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European Council President Tusk calls on China to resume dialogue on Tibet at 17th EU-China Summit

July 1, 2015

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President of the European Council Donald Tusk directly referred to concerns on Tibet and called for dialogue to be resumed at a joint press conference with China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang following the 17th EU-China Summit in Brussels on June 29.

Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders also raised Tibet with his counterpart in China during a state visit on June 20-28 led by the Belgian King Philippe. The Minister handed a list of six Tibetan political prisoners to the Chinese authorities, expressing concern and asking for information about their situation.

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New European Commission: ICT welcomes the investiture of new High Representative Federica Mogherini

October 22, 2014

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) welcomes the investiture of Mrs. Federica Mogherini as the new High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission and looks forward to her continued interest in the issue of Tibet.

“As a former colleague in the Italian Parliament, I had the pleasure to collaborate with Mrs Federica Mogherini on several issues where the implementation of international legal standards, including the respect of human rights, was critical. Relations with China are essential for the European Union, and keeping a strong focus on the implementation of human rights is fundamental for the future of both the European and Chinese peoples”, said Matteo Mecacci, ICT’s President.

The European Parliament, after formal hearings with all Commissioner-designates, voted today on the new European Commission led by its President Jean-Claude Juncker and approved the 27 candidates, including Mrs. Mogherini. She will be the second EU High Representative after Baroness Catherine Ashton and will be responsible for coordinating the EU’s foreign policy.

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At a critical point in EU-China relations, European Leaders must raise Tibet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

March 21, 2014

Chinese Party Secretary and President Xi Jinping arrives in Europe on March 22nd for his first visit to Europe as China’s leader after assuming full power a year ago in March 2013. After attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, President Xi will visit France and Germany and conclude his European tour in Belgium where he will meet with both EU leaders and Belgian authorities on March 31.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director for the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “At a time when the EU is evaluating its relationship with Russia over the Crimea crisis, European leaders must now address the relationship with a similarly authoritarian Chinese Party-state whose values are so at odds with those of the EU. Just as Ukraine deserves our robust recognition and legal protection, the issue of Tibet merits being raised with Xi during his visit.”

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Tibet must be raised at the EU-China Summit in Beijing

November 20, 2013

Brussels, 20 November 2013 – The European Union (EU) must challenge the worsening of the human rights situation in Tibet at the upcoming summit with China on 21st November in Beijing. The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) also calls upon the EU not to compromise values it promotes through ‘external action’, including human rights, as negotiations begin on the EU’s first stand-alone investment agreement with China.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director at ICT’s Brussels office, said: “The EU should raise human rights in Tibet in all forms of bilateral dialogue with China, including at the highest level. Discussions on human rights should not be confined to the human rights dialogue but should also be integrated into the summit. The EU has an important responsibility in ensuring that Tibet is on the agenda of the upcoming summit with China and that human rights are not sidelined in the face of prevailing economic interests and trade relations.”

During the Summit, negotiations are expected to be launched on a EU-China bilateral investment agreement, which would be EU’s first ever stand-alone investment agreement.

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China’s abuses in Tibet highlighted at the UN Human Rights Council

September 20, 2013

As the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) prepares to review China’s overall human rights record next month, several countries have put China on notice with regard to its human rights violations in Tibet. The 24th session runs from September 9-27 in Geneva.

In General Debate on September 17, the delegate from Germany urged “China to address the deep-rooted causes of the on-going self-immolations in a peaceful manner, respecting cultural and religious rights of Tibetans.” (Minute 23:22.)

The European Union said that China must remember the pledges it has made to the Council as a part of its bid for re-election. The EU expressed its concern “about on-going reports of human rights violations in China, particularly the use of force against peaceful protests, especially in Tibetan-inhabited areas and Xinjiang.” (Minute 03:23.)

