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World Bank approves Chinese population transfer

World Bank Executive Directors approved a controversial project to move 58,000 Chinese settlers onto the Tibetan Plateau over objections by the United States and Germany and a handful of abstentions. However, persistent international pressure and an Inspection Panel claim filed by the International Campaign for Tibet resulted in a Board decision to delay funding and […]

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World Bank Tibet project a test of Wolfensohn’s leadership

Tomorrow, the World Bank is set to vote on what has become the most controversial project in President Wolfensohn’s four-year tenure. The vote will decide whether the Bank will underwrite the resettlement of 57,000 Han Chinese and Chinese Muslims into a traditionally Tibetan and Mongolian area on the Tibetan plateau. Chinese population influx has gradually […]

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World Bank poised to fund population transfer into Tibetan lands – Local Tibetans send communiques denouncing Bank project

Tibetans from Tulan County sent two statements to the West appealing for support in efforts to halt World Bank funding of the China Western Poverty Reduction Project. The letters are the first known indications of dissent in the area where the World Bank is proposing to move nearly 60,000 people in a controversial “poverty reduction” […]

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40th Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Marks first of China’s ‘Dreaded anniversaries’

Monks, Members of Congress, Tibetans and Supporters March from White House to Chinese Embassy. March 10, 1999, the 40th anniversary of the historic uprising in Lhasa which led to the exile of the Dalai Lama, marks the first of a series of “dreaded anniversaries” for China this year. On this day, Tibetans worldwide converge at […]

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Statement by His Holiness the Dalai Lama after meeting with President Clinton

Washington, DC – I have just met with President Clinton and I am deeply touched by his genuine warmth and interest in the Tibetan situation. As a Tibetan, I am grateful for his continued concern for the plight of the Tibetan people and his efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement to resolve the Tibetan situation. […]

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Response from U.S. Department of State to Chinese rejection of new Panchen Lama

We have seen reports that the Chinese Government’s Religious Affairs Bureau has made a statement rejecting the selection of a reincarnated Panchen Lama announced by the Dalai Lama on May 14.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Your Majesty, Members of the Nobel Committee, Brothers and Sisters. I am very happy to be here with you today to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. I feel honored, humbled and deeply moved that you should give this important prize to a simple monk from Tibet I am no one special. But I believe […]

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