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China should not be allowed to interfere with US academic freedom

February 6, 2017

International Campaign for Tibet statement on Chinese students objection to UC San Diego’s invitation to the Dalai Lama

The objections raised by the University of California, San Diego chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) about the University’s invitation to the Dalai Lama to be its commencement speaker this year are without merit, and instead raise important issues of academic freedom in the United States.

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Senate confirms nomination of Mr. Rex Tillerson as the next United States Secretary of State

February 1, 2017

Earlier today (February 1, 2017) the United States Senate voted to confirm Mr. Rex Tillerson as the next Secretary of State. In his prepared statement for the confirmation hearing on January 11, 2017, he said the following about China:

“We should also acknowledge the realities about China. China’s island building in the South China Sea is an illegal taking of disputed areas without regard for international norms. China’s economic and trade practices have not always followed its commitments to global agreements. It steals our intellectual property, and is aggressive and expansionist in the digital realm. It has not been a reliable partner in using its full influence to curb North Korea. China has proven a willingness to act with abandon in pursuit of its own goals, which at times has put it in conflict with America’s interests. We have to deal with what we see, not with what we hope.”

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Rowell Fund for Tibet Announces 2017 Grantees

The Board of Advisors of the Rowell Fund for Tibet has selected 10 Tibetan grantees for financial support totaling $ $34,500 for 2017. The winners were chosen from 21 project proposals with individual grants ranging from $3,000 to $3,500 and will be carried out in India and other countries. The Rowell Fund for Tibet was […]

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Tibet locked down and travellers banned during sensitive anniversary

Joint statement by The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)
January 27, 2017

Tour operators have announced the closure of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to tourists again next month, coinciding with the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in March 1959 and the related protests across Tibet in March 2008.

ICT’s President, Matteo Mecacci said: “This lockdown, taking place in an already restrictive political climate, has been imposed every year since 2008 but must not be accepted as ‘business as usual’. Chinese tourists travel in their millions across the world but foreigners are barred from seeing Tibet for themselves because of the Chinese Party’s counter-productive hardline security measures on the plateau. Foreign countries must call on China to abide to the principle of “reciprocity” and to stop limiting foreign and independent access to Tibet. This is unjustifiable and must be condemned.”

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ICT calls for the immediate release of Tashi Wangchuk

January 19, 2017

Tashi Wangchuk, an advocate for Tibetan language education reportedly indicted on charges of separatism earlier this month, should be released immediately and all charges against him should be dismissed. Mr. Wangchuk is currently awaiting trial in Yulshul (Chinese: Yushu) Prefecture in the Kham region of eastern Tibet (in Qinghai province). He has been detained since January 27, 2016, following the release of a New York Times video (“A Tibetan’s Journey for Justice”) profiling his attempts to request additional Tibetan language classes at schools in the Yulshul region. Chinese authorities have charged him with inciting separatism but have provided no evidence in support.

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Congressman Benjamin Gilman, friend of Tibet passes away

December 19, 2016

Former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman, a friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a long-time supporter of the Tibetan people, passed away in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., on December 17, 2016. He was 94.

Benjamin Gilman represented New York’s 20th congressional district for more than 30 years. From 1995 to 2002, he served as Chairman of the House International Relations Committee (now renamed as House Foreign Affairs Committee) and from his position regularly convened policy discussions on Tibet and introduced or helped pass key landmark legislation relating to Tibet, working with his colleagues in the House Charlie Rose, Tom Lantos, John Porter, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Smith, Frank Wolf, and others.

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ICT Welcomes European Parliament Urgency Resolution on Larung Gar Demolitions and Ilham Tohti

December 15

Brussels, 15 December 2016 – The European Parliament today adopted an urgency resolution on breaches of human rights, democracy, and rule of law in China, in which it urged the Chinese authorities to stop the dismantling at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist academy.

This resolution follows the September visit of the Dalai Lama to the European Parliament where he met former President Schulz and addressed the Foreign Affairs Committee in Strasbourg calling on Europe to engage in ‘constructive criticism’ of China[1].

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First Tibetan American to be appointed a Commissioner of the US International Religious Freedom Commission

December 8, 2016

In a historic first, Dr. Tenzin Dorjee, a Tibetan American, has been appointed as a Commissioner of the bipartisan US International Religious Freedom Commission. This federal government commission was created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

Dr. Dorjee is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University at Fullerton (CSUF).

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U.S. Congress passes groundbreaking legislation to fight the impunity of human rights abusers worldwide

December 8, 2016

Earlier today the U.S. Congress passed a groundbreaking human rights accountability bill aimed at acting as a deterrent to human rights abusers and corrupt officials worldwide. The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act expands the scope of the Magnitsky Act of 2012, which created targeted visa and financial sanctions on corrupt officials and human rights violators in Russia, to include the rest of the world.

