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Congressman Gilman Condemns Chinese attempt to malign Tibetans

Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (20th District – NY), Chairman Emeritus of the House International Relations Committee on November 30 condemned attempts by Chinese officials to equate the freedom struggles in Tibet and East Turkestan and the democracy in Taiwan as terrorism. He termed the Dalai Lama as a peace maker. In a statement honoring Taiwan […]

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Recent photo of Panchen Lama a case of mistaken identity

On October 10, ICT released a photo of a young Tibetan boy believed to be the Panchen Lama. It is now believed that this is probably a case of mistaken identity. While the source still genuinely believes that this is a photo of the Panchen Lama and finds it hard to believe that the identity […]

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Destruction of monasteries spreads in Tibet

Kathmandu – Just months after the demolition of thousands of homes at the Larung Gar monastic encampment in Serthar, Chinese authorities are demolishing parts of Yachen, another large monastic encampment in eastern Tibet. The scale of this continuing demolition of monastic structures is unprecedented since the Cultural Revolution. As of October 10, more than 800 […]

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The Dalai Lama’s address to the European Parliament

Madame Speaker, Honorable Members of the Parliament, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great honor for me to address the European Parliament. I believe the European Union is an inspiring example for a cooperative and peaceful co-existence among different nations and peoples and deeply inspiring for people like myself who strongly believe in the need […]

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European Parliament hosts Dalai Lama: message of peace and tolerance among nations

Amsterdam – On October 24, the European Parliament will host a first-ever address by the Dalai Lama to its plenary meeting. The Nobel Peace Laureate and Tibetan leader is expected to urge peaceful reconciliation among nations. In this context, the Dalai Lama is also expected to ask for continued European support for his efforts to […]

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Bush raises Tibet with Chinese President

In his first-ever meeting with President Jiang Zemin this week, President Bush promoted dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, following through with a commitment he made to the Dalai Lama in their White House meeting in May. Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, also traveled to Shanghai as part […]

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Revered Tibetan abbot removed from monastic complex

Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, abbot of the sprawling monastic complex of Larung Gar in eastern Tibet, has been removed from the complex against his will and is being held at the military hospital in Barkham (Ch. Maerkang) according to sources in Tibet. His whereabouts had been unknown since mid-August following the crackdown. Security is reportedly tight […]

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Information, travel clampdown after explosion in Kangding

The International Campaign for Tibet has recently received accounts of events surrounding a bomb blast in Kangding (Tib: Dartsedo) located in present day Sichuan Province, that scorched the front side of a prominent local government office early in the morning of August 2. Police and local authorities in Kangding closed down internet cafes the morning […]

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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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