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Dalai Lama receives Graz University’s Human Rights Award

The University of Graz in Austria presented the Dalai Lama with its Year 2002 Human Rights Award on October 14, 2002. The Dalai Lama arrived at the Graz University in the afternoon and was received by the Rector, faculty staff and guest rectors from Universities in Hungary and Slovenia, according to information from the Tibet […]

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EU President welcomes visit of the Dalai Lama’s Representatives to China and Tibet

In a September 12 declaration, the European Union Presidency welcomed the visit to Beijing and Lhasa by the Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy, Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, with envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen. The EU Council Presidency, which is held by Denmark through 2002, said that it “hopes this visit will pave the way for direct dialogue between Beijing […]

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Takna Jigme Sangpo arrives in Switzerland for medical treatment

Takna Jigme Sangpo, who came to the United States from Beijing on July 13, 2002, left for Switzerland on August 14 to undergo further medical testing and treatment there. He arrived in Zurich early in the morning of August 15. Takna was the longest serving Tibetan political prisoner until his release from Lhasa’s Drapchi prison […]

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Spurt in diplomatic visitors to Tibet

A series of diplomatic delegations have visited Tibet in recent months, according to media reports from Beijing and Lhasa. Diplomats from the United States, Mexico, India, and Germany as well as parliamentarians from New Zealand and Belgium have visited Tibet between April and June 2002. The U.S. Ambassador to China, Clark Randt, visited Tibet from […]

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Dalai Lama deeply inspired by late British Queen Mother’s life

The Dalai Lama said that he was deeply impressed and inspired by the late Queen Mother of Britain and encouraged by the concern shown by Prince Charles over the situation in Tibet. This was part of the message the Dalai Lama sent to the London-based Tibet Foundation, which is organizing a series of programs from […]

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UN Committee asks French NGO to clarify position on Tibet

The UN’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in its session in New York on May 29, 2002, has decided to ask the French NGO, France Libertes: Fondation Danielle Miterrand, for another special report on its position on Tibet, following a request by the Chinese delegation. The Committee’s Chairperson Mihaela Blajan (Romania) will be respont to […]

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Tibet NGOs criticize EU for not sponsoring China resolution at UN Rights Commission

Geneva – Three Tibet-related NGOs today criticized the European Union for its failure to propose a resolution on China’s human rights practices in Tibet at the current session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. In a press statement from Geneva, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, the International Campaign for Tibet and […]

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New Zealand urges China to begin dialogue on Tibet

Several countries, including the EU, New Zealand, Norway, and Canada, referred to the situation in Tibet as the UN Commission on Human Rights began to deliberate on the agenda item that deals with the question of violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world (an item also known as country […]

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Tibetan group condemns censorship at UN World Summit

Tibet Justice Center, a Berkeley, CA-based human rights and environment group, today condemned the UN for once again failing to support the accreditation of a qualified Tibet group to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa late this summer. With the G-77 nations squarely under its thumb, China prevented […]

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EU emphasizes priority on human rights in external relations

Human rights must become a priority in all areas of the EU’s external relations, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said while adopting its annual report on human rights in the world and EU human rights policy in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In this year’s report, which focuses mainly on modern forms of slavery, […]

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European Union urges China to begin dialogue with the Dalai Lama

The European Union’s External Affairs Commissioner, Chris Patten, today urged China to begin dialogue with the exiled leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama. Mr. Patten, who is on a visit to China, made this statement in Shanghai. He said he would like to see discussions between the Chinese leadership and the Dalai Lama, according to […]

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Countries support self-determination for Tibet at 58th UN Commission on Human Rights

The 58th UN Commission on Human Rights, which began in Geneva on March 18, 2002, saw several countries urging China to grant self-determination and satisfactory autonomy to the Tibetan people and to find a solution through dialogue. Although the United States is not a member of the Commission this year, the State Department spokesman said […]

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Rights group in Germany decries increasing abuses in Tibet

The Germany-based Society for Threatened People has urged for immediate condemnation and action by the UNCHR’s 58th session on the increasing human rights abuses in Tibet. The group had submitted a written statement to the UN Commission on Human Rights, which was distributed on March 26. The full text of the statement follows: Commission on […]

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Switzerland calls for self-determination in Tibet

Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss today called for a satisfactory form of self-determination in Tibet through dialogue, the Tibet Bureau in Geneva reports. Foreign Minister Deiss was addressing the 58th UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva when he referred to the situation in Tibet. “With regard to the rights of minorities, in Tibet, for […]

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ICT cautions European Parliament on TAR delegation

Amsterdam. The International Campaign for Tibet asked the European Parliament to consider the propaganda nature of a delegation from the Tibet Autonomous Region currently visiting Belgium. The delegation, led by TAR government chairman Ragdi, is scheduled to meet the European Parliament leaders in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In the letter, addressed to European Parliament […]

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Washington Post says time for Europe to prove seriousness on human rights

According to the Washington Post, proceedings of this year’s session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, currently underway in Geneva, will show how seriously the European countries are in pressing human rights on governments that are capable of fighting back. In a March 25th editorial entitled “Europe and Human Rights,” the Post expressed its […]

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German Foreign Minister calls for autonomy rights in Tibet

Mr. Joschka Fischer, Germany’s Foreign Minister yesterday called upon the Chinese authorities to end oppression and grant Tibetan and Uighurs autonomy rights, the Tibet Bureau in Geneva reports. Speaking as a Guest Speaker in the general debate of the 58th UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Mr. Fischer said: “Despite the release of political […]

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United States hopes democracies will stand up for human rights as UN Commission begins session in Geneva

The United States on March 18, 2002 said that it has “a strong interest in human rights in China with the goal “to see the situations in these places improve.” Responding to a question on the U.S. position during the current session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, which began in Geneva on March […]

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