A clause in the bill authorizes the U.S. President to form a list of foreign nationals whom he determines are responsible for acts of significant corruption or extrajudicial killings, torture, or other grave human rights violations committed against individuals seeking to promote human rights or to expose illegal activity carried out by government officials.

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Dangers of China’s counter-terrorism law for Tibetans and Uyghurs

Special report by ICT & FIDHM

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EU, Parliament officials ignore China pressure to welcome Dalai Lama in Strasbourg, Paris, Brussels

September 16, 2016

The Dalai Lama called on Europe to engage in ‘constructive criticism’ of China after being welcomed by the President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday (September 15) following high-profile visits to Paris and Brussels.

Despite pressure from the Chinese mission to the EU to cancel the meetings – framed by the Chinese side as “repeated persuasion” – the Dalai Lama held discussions with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Tibetans To Rally For Religious Freedom At United Nations In Geneva

September 15, 2016

Tibetans and their supporters are gathering at the United Nations in Geneva on September 16 for a rally to highlight injustice in Tibet, express solidarity with Tibetans, and to call for religious freedom.

Tibetan Buddhist monks from The Tibet Institute in Rikon, Switzerland, will recite prayers to open the rally, which will also feature a statement by Richard Gere, Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet. Following are details of the event that is jointly organized by Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Tibetan Youth Association in Europe, Tibetan Women’s Association in Switzerland, and the International Campaign for Tibet.

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China showcases new plans at Tourism EXPO in Lhasa, while top-down imposition of economic model and repression continues

September 13, 2016

The Chinese authorities have announced a dramatic development of its tourism industry in Tibet as they showcase the city of Lhasa to an invited group of international journalists and businesses this week at a Tourism Expo.

As part of its “Third China Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo” in Lhasa (September 10 – 16), the Chinese authorities have announced a dramatic increase in international brand hotels in Lhasa to boost the industry further.[1]

Consistent with the top-down imposition of elaborate and ambitious economic policies in Tibet, consultation on the expansion of tourism fails to engage Tibetans, who are actively excluded from opportunities in the industry.

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Final Report on 2016 Tibetan Elections in Exiles Released in Brussels by International Observers

September 9, 2016

Brussels – The Final Report of the 2016 Tibetan Election Observation Mission (TEOM) was released today in Brussels during the Tibet Support Group Conference.

The Final Report was presented by Hon. Thomas Mann, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the TEOM and Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet and former Member of the Italian Parliament. The report was distributed to over 300 participants from all over the world.

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Rowell Fund for Tibet to receive application for 2016-17 Grant Cycle

August 16, 2016

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.

The application form for the Rowell Fund for Tibet’s 2016-17 grants is now available for download. Application materials will be accepted from September 1, 2017 and October 10, 2017 (midnight Eastern Standard Time).

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Tibetan Americans Gather in Washington, D.C. for ICT’s Tibetan Youth Leadership Program

June 30, 2016

Eleven young Tibetans and Tibetan Americans are participating in the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)’s Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP), which will be held in Washington, D.C. from July 4 to 10, 2015. The selected participants are coming from seven states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Utah.

TYLP aims to nurture young leaders who could become leaders of the Tibetan-American community in the United States and internationally. Participants will hear from speakers on issues ranging from US policy formulation process, empowerment of Tibetans, US-China relations, American policy towards Tibet, and more. They will also learn the skills and tools in communicating their messages, including field visits to Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Meets with the Dalai Lama

June 15, 2016

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is currently visiting Washington DC as part of his visit to the United States, met with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) praised the Dalai Lama in an SFRC press release, saying:

“Throughout his life and work, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been a driving force for more peace and better understanding in this world. It was an honor to welcome the Dalai Lama and the Prime Minister to the Senate today, and have the opportunity to speak to them about issues ranging from human and religious rights to the environment to relations with China. As I continue to underscore the importance of protecting and uplifting basic human rights in the foreign policy of the United States as well as in the work of our partners and allies abroad, the Dalai Lama remains a source of inspiration and guidance to me.”

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to open the Dalai Lama’s public talk at American University

June 10, 2016

The Capital Area Tibetan Association, which is organizing a public talk by the Dalai Lama to be given in Washington, DC, announced that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be present at the talk. Democratic Leader Pelosi has been a stalwart friend of Tibet, most recently leading a Congressional delegation to Tibet in late 2015.

According to a Capital Area Tibetan Association press release:

The Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA) is pleased to confirm House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will offer greetings at the Dalai Lama’s Public Talk, “A Peaceful Mind in a Modern World” on Monday, June 13th at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.

Leader Pelosi has been a decades-long steadfast friend and supporter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan people. In November 2015, she led a delegation of Members of Congress on a visit to Tibet.

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