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European Parliament hosts Dalai Lama: message of peace and tolerance among nations

Amsterdam – On October 24, the European Parliament will host a first-ever address by the Dalai Lama to its plenary meeting. The Nobel Peace Laureate and Tibetan leader is expected to urge peaceful reconciliation among nations. In this context, the Dalai Lama is also expected to ask for continued European support for his efforts to […]

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International Campaign for Tibet statement on terrorist attacks

The International Campaign for Tibet condemns the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which took thousands of innocent lives. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims as well as their friends and colleagues. The greatest honor the United States could bestow upon the victims and upon our scarred society, is to […]

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ICT report refutes Beijing’s denial of racism in China

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) will release a report at the U.N. World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) documenting the origin and nature of racism against Tibetans and how the Chinese government perpetuates racist attitudes and policies. The 110-page report, entitled “Jampa: The Story of Racism in Tibet,” describes how racist language and concepts permeate […]

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Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 passes Senate Committee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed the Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 as part of the 2002 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has passed the Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 as part of the 2002 Foreign Relations Authorization Act. The Tibetan Policy Act has more than 100 co-sponsors in the […]

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ICT praises Senate bill prohibiting Chinese State-owned enterprises access to US capital markets

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), part of a coalition that cost Chinese oil company PetroChina as much as $7 billion last year because of its poor record in Tibet, has endorsed the “China Free Enterprise Act,” introduced today by Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). “Lacking the bluntness of trade sanctions, capital […]

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New administration to meet the Dalai Lama

Tibet’s exiled political and spiritual leader, the XIV Dalai Lama, will arrive in Washington, D.C., next week following visits to seven other U.S. cities. In his first visit to the capitol since the new Administration has been in place, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to meet with President Bush, Secretary Powell and Members of Congress. […]

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ICT calls on Bush to reinvigorate Tibet policy

As the Bush Administration – including the President, Secretary of State, and newly named Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues – holds its first meetings with the Dalai Lama, the International Campaign for Tibet calls for a reinvigoration of U.S. efforts to assist the people of Tibet, who have endured more than 50 years of Chinese […]

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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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