ICT annually attends the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in order to interact with representatives of governments from around the world and educate them on the harsh realities inside Tibet.
ICT works closely with other non-governmental organizations build support from and relationships with the delegates of the Commission’s members. In addition, ICT organizes seminars, rallies, and other activities on the current situation in Tibet.
Under the UNHRC there are 20 Special Rapporteurs or Working Groups, such as the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the Working Group on Torture. ICT regularly attends seminars and organizes briefings for U.N. Special Rapporteurs. In addition, ICT frequently works to bring issues such as the ongoing religious persecution in Tibet to the attention of UN Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups. This includes formal appeals and postcard campaigns urging the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to take urgent action concerning the current status of the Panchen Lama, who was kidnapped by Chinese authorities in 1995.
ICT will continue to speak out against human rights violations in Tibet and work for the passage of a resolution at the UNHRC that condemns the Chinese government’s human rights violations.
- 23rd Session of the Human Rights Council
- Government statements on China and Tibet at 22nd Human Rights Council Session – February 25-March 22, 2013
- 19th Session of the Human Rights Council – February 27-March 23, 2012
- Statement presented at the 17th Human Rights Council – June 15, 2011