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International Campaign for Tibet commends new Amnesty report on torture in Tibet

A report released today by Amnesty International finds that political prisoners rarely avoid torture during detention in Tibet. According to the report titled, “Torture – A Growing Scourge in China -Time for Action,” torture in Tibet is: “particularly harsh during the early stages of custody and interrogation. Many report being beaten with whatever implement a […]

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Letter to Condoleeza Rice on China resolution at the UN

Dr. Condoleezza Rice National Security Adviser The White House Washington, DC 20504 February 1, 2001 Dear Dr. Rice: As members of the human rights community, we are writing to urge immediate U.S. leadership in advancing a China resolution with other co-sponsors at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting this spring. We offer our assistance […]

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Taft steps down as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

In an anticipated move as part of the transition from the Clinton Administration to the Bush Administration, Julia Taft has resigned her post as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Her resignation also means that she will no longer carry out her duties as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, an appointment […]

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Secretary of State-Designate Powell expresses importance of Tibet and role of Special Coordinator

General Colin Powell expressed the incoming administration’s “interest in solidarity with the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet” when he appeared today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing. His statement came in response to interest from the Committee regarding the Bush Administrations approach to Tibet policy. Several Senators, including Chairman […]

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes Rep. Henry Hyde as the new Chair of House International Relations Committee

Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) will succeed Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY) as the next chairman of the House International Relations Committee. Hyde has served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee since 1994 but had to give up that position because of Republican-imposed term limits on chairmanship. The Chairman of the International Relations Committee is […]

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Tibet rights groups ask BP Amoco to stop PetroChina gas plan

A coalition of Tibetan rights and environmental groups called on BP Amoco Plc to use its power as a shareholder in PetroChina Co. to halt construction of a gas pipeline or sell its stock in the company. “We urge you to immediately use your influence with PetroChina to stop the construction of the Sebei-Lanzhou pipeline […]

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Tibetans struggle with rights in Nepal

In Kathmandu yesterday, December 10, more than 2,000 Tibetan school children, monks, nuns, and laity gathered at the Boudanath Stupa to celebrate the anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Under the watchful eye of Nepali police, some in riot gear with batons, the Tibetans chanted, sang, and danced for more than […]

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PetroChina’s Tibet pipeline triggers international outcry

A diverse and powerful coalition of Tibetan, human rights, national security, and environmental groups urgently called on BP, the oil giant, to cancel a controversial natural gas pipeline currently under construction in Tibet. BP is both the largest foreign shareholder in PetroChina, which is the company building the pipeline, and the top investor in the […]

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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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