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China breaches the rule of law by sentencing Ilham Tohti

September 23, 2014

Washington, DC – With the decision to sentence Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti to life in prison, Beijing sends an extremist and negative message both to moderate non-Chinese who are trying to find a space within the People’s Republic of China, and to China’s foreign partners, including the United States and the European Union, which have objected to his incarceration.

Ilham Tohti was fully exercising his right to freedom of expression when sharing his views on the marginalization of Uyghurs, including on matters concerning their language and culture.

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Statements read at the Press Conference on Prisoners of Conscience in China

September 17, 2014

Statement of Tamdin Choetso
Niece of Tibetan Political Prisoner Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Thank you for the opportunity to make this statement. My name is Tamdin Choestso and I am the niece of Tibetan Political Prisoner Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. Twelve years ago my uncle was detained. The Ganzi Intermediate People’s Court alleged that his case involved “state secrets” and tried him in a closed court on November 29, 2002. The court sentenced him to death with a two-year reprieve for conspiring to cause explosions and 14 years in prison for inciting “splittism.” The Sichuan High People’s Court rejected his appeal and commuted the sentence to life imprisonment on January 26, 2005.

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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.

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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United States Commission on International Religious Freedom annual report

April 30, 2014

On April 30, 2014, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report for 2014. It found that “[f]or Tibetan Buddhists … conditions are worse now than at any time in the past decade.”

The Commission is an “independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.” It issues reports and makes policy recommendations to the President, the State Department, and Congress.

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Tibetan National Uprising Day statements

Statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the 55th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day Fifty-five years ago, thousands of Tibetans spontaneously gathered on this day in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, to protect His Holiness the Dalai Lama and protest against Chinese occupation. Seven days later, His Holiness the Dalai Lama left […]

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Lodi Gyari

My Personal Words of Gratitude

It is with humility and gratitude that I present these parting thoughts to the staff, members, supporters and friends of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). You have been the backbone of this organization and ICT would not have succeeded without you being a part of this effort. For almost 25 years I worked concurrently at ICT and as Special Envoy for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and I relied heavily on your support and assistance in discharge of my duties.

Since its founding in 1988 the ICT team has devoted itself to supporting the Tibetan people and the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I am honored to have played a leadership role in this endeavor, from the inception of the organization to the present day. Now as I step down as Executive Chair of ICT and from its Board of Directors, I cannot help but reflect on my work here with a deep sense of satisfaction in our accomplishments.

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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 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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March 10 rally in Brussels

March 10 rally in Brussels

Nearly 4,000 people from 27 Tibetan communities in Europe and their supporters came together on March 10 in Brussels to commemorate the March 10 anniversary of the 1959 Tibet Uprising and the fifth anniversary of the protests that swept across Tibet from March 2008.

Tibetans and their supporters gathered to march through the streets of Brussels, convening at a rally at Le Mont Des Arts addressed by Kirti Rinpoche; Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile; Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, politicians, supporters, ICT’s Tsering Jampa and Vincent Metten. The crowd was also entertained by Tibetan singers and rap stars including Swiss Tibetan Karma Emchi, known for his viral hit ‘Shapale’.

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Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

The statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the 54th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

On this day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans from all walks of life and all three regions of Tibet (U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo) converged in Lhasa to resist and protest the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. We are the children of this tragic yet historic moment in Tibet’s rich, unique, 2,000-plus year history. Today, […]

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The 13th Dalai Lama and Tibet

February 13, 2013 is the centenary of the visionary political statement on Tibet of the 13th Dalai Lama (1876-1933), including his historical assertion of the country’s independence. Professor Ngawang Thondup Narkyid, who was a Tibetan government official at the time of the People’s Republic of China’s 1949 invasion of Tibet and author of numerous books, […]

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