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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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Leaked document reveals detailed Chinese PR campaign against Dalai Lama

An intricate and orchestrated external public relations campaign to support China’s hard-line positions toward the Dalai Lama is outlined in a 22-page Chinese government document, leaked by an official in Beijing. The document gives a rare and detailed glimpse into the inner workings of a plan to aggressively influence Western public opinion, exposing many of […]

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Leaked PRC statement on ‘Tibet-Related External Propaganda’

Statement from Zhao Qizheng at the meeting on national research in Tibetology and external propaganda on Tibet. Zhao Qizheng is minister in charge of the Information Office of the State Council, People’s Republic of China. Tibet-related external propaganda and Tibetology work in the new era* 12 June 2000 *Translated from the original in Chinese. The […]

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House Resolution on human rights in China and Tibet

The House of Representatives on April 3, 2001 approved by a majority vote, House Resolution 56 (H. Res. 56), a measure that backs the U.S. decision to introduce and solicit support for a resolution at the current United Nations Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva regarding Beijing’s human rights record in China and Tibet. […]

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Tibet activists confront Qian Qichen at State Department

Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen arrived at the State Department last night to demonstrators protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet. The group was holding a vigil at the State Department in protest of China’s persecution of Tibetans and to urge the Bush Administration to pressure Beijing to restore political freedom to the Tibetan people through […]

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Powell supports Tibet Coordinator position in State Department restructuring

Secretary of State Colin Powell has eliminated 23 out of 55 special envoys, representatives, and advisor positions in a move to downsize the State Department, but the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is among the positions he will retain. “This is a significant indication that Secretary Powell believes in the efficacy of […]

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Protesters rally for Tibet

About 150 protesters rallied in front of the Chinese Embassy on Saturday, marking the 42nd anniversary of Tibet’s uprising against Chinese occupation. “Our job here is to keep the Tibet movement strong so that when Beijing does change, Tibetans will be in a better position to make the most of it and get some real […]

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