism.
 
But then I remember that they’re counting on us, not to pull off miracles but to do our best. We’re their only hope.
 
It’s why your support of the CTC is so critical. Together we’re the voice of six million Tibetans who don’t have the freedom to speak out for themselves.
 
With your help we’ve been able to put a lie to the claim that Tibet was always part of China through the release of official Canadian documents from the 1940s and 1950s. Your calls and letters led the Canadian government to give $250,000 to UNICEF for earthquake relief in Yushu. And we brought about two meetings between the Dalai Lama and Canadian Prime Ministers.
 
But we have more to do.
 
The CTC is committed to see the freedoms that we as Canadians take for granted be shared by all Tibetans and to address the devastating human rights violations in Tibet. Every day we work to:
 
• support the Dalai Lama’s efforts to reach a negotiated solution with the Chinese government over Tibet.
 
• advocate for policies that support human rights and safeguard Tibet’s distinct cultural, religious, and linguistic identity.
 
• support environmentally sustainable and culturally appropriate development assistance; as well as civil society initiatives for the benefit of Tibetans.
 
• promote Canadian corporate compliance with the highest standards of corporate social responsibility in Tibet.
 
We keep these critical issues in front of decision makers at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. We meet with the media to raise the profile of these issues in Canada. And we engage Canadians directly in conversation about the situation in Tibet.
 
We’re helping Canadians – and Canada – to take a stand. And we need your help. Get involved by:
 
1) Making a donation. The CTC is entirely funded by private donations, special events and membership fees. Without your help, our voice for Tibet would be lost.
 
2) Joining the CTC, or renewing your membership. In addition to donations, memberships allow us to demonstrate our strength in numbers to politicians, the media and the world.
 
By making your contribution today, we’ll make the CTC a self-sustaining organization that can defend the human rights of Tibetans, day in and day out, for as long as is necessary.
 
So please take a moment to think about your personal commitment to peace, compassion and respect. Your donation, whatever amount you are able to give, means we can continue to fight for Tibetans and their freedom.
 
With your help, the horrific treatment that Tibetans endure will no longer be covered-up.
 
With sincere thanks,
Dermod Travis
Executive Director
Canada Tibet Committee
 
P.S. Make your donation work even harder by joining our Monthly Giving Program. It’s easy and helps keep our administrative costs down so more of our resources go toward helping Tibetans. A small gift each month makes a big difference for Tibet.
 
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