Fighting for passport for Tibetans in India
Lobsang's latest work is through the courts and bureaucracies of India for passport for Tibetans. Indian law from many years ago provides for citizenship (and passports) for Tibetans; however it was not being enforced, and local offices even denied it was possible. So Lobsang filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL - class action suit), which he won on 22 September, and the court ordered that he, and all Tibetans who qualify, should be issued Indian passports if they apply.
You can find many more stories about the success of the PIL through google search and twitter Also, over the years Lobsang has written about this citizenship and passport issue on his news portal, Tibet Sun
update 3 jan 2017 But -- it seems success on paper only! Now he is having to continue the fight: to get the local authorities to follow this order! Here is only one example -- a supposedly "adverse" verification report. And since then the authorities have got the correct verification report, but are delaying sending it to the passport office.
Can you help with LW's work?
Who is Lobsang Wangyal?
Lobsang Wangyal is an exile Tibetan in McLeod Ganj India, a freelance photojournalist, an event producer, a social activist, and most recently is fighting for the right of passport for Tibetans in India.
All this takes a lot of time, travel, and paperwork, which he is doing on his own time and out of his own pocket.
Can you help Lobsang with this work?
Your $10 help is just as appreciated as some big donation -- remember, this is crowdfunding, it all adds up to a big help! Anything received over the final price of the laptop will be helping Lobsang with his expenses.
Don't hold back because you can't give much -- Every little bit helps. It's not just money -- it also does a whole lot for the morale, and it helps other people see there is support so they will jump in too! If your concerns are privacy, or no bank, or whatever, just contact us -- there are many ways!