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Indian Parliamentary Forum For Tibet reorganized

Thirty members of Parliament in India met in New Delhi on May 6, 2002 to reorganize the All Party Indian Parliamentary Forum For Tibet (APIPFT). The meeting elected Mr. T.N. Chaturvedi as a Convenor and Mr. Satyavrat Chaturvedi and Mr. Bashistha Narayan Singh as the Co-Convenor from Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) […]

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International Religious Freedom Commission says China continues to suppress Tibetan religious practices

In its third Annual Report, released Monday, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said that Chinese authorities continue to violate the religious freedom of the Tibetan people. The mandate of the Commission is to provide policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State and Congress on the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations […]

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State Department monitoring Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s case

The State Department said yesterday that they were monitoring the development of the detention of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan lama, in Lithang (eastern Tibet). Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested on April 7, 2002, under suspicion of involvement in a series of bomb blasts in the region. Reacting to media enquiries, a State Department […]

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Tibet, rights concerns greet Hu Jintao in his first trip to Washington, D.C.

Hu Jintao, China’s next presumed leader and former Communist Party Secretary in Tibet, encountered protests and concerns over Chinese rights abuses as he made his first trip to Washington, meeting with Congressional leaders, President Bush and other top administration officials. In his two-day tour of Washington from April 30 to May 1, Hu was forced […]

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Hu Jintao refuses to accept Congressional letters on Tibet

Visiting Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao on April 30, 2002 refused to accept letters of concern from four Members of Congress regarding China’s action in Tibet and on human rights. In a statement on April 30, 2002, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip, who had tried to personally deliver the letters to Vice President Hu, said: […]

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PBS to air documentary highlighting American policy on Tibet

“Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet,” a revealing documentary that highlights the U.S. role in providing assistnce to Tibetans who violently resisted Chinese invaders and then, ultimately, abandoning them, will be aired nationally in the U.S. on public television in May. “Shadow Circus” will be shown nationally in the U.S. on Public Television (see listing […]

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Vigil for the missing Panchen Lama in Washington, D.C.

Tibetans and Tibet supporters are organizing a series of events on April 25, 2002, to mark the 13th birthday of the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and nearly 7 years since his abduction by Chinese authorities. The events of April 25 will include: The introduction of a resolution for the release of the Panchen Lama […]

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Revered Tibetan Lama arrested in eastern Tibet

Chinese authorities arrested Ven. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche in eastern Tibet on April 7, 2002, charging him with involvement in bomb blasts in Chengdu and Beijing. According to the Office of Tibet, New York, Ven. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested with four of his attendants. “Venerable Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has been involved in bringing spiritual renaissance […]

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Update on Takna Jigme Sangpo

Ambassador Clark Randt, U.S. Ambassador to China, asked Chinese authorities on April 12 to grant him a meeting with recently released Takna Jigme Sangpo, Tibet’s longest-serving political prisoner. Takna Jigme Sangpo said that he was not feeling well and has high blood pressure in his first-ever interview to the media. Although Ambassador Randt did not […]

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Bike tour From Minneapolis to Chicago for the Panchen Lama

Five Tibetans residing in Minneapolis will begin a bicycle ride from St. Paul, MN to Chicago, IL on April 17, 2002 to highlight the issue of the detained Panchen Lama. State Senator Satveer Chaudhary will flag them off at a ceremony on April 17 morning at the state Capitol. The bikers will reach the Chinese […]

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Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao to visit US, meet with Bush Administration

The White House has announced that Chinese Vice President Hu Jintao will meet Vice President Dick Cheney on May 1, 2002, in Washington, D.C. Tibet is expected to be one of the topics discussed between the Chinese and American leaders. A White House press statement said Cheney would discuss “a range of bilateral and global […]

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Tibet NGOs criticize EU for not sponsoring China resolution at UN Rights Commission

Geneva – Three Tibet-related NGOs today criticized the European Union for its failure to propose a resolution on China’s human rights practices in Tibet at the current session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. In a press statement from Geneva, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the International Campaign for Tibet and […]

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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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