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EU Special Representative for Human Rights visits China

PRESS RELEASE Brussels, 20 September 2013 The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, paid an official visit to China from 9-18 September 2013. Host ed by the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs, who facilitated meetings throughout the visit, the mission included five-days in the ethnic Tibetan areas of Qinghai Province and the […]

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ICT urges Lithuania to put Tibet on agenda during its EU Presidency

July 1, 2013

Brussels, 1 July 2013: The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) called on Lithuania to continue its strong support for Tibet and ensure the Tibet issue is brought back to the forefront of the Council of the European Union’s political agenda, as the Baltic country assumes the six-monthly rotating presidency of the Council.

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 is widespread popular support for the Tibetan cause in Lithuania, and Lithuanian MEPs have spoken out in the European Parliament about the need to take a stand against China. Unlike a number of other European countries, members of the Lithuanian Parliament met Tibetan Leader Lobsang Sangay during his recent visit to Vilnius, and there is great anticipation about the Dalai Lama’s forthcoming visit in September.”

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Government statements on China and Tibet at 22nd Human Rights Council Session

The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, underscored the importance of multilateral engagement on Tibet. At the session that concluded on March 25, twelve countries and the European Union (EU) called on China to ensure the human rights of the Tibetan people. The United States, Germany and the Czech Republic specifically highlighted […]

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EU Human Rights Strategy must include a Special Representative for Tibet

The EU should prove its dedication to the policy of peaceful dialogue and support for human rights and democracy with a strong and consistent EU strategy for human rights. This was the overriding message of a report voted in Plenary in Strasbourg today by ALDE MEP Leonidas Donskis (Liberal Movement, Lithuania). The Annual report on […]

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Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on Tibetan self-immolations

The EU is profoundly saddened by the increasing number of Tibetans committing self-immolation, many of them young people. We are concerned by the restrictions on expressions of Tibetan identity, which appear to be giving rise to a surge of discontent in the region. While respecting China’s territorial integrity, the EU calls upon the Chinese authorities […]

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State Department cites Tibet as example of US-EU “common strategic engagement”

A senior US official has cited Tibet as an issue where the United States and the European Union can partner on “common strategic engagement” in Asia. In remarks at a December 11 European Union human rights day event in Washington, DC, Under Secretary of State and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero observed that […]

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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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EU must voice Tibetan human rights concerns with China

Published online September 14, 2012 by Public Service Europe. Please read the full article here. By: Vincent Metten On February 27, 2009, a Tibetan monk in his twenties called Tapey walked out of his monastery alone to a nearby crossroads. He then doused himself in kerosene and set himself on fire. Since then, more than […]

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Stavros Lambrinidis appointed first EU Special Representative for Human Rights

July 26, 2012, Brussels: The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the appointment of Stavros Lambrinidis as the first EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights. The July 25 appointment follows a proposal by Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission. Mr. Lambrinidis, a Greek attorney, will […]

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European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs addresses European Parliament on EU Tibet policy

Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, made the following remarks on EU Tibet policy to the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Defense and promotion of human rights around the world is a […]

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EU receives petition on Tibet

On 1 February 2012, the International Campaign for Tibet handed over a petition on Tibet signed by 677,569 individuals to representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS). The petition is sponsored by Avaaz, a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making around the world. ICT’s Executive Director Tsering Jampa, EU Policy Director […]

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A message to the president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and to the president of the European Commission José Manuel

EU-China Summit must tackle Tibet crisis The European Union has an important opportunity with the EU-China Summit next week to call upon the Chinese leadership to use restraint and end the crackdown in eastern Tibet at a time of crisis. The president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the president of the European […]

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Tibet: Conference on genuine autonomy reflects the European Parliament’s support. Thomas Mann MEP and László Tőkés MEP

More than 300 participants from the EU Institutions, national parliaments, NGOs and the world of science joined the Tibet Conference in the European Parliament yesterday: “I was very pleased to be the keynote speaker of the Tibet Intergroup Conference on Genuine Autonomy in the European Parliament particularly as this coincides with my first visit to […]

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