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As elections near, Belgian political parties pledge support for Tibet in response to ICT questions

May 21, 2019

As Belgians prepare for federal and regional elections on May 26, Belgian political parties have committed to supporting the Tibetan cause in response to questions from the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).

Seven parties contacted by ICT’s Brussels office replied to written queries about their positions on the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s environment and human rights in Tibet, as well as their plans to address the Tibetan issue on national and international levels if they are elected to power.

The Christian Democratic and Flemish Party (CD&V); the Democratic, Federalist and Independent party (Défi); Ecolo; Groen (Greens); the Reformist Movement (MR); the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA); and the Socialist Party Differently (sp.a) all replied to ICT’s 10 questions. The Socialist Party (PS); Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH); Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB); and Open Flemish Liberals and Democrats party (Open VLD) were also contacted but did not respond to the questionnaire.

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March 10 rally in Brussels

2019 Belgian Election Tibet questionnaire

May 21, 2019

The following is the Tibet questionnaire for the 2019 Belgian Elections, translated by ICT.

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ICT President Matteo Mecacci raises Tibet with UN and EU officials in Geneva and Brussels

June 28, 2018

On June 26, ICT President Matteo Mecacci attended the meeting between the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein and ICT Chairman of the Board, Richard Gere, in Geneva, where the human rights situation inside Tibet was discussed.

Following that, Matteo Mecacci was in Brussels on June 27 and 28 to meet with representatives from different national and European Institutions.

He first met with the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU, a week before the start of Austria’s EU Presidency, and presented ideas and concrete recommendations for EU policy on Tibet.

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EU: Suspend China Human Rights Dialogue

EU and its 28 Members Lack Strategy, Credibility to Bring Change
June 19, 2017

Brussels – The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, seven human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels. The organizations include Amnesty International, Initiatives for China, the International Campaign for Tibet, the International Service for Human Rights, Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

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EU, Parliament officials ignore China pressure to welcome Dalai Lama in Strasbourg, Paris, Brussels

September 16, 2016

The Dalai Lama called on Europe to engage in ‘constructive criticism’ of China after being welcomed by the President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday (September 15) following high-profile visits to Paris and Brussels.

Despite pressure from the Chinese mission to the EU to cancel the meetings – framed by the Chinese side as “repeated persuasion” – the Dalai Lama held discussions with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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EU should act for the resumption of Sino-Tibetan dialogue during Latvia’s Presidency

January 9, 2015

BRUSSELS – The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) called on Latvia to ensure that the Tibet issue is brought back to the forefront of the Foreign Affairs Council’s political agenda, as the Baltic country assumed the six-monthly rotating presidency of the Council on 1st January 2015.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director at ICT’s Brussels office, said: “The people of the Baltic states, once under Soviet rule, know what it is to face political persecution under an occupying power. There are many similarities between Latvia’s recent history and the current situation in Tibet. For this reason, there is widespread popular support for the Tibetan cause in Latvia and the other Baltic countries. It is important that policy-makers take civil society’s will into consideration on such an important matter.”

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EU: Challenge human rights in Tibet during upcoming dialogue with China

December 5, 2014

(Brussels, 5 December 2014) – The European Union (EU) must address the worsening of the human rights situation in Tibet at the upcoming 33rd round of the EU-China human rights dialogue to be held on 8 – 9 December 2014 in Brussels. One day after the dialogue on 10 December, on the occasion of the International Human rights Day and to mark the 25th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama in 1989, the Tibetan Community in Belgium will hold a demonstration in front of the European Parliament (1 – 3 pm).

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) calls upon the EU to raise at the EU-China human rights dialogue, the criminalization measures of self-immolations and “counter-terrorism” campaign in Tibet as well as the increased use of force by the police and violations of freedom of religion.

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Candidates to the European Parliament are taking a stand for Tibet

May 22, 2014

Brussels – The pledge “2014 for Tibet” launched by The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has gained the support of 73 candidates to the European Parliament (EP). There are 41 re-running Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and 32 candidates, who have promised to stand for the rights and freedoms of the people of Tibet during the upcoming mandate.

The ICT EU Policy Director Vincent Metten emphasized that signing up to “2014 for Tibet” is strong commitment and a clear indication that the next EP continues to draw attention to ongoing human rights violations in Tibet and insist addressing this issue with the Chinese authorities.

