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Tibet lawsuits: Update following ground-breaking ruling by the Spanish courts

December 13, 2013

Senior lawyers and international law experts have commented on China’s reaction to the recent Spanish criminal court rulings against China’s former Party boss Hu Jintao and five other Chinese leaders. The lawyers and professors were speaking at a conference at the University of Valencia, Spain, following the order on November 18 for arrest warrants to be issued against five Chinese leaders, including former President and Party Secretary Jiang Zemin, for their policies in Tibet. This follows the news on October 9 of Hu Jintao’s indictment for genocide in Tibet. The Confucian Institute at the University of Valencia sought to pressure the academic authorities by hosting a two-day event promoting officially-sanctioned Chinese culture on the same days as the conference, while the visa of one of the Tibetan witnesses due to speak at the event was denied by the Spanish embassy in India.

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Spanish criminal court orders arrest warrants against Chinese leaders following Hu Jintao indictment for Tibet policies

November 18, 2013

Judges in the Spanish National Court today (November 18) ordered warrants of arrest to be issued against five Chinese leaders, including former President and Party Secretary Jiang Zemin, for their policies in Tibet. This ground-breaking development follows the news on October 9 of Hu Jintao’s indictment for genocide in Tibet. In a separate legal ruling also issued today in Madrid, the Spanish National Court also ordered that former leader Hu Jintao is informed of his indictment and sent questions about his policies in Tibet via the Chinese embassy.

The rulings today have positively surprised Spanish legal experts working on the Tibetan law suits upholding the principle of “universal jurisdiction” a part of international law that allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture, terror and other serious international crimes perpetrated by individuals, governments or military authorities. This new development was described to the International Campaign for Tibet by legal experts in Spain as being potentially as significant as the arrest of Pinochet in London in 1998 after a group of Spanish lawyers put together a lawsuit against the Chilean dictator, who presided over a 17-year reign of terror and ordered foreign assassinations.

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China’s former leader Hu Jintao indicted for policies in Tibet by Spanish court

October 11, 2013

China’s former leader Hu Jintao has been indicted for genocide in Tibet by the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional) in a writ issued on October 9, 2013. This development, made just before China undergoes its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 22, could lead to moves to seek Hu Jintao’s arrest if he were to travel out of China for questioning on the crimes he is accused of, or the possibility of bank accounts overseas being preventively frozen. The judges recognized that this indictment of Hu Jintao comes at the judicial moment “when his diplomatic immunity expires”.

The court ruling is a ground-breaking development in a lawsuit in Spain upholding the principle of “universal jurisdiction” — a doctrine that allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture, terror and other serious international crimes perpetrated by individuals, governments or military authorities. After an appeal on July 29 following the judge’s earlier rejection of a request to extend the lawsuit to include former Party Secretary and President Hu Jintao, the appeals court now accepts the argument put forward by the Spanish NGO Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT) for Hu Jintao’s indictment. This includes the period he was Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region in which he presided over the imposition of martial law in 1989, and also his responsibility for policy on Tibet as President and Party Secretary of China after 2003 “due to being the highest ranking person in both the Party and the Government”.

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12 Nobel Laureates to Chinese President: Open dialogue with Tibet

Free access for human rights investigators, journalists a key first step (Ottawa) — A group of 12 Nobel Peace Laureates—including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Lech Walesa, Leymah Gbowee and Shirin Ebadi—today sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao urging him to “respect the dignity of the Tibetan people” and open “meaningful dialogue” with […]

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Video of comments delivered by ICT president, Mary Beth Markey, at coalition rally in Lafayette Square Park

Rally by Coalition of Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Taiwanese and Human Rights Groups Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House Sponsored by the International Campaign for Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet and other organizations

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ICT statement on US-China summit: “a positive development for human rights and Tibet”

