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Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet

The Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet is an organisation, set up on September 27, 1991, made up of ex-political prisoners from Tibet. Their association was registered under the Societies Act 21 of 1860 1021/97/CHRC. They aim to provide whatever help they can to former and present Tibetan political prisoners, as well as informing the international community, governments, NGOs and individuals, of the suffering of Tibetans so that pressure will be put on the Chinese to respect basic human rights.

“Gu”, “Chu” and “Sum” represent the Tibetan numbers nine, ten and three and stand for the months September and October 1987 and March 1988, months which saw three major pro-independence demonstrations which were brutally crushed in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. These were the first demonstrations since the major uprising in 1959. Several demonstrators were killed, many seriously injured, Many of those who were arrested were sentenced to years of hard labour.

The Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet was established to help work for Tibet’s freedom and also for the welfare of ex-political prisoners in exile. They provide housing, jobs and educational opportunities as well as helping with medical expenses for torture victims.

We have been collaborating with the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet since 1999. In that time, with the dedicated efforts of our Tibetan partners, we have distributed over 400 relief grants to Tibetan prisoners of conscience in exile (and their families) in India and those still in Tibet.

Lukar Sham is the current head of the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet. A prisoner himself for five years he endured vicious torture, and was finally released on medical parole in 1995 weighing just 30kg.

You can read more about the Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet on their website.