ICT hosted a reception to welcome Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, to Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2017. Those attending included Member of Congress, Congressional staffers, serving and former Administration officials, representatives of NGOs, staff of Office of Tibet, the Tibetan community and ICT Board members and staff. ICT President Matteo […]
ICT writes to countries attending China’s Belt and Road Forum not to put trade before human rights issues
May 12, 2017
The International Campaign for Tibet has written to governments in Europe that are sending delegates to China’s first Belt & Road Forum (BRF) not to put trade before human rights. The letter urged them to include the deteriorating human rights situation in China, and in particular in Tibet, in their bilateral talks with their Chinese counterparts, and to include references to human rights and the rule of law in any joint statement adopted at the summit.
The Belt and Road Forum, part of China’s One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR), will be held on May 14 and 15, 2017 in Beijing. It aims to put China at the center of global economic affairs and to expand links between it and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. However, given China’s political situation, there is fear that this will lead to strengthening the effort of countries that put trade before human rights and respect for a community’s culture and environment.
“While this initiative might benefit some countries’ economic development, the international community has an equally important responsibility in ensuring that human rights are not sidelined in the face of economic interests and trade relations with China,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet.
Leader Nancy Pelosi Remarks at Public Ceremony Hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Honor of Bipartisan Delegation Visit
May 10, 2017
Dharamsala, India – U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a ceremony hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglagkhang Temple in honor of the visit by a bipartisan Congressional delegation.
“What we see here today in support of the Tibetan people – we have said, as we stayed here – we have said to the top leadership of the Chinese Government. We recognize that China weighs heavily on any country, any corporation, any person – Richard Gere can attest to that – who speaks out for the Tibetan people. China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of friends of Tibet. But if we do not speak out against oppression in Tibet because of China’s economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world.
Pelosi Asks Trump to Raise Violations of Human Rights in China and Tibet During Meeting with Xi Jinping
April 6, 2017
Ahead of a U.S. visit by President Xi Jinping of China, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump saying, “violations of human rights in China and Tibet challenge the conscience of the world”.
Leader Pelosi added, “I believe, Mr. President, that if we do not speak out clearly for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights anyplace in the world.”
Testimony of Mr. Penpa Tsering, Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, to Congressional-Executive Commission on China on December 7, 2016
December 7, 2016
Thank you for this opportunity to testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China regarding on our recommendations to the next United States Congress and Administration on human rights in Tibet. This is my first testimony before the United States Congress following my appointment as Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama to the Americas. Therefore, I would like to begin with offering the gratitude of the Tibetan people to the United States Congress for your consistent and strong support to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan issue.
Testimony of Nyima Lhamo before the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament – 28 November 2016
November 28, 2016
My name is Nyima Lhamo and I am the niece of late Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. I was born in Kham Lithang in eastern Tibet. I am 26 years old and am the second born of five siblings. I have a six-year old daughter and her name is Dawa Dolma. My father Thupten Kalsang is no more. With my mother Dolkar Lhamo are elder sister Tenzin Palmo who has a nine-year old son and two younger brothers. My youngest sister has also passed away.
Statement by International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet
November 23, 2016
“The International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) welcomes the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Mongolia. We are pleased that the Mongolian Buddhists were able to receive teachings from the Dalai Lama, as they rightly should be able to do in a free country.
We applaud the Mongolian Government for enabling the Dalai Lama to make this pastoral visit. It is indeed encouraging to see that Mongolia is able to stand up for its values and that is certainly something that many of our own countries with Buddhist practitioners can and should emulate.”
As we all reflect on the results of one of the most consequential presidential elections in US history, we want to reassure you that at the International Campaign for Tibet, we are busy assessing the changes and challenges ahead. While international issues and the respect of human rights were not central during the presidential campaign, […]
The United States has asked China “to cease actions that may escalate tensions” on account of the demolition at a famed Tibetan Buddhist learning center, Larung Gar Buddhist Institute. During the Daily Press Briefing on August 8, State Department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau responded to a question by expressing the United States’ concerns. Following is the […]
Early next week in Beijing, the U.S. and China will hold its 8th Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the last of the Obama Administration
June 2, 2016
Earlier today, in advance of the Obama Administration’s final U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) which will convene in Beijing June 6-8, the International Campaign for Tibet, along with nine other advocacy NGOs, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, calling on the Administration to press China publicly on a wide range of human rights issues.
