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EU emphasizes priority on human rights in external relations

Human rights must become a priority in all areas of the EU’s external relations, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said while adopting its annual report on human rights in the world and EU human rights policy in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In this year’s report, which focuses mainly on modern forms of slavery, […]

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European Union urges China to begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama

The European Union’s External Affairs Commissioner, Chris Patten, today urged China to begin dialogue with the exiled leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama. Mr. Patten, who is on a visit to China, made this statement in Shanghai. He said he would like to see discussions between the Chinese leadership and the Dalai Lama, according to […]

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Congressional Hearing

International Relations Committee holds Tibet hearing

The House International Relations Committee convened a hearing on March 7 on “U.S. Policy Considerations in Tibet,” to discuss what the U.S. government has done on Tibet since the Bush Administration took over. Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, reported on U.S. Government efforts to promote dialogue between the Chinese leadership […]

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Countries support self-determination for Tibet at 58th UN Commission on Human Rights

The 58th UN Commission on Human Rights, which began in Geneva on March 18, 2002, saw several countries urging China to grant self-determination and satisfactory autonomy to the Tibetan people and to find a solution through dialogue. Although the United States is not a member of the Commission this year, the State Department spokesman said […]

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Switzerland calls for self-determination in Tibet

Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss today called for a satisfactory form of self-determination in Tibet through dialogue, the Tibet Bureau in Geneva reports. Foreign Minister Deiss was addressing the 58th UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva when he referred to the situation in Tibet. “With regard to the rights of minorities, in Tibet, for […]

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Indian police seize 80 Shahtoosh shawls from two traders

Indian police have arrested two traders on March 17, 2002 in New Delhi and seized 80 Shahtoosh shawls, made from Tibetan antelope, in their possession, according to information received from the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). The shawls would have been worth about US$400,000 in the international market, and represent the death of about […]

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German Foreign Minister calls for autonomy rights in Tibet

Mr. Joschka Fischer, Germany’s Foreign Minister yesterday called upon the Chinese authorities to end oppression and grant Tibetan and Uighurs autonomy rights, the Tibet Bureau in Geneva reports. Speaking as a Guest Speaker in the general debate of the 58th UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Mr. Fischer said: “Despite the release of political […]

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United States hopes democracies will stand up for human rights as UN Commission begins session in Geneva

The United States on March 18, 2002 said that it has “a strong interest in human rights in China with the goal “to see the situations in these places improve.” Responding to a question on the U.S. position during the current session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, which began in Geneva on March […]

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Chadrel Rinpoche

China confirms release of Chadrel Rinpoche

During the March 5 and 6 EU-China dialogue in Madrid, in which the European Union asked about Chadrel Rinpoche, the Chinese delegation handed over a written document that said “Chadrel Rinpoche has been released” in Chinese, confirming a February 20 report from the Dharamsala-based Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) that the former […]

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Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile elects new Chairman

The Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (ATPD), which is the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, has elected a new Chairman on March 15, 2002 while reelecting the Vice Chairman for a new term. ATPD is the highest legislative organ of the Tibetans in exile. It was instituted in 1960. The creation of this democratically-elected body was one of […]

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EU fails to sponsor China resolution at the UN Rights Commission

In a disappointing move for rights advocates, the EU has chosen to keep silent about China’s gross violations of human rights in Tibet with its refusal to sponsor a China resolution this year. The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is disappointed with the European Union’s apparent decision yesterday not to sponsor a resolution on China […]

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March 10, 2002

Tibetans detained and beaten by Nepali police after March 10 demonstration

Twenty to twenty-five Tibetan and Nepali youth were detained and beaten after attempting to march to the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu on March 10. They were protesting the 43rd anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising crushed by Chinese authorities. According to one of those detained the protesters were arrested near the Chinese embassy and loaded […]

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Dalai Lama hopes China will find courage to resolve Tibetan problem through negotiations

In his annual address to commemorate the Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10, 2002, the Dalai Lama has said that he hoped the Chinese leadership will “find the courage, wisdom and vision to solve the Tibetan issue through negotiations.” The Dalai Lama said whether the new Chinese leadership that will take power […]

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Chinese scholar Gao Zhan

Chinese scholar Gao Zhan says Tibetans have the right to choose their future

Gao Zhan, the scholar who was detained by China for five months in 2001 and released after pressure from the United States Government, said on February 26, 2002 that it was only after she regained her freedom that she understood the aspirations of the Tibetan people. Gao was addressing a panel discussion on China and […]

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Dalai Lama attends Tenshug ceremony in Dharamsala

At the request of Kirti Kyabgon, a prominent lama residing in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama participated in a long-life (Tenshug) ceremony dedicated to his well being on February 23, 2002 in Dharamsala. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, lamas are made this ceremonial offering as a formal request for their continued existence in this world. Also, […]

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President George Bush and President Jiang Zemin

Bush asks Jiang to begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama

President Bush began his visit to Beijing on February 21, 2002 with an extensive meeting with President Jiang Zemin during which he urged Jiang to start a dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Briefing the media on the presidential summit, White House National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said Bush “…mentioned specifically the importance of dialogue with […]

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Embassy arrests

Three more arrests bring total to 10 before Friday rally

Three more Tibet supporters were arrested today after conducting civil disobedience at the Chinese Embassy as part of the week long “Mobilization for Tibet.”

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Embassy arrests

Three more Tibet supporters arrested after non-violent protest at Chinese Embassy

Julia Stewart of George Washington University’s Students for A Free Tibet as well as [Name Withheld] and [Name Withheld] of the International Campaign for Tibet were arrested after conducting civil disobedience at the Chinese Embassy this afternoon. They attempted to deliver letters saying “Free Tibet” in English and Chinese. Today’s arrests bring the total to […]

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