Students For a Free Tibet
is a global grassroots network of students and activists working in solidarity with the Tibetan people for human rights and freedom. The group uses education
, and nonviolent direct action
with the goal of achieving Tibetan independence
. SFT advocates self-determination for Tibet
because of Tibet's historical status as well as opposing the Chinese government's purported violation of the Tibetan people's human rights, cultural heritage, environment, language and religion.
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) was founded in 1994 by pro-separatist Tibetans
, supporters, and students in New York City
to use the influence of youth in order to press for human rights
and independence in Tibet. Initially, SFT's activities were focused on raising awareness amongst fellow students and young people on campuses and at events such as the 1994 Lollapalooza
music tour. Students for a Free Tibet's profile and membership grew with the advent of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts
, which provided a vehicle for youth involvement in the Tibetan independence movement.
Currently, SFT is an international network of more than 650 chapters at universities, colleges, high schools and communities in over 100 countries. SFT's International Headquarters remains in New York City. There are also a few satellite offices and organizing hubs; SFT Canada
has an office in Toronto
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