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ICT’s 2017 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program

June 13, 2017

Twelve Tibetan students from colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania participated in the International Campaign for Tibet’s 2017 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) held in Washington, D.C. from June 3 to 9, 2017.

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ICT Reception for Sikyong Lobsang Sangay

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 […]

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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.

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Richard Gere

Testimony of Richard Gere Chairman of the Board of Directors International Campaign for Tibet before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

July 14, 2015

Co-chairman McGovern and Co-chairman Pitts, and other Members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, thank you for holding this important hearing today, and for inviting me to speak on the human rights situation in Tibet.

I am here as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet (or ICT for short), which, since 1988, has been working to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. I feel that it’s particularly appropriate for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to be holding this hearing today in light of Tom Lantos’ steadfast commitment to Tibet, and his deep relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

It is with profound sadness that I give these remarks today. Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was one of the most highly respected and revered Tibetan lamas. He was a teacher to tens of thousands of Tibetan and Chinese students. Arrested in 2002, Rinpoche spent the last 13 years of his life serving a life sentence for crimes he did not commit. After being tried in a closed session on charges of “terrorism and inciting separatism” and without due process of law, the worst possible outcome has arrived. Rinpoche has died in prison, while in the custody of the Chinese government. This is a profound tragedy for Tibetans and Buddhists throughout the world. The death of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche is a tragic reminder of the injustices endured by Tibetans for exercising their right to religious freedom, and of the grim state of human rights in Tibet.

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Tibetan Buddhists demonized by PRC Government as posing threat to China’s survival: Matteo Mecacci tells UN Human Rights Council

March 11, 2015

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, delivered a statement on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights at the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the 28th United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 11. He said “The Chinese government adopted a more pervasive approach to “patriotic education”, including measures to micromanage Tibetan Buddhist monastic affairs; “legal education” programs for monks and nuns; and a ban on images of the Dalai Lama.”

While in Geneva, Matteo Mecacci asked for support among the diplomatic community on Tibet related issues. He was accompanied by the ICT Head for UN Advocacy, Kai Mueller.

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China. It is right to talk about the economy, but what about human rights?

By Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet Published on the Italian newspaper Europa on June 12, 2014. Translation by the International Campaign for Tibet. In these days our country is facing an interesting coincidence. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is currently in China (and in Asia) leading an important political and economic mission, […]

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Testimony of Matteo Mecacci, President, International Campaign for Tibet

Hearing on “Protecting Religious Freedom: U.S Efforts to Hold Accountable Countries of Particular Concern” Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights May 22, 2014 I would like to thank Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, and other members of the Subcommittee for this opportunity to testify. The International Campaign for Tibet has testified to […]

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Kai Müller

Kai Müller: ‘Dalai Lama is an irreplaceable symbol’

May 14, 2014

The Dalai Lama has been received rather coldly during his trip to Europe in May. While a thorn in China’s side he is a guiding light for peace in the eyes of many people around the world.

DW:
More than in the past, European politicians avoid big joint appearances with the Dalai Lama in order not to jeopardize economic relations with China. This is despite the fact that the Dalai Lama has resigned from his political role in 2011. How can we explain this contradiction?

Kai Müller:
The Chinese government has repeatedly stated its policy that neither the Dalai Lama nor the so-called “Dalai Clique” may travel to European countries and that the European governments should not provide support in any way. This is not new. Lately we do notice, however, a trend towards concessions to the Chinese government. We are concerned about this development because it shows how short term interests- most of them of economic nature – are being put above taking the uncomfortable stand for principles of international law. It reveals considerable weaknesses and results in a loss of credibility both internally and externally.

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Oslo Snubs the Dalai Lama

Published online May 7, 2014 by The Wall Street Journal.
By Matteo Mecacci and Ellen Bork

Under pressure from China, Norway’s prime minister does not plan to meet the Tibetan religious leader this week.

Under pressure from China, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other key officials have declined to meet the Dalai Lama when the Tibetan spiritual leader visits Norway this week.

Oslo’s decision signals the success of Beijing’s escalating campaign to deny the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s democratic government-in-exile the standing they need to find a just solution to the Tibetan issue. The setback in Norway marks a worrying trend that should spur consultations among European countries and the United States on steps to resist Beijing’s pressure.

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Remarks by Bhuchung Tsering at the Rally for Tibet in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2013

We are gathering here at a time when we are faced with yet another new development in Tibet that signifies a consistent pattern of Chinese denial of Tibetan rights. This is in addition to the very many Tibetans who have undertaken the highest form of protest, namely self-immolations in Tibet. The reports of shooting of […]

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Show solidarity with Tibet, EU urged

Published online June 3, 2013 by Public Service Europe. Please view the report on www.publicserviceeurope.com. The people of the Baltic know what it is to face political persecution, so the Lithuanian EU presidency would be an appropriate time to facilitate engagement between the Dalai Lama and China The Tibet issue is a litmus test for […]

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23rd Session of the Human Rights Council

The International Campaign for Tibet amplified the voices of Tibetans at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which concluded on the 14th of June. Elena Gaita, Policy and Advocacy Officer for ICT Brussels, spoke on Tibet for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on […]

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Bhuchung Tsering

Testimony of Bhuchung K. Tsering at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on Tibet

Washington, DC
June 5, 2013

I thank the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for this opportunity to testify today. I would like to address the topic of this hearing in the context of the current critical situation in Tibet.

This hearing is timely as President Barack Obama is preparing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California. Therefore, I would like to highlight the situation in Tibet and what the Obama Administration should do about it, including during the upcoming summit.

In his first speech after becoming the new head of the Chinese Communist Party on November 15, 2012, Xi Jinping said, “In the new situation, our Party faces many severe challenges.” In the same speech, Xi also said, “…Chinese people have opened up a good and beautiful home where all ethnic groups live in harmony and fostered an excellent culture that never fades.”

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Vincent Metten

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) asks China to address the current emergency in Tibet

Representatives of 178 non-governmental organizations from 117 countries gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, from May 22 to 27, 2013 for the 38th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) during which they adopted a resolution on Tibet. Every three year, FIDH convenes a congress, participated by all its member organisations worldwide, to elect new […]

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ICT’s Bhuchung Tsering highlights Chinese misguided policies on Tibet at Capitol Hill event

ICT Vice President Bhuchung Tsering participated in a panel discussion yesterday (January 31, 2013) on “Ticking Time Bomb: The Ethnic Crisis Facing China’s New Leadership” in the Cannon House Office Building of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. His co-panelists were Mr. Enghebatu Togochog, Director, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center; Mr. Alim Seytoff, […]

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ICT at the UN

ICT report on Cultural Genocide presented at UN Human Rights Council

ICT, Geneva, June 21, 2012: Representatives from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) presented its recently published report “60 Years of Chinese Misrule | Arguing Cultural Genocide in Tibet” (view or download report) at the Palais Des Nations in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting for its summer session (20th session, […]

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19th Session of the Human Rights Council

March 6, 2012 – Mr. Kai Müller, Executive Director International Campaign for Tibet-Germany speaking on Tibet for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Clustered Interactive Dialogue with: – The Special Rapporteur on the right to food and – The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, 19th meeting 19th Session of the Human Rights Council. See full-text […]

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