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Cambodia

Leaders of Cambodian groups have developed effective ways for westerners to support Cambodia and the Cambodian struggle. Here are some campaigns and projects that make a difference in the lives of Cambodians.

Share the Resources: Give Money / Raise Money

Join and donate to both national and local organizations. Local support groups are doing important work such as informing local media, putting on events and talking with Congressional representatives. Your dollars go a long way.

Organizations working for Cambodia

Show this Film

This film can help spread the word about the recent history and current situation in Cambodia. Gather a small group of friends in your home, school, church or temple. Show the film. Discuss ways you can help. Become a sponsor, write letters to lobby for change, or make a donation to an organization of your choice.

Organize a Benefit Film Screening

Organize a benefit screening of the film SAMSARA at your school, church, community center, or public library. It is easy to do and a great way to raise money and educate others about human rights issues in Cambodia.

Click here for a step by step guide to organizing a benefit screening.

Schedule a Speaker

Many activists are eager to speak publicly on these issues. Find a speaker who is well-informed, lively, and leaves the audience feeling empowered. Or organize a panel of speakers discussing different aspects of Cambodia: human rights violations, environmental destruction, culture, history, religion, medicine, art, travel, etc. Find a space in your school, church, temple, library or community center. Publicize the event.

Organize a Radio Show

Contact your local radio station. Talk to a producer and suggest a show on Cambodia. Recommend they feature a local activist or a member of the Cambodian community. Lend the producer a copy of the film SAMSARA to stimulate their interest and give them background on the issues.

Help Educate Local Students

Local middle and high schools need to be educated about current issues. Contact your local Cambodian support group and identify an appropriate speaker, perhaps someone with a slide show to present or a film to screen. Encourage discussion. Suggest ways that students can get involved, such as fund raising, sponsorships, and letter writing campaigns. These activities help students feel empowered and show them how they can influence government policy.

Learn More

Learn more about Cambodia so you can educate others and take effective action. Following are some of the best resources on Cambodia.

Films and Videos

Books and Articles

 

Links

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BAN LAND MINES
www.icbl.org

SOUTHEAST ASIA RESOURCE ACTION CENTER
www.searac.org

YALE CENTER FOR GENOCIDE
www.yale.edu/cgp

Tibet

Leaders of Tibet groups have developed effective ways for westerners to support Tibet and the Tibetan struggle. Here are a few of the best ongoing campaigns and projects. These campaigns make a difference in the lives of Tibetans inside Tibet and in exile.

Support a Nun in Exile

Tibetan nuns are at the forefront of the demonstrations for Tibetan independence in Lhasa, and they face brutal torture and reprisals in prison. Once released, they are often banned from returning to their nunneries, and many end up fleeing to India for refuge. In India the nunneries are overcrowded and desperately need funds for books, clothes, and general support.

Sponsors contribute $30 per month. Sponsorship donations goes toward housing, medical care, education, and food.

THE TIBETAN NUNS' PROJECT
P.O. Box 374
San Geronimo, Ca. 94963
www.tnp.org

Build a School

Most children in rural Tibet have no schools. 44% of Tibetans are illiterate in any language, and the majority of Tibetans cannot read and write Tibetan today. Several groups in the US. are making a huge difference for hundreds of children. They are funding building of schools where there were none, expanding others, and providing funds for textbooks and basic health care. For more information and to send donations, contact:

US. TIBETAN SOCIETY FOR SCHOOL & CULTURE
4707 Connecticut Ave., NW, #201
Washington DC 20008 USA
Tel: 202-686-1619

KAWACHEN PROJECT, TIBET FUND
241 E. 32nd St.
New York, NY 10016 USA
Tel: 212-213-5011

Give a Prisoner Hope

A Chinese prison official in Lhasa recently said that he had received many letters of concern for Tibetans prisoners. Your letters get through. We know that this has made a tremendous difference improving conditions, preventing or lessening torture, and leading to an early release of some prisoners. Watch for urgent prisoner appeals in Tibetan support group newsletters, and contact Amnesty International to become part of an international China campaign.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA CAMPAIGN
Washington Office
304 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: 202-544-0200

Tell Congress What You Think

Congress has done a great deal for Tibet, and they need to hear from their constituents to keep supporting Tibet. Congress funds a Voice of America Tibetan - language broadcast which is now the most popular news source in Tibet; they provide annual assistance for Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal; and they also maintain a policy that Tibet is an occupied nation under foreign rule, and recognize the Dalai Lama as the rightful head of the country. Urge them to continue their support. Letters count! If you don't know your member of Congress, you can call 202-724-3121 or check this Congressional E-Mail Directory to see if your Congress person has e-mail.
For more information, contact:

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET
1825 K St., NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Tel: 202-785-1515
www.savetibet.org

Vote With Your Wallet - Boycott Chinese Goods

STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET
International Headquarters:
602 E. 14th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10009 U.S.A.
Phone: 212-358-0071
Fax: 212-358-1771
email: info@studentsforafreetibet.org
www.studentsforafreetibet.org

Travel Wisely

China is trying to use tourism in Tibet to legitimize its rule there, and to showcase selected monasteries and sites to prove Tibetans are content. Moreover, most tourist dollars, particularly on group tours, go to Chinese pockets, and do little to help impoverished Tibetan communities. If you travel in a group, make sure the company uses Tibetan guides, and patronizes Tibetan businesses. Educate yourself about Tibet before you go.

