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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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Tibet must be raised at the EU-China Summit in Beijing

November 20, 2013

Brussels, 20 November 2013 - The European Union (EU) must challenge the worsening of the human rights situation in Tibet at the upcoming summit with China on 21st November in Beijing. The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) also calls upon the EU not to compromise values it promotes through 'external action', including human rights, as negotiations begin on the EU's first stand-alone investment agreement with China.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director at ICT’s Brussels office, said: “The EU should raise human rights in Tibet in all forms of bilateral dialogue with China, including at the highest level. Discussions on human rights should not be confined to the human rights dialogue but should also be integrated into the summit. The EU has an important responsibility in ensuring that Tibet is on the agenda of the upcoming summit with China and that human rights are not sidelined in the face of prevailing economic interests and trade relations.”

During the Summit, negotiations are expected to be launched on a EU-China bilateral investment agreement, which would be EU's first ever stand-alone investment agreement.

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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.