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Countries support self-determination for Tibet at 58th UN Commission on Human Rights

The 58th UN Commission on Human Rights, which began in Geneva on March 18, 2002, saw several countries urging China to grant self-determination and satisfactory autonomy to the Tibetan people and to find a solution through dialogue. Although the United States is not a member of the Commission this year, the State Department spokesman said […]

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Rights group in Germany decries increasing abuses in Tibet

The Germany-based Society for Threatened People has urged for immediate condemnation and action by the UNCHR’s 58th session on the increasing human rights abuses in Tibet. The group had submitted a written statement to the UN Commission on Human Rights, which was distributed on March 26. The full text of the statement follows: Commission on […]

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Switzerland calls for self-determination in Tibet

Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss today called for a satisfactory form of self-determination in Tibet through dialogue, the Tibet Bureau in Geneva reports. Foreign Minister Deiss was addressing the 58th UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva when he referred to the situation in Tibet. “With regard to the rights of minorities, in Tibet, for […]

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ICT cautions European Parliament on TAR delegation

Amsterdam. The International Campaign for Tibet asked the European Parliament to consider the propaganda nature of a delegation from the Tibet Autonomous Region currently visiting Belgium. The delegation, led by TAR government chairman Ragdi, is scheduled to meet the European Parliament leaders in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In the letter, addressed to European Parliament […]

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Washington Post says time for Europe to prove seriousness on human rights

According to the Washington Post, proceedings of this year’s session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, currently underway in Geneva, will show how seriously the European countries are in pressing human rights on governments that are capable of fighting back. In a March 25th editorial entitled “Europe and Human Rights,” the Post expressed its […]

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Indian police seize 80 Shahtoosh shawls from two traders

Indian police have arrested two traders on March 17, 2002 in New Delhi and seized 80 Shahtoosh shawls, made from Tibetan antelope, in their possession, according to information received from the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI). The shawls would have been worth about US$400,000 in the international market, and represent the death of about […]

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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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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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