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ICT Statement on 10th Anniversary of Congressional Gold Medal to the Dalai Lama

October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the historic bestowal of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor of the United States, to the Dalai Lama. The award ceremony was participated by then President George W. Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House and Senate leadership, signifying the broad-based support for the Dalai Lama in the United States. The International Campaign for Tibet had the privilege to be actively involved in this Congressional initiative.

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International Campaign for Tibet Statement on China’s revised religious regulations

September 8, 2017

China’s revised regulations on religious affairs passed by the State Council this week intensify controls over religious activity and present a further threat to Tibetan Buddhists.

The updated version of rules put in place in 2005 passed by the Chinese government on Thursday (September 7) should be assessed against the background of a series of laws that can be viewed as a systematic development of a security architecture. Among those are the 2015 Security Law, the NGO Law (in force January 2017), the 2016 Counter Terrorism Law, and the Cyber Security Law (in force May 2017). These laws represent the Chinese Communist Party’s will to gain maximum control over every aspect of people’s lives.

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Rowell Fund for Tibet to receive application for 2018 Grant Cycle

August 10, 2017

The Rowell Fund for Tibet seeks to support Tibetans who can make a significant contribution to their community and/or an international audience in the fields of visual arts and media, and environmental and women’s rights.

Grants applications are invited from Tibetans for the Rowell Fund for Tibet’s 2017-18 grant cycle for projects that focus on the following themes: environment/conservation; photography; humanitarian projects; journalism/literature; or women’s projects.

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Italian Government confirms the right of Tibetan refugees to travel to Italy

August 4, 2017

ICT joined with the Tibetan Community in Italy, the Italy Tibet Association, and the Italian Buddhist Union to reverse some decisions of the Italian authorities to deny visas to Tibetan refugees from India traveling to Italy. We will monitor the correct application of standards and against any inaccurate interpretations such as there have been in these last two months.

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Congressional committee acts to reinstate funding for Tibet programs for FY 2018

July 20, 2017

A key Congressional committee has acted to reinstate funding for a number of programs that support Tibetan communities in Tibet and Tibetan refugees in South Asia in the 2018 Fiscal Year State Department budget.

On July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.

In the President’s proposed budget for FY2018, the Tibetan programs were generally reduced and in one case, eliminated.

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Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo’s death an indelible blot in the history of Chinese Communist Party

July 13, 2017

The international Campaign for Tibet offers our deepest condolences to Liu Xia and her family on the passing away of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo.

In life as well as in death Liu Xiaobo represented the best of what China can be.

Unfortunately, by not heeding to domestic and international humanitarian requests to respect the will of Liu Xiaobo to be treated abroad, the Chinese Government continues to clearly show that it does not deserve to be considered as a major world power as it purports to be.

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UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination despite concerns

July 7, 2017

Krakow – In a highly charged political environment today a UNESCO committee voted to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.

Members of the Committee representing different governments spoke up in turn to praise the Chinese government over the nomination, and ICT representative Tenzin Choekyi spoke to the Committee about the dangers and significance of the inscription while Chinese delegates celebrated on the main floor of the meeting.

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Controversial China bid for heritage status in Tibet contravenes UNESCO values

July 6, 2017

Krakow – The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow this week, risks contravening its own guidelines tomorrow (July 7) if it approves without question a controversial nomination by the Chinese government for a vast area of Tibet known as Hoh Xil.

This is despite China’s claim to the Committee that the nomination is welcomed and that it complies with the Committee’s Operational Guidelines, according to a letter seen by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) in Krakow. The letter from the Secretary-General of the Chinese UNESCO Commission also refers to “inaccurate and indefensible” information about the nomination, which is likely to refer to ICT’s report on Hoh Xil (“Achen Gangyap” in Tibetan), as well as evidence from academics on the bid before the Committee for decision tomorrow.

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Nomads in ‘no man’s land’: China’s nomination for UNESCO World heritage risks imperilling Tibetans and wildlife

New report by ICT launched prior to UNESCO World Heritage meeting in Krakow
June 30, 2017

Krakow – A new report by the International Campaign for Tibet reveals how a Chinese government nomination for UNESCO World Heritage status for a vast area of Tibet – due to be decided in Krakow next week – involves removing Tibetan nomads, who protect the landscape and its wildlife.

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ICT concerned by report about Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s health; maintains China has the responsibility to provide necessary treatment

June 27, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply concerned by the news of the illness of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo and maintains that the Chinese Government now has the responsibility to see that he gets the necessary medical attention.

