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EU condemns China for lack of due process in Tibetan death sentence; ICT calls rights talks ‘ineffectual’

Amsterdam – The International Campaign for Tibet Europe welcomes the European Union Presidency’s statement on the execution of Lobsang Dhondup and the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, issued yesterday. However, ICT-Europe urges the EU keep up its pressure on China over the coming months. “It is rare that the EU issues a unified statement concerning […]

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ICT condemns China’s execution of Tibetan after closed trial, urges formal protest from US

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) strongly condemns the January 26 execution of Lobsang Dhondup after a trial that China claims was closed due to unnamed “state secrets.” “There is every indication that Lobsang Dhondup did not receive a fair trial,” said Mary Beth Markey, U.S. Executive Director of International Campaign for Tibet. “The Chinese […]

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More arrests uncovered in connection with two Tibetans given death sentence by China

An international coalition of Tibet groups has received information indicating that an additional ten Tibetan men were arrested in connection with popular Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Lobsang Dhondup, who were sentenced to death following an April 2002 bomb blast in Chengdu, Sichuan. Of the 12 Tibetans arrested, seven are still being held by […]

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Tibetans given three-year prison sentences in Nepal

(Kathmandu-ICT) Three Tibetans refugees, including two teenagers, who were arrested while attempting to transit through Nepal to India, were each given three-year prison sentences by a Nepalese court on January 8, 2003. 15-year-old Yanglha Tso is currently in the female unit of Kathmandu’s Central Prison while Samdup, age 15, and Tashi, age 30, both male, […]

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Light of Truth

International award honors people of India for providing safe haven to Tibetans; role in preserving Tibet’s distinct civilization

New Delhi – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will present the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth Award to the people of India in recognition of their critical assistance to the Tibetan people for more than four decades. The award honors those who have made significant contributions to Tibet and the Tibetan people and […]

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Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

China sentences two Tibetans to death in suspect trial proceedings

A prominent and well-respected Tibetan lama, Trulku Tenzin Delek (a.k.a: Angag Tashi or Ven. Tenzin Delek), and his attendant Lobsang Dhondup were sentenced to death by a Chinese court on December 2nd and face execution for charges of involvement in an April bomb blast that injured several people, according to the Sichuan People’s Daily and […]

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Kandze monastery

Tibetans arrested after organizing prayer ceremony for the Dalai Lama

Five Tibetans were arrested in the town of Kandze (known locally as Karze and in Chinese as Ganzi) in Kandze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Sichuan Province) on October 18, the day after 400 Peoples Liberation Army troops arrived in Kandze, sources there told ICT. The arrival of PLA troops in Kandze and ensuing arrests come after […]

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Dalai Lama says China showing willingness to renew contact

The Dalai Lama said on October 22, 2002, that the Chinese authorities are showing a new willingness to renew contact and asked the Tibetan people to recognize this as a positive signal. Addressing around 800 Tibetans who had gathered in Graz to attend the Kalachakra Initiation, the Dalai Lama said it was important for the […]

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Congress, Tibet supporters back Bush message to Jiang: negotiate with the Dalai Lama

Leading up to Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s October 25 visit to President Bush’s Crawford ranch, the U.S. Congress, the American people and President Bush have a unified message to Jiang: Beijing needs to talk to the Dalai Lama. “We fully expect that President Bush will convey to Jiang how strongly the American people, through their […]

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Ngawang Sangdrol

Ngawang Sangdrol, prominent Tibetan political prisoner, released ahead of Bush-Jiang meeting

Ngawang Sangdrol, one of Tibet’s most prominent political prisoners and the longest serving female political prisoner detained by Beijing, was released from prison today. Sangdrol was not due to be released until 2011. “Ngawang Sangdrol’s release is a significant victory for human rights campaigners worldwide,” said John Ackerly, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. […]

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Panchen Lama

Congress passes resolution on Panchen Lama, Tibet dialogue before Jiang visit

On October 10, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 410 by unanimous consent. The passage of this resolution, along with the recent passage of the Tibetan Policy Act, which also urges Tibetan-Chinese dialogue, demonstrates strong Congressional support for Tibet ahead of Jiang Zemin’s upcoming visit to the U.S. Introduced by Congressman Christopher Smith […]

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Major Tibet legislation signed into law, urges ‘substantive dialogue’ between Dalai Lama and Beijing

US President George Bush signed the Tibetan Policy Act (TPA) into law yesterday as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003 (H.R. 1646). The Tibetan Policy Act was introduced in May 2001 as S. 852 by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Craig Thomas (R-WY) and as H.R. 1779 by […]

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Heinrich Harrer and Petra Kelly to be honored for contributions to Tibet with award presented by the Dalai Lama

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) will give its 2002 Light of Truth award to Heinrich Harrer and to Petra Kelly, in memoriam, on October 15 in Graz, Austria, for their contributions to public awareness of Tibet and Tibetans. The award will be presented by His Holiness the Dalai Lama while he is in Graz […]

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Lodi Gyari

Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Beijing, Lhasa

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) welcomes the visit to Beijing and Lhasa by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy, Mr. Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, with Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen, Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as a positive development in relations between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples. ICT strongly supports the Tibetan people’s right […]

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WSSD Tibet delegation

Beijing hopes to silence Tibetan voices at UN Summit on Development

Johannesburg, South Africa – While many governments will be criticized at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) for not adequately addressing their countries’ development problems, the Chinese government may have gone to the greatest lengths to silence legitimate criticism of its development policies on the Tibetan Plateau – an issue of global consequence. […]

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Takna Jigme Sangpo

Jigme Sangpo, longest serving Tibetan political prisoner, arrives in the United States

Takna Jigme Sangpo, the longest serving political prisoner in Tibet, who was released from Lhasa’s Drapchi prison on medical parole on March 31, 2002, arrived in the United States from Beijing on July 13, 2002. Jigme Sangpo was met at O’Hare Airport in Chicago by a family member and soon afterwards, spoke by phone to […]

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New Executive Director named for ICT US

Washington, DC – On July 1, 2002, Mary Beth Markey was named Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet in the U.S. “Mary Beth brings incredible dedication to Tibet, a knowledge of Tibetan issues and how they are understood in Washington, and I think she sees important opportunities in her new role and larger […]

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ICT welcomes unanimous passage of Panchen Lama Resolution in US Senate

(ICT) Washington, D.C. – On June 4 the United States Senate unanimously passed S. Res. 252, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding human rights violations in Tibet, the Panchen Lama, and the need for dialogue between the Chinese leadership and the Dalai Lama or his representatives. “The fact that this resolution achieved swift passage […]

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