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UN Rights Council Urged to Press China to Drop Charges against Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk

March 1, 2018

In a statement delivered on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights at the 37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 1, 2018, ICT’s Kai Mueller drew attention to the case of Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk as a striking example for the repression against Tibetan Human Rights Defenders.

Speaking under Agenda Item 3 “Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development”, he welcomed the strong joint communication just issued by five UN Special Rapporteurs on the case of Tashi Wangchuk , as well as similar statements by a number of governments and parliaments calling for his release. He urged the Human Rights Council to join these calls and press China to drop all charges against Tashi Wangchuk and to release him immediately and unconditionally”.

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China responds to statement by Matteo Mecacci at the UN denying violations of religious freedom in Tibet

March 12, 2015

The Chinese government gave a direct response in Geneva last night defending its policies on religion in Tibet, in response to a statement delivered by ICT President Matteo Mecacci on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights at the UN Human Rights Council.

A Chinese government representative defended the official Party line in response to the statement, saying that “All types of religious activity proceed normally in Tibet” and that religious freedom was fully respected.

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Tibetan Buddhists demonized by PRC Government as posing threat to China’s survival: Matteo Mecacci tells UN Human Rights Council

March 11, 2015

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, delivered a statement on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights at the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the 28th United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 11. He said “The Chinese government adopted a more pervasive approach to “patriotic education”, including measures to micromanage Tibetan Buddhist monastic affairs; “legal education” programs for monks and nuns; and a ban on images of the Dalai Lama.”

While in Geneva, Matteo Mecacci asked for support among the diplomatic community on Tibet related issues. He was accompanied by the ICT Head for UN Advocacy, Kai Mueller.

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ICT highlights Enforced Disappearances in Tibet at the 27th Human Rights Council Session

September 8, 2014

As the latest session of the U.N. Human Rights Council opens today in Geneva, the International Campaign for Tibet has urged the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Al-Hussein, to seek to visit China and Tibet during his tenure. In a letter to the new High Commissioner, ICT also pressed for an end to the increasingly widespread use of extra-judicial detentions and torture as a means of silencing Tibetans.

ICT in its recent report “Significant Acts of Evil – The Criminalization of Tibetan Self-Immolations” documented the impact of rulings announced in December 2012, a month after Xi Jinping became head of the Chinese Communist Party. The new measures, adopted in response to self-immolations across Tibet (now totalling 131), have resulted in a spike in political imprisonments, including one instance of the death penalty, and numerous cases of Tibetans being ‘disappeared’, with family and friends unaware of whether or not they are still alive, often for weeks or months.

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China rejects most UPR recommendations on Tibet but agrees to High Commissioner’s visit to Tibet

March 17, 2014

China has responded to the United Nations review of its human rights record by rejecting most of the recommendations made specifically on Tibet by other member states of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Of seven recommendations specifically mentioning Tibet, China accepted only one. China rejected five, and said it had already implemented another. China accepted the recommendation by Switzerland to facilitate the visits of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and special rapporteurs, to Tibet.

Kai Müller, Executive Director of International Campaign for Tibet-Germany, said: “Member states should now hold China accountable as a member of the Human Rights Council and press the leadership to ensure that the proposed visits happen. The High Commissioner must be able to engage with Tibetan and Chinese representatives of civil society in order to gain a full insight into human rights conditions in Tibet. While the prospect of a visit is a step in the right direction, it does not in itself constitute progress in improving human rights. A more systematic and deepening crackdown is being implemented in Tibet under the leadership of Xi Jinping. China has repeated the same denials and attempted the same obfuscation of the process as it did during its last Universal Periodic Review in Geneva in 2009.”

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UN Member States should raise the issue of Tibet during adoption of China’s UPR report

March 3, 2014

Today, the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council opened in Geneva, a session during which China’s UPR report will be adopted by the Human Rights Council.

In her opening speech the High Commissioner Ms. Navy Pillay did not specifically raise the issue of human rights violations in Tibet, as requested by over 5000 citizens from several countries, who signed an online petition promoted by the International Campaign for Tibet and the Australian Tibet Council.

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Tibet at the Universal Periodic Review: Action and Opportunity

November 15, 2013

  • 12 nations urged China to make human rights improvements in Tibet
  • China has until March to accept or reject the several recommendations on Tibet in the UPR Working Group report
  • Governments are urged to press China to accept, not ignore, Tibet recommendations

Tibet was raised by a greater number of countries in China’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) last month than in the same forum four years ago. By March 2014, China will report on what steps it will take to improve human rights conditions in Tibet as per the recommendations by other countries during the UPR process. This offers governments at the UN the opportunity to urge China to accept meaningful UPR recommendations on Tibet as it was elected to the Human Rights Council for 2014-2016.

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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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Government statements on China and Tibet at 22nd Human Rights Council Session

The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, underscored the importance of multilateral engagement on Tibet. At the session that concluded on March 25, twelve countries and the European Union (EU) called on China to ensure the human rights of the Tibetan people. The United States, Germany and the Czech Republic specifically highlighted […]

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ICT findings on self-immolations in Tibet presented at Human Rights Council

GENEVA: Together with two other NGOs and a Tibetan witness, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) presented a briefing on self-immolations in Tibet and Chinese policy at the Palais Des Nations in Geneva where the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is meeting for its 21st session (10-28 September, 2012). The panel discussion entitled “The significance […]

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