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Dalai Lama responds to terrorist attacks

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent a letter to New York City Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, through the Office of Tibet New York. In the letter He states, “I have just written to President Bush expressing my deep sense of shock at the devastating terrorist attacks that took place . . . We are deeply saddened. […]

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International Campaign for Tibet statement on terrorist attacks

The International Campaign for Tibet condemns the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which took thousands of innocent lives. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims as well as their friends and colleagues. The greatest honor the United States could bestow upon the victims and upon our scarred society, is to […]

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China blames Western countries and ignores racism at home

China’s debut at the World Conference on Racism heavily criticized the West for causing racism via colonialism, slavery and apartheid throughout the world. However, a statement by the head of China’s delegation, Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya, made no mention of any problems within China today. “Ancient Chinese always advocated the virtue of ‘tolerance’ and […]

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ICT report refutes Beijing’s denial of racism in China

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) will release a report at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) documenting the origin and nature of racism against Tibetans and how the Chinese government perpetuates racist attitudes and policies. The 110-page report, entitled “Jampa: The Story of Racism in Tibet,” describes how racist language and concepts permeate […]

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Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 passes Senate Committee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed the Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 as part of the 2002 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed the Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 as part of the 2002 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. The Tibetan Policy Act has more than 100 co-sponsors in the […]

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ICT praises Senate bill prohibiting Chinese State-owned enterprises access to US capital markets

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), part of a coalition that cost Chinese oil company PetroChina as much as $7 billion last year because of its poor record in Tibet, has endorsed the “China Free Enterprise Act,” introduced today by Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). “Lacking the bluntness of trade sanctions, capital […]

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Tibetans unfurl 50 years of ‘Blood and Tears’ banner

On 19 July, the day of the 50th anniversary of the so-called peaceful liberation of Tibet which China proposed to commemorate on this particular day rather on 23 May, the residents of Lhasa were greeted with a loud and clear reminder of 50 years of “blood and tears,” according to reports coming from Tibet. The […]

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On This Spot: Lhasa – A map with a message

The International Campaign for Tibet’s map, On This Spot – Lhasa, is an up-to-date and comprehensive travel map of Tibet’s capital city, Lhasa. With its inclusive approach to controversial and politically sensitive sites, it is also the most unconventional map of Lhasa to date. On This Spot captures the rapidly changing face of Lhasa that […]

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UN representative to resign in protest of UN’s Exclusion of Tibetan Art

Bosnian-Israeli pianist Sasha Toperich today announced his intention to resign his honorary title as UNESCO Ambassador for Peace in protest of UNESCO’s decision to ban the display of an exhibit on UN premises because it includes work from Tibetan artists. Dr. Toperich, an acclaimed concert pianist who has performed around the world — including in […]

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Thousands of Tibetan monks and nuns ordered to leave remote encampment

Officials from Beijing and Chengdu have ordered thousands of monks and nuns to leave a massive monastic encampment in eastern Tibet, according to several eyewitness sources. As monks and nuns leave, their residences are being destroyed to prevent them, or others, from returning and inhabiting the sprawling complex. The confrontation has been building for weeks […]

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ICT President testifies before Congress on UN

ICT’s President, John Ackerly, testified Wednesday before the House Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights as part of a hearing on “The UN Commission on Human Rights: A Review of its Mission, Operations and Structure.” The complete text of Ackerly’s Testimony follows below: House Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on […]

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New administration to meet the Dalai Lama

Tibet’s exiled political and spiritual leader, the XIV Dalai Lama, will arrive in Washington, D.C., next week following visits to seven other U.S. cities. In his first visit to the capitol since the new Administration has been in place, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to meet with President Bush, Secretary Powell and Members of Congress. […]

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ICT calls on Bush to reinvigorate Tibet policy

As the Bush Administration – including the President, Secretary of State, and newly named Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues – holds its first meetings with the Dalai Lama, the International Campaign for Tibet calls for a reinvigoration of U.S. efforts to assist the people of Tibet, who have endured more than 50 years of Chinese […]

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Paula Dobriansky named Tibet Coordinator

Secretary of State Colin Powell has designated Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Global Affairs, as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues in the Bush Administration. Dobriansky will take on this responsibility in addition to her current position. In appointing an Under Secretary of State, Powell has elevated the stature of the position from the Assistant […]

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News conference

On Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), will unveil legislation to help the Tibetans safeguard their identity as a people and a nation, and to support His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s efforts to achieve a negotiated solution for Tibet. Its introduction coincides with a three-week visit […]

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Major Tibet legislation introduced in Congress

The Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 will be introduced today by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Craig Thomas (R-WY) in the Senate and Congressmen Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the House of Representatives. Its introduction coincides with the Dalai Lama’s three-week visit to the United States in May. He will visit Minneapolis, […]

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China blocks human rights discussion at UN

China once again blocked discussion of its human rights record at the UN Commission on Human Rights by using a controversial procedural tactic – the “no action” motion. The motion prevented a substantive vote on a U.S.-sponsored resolution expressing concern at abuses against Chinese and Tibetans. Twenty-three countries supported China’s “no-action motion,” 17 voted against […]

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BP shareholders voice support for Tibet by voting on PetroChina resolution

BP shareholders today voted on a special resolution directing the company to divest its shares of PetroChina, a Chinese state-owned oil company building a pipeline in occupied Tibet. The resolution states that BP’s investment in PetroChina is contradictory to the company’s policy commitments on human rights and the environment. Despite BP’s attempt to thwart the […]

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