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ICT welcomes the establishment of Parliamentary groups on Tibet in France and in the Czech Republic

October 15, 2018

The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the recent establishment of two parliamentary groups on Tibet in France and the Czech Republic, an important sign of the continuous support for the Tibetan people in Europe.

The new Czech Parliamentary Group for Tibet, which was created at the initiative of Dana Balcarová (Pirate Party) and Marek Benda (Civic Democratic Party) in September, was officially launched this week, coinciding with the visit to Prague of the Central Tibetan Administration’s President Lobsang Sangay. It brings together over fifty representatives from both Chambers of the Czech Parliament, making it the largest parliamentary group for Tibet in Europe.

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French Senators Call for Fair and Transparent Judgement Process for Tibetan Language Advocate Tashi Wangchuk

January 23, 2018

Fourteen members of the French Senate have issued a statement calling on the Chinese Government to observe international legal standards and provide Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk with a fair and transparent judgement process. They asked that “Tashi Wangchuk enjoy access to a lawyer of his choice and that he be given access to his family on a regular basis.”

Tashi Wangchuk’s trial was held on January 4, 2018. According to his lawyer, Tashi Wangchuk pleaded not guilty, and no verdict has yet been returned. Lawyer Liang Xiaojun also said that a judge heard oral arguments for four hours and will issue a verdict at an unspecified date.

Following is the translation of the statement in French, issued by the International Information Tibet Group of the French Senate:

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French President Macron should raise situation in Tibet on upcoming visit to China

January 4, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron should use his first visit to China from 8-10 January to send a signal to the Chinese leadership that France will not remain silent in face of the Chinese government’s attacks to the fundamental rights and freedom of the Tibetan people, said the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) today.

“This visit, which will be the first of President Macron in China, will set the tone for the Franco-Chinese relationship in the next few years and is therefore crucial,” said ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten. “The French President must use this opportunity to take a clear and strong stand on the gross human rights violations in Tibet. He should convey to his Chinese interlocutors, including President Xi Jinping, that the only way to reach a peaceful, mutual and long-term solution for China and Tibet lies in the resumption of a constructive dialogue between the Chinese government and the representatives of the Dalai Lama.”

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ICT congratulates French President-elect Emmanuel Macron

May 8, 2017

On Sunday May 7, 66.10% of voters in the second round of the French Presidential elections voted in favor of Emmanuel Macron, who becomes the eighth and youngest French President.

“The International Campaign for Tibet would like to congratulate Mr. Emmanuel Macron for being successfully elected as the new French President. While ICT appreciates some of the efforts made by previous French governments on Tibet at the national, EU and UN levels, we call on President-elect Macron to amplify them and put human rights and the respect of the rule of law at the center of French relations with China,” said Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director based in Brussels.

Mr. Macron met the Dalai Lama during his last visit to France in September 2016. Soon after, Mr. Macron posted on his Twitter account a photo of the Dalai Lama offering him a khata with the following comment: “J’ai vu le visage de la bienveillance” (“I have seen the face of kindness”). According to an aide of Mr. Macron, this meeting has allowed an exchange of views on “…freedom of religion and the role of religion in our societies.”

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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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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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French and German citizens call to prioritize human rights and Tibet in meeting China’s Party Secretary, finds new poll

March 24, 2014

An overwhelming majority of French and German citizens express solidarity and concern for the lack of respect for human rights and civil liberties of Tibetans; have a favorable opinion of the Dalai Lama and call on French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel to officially invite the Dalai Lama to their capitals, according to a new poll realized by the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) in advance of Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe.

Also, in France, 90 percent and in Germany, 92 percent of citizens expressed their support for a meeting between China’s Party Secretary Xi Jinping and the Dalai Lama, to find a negotiated solution to the Tibetan issue.

The opinion poll, commissioned by the International Campaign for Tibet, showed that citizens in these two major European countries give greater priority to their leaders raising Tibet and human rights with the Chinese leadership, than pushing for commercial contracts.

