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ICT to hold fourth Tibetan Youth Leadership Program from June 14 to 19, 2004

Tibetan youth from six states in the United States are participating in the fourth annual Tibetan Youth Leadership Program being organized by the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. from June 14 to 19, 2004. This program is aimed at providing theoretical and practical training to encourage and empower young Tibetans to take leadership […]

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Dalai Lama marks 45th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising, commits to ‘leave no stoned unturned’ to find solution for Tibet

The Dalai Lama marked the 45th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising expressing optimism that the coming year would see a “significant breakthrough” in relations with China. The Dalai Lama committed to “leave no stone unturned…in the effort to secure a mutually acceptable solution to the Tibetan issue,” including personally meeting with Chinese leaders. The Dalai […]

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Congress calls on Bush administration to insist that China adhere to human rights norms and sponsor China resolution at UN

The House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed H.Res.530 calling on the United States to introduce a resolution censuring China at the 60th session of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, beginning on March 15 in Geneva. H.Res.530 passed with 402 votes in favor and only two against (30 Representatives did not vote). H.Res.530 cited recent reports […]

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US reports continued religious suppression in Tibet; ICT calls on US to match reporting with appropriate action towards China

Washington, D.C. – In its annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released December 18, 2003, the U.S. State Department comprehensively describes continuing religious suppression by the Chinese government in Tibet. “This report shows that systematic suppression of religion and culture in Tibet continues to this day,” said Mary Beth Markey, U.S. Executive Director of the […]

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Chinese Premier’s statement on Tibet raises questions of sincerity on talks

On the eve of his first official visit to Washington, D.C., Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has made a statement on Tibet that calls into question China’s sincerity in moving forward with the process of dialogue and negotiations with the Dalai Lama’s representatives. In an interview with the Washington Post, published on November 23, 2003, Wen […]

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Dalai Lama to meet with Washington leaders for first time since renewed contact with China

Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama will visit Washington, D.C., from September 8 to 11, 2003, to express his gratitude for continuing U.S. support for Tibet and his concern for the human rights and economic marginalization of Tibetans. He will also brief members of the Bush Administration and U.S. Congress on the status of contact between […]

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Crossing the Line

New ICT report finds Tibet railway built for political, not economic reasons

Crossing the Line: China’s Railway to Lhasa, Tibet, a new in-depth report from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), finds that the railway China is constructing across the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa is being built mainly for political reasons and not to benefit the Tibetan people, as the Chinese government consistently claims. The 70-page study […]

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Dangerous Crossing 2002

Chinese influence in Nepal erodes rights of Tibetan refugees, ICT report sheds light on recent forced repatriations

In its second annual report on Tibetan refugees, Dangerous Crossing 2002, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) finds that the increased border presence of Chinese police and China’s political influence were significant obstacles for Tibetans refugees in transit through and residing in Nepal last year. While approximately 2,500 Tibetans flee their homeland annually, the United […]

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ICT holds first ever European Tibetan Youth Leadership Program

Brussels, July 9 2003: The inaugural European Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) in Europe, held in Brussels from July 5 to 9, 2003 attracted 13 Tibetans from seven countries. The Program included a visit to the European Parliament during which the participants attended a meeting of the European Parliament’s Tibet Intergroup and called for concerted […]

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Tibetan refugee

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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Tibetan refugees

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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