Tibet Unlocked breaks through China’s information blackout on Tibet by shining a spotlight on critical issues facing Tibetans in Tibet and telling stories of their brave resistance to Chinese rule. Hosted by two Tibetan activist leaders in exile, this podcast brings a Tibetan-focused activist perspective into the heart of the discussion of the Sino-Tibetan conflict.

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Episode 7: The Untold Story of Tibetan Students in the 1989 Tiananmen Movement

May 31, 2024

June 4, 2024, marks 35 years since the monumental protests by Chinese students and citizens demanding freedom and democracy—a powerful moment of hope and inspiration brutally crushed by the Chinese government, now remembered as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. In this episode of Tibet Unlocked, we turn our attention to a less well-documented aspect of the events of this period, the participation by Tibetans and non-Chinese students. For the first time, Dr. Gyal Lo reveals his courageous involvement in China's 1989 democracy movement as a 23 year old Tibetan student. What fueled his fearless determination to shut down railway tracks and engage in civil disobedience. Tibet Unlocked delves into the profound inspiration and confidence that drove Tibetan students into direct action, sharing Dr Gyal Lo’s poignant reflections on the enduring legacy of Tiananmen Square and its significance for the Tibetans people.

Episode 6: Nyima Lhamo's Journey for Justice

Apr 16, 2024

Nyima Lhamo's journey, and her quest for justice for her uncle who was wrongly imprisoned by China, sheds light on the many ways China tries to control and intimidate Tibetans, including through the use of transnational repression. April 2024 marks 22 years since Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's was arrested. One of the most prominent Tibetan political prisoners in recent Tibetan history, his untimely death in a Chinese prison in 2015 remains both a mystery and a tragedy. In this interview, Nyima Lhamo shares her touching memories of Rinpoche in Tibet and reveals the extreme measures she and her family were driven in their fight for truth and justice.

Episode 5 - Eyewitness to colonial boarding preschools in Tibet

Dec 13, 2022

A prominent Tibetan educator who recently fled from Tibet and China to Canada explains China's hidden policy requiring Tibetan parents to send preschool-age children (ages 4 & 5 yrs) in rural Tibet to boarding school. Based on his firsthand experience of this program, Dr. Gyal Lo speaks about Beijing’s motivation for the policy and the devastating impact it is having on parents and children.

Episode-4:Exposing China's Colonial Boarding Schools in Tibet

Mar 14, 2022

In December 2021, Tibet Action Institute released a groundbreaking report uncovering China's massive Colonial Boarding School system in Tibet. In order to eliminate Tibetan resistance to Chinese rule, Beijing has now separated nearly 80% of all Tibetan children (ages of six - 18) from their families and communities. In this episode we discuss the key findings and story behind the writing of the report.

Episode-3:What does the invasion of Ukraine and the global response mean for China and the Tibetan people’s ongoing struggle for freedom?

Mar 14, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has outraged the free world. For Tibetans, this event of military aggression brought back memories of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, prompting reflections on the past and speculation on the future. What does the invasion of Ukraine and the global response mean for China and the Tibetan people’s ongoing struggle for freedom? How will this event impact the trajectory of great power politics and the arc of international conflict in Asia? What opportunities might emerge in the near future for Tibetans, Uyghurs, and other nations seeking independence from the Chinese empire?

Episode-2:Fighting China's Genocide Games (part-2)

Feb 21, 2022

In the final countdown to the opening of China's Winter Olympic Games, Lhadon talks through the highlights and the lowlights of the #NoBeijing2022 campaign with two key leaders of the global coalition, Mandie McKeown of the International Tibet Network and Zumretay Arkin of the World Uyghur Congress.

Episode-2:Fighting China's Genocide Games (part-1)

Feb 4, 2022

In the final countdown to the opening of China's Winter Olympic Games, Lhadon talks through the highlights and the lowlights of the #NoBeijing2022 campaign with two key leaders of the global coalition, Mandie McKeown of the International Tibet Network and Zumretay Arkin of the World Uyghur Congress.

Episode-1: The Blackout

Oct 28, 2021

Long-time Tibetan activists, campaigners and technologists, Lhadon Tethong, Tenzin Dorjee, Nathan Freitas and Kate Woznow, discuss the many ways the Chinese authorities enforces their near and total information blackout on Tibet, and what it means for Tibetans everywhere, and for the Sino-Tibetan conflict.