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Tibetan leaders and supporters gather in Washington D.C., Brussels, and Canberra for Tibet Lobby Day

March 24, 2017

Hundreds of Tibetan leaders and Tibet supporters from all over the United States, Europe, and Australia are gathering in Washington, Brussels and Canberra to urge their governments and Parliaments to increase their support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. Tibet Lobby Day will take place on March 27-29.

In Washington, over a hundred and thirty Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters will meet for the ninth annual Tibet Lobby Day, and will ask Members of Congress to continue to support the aspirations of the Tibetan people, to continue funding of Tibet programs, advocate for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, promote access to Tibetan areas for US officials, journalists, citizens and to hold Chinese leaders accountable for their human rights violations in Tibet.

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ICT Joins in Commemoration of Tibetan Uprising Day Anniversary

March 13, 2017

Tibetans and Tibet supporters all over the world marked the 58th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule on March 10. The Tibetan Parliament and Cabinet leaders spoke at a function in Dharamsala (with Dr Arno Kompatscher, President of South Tyrol, Italy, as the chief guest) that was also attended by ICT President Matteo Mecacci. In his statement, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay declared that 2017 would be a year of campaign for Tibet.

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ICT Chairman Richard Gere discusses Tibet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

February 9, 2017

Richard Gere, Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, met with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on February 9, 2017 and discussed the situation in Tibet. Gere updated the Chancellor on recent developments in Tibet and spoke about ways in which the international community could help mitigate the plight of the Tibetan people.

Gere is in Germany for the Berlin Film Festival where his latest film, “The Dinner” will premiere.

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ICT Welcomes European Parliament Urgency Resolution on Larung Gar Demolitions and Ilham Tohti

December 15

Brussels, 15 December 2016 – The European Parliament today adopted an urgency resolution on breaches of human rights, democracy, and rule of law in China, in which it urged the Chinese authorities to stop the dismantling at Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist academy.

This resolution follows the September visit of the Dalai Lama to the European Parliament where he met former President Schulz and addressed the Foreign Affairs Committee in Strasbourg calling on Europe to engage in ‘constructive criticism’ of China[1].

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Testimony of Nyima Lhamo before the Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament – 28 November 2016

November 28, 2016

My name is Nyima Lhamo and I am the niece of late Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. I was born in Kham Lithang in eastern Tibet. I am 26 years old and am the second born of five siblings. I have a six-year old daughter and her name is Dawa Dolma. My father Thupten Kalsang is no more. With my mother Dolkar Lhamo are elder sister Tenzin Palmo who has a nine-year old son and two younger brothers. My youngest sister has also passed away.

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Tibet once again in the spotlight at United Nations in Geneva – High Commissioner and governments concerned while Tibetans and ICT call for rights at Human Rights Council session

September 20, 2016

Washington/Geneva – The 33rd session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva once again saw Tibet and China in the spotlight, as High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid prominently expressed concern with regard to human rights violations in the People’s Republic of China and urged the Chinese government to cooperate with United Nations institutions. In his opening statement, Zeid said with regard to China: “I am deeply concerned, however, over reports of continued harassment of human rights lawyers, human rights defenders and their family members, as well as allegations of discrimination, torture and ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and deaths in custody of members of ethnic and religious communities.” During the general debate, Slovakia on behalf of the European Union and Germany prominently raised the situation in Tibet while others such as the United States, the Czech Republic, France, Canada, Ireland and the UK expressed concern about the human rights situation in China in general.

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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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