In addition to providing fast and accurate information on Tibet and monitoring and reporting on the daily lives of Tibetans and the status of the Tibet, below is a partial list of accomplishments spearheaded by the staff and membership of the International Campaign for Tibet.
- Released a new book, "Like Gold that Fears no Fire: New Writing from Tibet," which is a collection of writings by Tibetans inside Tibet, including extracts from books that are banned by the Chinese government and work by writers now in prison. The new book features stories of imprisonment, interrogation, death and loss, as well as perspectives on a better future that reveal an unquenchable spirit and deeply-felt Tibetan identity. The stories, poems and essays in this rich and diverse collection focus on the experiences of Tibetans since a wave of overwhelmingly peaceful protests swept across Tibet from March 2008, to be met by a violent crackdown.
- On behalf of ICT, His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented the Light of Truth award on October 6 to two recipients: the late Julia Taft, who was appointed Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues in 1999 as well as serving on the board of ICT from 2002; and to Wang Lixiong, the Chinese writer who co-authored and disseminated a petition calling on the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint and caution in their response to the wave of protests that swept Tibet in March 2008. Learn more >>
- ICT sponsored Tibet Lobby Day 2009. Tibetans from around the country came to Washington, D.C., marking their arrival as “Tibetan-Americans” with a growing constituent voice. By commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile in D.C., they demonstrated their recognition of the essential role that the U.S. Congress has played in sustaining Tibetan communities and keeping Tibet on the diplomatic agenda. Some 150 Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters from 25 states fanned out over Capitol Hill, visiting 96 offices with a message of gratitude and an appeal for continued support. They reminded their representatives, many relatively new, that the U.S. Congress was the first governmental entity in the world to host the Dalai Lama (1987), and to institutionalize Tibet through programmatic funding and policies designed to keep the focus on the Tibet issue.
- ICT proudly celebrated our 20th anniversary. For two decades, we have called the world's attention to the injustices and brutality being suffered by the people of Tibet. We've shone a spotlight on China's repressive authority and intervened on behalf of political prisoners. We've worked with and been guided by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and have provided support to Tibetans in exile. View the "ICT and Tibet Timeline: 1988-2008."
- Helped introduce and pass a bill in the House of Representatives (H.RES. 1077) calling on the government of China to end the Crackdown in Tibet.
- Released Tracking the Steel Dragon: How China’s Economic Policies and the Railway Are Transforming Tibet. A groundbreaking report exploring the alarming impact of the new railway on Tibet’s land and people through first-person testimony, official documentation, original writings.
- Mobilized government and popular support in response to widespread demonstrations in Tibet and the ensuing brutal “Crackdown.”
- Released Tibet at a Turning Point, a special report on the March demonstrations in Tibet.
- ICT Vice President of Special Programs Bhuchung K. Tsering testified before the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom in a hearing on “The Many Faces of China’s Repression: Human Rights and U.S. Diplomacy in China.”
- ICT arranged for a public address by the Dalai Lama on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol after he accepted the Congressional Gold Medal. More than 10,000 gathered to hear his message of peace and nonviolence, and over 65,000 people around the world watched a live webcast of the day’s proceedings on ICT’s website.
- ICT Chair Richard Gere and Special Envoy Lodi Gyari testified with U.S. Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the status of Sino-Tibetan dialogue.
- Released Interpreting Tibet: A Political Guide to Traveling in Tibet as an alternative guide unmasking Chinese propaganda and offering a way for tourists and tour operators to be well informed about the implications of traveling in Tibet.
- Released The Communist Party as Living Buddha: The Crisis Facing Tibetan Religion Under Chinese Control. The report documents the tightening control over religious practice and scholarship in Tibet.
- Helped secure the release of and provide aid and support to several political prisoners.
