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Permanent normal trade relations with China: Putting profits before principle

Supporters of permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with the People’s Republic of China have promised a bonanza for U.S. business, but today’s 83-15 Senate vote undermines U.S. efforts on behalf of human and economic rights for the Tibetan people. The vote comes at a time when China is intensifying repression in Tibet. Hundreds of Tibetans […]

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Statement made by Mrs. Sonam Dekyi on her recent visit to Tibet to see her imprisoned son

I was filled with mixed emotions when I received permission from the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi to travel into Tibet to visit my son, Ngawang Choephel, who is serving 18 years prison sentence. My mind was reeling with the prospect of going to Tibet, meeting my son after six long years and the apprehension […]

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Senate passes resolution commemorating Lhasa Uprising and calling for negotiations between Dalai Lama and Chinese leadership

The Senate marked the 41st anniversary of Tibet’s National Uprising on March 10, 1959 by passing S.Res.60 establishing a TIBETAN DAY OF COMMEMORATION in the Senate. The resolution also calls on China to begin serious negotiations between China and the Dalai Lama to achieve a peaceful solution to the situation in Tibet. S.Res.60 passed by […]

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Tibetans suffer ‘serious human rights abuses’ according to U.S. State Department report

The State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999 described in detail a situation in Tibet of “tight controls on religion and on other fundamental freedoms.” “This report provides ample evidence of why the Administration should abandon its effort to secure permanent normal trade status with China and keep its annual review process,” […]

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EU must sponsor resolution

Joint Press Release from the International Federation of Human Rights, Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Sans Frontieres, International Campaign for Tibet-Europe, and Amnesty International. As the 56th session of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights approaches, we, the undersigned organizations, urge the European Union to fully acknowledge China’s deteriorating human rights situation […]

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European Parliament supports resolution against China at UN

The International Campaign for Tibet applauds the European Parliament’s decision to pass a resolution on China’s deteriorating human rights practices. “This vote shows how much the mood in Europe is swinging towards a new, realistic approach of dealing with China”, says Tsering Jampa, director of ICT Europe. It remains to be seen how much effort […]

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Op-Ed: ‘Don’t shut out the Dalai Lama’

Originally published by the Far Eastern Economic Review. The writer, based in Washington, is the Dalai Lama’s special envoy. The 1998 summit meeting between Chinese leader Jiang Zemin and United States President Bill Clinton had evoked hopes that progress on the Tibet issue would soon be at hand. However, this hope was short-lived, as the […]

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Tibet’s Karmapa makes dramatic escape

The 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje, who is just 14, made a dramatic escape from his monastery in Tsurphu, north of Lhasa, to India. His arrival in Dharamsala in India on January 5 was announced by one of his centers in the United States. The Karmapa is the most prominent Tibetan lama to have escaped […]

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BP dismisses rights concerns regarding PetroChina

Dismissing the concerns of the Tibetan Government-In-Exile and leading human rights and environmental groups, BP has declined to use its influence to stop new oil and gas projects in Chinese occupied Tibet. Tibetan rights groups responded by announcing that they would file a shareholder resolution at BP’s annual meeting, and by declaring an International Day […]

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Weibo report images

One of the best windows into contemporary Tibet comes from Chinese tourists and their smartphones. As more Chinese visit Tibet, more messages and images from their travels are disseminated though the micro-blog website Sina Weibo (China’s version of Twitter). These observations help document the large-scale deployment of security personnel in Tibet – images that the […]

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The tragedy of a Western fad

The Chiru, the Tibetan antelope, is now a contender for the endangered species list. The reason? Westerners have discovered shahtoosh shawls, known as “ring shawls” because the fabric is so fine a shawl can easily pass through a ring. One shawl requires killing at least three Chiru. Shahtoosh shawls were produced for centuries for Indian […]

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ICT applauds US decision to censure China at UN

The International Campaign for Tibet applauds the U.S. Administration’s announcement today that it would sponsor a resolution to censure China’s human rights record at the 56th United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. “The U.S. made the right decision to hold China accountable for deteriorating human rights conditions,” said John Ackerly, President of International Campaign […]

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ICT applauds U.S. decision to censure China at U.N.

The International Campaign for Tibet applauds the U.S. Administration’s announcement today that it would sponsor a resolution to censure China’s human rights record at the 56th United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

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ICT Opening Office in Amsterdam

The International Campaign for Tibet is opening an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The director of the office will be Tsering Jampa, formerly with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. “We are very excited to begin working more closely with European groups and are extremely fortunate to have someone as experienced and talented as Tsering Jampa […]

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The International Campaign for Tibet statement on US-China WTO Trade Accord

In striking the deal, the Clinton Administration squandered a valuable opportunity to pressure the Chinese leadership to meet significant and verifiable improvements in the areas of human rights and labor. The accord cements President Clinton’s 1996 delinkage of trade and human rights into an international agreement. Therefore, the US government or concerned citizens can no […]

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International Campaign for Tibet calls on Congress to condition WTO deal

Following the announced US-China WTO trade deal, the International Campaign for Tibet calls on the US Congress to use the forecasted debate on permanent NTR (Normal Trade Relations) status for China to incorporate meaningful human rights conditions into the agreement. Within one year of getting permanent NTR, China should ratify one or both of the […]

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Danielle Mitterrand, Hugh Richardson and Richard Blum to receive ICT’s Light of Truth Awards

The former first lady of France, Danielle Mitterrand; former British Envoy to Tibet, Hugh Richardson; and prominent Californian philanthropist, Richard Blum are the recipients of this year’s Light of Truth award of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). The Dalai Lama will present the awards at a ceremony on October 11 at the Stephen S. […]

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ICT urges release of Tibetan detained in Dulan

The International Campaign for Tibet calls for the unconditional release of Tsering Dorjee, a Tibetan who had been hired as a translator by two researchers investigating a controversial World Bank project. Dorjee had been detained in Dulan, the site of the World Bank resettlement project, in present-day Qinghai, along with Australian researcher Gabriel Lafitte and […]

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