Written Statement of Venerable Golog Jigme to the Congressional–Executive Commission on China Hearing
April 15, 2016
“China’s Pervasive Use of Torture”
I would like to first thank the CECC, particularly Chairman Smith and Co-Chairman Rubio, for holding this important hearing today, and for inviting me to participate. As a survivor of torture inflicted by Chinese public security officers, and now as a human rights advocate living in exile in Switzerland, I believe that it is essential for the U.S. and other governments, as well as the UN and other entities, to understand what actually happens inside Chinese detention facilities from someone who has experienced it, and to understand the human rights situation in Tibet today. Not only behind bars, but beyond the prison walls, my Tibetan brothers and sisters are suffering. I urge the CECC and the U.S. Congress to continue to pay attention to the situation inside Tibet. For the future of Tibet, it is very important to break the “lockdown” that the Chinese government has imposed around the Tibetan people. As human beings, we Tibetans have the right to peacefully express our views without fear of being arrested or tortured. We have the right to freedom of movement and to freedom of religion, and China should be held accountable for denying us these basic freedoms, and subjecting us to arbitrary detention and torture when we try to exercise these basic human rights. It is my profound hope that the CECC and Congress will continue to pay attention to the suffering of Tibetans.
March 14, 2016
Following are the statements made by Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and Speaker Penpa Tsering on the occasion of the 57 Tibetan National Uprising Day.
Statement of Sikyong on the 57th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day
March 10, 2016 – By Staff Writer
Today marks the fifty-seventh anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against People’s Republic of China’s invasion and occupation of Tibet. On this occasion, my colleagues in the Kashag and I would like to pay tribute and pray for all those brave men and women who laid down their lives for the just cause of Tibet. We express our solidarity with those who continue to suffer repression under Chinese rule.
March 10, 2016
Following their historic visit to Tibet as part of a US congressional delegation last November, Democratic Leader Pelosi and Representative Jim McGovern have published an op-ed in USA Today on the 57th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising. Describing their experiences in Tibet, Pelosi and McGovern call on Chinese authorities to engage the Dalai Lama in dialogue as part of what they describe as a “narrow but real” opportunity for the Chinese government to re-evaluate its policy toward Tibet.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic members hold press conference following historic visit to Tibet and China
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of the Congressional Delegation who traveled to Tibet and China held a press conference on November 17, 2015 following their historic visit last week. Here is a video recording and transcript of the press conference.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement after joining Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers on an historic Congressional delegation to Tibet, Beijing and Hong Kong. Click here to view a photo of Congressman McGovern with the delegation in Tibet. […]
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today issued the following statement after leading a historic Congressional delegation to Tibet, Beijing and Hong Kong: TIBET: “Our delegation was grateful for the opportunity to travel to Lhasa, Tibet to observe, learn and listen about life on the Tibetan plateau. “We engaged in candid […]
China: Open letter to States for joint action to address worsening crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers
To: Permanent Representatives of Member States and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We urge your delegation to make statements, both jointly and individually, to address the unprecedented crackdown on human rights defenders and lawyers in China – indeed on Chinese civil society in general – at the forthcoming 30th session […]
Testimony of Losang Gyatso, Service Chief, Tibetan Service, Voice of America, at the CECC Hearing on China’s religious policy
Public Hearing of Thursday, July 23, 2015 Since problems facing religion, religious institutions, and religious teachers in Tibet is widely known and well documented by this Commission and many other governmental and non-governmental organizations in the US and abroad, I won’t take up too much of your time going over examples. I would like to […]
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