- Secured the allocation of funds for Tibetan refugee communities, including $2 million for humanitarian assistance, $600,000 for scholarships, and $250,000 for programs that support human rights and democracy initiatives. We also secured an additional $3 million for development assistance, $500,000 for educational and cultural exchanges, and Radio Free Asia and Voice of America funding to reach inside Tibet.
- Helped secure passage of the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious understanding.
- Hosted a delegation from the European Parliamentary on a visit to Dharamsala for an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to strengthen their support of the Tibetan people.
- Stepped up efforts on the government to protect the chiru. ICT prepared legal action against the U.S. to enforce a ban on the import of chiru pelts.
- Launched "Tracking the Tibet Railway" with several goals. To monitor and report on the affects of the railway on Tibet’s environment, economy and its people. To educate those who may use the railway on the realities facing contemporary Tibet. To prevent the misuse of Tibet’s natural wealth. And to campaign against western corporate involvement in any expansion of the railway.
- Held its sixth Tibetan Youth Leadership Program in Washington, D.C.
- Opened an office in Brussels to help strengthen its EU policy lobby.
- The International Campaign for Tibet was awarded the prestigious Geuzen Medal by the Dutch Geuzen Resistance 1940-1945 Foundation.
- Released two special reports: Crossing the Line: China’s Railway to Lhasa, Tibet and Dangerous Crossing, a report documenting conditions impacting the flight of Tibetan refugees in 2004.
- Launched an online campaign to free Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.
- Released When the Sky Fell to Earth, an extensive ICT report, with "Devotion and Defiance," a documentary video, on current religious policy and practice in Tibet.
- Co-hosted second roundtable at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva that examined systemic human rights abuses in Tibet. Attended by scores of NGOs and representatives of 10 governments.
- Increased number of current, active members of ICT's three offices to more than 80,000.
- Ensured that U.S. government funding for Tibetan programs continued and grew while reflecting the concerns and priorities of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.
- Published an in-depth report, Crossing the Line: China's Railway to Lhasa, Tibet, finding that the railway crossing the Tibetan plateau is being built mainly for political reasons and not to benefit the Tibetan people.
- Helped secure the release to the United States of the longest-held Tibetan female political prisoner, Ngawang Sangdrol, a 26-year-old nun who had already spent 11 years in Lhasa's Drapchi prison.
- The White House issued the first-ever presidential Status of Tibet Negotiations report to Congress.
- Began the European Tibetan Youth Leadership Program to empower young Tibetans in Europe and strategize on how youth can shape the future of the Tibet movement.
- Testified before Congress, including before the Congressional Human Rights Committee regarding Chinese abuses against Tibet, highlighting the need to prevent China from cracking down on Tibetans under the guise of preventing terrorism, as well as before the Congressional Executive Commission on China.
- Released first annual report, Dangerous Crossing, Conditions Impacting the Flight of Tibetan Refugees in 2001, examining the reasons Tibetans flee, dangers en route, and situations facing them in India and Nepal.
- Helped secure passage of "Tibetan Policy Act" through direct and grassroots lobbying. The TPA institutionalizes programmatic and political support for Tibet, including establishing the position of Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues at the State Department.
- Started publishing Liaowang Xizang (Tibet Observer), a bimonthly journal in the Chinese language as outreach to Chinese scholars, activitists and politicians around the world.
- ICT staff and members successfully reached goal of signing on more than a hundred House and Senate cosponsors for the "Tibetan Policy Act."
Launched a campaign for medical parole for Ngawang Choephel; distributed 72,000 Panchen Lama kits and brought the Panchen Lama film "Tibet's Stolen Child" to large audiences around the world.
- ICT exposed the massive crackdown at Larung Gar where thousands of nuns and monks were expelled and their meditation dwellings destroyed.
- ICT Europe and other Tibet groups helped force the local government of Zoetermeer in Holland to cancel its plan to develop a Chinese theme park.
- The UN General Assembly responded to a challenge by China and voted 46 to 37 to approve the accreditation of the International Campaign for Tibet to the UN World Conference Against Racism.
