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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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New Opinion Poll Finds 86% of French People want President Hollande to Meet the Dalai Lama on Eve of visit to France

September 12, 2016

A new poll conducted by the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) from September 6 to 7, 2016, on the eve of the Dalai Lama’s visit to France, finds that 86 per cent of the French public feels President François Hollande “has to officially receive the Dalai Lama in the name of Human Rights.”

The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit France from September 12 to 18.

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ICT Highlights China’s Repressive Policies and “Security Architecture” in Tibet at UN Human Rights Council Session

June 21, 2016

At the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) once again highlighted issues pertaining to China’s repressive policies in Tibet. At a side event organized by the Society for Threatened Peoples, Kai Müller, Executive Director of ICT Germany who heads ICT’s UN advocacy Team, said that the Chinese “security architecture” in Tibet creates neither peace nor stability. In his speech, delivered on June 20, Müller detailed policies, laws and regulations as well as local and regional measures that amount to a climate of repression and fear in Tibet, and which are in contravention of international human rights law. The event was moderated by Ngodup Dorjee, Representative of the Dalai Lama in Geneva. Tienchi Martin-Liao, President of the independent Chinese PEN, was among the panelists.

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ICT holds High-level Roundtable on Counter-Terrorism in China

June 17, 2016

Following the adoption of a highly controversial law on counter-terror in China at the end of last year, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) held a high-level roundtable discussion on the issue on 7 June 2016.

The event, “China’s new Counter-Terrorism Law and its Impacts on Minorities”, which took place at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, aimed at exploring the scope of the new legislation that came into force on 1 January 2016, and in particular its repercussions for groups as Tibetans and Uyghurs.

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Golog Jigme, leading human rights defender, briefs European Parliament, high-level officials in Brussels

March 18, 2016

Brussels – Tibetan Buddhist monk and former political prisoner Golog Jigme testified to the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights this week about his torture and imprisonment in Tibet and the need for the EU to challenge China’s oppressive policies.

During a visit to Brussels co-organized by the Office of Tibet in Belgium and the International Campaign for Tibet, Golog Jigme also met high-level representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and other senior officials including the President of the Flemish Parliament, members of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Tibet Interest Group of the European Parliament.

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ICT Chairman Richard Gere raises Tibet at Westminster with Speaker, MPs in London

March 2, 2016

China’s oppressive policies in Tibet were raised today (March 2) with the UK Prime Minister during a visit to London by Richard Gere, Board Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet.

MP Gisela Stuart (Lab) raised Richard Gere’s briefing to MPs with Prime Minister David Cameron during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions, when the House of Commons is generally packed with MPs. (The question, which is 26 minutes into the debate, can be viewed on the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b072sycm/prime-ministers-questions-02032016 or on C-Span in the U.S. http://www.c-span.org/video/?405837-1/british-prime-ministers-questions).

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes concern by US, EU, Germany, Japan and Canada on sweeping new security laws in China

March 1, 2016

The International Campaign for Tibet today welcomed reports about concerns voiced by the United States, the EU, Germany, Japan and Canada with regard to sweeping new and planned security laws in the People’s Republic of China. As Reuters news agency reported today, the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union, in a rare joint action, have written to China to express concern over the recently passed law on counter-terrorism, the draft cyber security law, and the draft law on management of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “We welcome this important joint action by governments around the world including the EU, questioning China’s record on human rights. China’s newly built security architecture is a major threat to human rights in China and Tibet, as particularly Tibetans run even more danger to be persecuted for their peaceful expression of religion, belief or opinion. We are strongly concerned about the new counter-terror law which will specifically target Tibetans and Uighurs. We urge the Chinese government to repeal this law and amend existing drafts of the cybersecurity and the NGO law. The joint action by the United States, the EU, Germany, Canada and Japan should remind the Chinese government that the world is looking closely at how China evolves.”

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Tibetan human rights defender and former political prisoner Golog Jigme meets German government, parliament representatives – “Appalling Chinese policies in Tibet must be challenged”

February 18, 2016

Berlin, February 18, 2016. Tibetan Buddhist monk and human rights activist Golog Jigme this week met representatives of the German government and parliament and gave testimony on his persecution and on the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet. Golog Jigme, also known as Jigme Gyatso, was jailed and tortured for making the documentary “Leaving Fear Behind” in 2008 together with Dhondup Wangchen.

In a meeting with members of the Human Rights Committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag, Golog Jigme said: “China’s denial of real freedom of expression and freedom of movement for Tibetans in Tibet as well as strict limitations of access to Tibet for foreigners, have resulted in the outside world not knowing what the real conditions of the Tibetan people are. Yet, the appalling Chinese policies in Tibet must be challenged.”

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European Parliament report on EU-China relations deplores deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet and China

December 18, 2015

A major debate in the European Parliament on Wednesday (December 16) was followed by the adoption of a report by more than 500 MEPs expressing serious concern on human rights in Tibet and China, and calling for a more coherent EU policy towards China and the need to “deepen ex-changes between the EU and China on human rights issues to be matched by tangible improvements in the situation on the ground.”

The report on EU-China relations drafted by MEP Belder (Netherlands, European Conservatives and Reformists Group) followed the second visit to China of the EU Special Representative for Human Rights Mr Stavros Lambrinidis and the 34th EU-China Human Rights dialogue on November 30 in Beijing.

