European & Australian 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, and in partnership with the Australian Tibet Council, ICT works with:

  • The European Parliament, particularly its Tibet Intergroup and Committees on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, the European External Action Service and the European Commission, including on policies to advance a negotiated settlement for Tibet’s future;
  • Leaders and Parliamentarians in individual EU Member States to encourage political and financial support for Tibetans;
  • Parliamentarians and government officials in Australia to promote the Tibetan cause; and
  • Europe-based International Organizations, United Nations mechanisms agencies and other multilateral fora 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. ICT annually attends the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in order to interact with representatives of governments from around the world and educate them on the harsh realities inside Tibet.

The Brussels office was set up in September 2006 and is mainly responsible for relations with the European institutions.

Find the latest Tibet policy resources for Europe at ICT’s Tibet Policy website www.tibetpolicy.eu and ICT French website at www.savetibet.fr.

Top Story

Controversial China bid for heritage status in Tibet contravenes UNESCO values

July 6, 2017

Krakow - The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow this week, risks contravening its own guidelines tomorrow (July 7) if it approves without question a controversial nomination by the Chinese government for a vast area of Tibet known as Hoh Xil.

This is despite China’s claim to the Committee that the nomination is welcomed and that it complies with the Committee’s Operational Guidelines, according to a letter seen by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) in Krakow. The letter from the Secretary-General of the Chinese UNESCO Commission also refers to “inaccurate and indefensible” information about the nomination, which is likely to refer to ICT’s report on Hoh Xil (“Achen Gangyap” in Tibetan), as well as evidence from academics on the bid before the Committee for decision tomorrow.

Continue Reading »