- ICT organized its first Tibetan Youth Leadership Program in Washington, D.C., designed to provide legislative, media and human rights training to young Tibetans.
- China withdrew its Tibetan resettlement project from final stage of World Bank consideration after key governments voiced opposition.
- Launched "Panchen Lama Campaign" in Europe to mobilize citizens and governments to stand up for religious freedom in Tibet.
- ICT lodged a formal review demand on behalf of effected Tibetans, and intense pressure from coalition of Tibet activist and environmental groups. The project would move 58,000 non-Tibetan peasants up and onto the Tibetan plateau, diluting the culture, altering the ethnic balance, and impacting the fragile ecosystem. China warned that, if the project failed to pass, it would "re-evaluate" its relationship with the Bank.
- ICT coordinated national "Tibet Awareness Campaign" around the release of "Kundun" and "Seven Years in Tibet."
- ICT campaigned in the U.S. and in China to ensure that Tibet was a prominent topic at the U.S.-China Summit in Beijing. President Clinton publicly called on Chinese President Jiang to meet with the Dalai Lama.
- ICT hosted the World Parliamentarian Convention on Tibet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and delegates from 27 other countries.
- The U.S. Secretary of State appointed the first Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs.
- ICT coordinated a series of history-making protests of Chinese President Jiang Zemin's visit to seven U.S. cities.
- After years of effort, Radio Free Asia began broadcasting to Tibet, China, and elsewhere. RFA now broadcasts into Tibet 8 hours every day.
- ICT released A Season to Purge: Religious Repression in Tibet, highlighting the detention of the Panchen Lama.
- ICT helped give voice to the Tibetan women at the United Nations Women's Conference in Beijing.
- ICT hosted a major visit of the Dalai Lama to Atlanta, Houston, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
- The State Department included a separate section for Tibet in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
- ICT organized U.S. tour of torture implements smuggled out of Tibet.
- ICT coordinated the first meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
- ICT participated actively in campaigns against Beijing hosting the 2000 Olympics. The campaign succeeded.
- ICT published a ground-breaking report, Nuclear Tibet, on nuclear waste and nuclear weapons in Tibet.
- ICT launched a drive to add conditions to China's Most Favored Nation trading status. President Clinton conditioned the extension of MFN to China on specific human rights improvements, including in Tibet.
- ICT conducted a fact-finding mission in Tibet focusing on prisons and labor camps.
- ICT mobilized an international movement at the UN Earth Summit in Brazil to protest funding of international projects which grow wheat in Tibet for Chinese settlers.
- ICT began publishing a newsletter on environment and development issues to inform and network with individuals and agencies working in Tibet.
- ICT coordinated a meeting between the Dalai Lama and President Bush, the first meeting ever between a Dalai Lama and a U.S. President.
- President Bush signed into law an Act of Congress that included language declaring Tibet an occupied country under international law.
- Congress assembled in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to welcome the Dalai Lama and printed the proceedings as a congressional document.
- In Geneva, ICT staff worked to help pass a resolution in the United Nations Subcommission on Human Rights, the first resolution on Tibet in the UN since 1965.
- ICT participated in a major initiative to broaden dialogue between Chinese and Tibetans at a forum held in Virginia.
- ICT coordinated efforts to secure the provision of 1,000 immigrant visas to Tibetan refugees.
- Congress provided humanitarian assistance for Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.
- Congress established the Tibetan language service of Voice of America and Tibetan scholarships under the Fulbright Program for Tibetan refugees.
- ICT undertook a major campaign to expose abuses and to end martial law in Lhasa, imposed by China on March 5, and lifted nearly a year later.
- Congress passed one of its first resolutions on Tibet, supporting the Dalai Lama's Five Point Peace Plan.
- Jigme Ngapo, ICT's China analyst, began publishing the Tibet Forum, a Chinese language newspaper.
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