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Dharamsala announces major reshuffle of officials

The Dharamsala, India-based Tibetan Government-in-Exile has announced a reshuffle of its senior officials heading major departments. According to a report from Dharamsala, the changes, to take place by the middle of April 2002, includes secretaries of the departments of Health, Finance, Religion and Culture, Home, and Education. The head of the Tibetan Institute of Performing […]

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New Zealand urges China to begin dialogue on Tibet

Several countries, including the EU, New Zealand, Norway, and Canada, referred to the situation in Tibet as the UN Commission on Human Rights began to deliberate on the agenda item that deals with the question of violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world (an item also known as country […]

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Tibetan group condemns censorship at UN World Summit

Tibet Justice Center, a Berkeley, CA-based human rights and environment group, today condemned the UN for once again failing to support the accreditation of a qualified Tibet group to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa late this summer. With the G-77 nations squarely under its thumb, China prevented […]

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Dharamsala welcomes Takna Jigme Sangpo’s release

The Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, has welcomed the release of Takna Jigme Sangpo and thanked “every individual, Tibet Support Groups, human rights organisations, parliamentarians, governments who have worked so hard” for the release. In a statement on April 4, 2002, Samdhong Rinpoche said he hoped that this was not a […]

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Indian Defense Minister hopes China will begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama

Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes said Friday that he hoped China would begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama to find reconciliation on Tibet. In a March 29, 2002, interview with the U.S.-based weekly India Abroad, Fernandes said that he had followed the Dalai Lama’s position on Tibet for several years and hinted that there is […]

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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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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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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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