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Paula Dobriansky named Tibet Coordinator

Secretary of State Colin Powell has designated Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Global Affairs, as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues in the Bush Administration. Dobriansky will take on this responsibility in addition to her current position. In appointing an Under Secretary of State, Powell has elevated the stature of the position from the Assistant […]

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Major Tibet legislation introduced in Congress

The Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 will be introduced today by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Craig Thomas (R-WY) in the Senate and Congressmen Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the House of Representatives. Its introduction coincides with the Dalai Lama’s three-week visit to the United States in May. He will visit Minneapolis, […]

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BP shareholders voice support for Tibet by voting on PetroChina resolution

BP shareholders today voted on a special resolution directing the company to divest its shares of PetroChina, a Chinese state-owned oil company building a pipeline in occupied Tibet. The resolution states that BP’s investment in PetroChina is contradictory to the company’s policy commitments on human rights and the environment. Despite BP’s attempt to thwart the […]

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Powell supports Tibet Coordinator position in State Department restructuring

Secretary of State Colin Powell has eliminated 23 out of 55 special envoys, representatives, and advisor positions in a move to downsize the State Department, but the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is among the positions he will retain. “This is a significant indication that Secretary Powell believes in the efficacy of […]

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ICT to receive 2001 international Religious Freedom Award

International Campaign for Tibet to Receive 2001 International Religious Freedom Award. Freedom House’s Center for Religious Freedom has announced that it will award its 2001 International Religious Freedom Award to the International Campaign for Tibet in recognition of ICT’s “tireless commitment in advancing religious freedom for the Tibetan Buddhist people.” The award will be presented […]

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Tibetan representative barred from speaking at the United Nations General Assembly

Ngawang Rabgyal, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Americas, was denied access to a conference he was to address at the United Nations building earlier today. He was invited by the United Nations International School (UNIS-UN) to deliver a speech on Tibet to approximately 600 students at UNIS-UN’s Annual Conference. Due […]

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International Campaign for Tibet commends new Amnesty report on torture in Tibet

A report released today by Amnesty International finds that political prisoners rarely avoid torture during detention in Tibet. According to the report titled, “Torture – A Growing Scourge in China -Time for Action,” torture in Tibet is: “particularly harsh during the early stages of custody and interrogation. Many report being beaten with whatever implement a […]

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Taft steps down as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

In an anticipated move as part of the transition from the Clinton Administration to the Bush Administration, Julia Taft has resigned her post as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Her resignation also means that she will no longer carry out her duties as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, an appointment […]

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Secretary of State-Designate Powell expresses importance of Tibet and role of Special Coordinator

General Colin Powell expressed the incoming administration’s “interest in solidarity with the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet” when he appeared today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing. His statement came in response to interest from the Committee regarding the Bush Administrations approach to Tibet policy. Several Senators, including Chairman […]

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes Rep. Henry Hyde as the new Chair of House International Relations Committee

Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL) will succeed Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY) as the next chairman of the House International Relations Committee. Hyde has served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee since 1994 but had to give up that position because of Republican-imposed term limits on chairmanship. The Chairman of the International Relations Committee is […]

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ICT applauds US decision to censure China at UN

The International Campaign for Tibet applauds the U.S. Administration’s announcement today that it would sponsor a resolution to censure China’s human rights record at the 56th United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. “The U.S. made the right decision to hold China accountable for deteriorating human rights conditions,” said John Ackerly, President of International Campaign […]

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ICT applauds U.S. decision to censure China at U.N.

The International Campaign for Tibet applauds the U.S. Administration’s announcement today that it would sponsor a resolution to censure China’s human rights record at the 56th United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

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ICT Opening Office in Amsterdam

The International Campaign for Tibet is opening an office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The director of the office will be Tsering Jampa, formerly with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. “We are very excited to begin working more closely with European groups and are extremely fortunate to have someone as experienced and talented as Tsering Jampa […]

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The International Campaign for Tibet statement on US-China WTO Trade Accord

In striking the deal, the Clinton Administration squandered a valuable opportunity to pressure the Chinese leadership to meet significant and verifiable improvements in the areas of human rights and labor. The accord cements President Clinton’s 1996 delinkage of trade and human rights into an international agreement. Therefore, the US government or concerned citizens can no […]

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International Campaign for Tibet calls on Congress to condition WTO deal

Following the announced US-China WTO trade deal, the International Campaign for Tibet calls on the US Congress to use the forecasted debate on permanent NTR (Normal Trade Relations) status for China to incorporate meaningful human rights conditions into the agreement. Within one year of getting permanent NTR, China should ratify one or both of the […]

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ICT urges release of Tibetan detained in Dulan

The International Campaign for Tibet calls for the unconditional release of Tsering Dorjee, a Tibetan who had been hired as a translator by two researchers investigating a controversial World Bank project. Dorjee had been detained in Dulan, the site of the World Bank resettlement project, in present-day Qinghai, along with Australian researcher Gabriel Lafitte and […]

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