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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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New State Dept. report shows US is serious about ending isolation of Tibet for Americans

March 25, 2019

A new State Department report denouncing China for “systematically” impeding Americans’ travel to Tibet shows the US government is serious about implementing the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. The report also clearly shows that the widespread discrimination, and in some cases amounting almost to harassment, perpetrated by Beijing against Americans to enforce the complete isolation of Tibet from the outside world, won’t be accepted any longer in Washington.

The report, released March 25, 2019, documents outrageous attempts by Chinese authorities to keep Americans out of Tibet in 2018, including repeatedly denying requests to visit from the US ambassador and other US officials, directly threatening to expel journalists and cruelly preventing Tibetan-Americans from seeing their homeland, which has been in the grips of a brutal Chinese occupation for the past 60 years.

The report is the first significant outcome of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 19, 2018 and takes aim at China’s double standard of denying US diplomats, reporters and tourists entry to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas under Chinese control even though Chinese bureaucrats, state media and ordinary citizens are free to travel throughout the US.

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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.