For more suggestions about how you can make your trip help Tibetans, and for a map and guide of Lhasa which explains what Chinese tour guides will try to hide, contact:

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET
1825 K St., NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Tel: 202-785-1515.
www.savetibet.org

www.tibet.org/Travel/

www.tibet.org/siteseeing.html

Show this Film / Organize a Discussion

This film is a valuable resource to help you spread the word about the recent history and current situation in Tibet. Gather a small group of friends in your home, school, church or temple. Show the film and encourage a discussion using this guide.

SATYA Discussion Guide

Tell your friends how they can help: become a sponsor, write letters to lobby for change, or make a donation to an organization of their choice. Even a few dollars goes a long way.

Organize a Benefit Film Screening

Organize a fundraising benefit by screening of the film Satya at your school, church, community center, or public library. It is easy to do and a great way to raise money and educate others about human rights issues in Tibet.

Here is a step by step guide to organizing a benefit screening:

Benefit Screening Guide

Schedule a Speaker

Many experts and activists are eager to speak publicly on these issues. Find a speaker who is well-informed, lively, and leaves the audience feeling empowered. Or organize a panel of speakers discussing different aspects of Tibet: human rights violations, environmental destruction, culture, history, religion, medicine, art, travel, etc. Find a space in your school, church, temple, library or community center. Publicize the event.

Organize a Radio Show

Contact your local radio station. Talk to a producer and suggest a show on Tibet. Recommend they feature a local activist or a member of the Tibetan community. Lend the producer a copy of the film Satya to stimulate their interest and give them background on the issues.

Help Educate Local Students

Local middle and high schools need to be educated about current issues. Contact your local Tibet support group and identify an appropriate speaker, perhaps someone with a slide show to present or a film to screen. Encourage discussion. Suggest ways the students can get involved, such as fund raising, sponsorships, and letter writing campaigns. These activities help students feel empowered and teach them ways to influence government policy.

Share the Resources: Give Money / Raise Money

Join and donate to both national and local organizations. Local support groups are doing important work such as informing local media, putting on events and talking with Congressional representatives. Your dollars go a long way.

TIBETAN NUN'S PROJECT
2288 Fulton Street #312
Berkeley, CA 94704
www.tnp.org/help/

Donations of any amount will help to build the nunneries, to provide improved health and sanitation, and to offer the nuns the education and freedom of religious practice they fled their homeland to find. The Tibetan Nuns Project is small and run by a volunteer staff. They have few administrative costs, so that donations flow directly to the projects where they are most needed.

Other organizations working on Tibet issues:
Organizations working for Tibet

Learn More

Learn more about Tibet so you can educate others and take effective action. Following are some of the best resources on Tibet.

Films and Videos

Books and Articles


Links

THE GOVERNMENT OF TIBET IN EXILE
www.tibet.net

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR TIBET
www.savetibet.org

TIBET JUSTICE CENTER
www.tibetjustice.org

INTERNATIONAL TIBET INDEPENDANCE MOVEMEMT
www.rangzen.com

STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET
www.studentsforafreetibet.org/

TIBET FUND
www.tibetfund.org

TIBET HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
www.tibethouse.org

TIBET ONLINE RESOURCE GATHERING
www.tibet.org

TIBETAN NUNS PROJECT
www.tnp.org

TIBETAN WOMENS ASSOCIATION
www.tibetanwomen.org

Burma

Leaders of Burma groups have developed effective ways for westerners to support Burma and the Burmese struggle. Here are a few of the best ongoing campaigns and projects. These campaigns make a difference in the lives of Burmese inside Burma and in exile.

Trafficking

Support a U.S. Congressional Resolution on Trafficking
Show this Film

This film is a valuable resource to help you spread the word about the recent history and current situation in Burma. Gather a small group of friends in your home, school, church or temple. Show the film and encourage a discussion.

Tell your friends how they can help: become a sponsor, write letters to lobby for change, or make a donation to an organization of their choice. Even a few dollars goes a long way.

Organize a Benefit Film Screening

Organize a fundraising benefit by screening of the film SACRIFICE at your school, church, community center, or public library. It is easy to do and a great way to raise money and educate others about human rights issues in Burma.

Here is a step by step guide to organizing a benefit screening:

Benefit Screening Guide

Schedule a Speaker

Many activists are eager to speak publicly on these issues. Find a speaker who is well-informed, lively, and leaves the audience feeling empowered. Or organize a panel of speakers discussing different aspects of Burma: human rights violations, environmental destruction, culture, history, religion, medicine, art, travel, etc. Find a space in your school, church, temple, library or community center. Publicize the event.