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‘Shameful’ decision as Deutsche Post DHL discontinues production of ICT’s Dalai Lama stamp in Germany

December 7, 2015

The German postal service Deutsche Post DHL has discontinued a stamp honoring the Dalai Lama initiated by ICT, saying that they would also not allow “portraits of Adolf Hitler” and other imagery it described as of “terrorist organisations”.

ICT had ordered the stamp to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday in July, and it became popular, used to post letters from Germany globally.[1] But in an abrupt U-turn last week, Deutsche Post DHL announced that due to a change in its terms of service, persons of public interest “outside the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany” could not be portrayed on the stamps and ICT’s Dalai Lama stamps were discontinued.

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Amid pomp and circumstance of Xi state visit, backlash on ‘great British kowtow’

October 20, 2015

Xi Jinping received a ceremonial state welcome of the highest order in Britain today amidst a public backlash against the UK government’s compliance to the Beijing leadership.

As Xi travelled along the Mall in a horse-drawn carriage with the Queen, past cheering Chinese students, media attention was focused on Tibet, Uyghur, Falun Gong and dissident Chinese protesters. There was also disappointment expressed in Parliament as the visit coincides with job losses in the UK steel sector, with cheap Chinese imports among factors being blamed.

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Groups to focus on on UK China relations and human rights violations by China during Xi Jinping’s London visit

October 19, 2015

A ‘Stateless Lunch’ and a panel discussion are some of the events that a coalition of human rights groups is organising to coincide with the visit of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping to the United Kingdom. China’s Party Secretary and President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan will arrive in London on October 19.

On the same day (October 19) Fabian Hamilton MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, will host a ‘Stateless Lunch’ to honor Tibetan, Uyghur and Chinese human rights defenders who have been imprisoned and intimidated by the Chinese government. ICT is among the organizations that is supporting this event.

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New postage stamp in Germany recognizes Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday

July 2, 2015

A postage stamp celebrating the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and created by the International Campaign for Tibet, will be available in Germany. The postage stamp, valued at 62 cents, is a product of the German Postal Services. ICT-Germany Executive Director Kai Müller: “This postage stamp is a rare recognition of the popularity of the Dalai Lama in Germany; it is sure to become a collector’s item. It is our way of honoring the world’s most famous Buddhist, the exiled religious leader of Tibet.”

The stamp can be ordered at the International Campaign for Tibet in Germany ([email protected]).

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EU and China must put human rights at the top of the EU-China summit agenda

June 29, 2015

JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT
Amnesty International, FIDH, International Campaign for Tibet, Human Rights Watch

At today’s European Union (EU)-China summit in Brussels, Amnesty International, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Human Rights Watch and International Campaign for Tibet call on EU and Chinese leaders to ensure that human rights are at the top of the agenda in discussions at the summit and beyond.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of China-EU diplomatic relations. Today’s summit should be an opportunity to develop a critical partnership which can concretely improve the human rights situation for people in China. With the adoption of the EU Strategic Framework on Human Rights and Democracy in 2012, the EU and its member states committed to place human rights at the centre of all external action. In line with that commitment, they must act to respect, promote and protect universal human rights in diverse aspects of the EU-China relationship, including security, trade, investment opportunities and other political cooperation.

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ICT President Matteo Mecacci’s statement at Lockdown in Tibet panel at UN in Geneva

June 15, 2015

Following is the text of the statement made by ICT President Matteo Mecacci at Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights’s side event, “Lockdown in Tibet“, on June 15, 2015 in Geneva, to coincide with the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The event focused attention on several fundamental human rights issues facing Tibet today: namely, restrictions on freedom of expression and movement, which in turn have a significant impact on the ability of Tibetans to exercise other fundamental human rights. The lack of access to Tibet for UN mandate-holders, foreign diplomats and journalists, among others, also severely impacts the protection and promotion of human rights in Tibet as well as the free flow of information out of Tibet.

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EU must include Tibet in upcoming Strategic Dialogue with China

April 30, 2015

Brussels – The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini must address the worsening human rights situation in Tibet during her upcoming visit to China on the occasion of the Strategic Dialogue to be held on 5 – 6 May.

In a recent letter addressing the High Representative, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) called on her to ensure that human rights, both in Tibet and mainland China, remain at the forefront of her agenda and meetings with the Chinese government.

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Powerful images of the Tibetan struggle as Tibetans gather in Paris for rally

March 13, 2015

  • ICT joins thousands of Tibetans and their supporters from across Europe gathering in Paris for a major rally on March 14, 2015, to demonstrate solidarity with the Tibetan freedom struggle and the Dalai Lama in his 80th year.
  • Cartoonists and artists, including the famous Swiss artist Cosey, have provided powerful images for the Paris rally, reflecting values of freedom of speech, and political expression through the medium of cartoons. (http://europe-stands-with-tibet.org/2015/03/cartoonists-for-tibet/)
  • The Paris Declaration will be presented at the rally – which will be attended by Mr Robert Badinter, former Minister of Justice in the French government and former President of the Constitutional Council – calling upon European leaders to support the Tibetan people against oppression.
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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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