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EU-China human rights dialogue characterised as ‘dangerous’, thousands to demand change in EU policy on Tibet

Thousands of Tibet supporters from across Europe embarkarked on Brussels this Sunday 9 March to demand that the European Union develop a constructive policy on Tibet. By forming a symbolic human Chain for Change in Tibet around the EU institutions, they also commemorated the 44th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day – the day when […]

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ICT-Europe co-sponsors human chain to mark Tibetan National Uprising Day in Brussels

Thousands of Tibet supporters assembled in Brussels on Sunday March 9, 2003, to join hands and create a visually spectacular human chain of solidarity for the Tibetan cause. While honouring those that died at the hands of Chinese authorities, the participants assembled around the European Union institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament) and called on the […]

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EU condemns China for lack of due process in Tibetan death sentence; ICT calls rights talks ‘ineffectual’

Amsterdam – The International Campaign for Tibet Europe welcomes the European Union Presidency’s statement on the execution of Lobsang Dhondup and the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, issued yesterday. However, ICT-Europe urges the EU keep up its pressure on China over the coming months. “It is rare that the EU issues a unified statement concerning […]

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ICT-Europe launches inaugural Tibetan Youth Leadership Program

ICT Europe will hold the inaugural Tibetan Youth Leadership Program in Brussels, Belgium, from 4 July – 9 July 2003. Designed for young Tibetans in Europe, this exciting program will see experts from around the world encourage and train young Tibetans to take leadership positions within the Tibetan community. Since 2001, the International Campaign for […]

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Meeting of seven Tibet support groups from German speaking countries in Munich

Representatives of seven German-speaking Tibet Support Groups (TSGs) met from January 10-12 in the Bavarian capital of Munich, South Germany. This was the first time German-speaking TSGs have met in nearly 10 years. They met twice in the early 90s, first in Switzerland and then in Germany. The meeting came at the initiative of Gesellschaft […]

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European Parliament passes resolution on human rights in Tibet and two Tibetans given death sentences by China

Strasbourg – The European Parliament today unanimously passed a resolution (text below) focusing on both the human rights situation in Tibet and on the cases of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Lobsang Dhondup, who were sentenced to death by China in suspect trial proceedings earlier this month. The sentences have sparked international outcry, as the trials […]

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European Parliamentarians call for EU Special Representative on Tibet

A European Parliamentarian Conference on Tibet in Brussels has urged the Council and Commission of the European Union to appoint a Special Representative on Tibet to promote earnest negotiations to resolve the Tibetan issue. In a report on the conference, the Bureau du Tibet in Brussels said the conference felt such an office would assist […]

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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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