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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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NGOs Urge US Government to Press China on Human Rights

Early next week in Beijing, the U.S. and China will hold its 8th Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the last of the Obama Administration

June 2, 2016

Earlier today, in advance of the Obama Administration’s final U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) which will convene in Beijing June 6-8, the International Campaign for Tibet, along with nine other advocacy NGOs, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, calling on the Administration to press China publicly on a wide range of human rights issues.

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Beijing bars German parliament Human Rights Committee Chairman from China because of Tibet related events, articles

MP: “Intimidation, Censorship, Blackmail”

May 11, 2016

Berlin, May 11, 2016. In an unprecedented development, the Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Federal German Parliament, Michael Brand, has been banned by the Chinese government from travelling to China as head of a committee delegation to visit China and Tibet this May. In a newspaper article yesterday, Brand criticizes the Chinese government for “repeated attempts to blackmail” and intimidation for Tibet related reports on his website and his attendance at Tibet related events in Germany. A diplomat of the Chinese embassy in Berlin made “absurd accusations” and urged him to delete articles on his website critical of Chinese policies in Tibet. “This was an attempt to censor me and blackmailing”, Brand said.

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Statement by the International Campaign for Tibet on the passing of Harry Wu, human rights champion

April 27, 2016

The Board of Directors and the staff of the International Campaign for Tibet are deeply saddened by the passing of Harry Wu. Harry was a staunch human rights defender whose life-long mission was the documentation and exposure of forced labor camps (Laogai) in China. Harry was a dear friend to the Tibetan people and had great respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Obituary: John Kenneth Knaus, a friend of the Tibetan people

April 21, 2016

John Kenneth Knaus, a former CIA officer who was involved with its Tibetan program from late 1950s to early 1960s, passed away on April 18, 2016 surrounded by family.

In 1958, he first met Tibetans when he was asked by CIA to go to lecture to a group of “foreign nationals” on international communism and Chinese communism. That began his life-long interest in the Tibetan people.

He then volunteered to serve in the CIA program to support the Tibetans. For the next seven years, as an operations officer working from India, from Colorado, and from Washington, D.C., he cooperated with the Tibetan freedom fighters as they utilized American assistance to challenge Chinese invasion and occupation.

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11 Members of Congress Urge Secretary Kerry to Raise Cases of Tibetan Political Prisoners with Chinese Government

April 1, 2016

On March 31, 2016, as President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, D.C., 11 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Kerry urging him to raise the cases of three Tibetan political prisoners — Khenpo Karma Tsewang (also known as Khenpo Kartse), Lobsang Kunchok, and Thabkhe Gyatso—with the Chinese government.

The letter urged the United States “to raise their cases with the Chinese government, make every effort to obtain information about their whereabouts and health status, press for necessary medical treatment, and prioritize their release.”

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ICT calls on President Obama to raise Tibet in meeting with Xi Jinping and at Nuclear Security Summit

March 30, 2016

As world leaders converge on Washington this week for the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, the International Campaign for Tibet calls on President Obama to raise the situation in Tibet both in the bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping and at the Summit. This is an opportunity to reiterate concerns about the deteriorating situation in Tibet and to highlight the uncertainties over Tibet’s nuclear security due to China’s policies.

President Obama will meet with Xi Jinping tomorrow at a time when relations between the two countries are tense because of China’s military expansion in the South China Sea and other issues.

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International Parliamentarians Praise Competitive Tibetan Elections in Tibet Exile

March 21, 2016

Dharamshala – The International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPAT) issued today the following statement in Dharamshala, India on the Tibetan Elections in exile, which took place on March 20 in over 30 countries for the election of the Sikyong (head of the Central Tibetan Administration) and for 45 Members of the Parliament in exile.

The INPAT said:

We are pleased to see how Tibetans all over the free world have once again strongly embraced democracy as the best way to achieve the aspirations of a better future for the Tibetan people, which unfortunately continues to be denied to 6 millions Tibetans in Tibet.

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Golog Jigme, leading human rights defender, briefs European Parliament, high-level officials in Brussels

March 18, 2016

Brussels – Tibetan Buddhist monk and former political prisoner Golog Jigme testified to the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights this week about his torture and imprisonment in Tibet and the need for the EU to challenge China’s oppressive policies.

During a visit to Brussels co-organized by the Office of Tibet in Belgium and the International Campaign for Tibet, Golog Jigme also met high-level representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and other senior officials including the President of the Flemish Parliament, members of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Tibet Interest Group of the European Parliament.

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Unprecedented diplomatic action in Geneva on China’s human rights record

March 16, 2016

The international community has sent a strong message to China with unprecedented diplomatic action in recent weeks including the first collective statement at the U.N. Human Rights Council, a rare joint statement drawing attention to human rights abuses and a high-profile appearance by the Dalai Lama at an event with human rights defenders in Geneva last week moderated by the Deputy U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Diplomats were among a packed audience listening to the Dalai Lama speaking about human rights and civil society on Friday (March 11). China’s mission in Geneva had urged them to stay away from the event billed as a side event to the ongoing U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, and co-sponsored by the United States and Canada. The discussion, built around a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, can be viewed here.

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2016 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) in Washington, DC

March 7, 2016

The 2016 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) is a unique week-long leadership development program organized by the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, DC for Tibetan-American college students. It will be held from July 3 to July 10, 2016.

The TYLP is designed to motivate and train young Tibetans to become effective leaders within the Tibetan community by providing meaningful exposure to the US political process and the discourse around foreign policy in the American capital. Through workshops, discussions and hands-on activities, participants will develop and sharpen their leadership skills. The program is a starting point for greater involvement as knowledgeable and responsible actors within the Tibetan community worldwide and is specifically geared to meet the need to carry the Tibet movement forward in the United States.

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