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ICT’s Government Advocacy

The International Campaign for Tibet works with governments in the United States, the European Union, and around the world to promote policies to help the Tibetan people.

Government advocacy can have a tremendous impact in the effort to improve the lives of Tibetans and to encourage the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way solution of genuine autonomy for Tibet.

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US federal commission says China sought “forced assimilation” of Tibetan Buddhism in 2018

April 29, 2019

The Chinese government tried to forcibly bring Tibetans’ Buddhist faith under state control in 2018, a new report from a US federal government commission says.

Released today, April 29, the 2019 annual report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) documents China’s strategy of “forced assimilation and suppression” of Tibetan Buddhism and calls on China to release Tibetan political prisoners.

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U.S. Government Advocacy

The United States Government can be a powerful and effective advocate for Tibet. Through our Government Relations department, ICT works with the U.S. Congress on Tibetan issues, including on legislation to advance a negotiated settlement for Tibet’s future and funding for programs to benefit Tibetans. ICT also collaborates with the U.S. State Department, and especially the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, to ensure that Tibet’s interests are addressed in U.S. foreign policy.

Currently, the United States Government affirms the so-called “one China” policy. At the same time, successive administrations have urged the Chinese leadership to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama with a view to resolving differences. Administration criticism of Chinese government policy in Tibet can be found in annual reports on human rights and religious freedom, and through testimony at Congressional hearings.

European & United Nations Advocacy

Governments in the European Union and around the world can be powerful and effective advocates for Tibet. Through our offices in Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels, ICT works with the European Parliament and European Commission on Tibetan issues, and Parliamentarians in individual European countries to encourage political and financial support for Tibetans.

ICT campaigns various United Nations mechanisms to raise Tibetan issues on the world stage and to have China address these issues. These efforts include testifying before UN commissions, attending UN conferences, and appealing to Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups.