Invaded by China in 1949, the independent country of Tibet was forced to face the direct loss of life that comes from military invasion and, soon after, the loss of universal freedoms that stemmed from Communist ideology and its programmes such as the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). However, it is erroneous to believe that the worst has passed. The fate of Tibet’s unique national, cultural and religious identity is seriously threatened and manipulated by the Chinese.
China’s policy of occupation and oppression has resulted in no more or less than the destruction of Tibet’s national independence, culture and religion, environment and the universal human rights of its people. Time and time again, the infliction of this destruction sees China break international laws with impunity. (source: www.tibet.com)
In a series of images about the lives, work, values and aspirations of Tibetans living in exile, due to the Chinese occupation of their homeland, the hope is to help all of us to put a more human face on one the most pressing human rights issues of our time and inspire us to recommit ourselves to human rights and freedom all over the world.