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Bruges arrest

Illegal detentions of protestors in Belgium during the visit of Chinese president

April 7, 2014

Tibetans and Belgian supporters seeking to peacefully protest during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Bruges, Belgium on April 1 were detained for hours, in one case partially strip-searched, and had Tibetan flags confiscated. Permission to organise a peaceful protest had been granted earlier by the Mayor of Bruges.

Our organisations documented the following violations of human rights:

  • The detention of at least 13 Tibetans and three Belgian citizens, either en route to a peaceful protest or near a venue where Xi Jinping was speaking.
  • Inge Hermans, musician at the Anvers Opera and President of Vrienden van Tibet, was held in a “cold, damp cell” for several hours after being detained near where Xi Jinping was speaking in Bruges. She was told by police that during the visit of Xi Jinping: “There was no democracy” in Belgium as “the rules had changed.”
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March 10 rally in Brussels

March 10 rally in Brussels

Nearly 4,000 people from 27 Tibetan communities in Europe and their supporters came together on March 10 in Brussels to commemorate the March 10 anniversary of the 1959 Tibet Uprising and the fifth anniversary of the protests that swept across Tibet from March 2008.

Tibetans and their supporters gathered to march through the streets of Brussels, convening at a rally at Le Mont Des Arts addressed by Kirti Rinpoche; Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile; Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, politicians, supporters, ICT’s Tsering Jampa and Vincent Metten. The crowd was also entertained by Tibetan singers and rap stars including Swiss Tibetan Karma Emchi, known for his viral hit ‘Shapale’.

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EU Council Building in Brussels illuminated by the International Campaign for TIbet

EU Council Building in Brussels illuminated by the International Campaign for Tibet

New Nobel Prize Winner, the European Union, must address crisis in Tibet The International Campaign for Tibet congratulates the European Union for being awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize and for the recognition of the key role it has played in Europe and worldwide to promote peace, conflict prevention and conflict management. On the occasion […]

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Europe, US, Canada raise Tibet at UN Human Rights Council; call on China to grant rights and access to outside observers

Geneva, June 28, 2012: Government delegations to the U.N. Human Rights Council spoke publicly about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet today as part of Item 4 on the Council’s agenda (20th session), “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.” The countries raising Tibet were: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Sweden […]

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Demonstration for Tibet – 5 October 2010 – Mont des Arts 11H00-13H00 / Brussels

On the occasion of ASEM 8 Summit (4/5 October) and EU-China Summit (6 Ocotber) Lady Ashton must raise Tibet with Chinese PM Wen Jiabao Press statement by the Tibetan Community of Belgium, Vrienden van Tibet/Les Amis du Tibet and the International Campaign for Tibet EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton must raise European concern about […]

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Dalai Lama cancels Brussels visit on request of Belgian government

The Belgian government has asked the Dalai Lama to cancel a long-planned visit to Brussels this week in response to pressure from Beijing, which opposes foreign trips by the exiled Tibetan leader. The Belgian request is linked to the upcoming visit of a Belgian trade delegation to China, led by the Crown Prince. The cancellation […]

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International Campaign for Tibet formally opens its Brussels office

On 28 March 2007, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) organized a reception to mark the formal opening of its EU Office in Brussels. The reception was co-organised with Human Rights in China (HRIC) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), whose offices are also located in the same building. Vincent Metten, ICT’s Brussels-based […]

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International Campaign for Tibet opens Brussels office

On 1 September, the International Campaign for Tibet intensified its government relations work at the European Union by opening a Branch Office in Brussels, Belgium. The new office marks what ICT-Europe’s Executive Director, Ms Tsering Jampa called “a significant boost to ICT’s efforts to place Tibet at the heart of the EU’s China policy.” Speaking […]

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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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ICT holds first ever European Tibetan Youth Leadership Program

Brussels, July 9 2003: The inaugural European Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) in Europe, held in Brussels from July 5 to 9, 2003 attracted 13 Tibetans from seven countries. The Program included a visit to the European Parliament during which the participants attended a meeting of the European Parliament’s Tibet Intergroup and called for concerted […]

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