Students for a Free Tibet

sft logoStudents for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. They campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom, through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Formed in 1994, as a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world, they empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.

As this post goes live, SFT leaders are concluding a Free Tibet! Action Camp in Australia, with 40 young Tibetans and activists undergoing a week-long intensive training in the skills and strategies of nonviolent action and grassroots organizing for the current and future leaders of the movement for Tibetan independence. For as His Holiness has said “The achievements of Students for a Free Tibet show that nonviolent action does work.”

Read more about SFT’s work below this video from Action Camp in Australia.

SFT conducts campaigns at the international level, including the World Leaders Unite for Tibet campaign that highlights the wave of self-immolations in Tibet by pressing elected government representatives and legislators worldwide to institute multilateral mechanisms to bring about a lasting resolution to the Tibet issue. SFT is also leading the Say No to China’s Confucius Institute campaign designed to counter the Chinese government backed Confucius Institute (CI) in over 400 universities around the world from attempting to censor information and curtail discussions related to Tibet, human rights, and other topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese government. The campaign challenges CI’s collaboration with educational institutions that specifically undermine freedom of expression and association. More about SFT’s priority campaigns can be found on

Inspired by the fearless determination of Tibetans inside Tibet and the commitment of young Tibetans and youth activists in exile, SFT continues to lead hard-hitting campaigns and strategic nonviolent direct actions to help end the Chinese government’s occupation of Tibet and secure a future where His Holiness the Dalai Lama and all Tibetans are reunited in a free Tibet.