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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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ICT publishes Chinese-language journal on Tibet

Washington, D.C. – The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has started a Chinese-language journal on Tibet called Liaowang Xizang (“Tibet Observer,” “Bhoethon Taship” in Tibetan), a quarterly journal which aims to enhance and encourage the understanding of Tibet by the Chinese-speaking people. It is the only journal of its kind being published from the United […]

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Choeying Kunsang and Passang Lhamo

Tibetan torture survivors testify before Congress as Chinese Vice President meets Bush Administration

While China’s Vice President Hu Jintao met with Bush Administration officials yesterday at the White House, two Tibetan nuns testified before Congress about their experiences as political prisoners in Tibet’s Chinese-run prison system. The nuns, Choeying Kunsang and Passang Lhamo, testified on Capitol Hill for the Congressional Human Rights Caucus about their experiences in Lhasa’s […]

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Takna Jigme Sangpo, Tibet’s longest serving political prisoner, released on medical parole

Takna Jigme Sangpo, Tibet’s longest serving political prisoner, was released in Lhasa on March 31, 2002. The 73-year-old* Sangpo was reportedly released on medical parole and is currently staying in Lhasa with his niece, Tsering Palmo*, a retired teacher who had often visited Sangpo when he was in prison. Sangpo’s release was expected for some […]

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ICT cautions European Parliament on TAR delegation

Amsterdam. The International Campaign for Tibet asked the European Parliament to consider the propaganda nature of a delegation from the Tibet Autonomous Region currently visiting Belgium. The delegation, led by TAR government chairman Ragdi, is scheduled to meet the European Parliament leaders in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In the letter, addressed to European Parliament […]

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US report sharply critical of Chinese policies in Tibet

In its annual human rights report, released today, the State Department said “repressive social and political controls continue to limit the fundamental freedoms of Tibetans and risk undermining Tibet’s unique cultural, religious, and linguistic heritage.” According to the report, severe restrictions on traditional Tibetan religious practices, substantial increase of Chinese presence in Tibetan areas, discrimination […]

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Tibetan Youth Leadership

Second Tibetan Youth Leadership Program begins

Fourteen young Tibetans in the United States are participating in the second Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) being organized by the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, D.C. from March 4 to 9, 2002. The first program was held in March 2001. The program is designed to provide Tibetan youth exposure to different fields of […]

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ICT condolence letter to family of Gyaltsen Gyaltag

At a memorial service for Gyaltsen Gyaltag, member of the ICT Europe Board, held in Zurich on February 23, ICT Europe Director Tsering Jampa presented the following letter of condolence to Gyaltag’s family. All of us at the International Campaign for Tibet offer our heartfelt condolences to the Gyaltag family. The untimely passing away of […]

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