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Nepal deports 18 Tibetan refugees to Chinese authorities; refugees face immediate danger

At 5:45 am on Saturday, May 31, Nepalese authorities loaded 18 Tibetan refugees from Hannaman Dhoka prison in Kathmandu onto a Chinese Embassy vehicle, according to eyewitnesses. The refugees were reportedly in distress while they were loaded into the vehicle calling out to observers for help. “Nepal is looking for world support, but it is […]

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Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu seeks custody, forced repatriation of Tibetan refugees

In the morning of May 29, Tibetan staff from the Tibetan Refugee Transit Center (Nelan Khang) in Kathmandu arrived at the Nepalese Department of Immigration (DOI) jail to pay fines and secure the release into United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) custody of 18 Tibetan refugees fleeing Chinese repression who were recently apprehended en […]

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ICT welcomes second visit of the Dalai Lama’s envoys to China

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) welcomes the announcement by the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that Special Envoy Lodi Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen, accompanied by two senior assistants, will depart today for China. The delegation traveled to Beijing and Lhasa in September 2002 in a visit that was described by the […]

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President Bush reports to Congress on Tibet negotiations, details US efforts to encourage dialogue between the Chinese Government

In the first-ever presidential report to Congress on the status of Tibet negotiations, President Bush has affirmed that encouraging substantive dialogue between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese leadership is a key objective of his administration’s policy and that lack of resolution of the Tibetan problem will be a stumbling block to fuller political and […]

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Nepal jails 18 Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu, intends to deport to Chinese authorities

Kathmandu, Nepal – Nepalese authorities yesterday handed down jail sentences to 18 Tibetan refugees apprehended by police on April 15th. The group now in prison includes 10 teenagers. Officials in Nepal’s Home Ministry have indicated their intention to deport the group of refugees back to Chinese authorities in Tibet. Tibetan refugees stop for rest, after […]

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US fails to reprimand China at UN Commission on Human Rights

The United States delegation to the 59th session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission failed to file a resolution condemning China’s human rights record today, as the deadline to submit a country resolution passed in Geneva. “The decision that the United States has made is a mistake, and China has escaped the reckoning it […]

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US report documents China’s record of rights violations against Tibetans in 2002

The State Department made public on March 31 its annual Human Rights Country Reports for 2002, describing a high level of repression in the Tibet Autonomous Region and incidents of rights violations throughout Tibetan autonomous areas. In releasing the report, Secretary of State Colin Powell commented on its harsh criticism of China’s human rights practices […]

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Ngawang Sangdrol

China releases defiant Tibetan political prisoner to US – As a teenage nun, Ngawang Sangdrol became symbol of Tibetan resistance

Ngawang Sangdrol, one of Tibet’s most famous political prisoners, arrived in the United States today five months after her parole from Lhasa’s Drapchi prison. At age 26, Sangdrol had already served 11 years in prison. Ngawang Sangdrol’s reputation as a brave and determined activist grew as Chinese authorities increased her sentence on three separate occasions. […]

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Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari

Dalai Lama says Tibetans and Chinese have ‘unique and crucial opportunity’ to resolve Tibet issue

Forty-four years after fleeing Tibet, the Dalai Lama released his annual March 10 statement from Dharamsala, India, where he resides in exile, today on the anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day. Reflecting on a year of mixed signals from Beijing that included a high-level exchange and high-profile political prisoner releases but also brought crackdowns on popular […]

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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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