Organize a Radio Show

Contact your local radio station. Talk to a producer and suggest a show on Burma issues. Recommend that they feature a local activist or a member of the Burmese community. Lend the producer a copy of the film SACRIFICE to stimulate their interest and give them background on the issues.

Help Educate Local Students

Local middle and high schools need to be educated about current issues in Burma. Contact your local Burma support group and identify an appropriate speaker, perhaps someone with a slide show to present or a film to screen. Encourage discussion after the presentation. Suggest ways the students can get involved, such as fund raising, sponsorships, and letter writing campaigns. These activities help students feel empowered and let them understand how they can influence government policy.

Learn More

Learn more about Burma so you can educate others and take effective action. Following are some of the best resources on Burma.

Films and Videos

Books, Articles and Newsletters

Links

ANTI-SLAVERY INTERNATIONAL
www.antislavery.org

THE BURMA FUND
www.burmafund.org

THE BURMA PROJECT
www.soros.org/burma

BURMANET SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION:
www.burma.net

CAPTIVE DAUGHTERS
www.captive.org

COALITION AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN
www.catwinternational.org

COALITION TO ABOLISH SLAVERY AND TRAFFICKING
www.castla.org/welcome-15th-event

EARTH RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL
www.earthrights.org

ECPAT-USA:
End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes

ecpatusa.org

FREE BURMA COALITION
www.freeburmacoalition.org

GLOBAL ALLIANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN WOMEN (GAATW)
www.gaatw.org

GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN
www.globalfundforwomen.org

KAREN HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP
khrg.org/about.html

Human Rights

The democracy movement in Burma is urging people to support their efforts in various ways. A Free Burma movement organizes actions intended to weaken the stronghold of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) on the people of Burma. What follows are ways to educate yourself and to help free Burma.

Support the Struggle of Burma's Minority People

Burma has more than 100 ethnic minority groups, many which have been involved in long term struggles against the oppressive regime. Some ethnic nationalities have signed cease-fire agreements with the regime, but to no avail. They continue to be brutally oppressed by military troops and suffer gross human rights abuses.

Visit the Orchestra Burma web site to learn more about the struggles of the ethnic people in Burma. This site is dedicated to representing both political and non-political organizations working for democracy and human rights from inside Burma.

Help the Activists

Learn more about issues surrounding Burma and what activists are doing to help. Visit the Free Burma web site to learn who is doing what around issues that concern you, such as AIDS, abuses by oil companies, drugs, the environment, refugees, women and grassroots activism. Sign up for the various list serves and get the latest information emailed to you. Join in on the discussions.

Free Burma Coalition (FBC)
The Free Burma Coalition (FBC) is a loosely based umbrella organization for local Free Burma groups. The FBC provides information and resources to help local groups be most effective. To find out about a group in your area and the FBC.

Free Burma Coalition
P.O. Box 19405
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: 202-777-6009
Fax: 202-234-5176
www.freeburmacoalition.org

Pressure Foreign Companies Doing Business in Burma

In 1997 the US government passed economic sanctions on new investment in Burma. However, those companies involved in business ventures before1997 are untouched by these sanctions.

The largest US company invested in Burma is the UNOCAL Oil Corporation. Along with their French partner Total Oil, UNOCAL has built a natural gas pipeline running from the Andaman Sea through Burma to Thailand. The construction of this pipeline has resulted in massive human rights abuses, including forced labor, forced relocation of villages, widespread rape, and murder by government troops hired by UNOCAL to protect pipeline construction.

Encourage Your City to Boycott Abusive Companies

Modeled after legislation introduced during the antiapartheid movement, activists nationwide are getting legislation passed to prohibit their city, county or state from signing contracts with companies with business ventures in Burma.

http://metalab.unc.edu/freeburma/boycott/sp/

Hear from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the National League for Democracy elected representative is the inspirational leader of Burma's democracy movement. Although, her ten year house arrest was lifted in 1998, her life has been threatened by the ruing junta in Burma, making her travel inside Burma nearly impossible.

Read Aung San Suu Kyi's speeches and see why her strong Buddhist belief and Gandhian values have given hope to the Burmese people.

www.dassk.com

Learn More

Learn about Burma from the most comprehensive and current source "Burma: Country in Crisis". This online and hard copy resource was prepared by the Open Society Institute's Burma Project. The report contains 12 Burma Backgrounders on history, human rights, ethnic groups, heroin, Asian security, refugees, women, environment, economy, foreign investment, tourism, and health and education. Each backgrounder ends with a short list of resources for further information. The on-line version will be regularly updated.

Open Society Institute - Burma Project
400 W. 59th St.
NY, NY 10019
Tel: 212-548-0632
Fax: 212-548-4655
Email: burma@sorosny.org
www.burmaproject.org