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is pleased that President Obama reasserted, in front of President Hu Jintao, the long-standing policy of the United States on Tibet, which supports a resolution through dialogue and the preservation of the Tibetan identity. ICT is eager to continue its advocacy following the summit, providing information on the situation […]

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ICT statement on the upcoming US – China summit

The US-China summit is a critical opportunity for President Obama to press President Hu for a resolution on Tibet, where tensions between Chinese and Tibetans have led to a dangerous cycle of unrest, confrontation, and repression. President Obama has demonstrated his support for the Dalai Lama and his Middle Way approach, which seeks genuine autonomy […]

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Tibetans across America urge President Obama to raise Tibet during China Summit

Today 39 Tibetan Associations, organizations and Tibet support groups asked President Barack Obama to make Tibet a substantive part of the agenda during his summit with China’s President Hu Jintao on January 19. “President Obama understands the Tibet problem as a trespass against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a challenge to China’s peaceful […]

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Petition to Hu and Wen calls for Dalai Lama to visit Tibetan quake area: hundreds of monks join relief efforts

A petition addressed to China’s President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao was received today by the Chinese-language website boxun.com, appealing for the Dalai Lama to be allowed to visit Tibet “to offer salvation for our dead and prayers for the victims”. The Tibetan Prime Minister in exile, the Kalon Tripa, said today that the […]

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ICT sees opportunity for Tibet during Hu visit to Washington

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao will reportedly meet on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in Washington, D.C. on April 12 and 13. Their meeting would be the first since the U.S. President met the Dalai Lama at the White House on February 18 during which “the President commended the Dalai […]

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Presidents Obama and Hu discuss Tibet at their first summit

At the US-China summit in Beijing, Presidents Obama and Hu have released a joint statement that indicates they discussed a resolution for Tibet, human rights and religious freedom. 
In the joint statement, President Obama said, “I spoke to President Hu about America’s bedrock beliefs that all men and women possess certain fundamental human rights. We […]

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Obama should pursue significant action on Tibet at Beijing summit

President Barack Obama should pursue an agreement from Chinese President Hu for significant action on Tibet during the US-China summit, the International Campaign for Tibet said in a letter to President Obama released today. “If by not meeting [in October 2009] with His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] you intended to signal to General Secretary and […]

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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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Bush phones Hu Jintao on Tibet, calls for access to diplomats

President George Bush phoned Chinese President Hu Jintao on March 26, 2008 to express his concerns about the situation in Tibet and to call for access to journalists and diplomats to Tibet. Bush also “encouraged the Chinese government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives,” according to a statement by the White […]

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Bush to raise dialogue on Tibet during meeting with Hu Jintao in Vietnam

A senior administration official said on November 13, 2006 that President George Bush will meet President Hu Jintao during the APEC summit in Vietnam this week during which he will stress the importance of “a strong dialogue between China and the Dalai Lama to move toward some resolution of a very longstanding issue.” Giving a […]

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Hu Jintao pays inspection tour to Amdo Tibetan region

Chinese President Hu Jintao paid a three-day inspection tour of the Tibetan areas in present-day Qinghai Province from December 13, 2005 during which he called for addressing the concerns of the people. Qinghai is primarily composed of the traditional Amdo province of Tibet. “We must work energetically to solve the problems that the people concern […]

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President Hu meeting with Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama: an intensification of Beijing’s campaign to enforce Tibetan acceptance

The meeting of China’s Party Secretary and President Hu Jintao with Gyaltsen Norbu, the boy chosen by Beijing as the 11th Panchen Lama at the Great Hall of the People yesterday (3 February), indicates the high political priority accorded to ensuring acceptance of the boy as the valid incarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama. Most […]

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French MP not to attend Chinese President’s address to highlight Tibet issue

Mr. Lionnel Luca, a member of the French National Assembly and head of its Committee on Tibet, has said that he will not be present when Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses the Assembly on January 27, 2004 to symbolize his protest against Chinese policies in Tibet. In a statement released on January 20, Luca said, […]

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