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Australia Tibet Council’s New Report on Increased Chinese Influence in Australian Policy on Tibet and Dalai Lama

September 14, 2017

A new report by the Australia Tibet Council finds an increased Chinese influence in Australia’s political and educational institutions, leading to the Australian Government’s diminished engagement on Tibet. The report finds that the Australian silence on Tibet is notable, with not a single public statement issued for nearly a decade, and with no Australian Prime Minister meeting the Dalai Lama since 2009 although he has visited the country five times during that period.

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Tibetan leaders and supporters gather in Washington D.C., Brussels, and Canberra for Tibet Lobby Day

March 24, 2017

Hundreds of Tibetan leaders and Tibet supporters from all over the United States, Europe, and Australia are gathering in Washington, Brussels and Canberra to urge their governments and Parliaments to increase their support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. Tibet Lobby Day will take place on March 27-29.

In Washington, over a hundred and thirty Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters will meet for the ninth annual Tibet Lobby Day, and will ask Members of Congress to continue to support the aspirations of the Tibetan people, to continue funding of Tibet programs, advocate for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, promote access to Tibetan areas for US officials, journalists, citizens and to hold Chinese leaders accountable for their human rights violations in Tibet.

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Dalai Lama shares wisdom on dissent, death and politicians

Published online June 13, 2013 by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joins us in Sydney to share his thoughts on Tibetan autonomy, the lack of a meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, and the ever-invasive presence of technology in our lives.

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: In the past three years, more than a hundred Tibetans are reported to have set themselves on fire – so-called self-immolation – to protest continuing Chinese rule and brutality. It’s a disturbing trend in a country that’s long embraced non-violent protest against China.

The country’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has always advocated a peaceful approach to resisting oppression. But, as China’s power grows and the Dalai Lama ages – he’s now 78 – there are questions about whether his influence is waning.

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Tibet Lobby Day’s success in Australia

On March 18, Tibet Advocacy Day 2013 was organized by the Australian Tibet Council (ATC) in the capital of Canberra. Twelve young Tibetan-Australians shared their personal stories about Tibet with almost 40 national leaders from across the political spectrum. They urged the Australian government to adopt a new approach on the Tibet issue by joining […]

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Tibet Advocacy Day 2013 – Canberra

12 Tibetan-Australians headed to Canberra for the second Tibet Advocacy Day, organised by Australia Tibet Council, on 18 March. They met with 40 Members of Parliament and urged the Australian government to join like-minded governments in their efforts to address the escalating crisis in Tibet.

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Footage from inside Tibet in Australian broadcast

Published online October 9, 2012 by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Please read the full article here. Australian broadcasters filmed inside Tibet for a news documentary featuring Tibetans speaking about the self-immolations as Chinese officials blame the Dalai Lama. The broadcast and transcript by ABC can be viewed here » A Tibetan woman whose identity is […]

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The International Campaign for Tibet and Australia Tibet Council partner for effective global advocacy

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the Australia Tibet Council (ATC) are pleased to announce the launch of a formal partnership effective October 5, 2012. The decision was taken by the leadership of the two organizations in recognition of Australia’s significant role in the region and the shared ICT/ATC commitment to multilateralism in pressing […]

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ABC Sunday Profile: Australian Radio Interview

JULIA BAIRD: Hello, I’m Julia Baird. Welcome to Sunday Profile. Surely one of the most curious and fascinating jobs on earth would be that of the Dalai Lama’s number one man in Washington. Lodi Gyari, also known as Gyari Rinpoche, is the special envoy of the revered Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, in the US. […]

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Parliamentarians worldwide address G20 on Tibet

Amsterdam, 23 June – The newly-established International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) today called upon the G20 leaders to take a proactive role in achieving a negotiated solution to the crisis in Tibet through dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama’s envoys. In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on […]

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Intensified security in Lhasa coincides with eighth round of talks

Chinese officials have admitted to stepping up security in Lhasa linked to “the Dalai Lama’s separatist activities” and coinciding with the eighth round of dialogue between Chinese officials and the Dalai Lama’s representatives in Beijing (October 31 – November 5). Hardline comments made on Monday by Zhu Weiqun, the Executive Vice Minister of the United […]

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Governments criticize Nepal authorities for detention of three Tibetans and mistreatment of Tibetan protestors in Nepal

The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, and France have issued a joint demarche to the Nepal government objecting to the detention of three Tibetan community leaders on June 19, and to the harsh treatment of Tibetans in Kathmandu protesting against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet since March […]

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Australian Prime Minister Rudd says there are human rights abuses in Tibet, calls on China to talk to the Dalai Lama

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says it is absolutely clear that there are human rights abuses in Tibet and that one should not be shy about raising this with the Chinese Government. Addressing a joint press conference with US President George Bush on March 28, 2008 in Washington, D.C., the Prime Minister said China should […]

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The Nangpa Pass Incident (September 2006)

China’s Use of Force on Tibetan Civilians Along the Tibet-Nepal Border “THEY ARE SHOOTING THEM LIKE DOGS.” -Sergiu Matei, Romanian cameraman, on witnessing the shooting of Tibetan refugees on September 30. His comment was heard on his footage of the shooting that was broadcast around the world, refuting the Chinese official explanation of the incident […]

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Global vigil for Tibet’s Panchen Lama

Take part in the Global Vigil for Tibet’s Panchen Lama being held in over 21 countries around the world on May 17, 2005 – the 10th anniversary of the Panchen Lama’s disappearance! The vigils will mark China’s abduction and its prolonged and unjustifiable detention of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. This […]

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China briefs Australia on Dalai Lama envoys’ visit

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Guofang has said on October 21, 2004 that he has briefed the Australian Government on the talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama. Minister Shen is leading the Chinese delegation to participate in the annual bilateral human rights dialogue with Australia held on October 21, Xinhua reported. A Sydney Morning […]

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Impact of urbanization in rural areas of Tibet Autonomous Region

The first group of more than 70 Chinese cadres to study the Tibetan language in Lhasa graduated from Tibet University in July; they are now being sent into the townships and towns around Lhasa to serve as officials. The Chinese press has also announced the voluntary assignations of 6000 Chinese university graduates to the western […]

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Australian Parliamentarians ask PM Howard to raise Tibet during China visit

The Australian Parliamentary Group for Tibet (APGT) is writing to Australian Prime Minister John Howard to actively encourage the Chinese Government to begin negotiations on Tibet during his forthcoming China visit. This decision was taken during a special session of the Group held on August 13, 2003 during which the Representative of H.H the Dalai […]

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Australia Tibet Council urges PM to encourage China to begin dialogue on Tibet

The Australia Tibet Council (ATC) is urging the public to write to Prime Minister John Howard to encourage China to begin dialogue on Tibet during his meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing from August 17 to 19, 2003. Australian Seal TIn an email Action Alert dated August 11, 2003, ATC asked Tibet supporters to urge […]

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