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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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Members of Congress call on China to begin negotiations with the Dalai Lama

In messages to the Tibetan people to commemorate the Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10, 2002, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Mark Udall called on the Chinese leadership to begin negotiations with the Dalai Lama’s representatives to resolve the Tibetan problem and heighlighted the just cause of the Tibetan people and their need for […]

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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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March 10th Statement from the Dalai Lama

Today, we commemorate the forty-third anniversary of the tragic event in our history. However, I have always considered the present and future more important than the past. The world is greatly concerned with the problem of terrorism as a consequence of September 11. Internationally, the majority of the governments are in agreement that there is […]

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Richard Gere

ICT Chairman Richard Gere testifies on Tibet before Congressional Committee

Testifying before a Hearing on March 7, 2002, ICT Chairman Richard Gere said the United States Congress needs to strengthen its support to the Dalai Lama in his effort to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue with the Chinese leadership. Gere also asked the House International Relations Committee to study the findings of a […]

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Testimony of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari on US Tibet policy

Addressing the House International Relations Committee on Tibet on March 7, 2002, Gyari stressed the China’s leaders need to engage the Dalai Lama in the interest of both the Tibetan and Chinese people. He also urged the United States Congress to continue strengthen its support to the Dalai Lama in his efforts to resolve the […]

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Paula Dobriansky

Tibet problem stumbling block to US-China relations, says Undersecretary Dobriansky

Dobriansky, the United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, says the lack of resolution on the Tibet issue will be a stumbling block to fuller political and economic engagement by China with the United States and others. Addressing the House International Relations Committee on Tibet on March 7, Dobriansky said China needs to engage the […]

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US report sharply critical of Chinese policies in Tibet

In its annual human rights report, released today, the State Department said “repressive social and political controls continue to limit the fundamental freedoms of Tibetans and risk undermining Tibet’s unique cultural, religious, and linguistic heritage.” According to the report, severe restrictions on traditional Tibetan religious practices, substantial increase of Chinese presence in Tibetan areas, discrimination […]

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Tibetan Youth Leadership

Second Tibetan Youth Leadership Program begins

Fourteen young Tibetans in the United States are participating in the second Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) being organized by the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. from March 4 to 9, 2002. The first program was held in March 2001. The program is designed to provide Tibetan youth exposure to different fields of […]

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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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ICT condolence letter to family of Gyaltsen Gyaltag

At a memorial service for Gyaltsen Gyaltag, member of the ICT Europe Board, held in Zurich on February 23, ICT Europe Director Tsering Jampa presented the following letter of condolence to Gyaltag’s family. All of us at the International Campaign for Tibet offer our heartfelt condolences to the Gyaltag family. The untimely passing away of […]

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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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US Tibet Coordinator arrives with Bush in Beijing

Washington, DC – President Bush underscored the commitment he made to the Dalai Lama last year at the White House to raise Tibet with President Jiang Zemin by including Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. Tibet Coordinator, in his official delegation to Beijing. Dobriansky also accompanied President Bush to the October Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation […]

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