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Tibet locked down and travellers banned during sensitive anniversary

Joint statement by The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)
January 27, 2017

Tour operators have announced the closure of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to tourists again next month, coinciding with the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in March 1959 and the related protests across Tibet in March 2008.

ICT’s President, Matteo Mecacci said: “This lockdown, taking place in an already restrictive political climate, has been imposed every year since 2008 but must not be accepted as ‘business as usual’. Chinese tourists travel in their millions across the world but foreigners are barred from seeing Tibet for themselves because of the Chinese Party’s counter-productive hardline security measures on the plateau. Foreign countries must call on China to abide to the principle of “reciprocity” and to stop limiting foreign and independent access to Tibet. This is unjustifiable and must be condemned.”

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Dangers of China’s counter-terrorism law for Tibetans and Uyghurs

Special report by ICT & FIDHM

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Lockdown of Tibet: closure to foreigners deepens isolation

February 25, 2016

Joint statement by International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT)

Ahead of the March 10 anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising of 1959, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) will be closed to visitors from today until the end of March, with all foreigners being instructed to leave by February 25. FIDH and its member organisation International Campaign for Tibet codemn this annual process of sealing off Tibet from the outside world.

Authorities are said to be issuing notices to all major cities and counties that all foreign visitors must leave the region by today’s deadline.

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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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At a critical point in EU-China relations, European Leaders must raise Tibet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

March 21, 2014

Chinese Party Secretary and President Xi Jinping arrives in Europe on March 22nd for his first visit to Europe as China’s leader after assuming full power a year ago in March 2013. After attending the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, President Xi will visit France and Germany and conclude his European tour in Belgium where he will meet with both EU leaders and Belgian authorities on March 31.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director for the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “At a time when the EU is evaluating its relationship with Russia over the Crimea crisis, European leaders must now address the relationship with a similarly authoritarian Chinese Party-state whose values are so at odds with those of the EU. Just as Ukraine deserves our robust recognition and legal protection, the issue of Tibet merits being raised with Xi during his visit.”

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China fails to shut down scrutiny of its violations as UN Council adopts China rights report

March 20, 2014

China was unsuccessful in blocking efforts by the International Campaign for Tibet and other non-governmental organizations to condemn the harassment meted out to human rights defenders both inside the UN Human Rights Council Geneva and in China. In dramatic exchanges and parliamentary procedural manoeuvres rarely seen in the Council, Member states and NGOs sought a minute of silence for Cao Shunli, a Chinese human rights defender who was prevented by the government from participating in China’s rights review, and then died after being denied medical treatment in detention.

As the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) delivered an oral statement at the council, critical of China’s report which its two member organisations ICT and Human Rights in China (HRiC) joined, the Chinese delegation interrupted the presenter by raising a point of order. The Chinese asked the President of the Council “to abolish the status of the speaker [FIDH] to speak” because the other two organisations did not have consultative status. The UN secretariat ruled against the Chinese, citing a long practice where NGOs accredited to ECOSOC could “mention other entitities.” FIDH was allowed to continue with the statement.

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Joint letter to President Van Rompuy and President Barroso

Dear President Van Rompuy, Dear President Barroso, As the Chinese President Xi Jinping embarks on his first official visit to Europe this March, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) write to urge you to place human rights at the core of your talks. Our organisations greatly appreciate […]

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ICT highlights Tibet’s lack of civil society on the eve of China’s rights review in Geneva

October 21, 2013

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) held a joint side event with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Human Rights in China (HRIC) on “Challenges to Civil Society by China’s Security Laws” on the eve of China’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The panel focused on civil society’s role in advancing progress and addressing China’s human rights challenges, as well as the challenges to fundamental rights and freedoms presented by national security laws. Speaking at the event, Kai Müller, Executive Director of ICT Germany, pointed out the extreme difficulties Tibetans face in order to engage with civil society under Chinese policies. Government authorities tightly restrict phone and internet communications in Tibetan areas, especially where self-immolation protests have occurred. Moreover, Müller said, “state security laws have been very often used to persecute politically-engaged Tibetans and that many of the verdicts, which led to the imprisonment of Tibetan citizens, have been imposed on grounds of separatism or ‘splittism’.”

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China: authorities must end their crackdown on Tibetan Buddhism

September 30, 2013

Paris, Geneva, 30 September 2013. In a joint report published today for the People’s Republic of China’s second Universal Periodic Review, FIDH and ICT urge Chinese authorities to end their on-going crackdown on Tibetan Buddhism. The report highlights numerous violations of principles set in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as a result of increasingly systematic measures set by the government since 2008.

Following the overwhelmingly peaceful protests that swept across Tibet in March and April 2008, the most tragic evidence of the deteriorating environment for Tibetan Buddhism has been a wave of self-immolations, which has caused as of today more than 120 Tibetan deaths, including of students, monks, nuns, young mothers, farmers and nomads. Many of those who self-immolated clearly sought to underline the religious context of their acts: some have died with their hands clasped in prayer, while many self-immolated beside a stupa (reliquary building), a monastery or a nunnery.

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China’s abuses in Tibet highlighted at the UN Human Rights Council

September 20, 2013

As the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) prepares to review China’s overall human rights record next month, several countries have put China on notice with regard to its human rights violations in Tibet. The 24th session runs from September 9-27 in Geneva.

In General Debate on September 17, the delegate from Germany urged “China to address the deep-rooted causes of the on-going self-immolations in a peaceful manner, respecting cultural and religious rights of Tibetans.” (Minute 23:22.)

The European Union said that China must remember the pledges it has made to the Council as a part of its bid for re-election. The EU expressed its concern “about on-going reports of human rights violations in China, particularly the use of force against peaceful protests, especially in Tibetan-inhabited areas and Xinjiang.” (Minute 03:23.)

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International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) asks China to address the current emergency in Tibet

Representatives of 178 non-governmental organizations from 117 countries gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, from May 22 to 27, 2013 for the 38th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) during which they adopted a resolution on Tibet. Every three year, FIDH convenes a congress, participated by all its member organisations worldwide, to elect new […]

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Human rights violations and self-immolation: testimonies by Tibetans in exile

Download the report raquo; Fifty years after the brutal crackdown that lead the Dalai Lama and tens of thousands of Tibetans to escape from Tibet to India, the self-immolation of a young Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in Sichuan Province on 27 February 2009 marked the beginning of a new form of protest against the […]

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ICT becomes member of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

From 6th until the 10th April 2010, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) held its 37 Congress and internal bureau in Yerevan, Armenia. The Congress, which takes place every 3 years, brought together human rights activists from the 155 member organizations of the FIDH. The delegates from member organizations elected the new International Bureau […]

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