Liu Xiaobo, sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 allegedly for “inciting subversion of state power”, was recently granted medical parole.

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The International Campaign for Tibet condemns China’s threatened retaliation against University of California, San Diego

June 21, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet strongly condemns China’s threat of retaliation against an American university and its Chancellor for inviting the Dalai Lama to give its commencement address on June 17, 2017. The University of California, San Diego, had invited the Dalai Lama to its commencement this year. Some students from China led by the UC San Diego chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) objected to the invitation to the Dalai Lama, but without being able to give any logical reason why he was inappropriate.

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EU: Suspend China Human Rights Dialogue

EU and its 28 Members Lack Strategy, Credibility to Bring Change
June 19, 2017

Brussels – The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, seven human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels. The organizations include Amnesty International, Initiatives for China, the International Campaign for Tibet, the International Service for Human Rights, Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

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19th EU-China Summit: European Parliamentarians and NGOs call on President Tusk to raise the issue of Tibet

May 30, 2017

A rally by a coalition of NGOs urging the EU to raise the bleak human right situation in China will take place on June 2, 10.30 am – 12 pm at Schuman circle. The rally will include representatives from the Tibetan and Uyghur communities, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and International Campaign for Tibet.

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ICT, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders ask German government to raise human rights issues with Chinese PM

May 30, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet, Amnesty International and Reporter Without Borders, have issued a joint statement calling on the German government to raise human rights issues with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who visits Berlin on May 31, for talks with the German government.

The three NGOs urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to raise the worsening human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China and to demand concrete steps to improve the situation, while pointing to the systematically heightened repression since Xi Jinping had become President of the PRC, be it in terms of repressive laws, the use of torture, unlawful detention and persecution of dissent, of activists and journalists, as well as repressive policies in Tibet and Xinjiang.

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ICT concerned by cuts to Tibet Programs proposed by President Trump’s budget

May 26, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet is concerned by the reduction of financial support to Tibet programs, as proposed in President Donald Trump‘s fiscal year 2018 budget, announced on May 23, 2017.

The United States Congress and US Administrations have for the last few decades supported the aspirations of the Tibetan people “to safeguard Tibet’s distinct historical, religious, cultural, and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights.” as stated by numerous Congressional Resolutions, US Presidents statements and the Tibetan Policy Act.

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Senate confirms Terry Branstad as U.S. Ambassador to China as he commits to “urge Chinese authorities to engage in meaningful and direct dialogue with the Dalai Lama”

May 22, 2017

On May 22, 2017, Mr. Terry Branstad was confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to China. During the confirmation hearing before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 2, 2017 Mr. Branstad faced questions including on Tibet and human rights.

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Reports on Tibet by Washington Post journalist win two major awards

May 15, 2017

A report by Washington Post China Bureau Chief Simon Denyer of a Tibetan woman’s death that was silenced by police won a Human Rights Award from the Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong (FCCHK) at an event on May 13, 2017.

Correspondent Simon Denyer’s article,“A woman’s gruesome hanging shocked Tibet — but police have silenced all questions,” was chosen in the English Spot News category. Simon had travelled to Tibet to follow the story of the death of 27-year-old Tsering Tso, who was found hanged by a small bridge near her home, and published the report in August 2016. Simon’s report followed the publication in English, translated by ICT, of a rare appeal to Xi Jinping by a group of Tibetan villagers in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) whose attempts to seek justice for the death of a local woman were met with a brutal crackdown by police acting in complicity with local officials.

The Human Rights Awards are jointly organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. According to a statement by FCCHK, they were ”the first such honours created in Asia and are the region’s top awards for human rights-related reporting.” There were 122 submissions from English-language print and broadcast media and 58 photojournalism entries.

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ICT writes to countries attending China’s Belt and Road Forum not to put trade before human rights issues

May 12, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet has written to governments in Europe that are sending delegates to China’s first Belt & Road Forum (BRF) not to put trade before human rights. The letter urged them to include the deteriorating human rights situation in China, and in particular in Tibet, in their bilateral talks with their Chinese counterparts, and to include references to human rights and the rule of law in any joint statement adopted at the summit.

The Belt and Road Forum, part of China’s One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR), will be held on May 14 and 15, 2017 in Beijing. It aims to put China at the center of global economic affairs and to expand links between it and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. However, given China’s political situation, there is fear that this will lead to strengthening the effort of countries that put trade before human rights and respect for a community’s culture and environment.

“While this initiative might benefit some countries’ economic development, the international community has an equally important responsibility in ensuring that human rights are not sidelined in the face of economic interests and trade relations with China,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet.

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