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China on the defensive as 11 countries challenge its policies in Tibet

October 22, 2013

Eleven countries spoke up to urge China to improve the human rights of Tibetans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 22. The delegates cited the lack of religious freedom, minority rights, and access of UN officials to Tibet, and called on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama, during oral questioning at the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record.

The questioning represented a broadening and deepening of concern for Tibet from China’s previous UPR in 2009, when four countries specifically mentioned Tibet at the Council session. More than 130 countries spoke up on China’s rights record, with many critical, and some, such as Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Russia, supportive. Each country was given only about 50 seconds to make a statement.

At the end of the session, China dismissed the concerns of countries that highlighted concerns about its human rights record (see below). Its full reply to oral and written questions will be reported on October 25.

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Europe, US, Canada raise Tibet at UN Human Rights Council; call on China to grant rights and access to outside observers

Geneva, June 28, 2012: Government delegations to the U.N. Human Rights Council spoke publicly about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet today as part of Item 4 on the Council’s agenda (20th session), “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.” The countries raising Tibet were: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Sweden […]

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NGOs seek China’s accountability over Tibet crackdown at UN meeting

International NGOs, including the Human Rights Watch today spoke before the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council, demanding China to “release accurate information about those killed and injured by security forces and hold accountable, in a manner consistent with international human rights law, those responsible for using excessive use of force against unarmed […]

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Call for cohesive EU position on Tibet as China steps up pressure over Dalai Lama visits

A new policy paper by the International Campaign for Tibet, to be released today in Brussels, calls upon the European Union to adopt a consistent new position on Tibet to reflect the importance of Tibet in EU-China relations. A summary of the paper and details of the press briefing today are included below. The EU-China […]

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Dalai Lama pays tribute to Polish courage; calls for dialogue to solve world problems

The Dalai Lama called for dialogue to solve the world’s problems, not warfare, before meeting French President Sarkozy in Gdansk, Poland, this weekend, despite pressure from Beijing on the French to cancel the meeting. Both Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama were attending celebrations marking the “5th anniversary of Polish pro-democracy icon Lech Walesa’s winning the […]

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French President Sarkozy: no meeting with Dalai Lama during August French visit

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who arrives in Beijing tomorrow (August 8) to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics, will not meet the Dalai Lama during the exiled Tibetan leader’s visit to France next week, despite his earlier expressed commitment to support the dialogue between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and Beijing. Sarkozy¹s office said […]

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Governments criticize Nepal authorities for detention of three Tibetans and mistreatment of Tibetan protestors in Nepal

The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, and France have issued a joint demarche to the Nepal government objecting to the detention of three Tibetan community leaders on June 19, and to the harsh treatment of Tibetans in Kathmandu protesting against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet since March […]

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ICT delivers UN statement on illegal killings by security forces in Tibet

On 3 June, ICT delivered an oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the use of extrajudicial and summary executions in Tibet. As ICT does not have an official status at the UN, the statement was delivered under the name of France Libertés. ICT’s director for government relations in Europe, Stewart […]

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International Tibet scholars call on China to end harsh repressions in Tibet, should stop tactic of blaming the Dalai Lama

An international group of Tibet scholars have asked President Hu Jintao and China to take steps to end the harsh repression in Tibet saying “that silence is no longer an option for a group whose members have devoted their professional lives to the study of Tibet’s culture and history.” In an open letter to President […]

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French President asks China to end violence in Tibet, offers to facilitate dialogue with Dalai Lama

French President NicolasSarkozy has said on March 24, 2008 that he has informed Chinese President Hu Jintao about his deep distress at the recent events in Tibet and called for an end to the violence there through dialogue. Saying that France would like “the dialogue that was started several years ago between the Chinese authorities […]

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French parliament initiates declaration on Sino-Tibetan dialogue

The two Tibet groups of the French parliament have initiated a joint declaration on the dialogue between the Chinese government and the envoys of the Dalai Lama. This declaration, based on the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 15 February 2007, invites both parties ‘to resume and continue the dialogue that allows for pragmatic […]

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