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Tibetan leader says ICT has role in increasing German interest in Tibet

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet (Kalon Tripa), said the International Campaign for Tibet-Deutschland (ICT-D) has a role in increasing the interest of the German public and government on the issue of Tibet. Addressing the opening ceremony of the ICT-D office in Berlin on May 9, 2003, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche talked about the […]

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Tibetan leader briefs German Parliamentarians on Tibet-China contact

The chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, on May 9, 2003 briefed members of the German Parliament’s group for Tibet about the current status of Sino-Tibetan contact. According to a report from the Tibet Bureau in Geneva, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche participated in the first meeting of the German Parliamentary Group for Tibet […]

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Bilateral human rights dialogues with China

Introduction: In the early 1990s a number of Western countries, including France, Australia, UK, Switzerland and the United States, sent high level delegations to China. These formal contacts evolved in many cases into bilateral dialogues on human rights. The current generation of bilateral dialogues resumed or were initiated in 1997, at a time when many […]

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Thousands of Tibet supporters form ‘Chain for Tibet’ around EU buildings

Brussels’ Esplanade du Cinquantenaire became a sea of red, yellow and blue colours on Sunday 9 March when people carrying the Tibetan national flag gathered there to take part in a human Chain for Change in Tibet. Over two thousand Tibet supporters from around Europe later marched through Brussels’ streets, creating a powerful and visually […]

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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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