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Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)

Gangchen Kyishong
(HP)-176215 Dharamsala
India

Phone No.: +91 1892 223363; +91 1892 229225
Fax No.: +91 1892 225874
E-mail adress:office@tchrd.org
 director@tchrd.org
Internet:http://www.tchrd.org
Contact person: Tsering Tsomo

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Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) is the first Tibetan non-governmental human rights organization to be established in exile in India. Founded in 1996, TCHRD is registered as an NGO and is based in Dharamsala, North India.
TCHRD is a Tibetan NGO that investigates the human rights situation in Tibet and presents this information internationally in various fora.

TCHRD logo features the image of a white dove rising out of flames. The dove and olive branch are the universal emblems of peace. The flames, drawn in traditional Tibetan style, represents the suffering of Tibetan people, as well as the devastating and purifying force of Truth.

TCHRD`s Mission
• To promote and protect human rights of the Tibetan people in Tibet
• To educate the exile Tibetan community on human rights principles and democratic concepts

Activities
• Spreading Truth to End Suffering - Investigations, Research, Publications: TCHRD conducts regular, systematic investigations of human rights situation in Tibet and monitors human rights policies of the People`s Republic of China (PRC). On issues of human rights concerns that confront Tibetans inside Tibet, TCHRD every year brings out an annual report, thematic reports, profiles of former political prisoners, monthly newsletters, and press releases and news briefs.
• Educating the Exile Tibetan Community - Workshops, Talk Series, Campaigns: TCHRD organizes workshops, talk series, public discussions and campaigns to engender a culture of human rights and democracy within the exile Tibetan community.
• Engaging the Global Community - Diplomacy, Advocacy, Partnership: TCHRD regularly attends the UN Commission on Human Rights (to be replaced by UN Human Rights Council) as well as other regional, national and international conferences. Such participation is aimed to highlight human rights situation in Tibet and to lobby and to network on the promotion and protection of human rights in Tibet. TCHRD conducts campaigns of international scope such as letter writing and signature appeals, and submits memoranda to visiting delegations and media on actual human rights condition in Tibet.
• Training Ourselves - Knowledge, Skills, Vigilance: TCHRD staff are sent for international human rights training courses, educational seminars and conferences to educate and empower ourselves.

TCHRD is unique in the fact that it enjoys direct and immediate access to information from Tibetan refugees escaping via Nepal to Dharamsala. Besides, TCHRD has an all-Tibetan staff organization that recognizes the reality of the situation of living under occupation, of being born in exile and of having that access to provide accurate, up-to-date insights into life in occupied Tibet.

Tsering Tsomo is the Executive Director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

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