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Congressman Jim McGovern speaks in House about China’s new controls on Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Academy

January 31, 2018

Congressman Jim McGovern took to the floor of the House of Representatives on January 30, 2018 and raised the issue of China’s new administrative controls on the Tibetan Buddhist monastic center of Larung Gar, as outlined in a Human Rights Watch report. Congressman McGovern said, “It is a significant blow to freedom of religion in Tibet and China, and a matter of great concern to all members of Congress.” His remarks are given below along with the Human Rights Watch report.

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New Report Highlights High Rate of detentions of Tibetans by Chinese Government’s Suppression Campaign

May 24, 2016

The New York-based Human Rights Watch has published a new report on May 22, 2016 that says the “Chinese government’s campaign to suppress peaceful dissent in Tibetan areas has continued to produce a high rate of detentions, prosecutions, and convictions since the outbreak of widespread unrest eight years ago.”

The 86-page report, “Relentless: Detention and Prosecution of Tibetans under China’s ‘Stability Maintenance’ Campaign,” shows how changing patterns of unrest and politicized detentions, prosecutions, and convictions from 2013-2015 correlate with the latest phase of the government’s “stability maintenance” campaign – a policy that has resulted in unprecedented surveillance and control in Tibetan villages and towns.

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EU and China must put human rights at the top of the EU-China summit agenda

June 29, 2015

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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ICT joins coalition of NGOs in urging the U.S. to raise human rights concerns in upcoming US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

June 17, 2015

To coincide with the June 22-24, 2015 US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C., a coalition of NGOs, including the International Campaign for Tibet, has urged the United States to “include an unequivocal message about China’s deteriorating human rights situation and lay the groundwork for human rights to be a significant component of the visit later this year of Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

In a joint letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who are leading the American delegations to the Dialogue, they said, “The Strategic and Economic Dialogue presents an opportunity for the US to visibly demonstrate its “whole of government” approach—and use a tone as tough as recent US commentary regarding the South China Seas, cyber, and trade issues—leaving no Chinese official uncertain about the importance of human rights to the US. Given its proximity to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s planned visit in September, this Dialogue also affords particular leverage to press the Chinese government to release unjustly imprisoned individuals, abandon problematic proposed laws, and roll back abusive policies.”

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UN Human Rights Committee urges Nepal to register Tibetan refugees

April 10, 2014

The UN Human Rights Committee (HRCmte) urged Nepal to register long staying Tibetans and to ensure that all Tibetans who may have a valid refugee claim are guaranteed access to Nepali territory. This was a part of the concluding observations that the UN HRCmte made when reviewing Nepal’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The UN Human Rights Committee commended Nepal for hosting a large number of refugees and asylum seekers in its territory but said it was concerned “at the restrictions imposed on Tibetan refugee rights should the State party deem any activity to undermine the friendly relationship with its neighbor.” It added that it was concerned that the lack of legislation would not protect against refoulement to China. The Committee’s concluding observations can be viewed here.

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Statement by the International Campaign for Tibet on the Human Rights Watch report on Tibetan refugees in Nepal

April 1, 2014

“Human Rights Watch reports a disturbing development that Nepalese police have forcibly returned Tibetans refugees back across the border of Tibet. The Nepalese Government has an urgent responsibility to investigate the role of its personnel in violating Nepal’s international and national obligations to protect those fleeing a credible fear of persecution, and to take measures to prevent future incidents.”

“ICT fears that Chinese officials are encouraging Nepalese personnel to violate those obligations. The HRW report details cooperative agreements between Chinese and Nepalese security personnel on border control and monitoring, and notes that China has pressed Nepal not to allow safe passage of Tibetan refugees. This interference in Nepal’s internal affairs is wrong and contradictory to China’s stated principles.

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Tibetans Repressed in Nepal, Rights Group Finds

April 1, 2014

Published online April 1, 2014 by The New York Times
By Edward Wong and Bhadra Sharma

BEIJING — Under enormous pressure from China, the Nepalese government restricts the political freedoms of Tibetan refugees living in Nepal, subjects them to abuse and harassment by the security forces, and spies on them for Chinese officials, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch.

The 100-page report, “Under China’s Shadow: Mistreatment of Tibetans in Nepal,” documents the repression faced by Tibetans who cross into Nepal, often illegally, from neighboring Tibet, which has been ruled since 1951 by the Chinese Communist Party. The report also discusses how some of those refugees might never enter Nepal proper, saying there are “serious concerns that Nepal may at times forcibly return Tibetans to China.”

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Human Rights Watch Report: “They say we should be grateful”

Published online June 27, 2013 by Human Rights Watch. Please view the report on www.hrw.org. Since 2006, the Chinese government has implemented large-scale programs to “rehouse”—through renovation of existing houses or construction of new ones—a majority of the rural population of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) under a policy called “Comfortable Housing.” In parallel, the […]

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China: Attempts to Seal Off Tibet From Outside Information

Human Rights Watch has reported that restrictions on news, media, and communications in Tibet have been been stepped up by Chinese authorities in the lead-up to the 18th Party Congress, due to take place in late 2012 (view report). The new restrictions reflect a broader and deeper strategy by the Chinese authorities not only in […]

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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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China: Arbitrary Expulsions of Tibetans from Lhasa Escalate

Tibetans From Protest Areas Targeted in Unprecedented Lhasa Security Drive (New York, June 20, 2012) – As many as several hundred Tibetans from eastern areas of the Tibetan plateau who live in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), have been arbitrarily expelled from the city as part of a drastic security drive, […]

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Human Rights Watch predicts further tensions in Tibet due to Chinese government management of monasteries

Human Rights Watch issued a report today (March 16, 2012) detailing sweeping powers being used by the Chinese authorities to post government officials to managerial positions in monasteries throughout Tibet. The new regulations transform religious institutions into quasi-administrative units of the Chinese party state. The move represents a dramatic escalation in the Chinese Communist Party […]

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19th Session of the Human Rights Council

March 6, 2012 – Mr. Kai Müller, Executive Director International Campaign for Tibet-Germany speaking on Tibet for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Clustered Interactive Dialogue with: – The Special Rapporteur on the right to food and – The Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, 19th meeting 19th Session of the Human Rights Council. See full-text […]

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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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Fifth Tibetan sentenced to death

A fifth Tibetan has been sentenced to death on charges relating to arson on March 14 in Lhasa, according to a report in the official press on April 21. A report in English on China Daily online named the Tibetan sentenced to death with a two year reprieve as Penkyi of Sakya county in Shigatse. […]

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Two Tibetans sentenced to death in Lhasa

The Lhasa Intermediate People’s Court in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), has sentenced two Tibetans to death on charges relating to “starting fatal fires”, according to an official report published yesterday. These are the first known death sentences passed against Tibetans in connection with the Lhasa riots on March 14, 2008. Two other Tibetans were […]

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Jailed Chinese dissident and Tibet supporter wins top European human rights award on eve of Asia-Europe summit

Despite pressure from Beijing, European Parliamentarians have awarded imprisoned Chinese dissident Hu Jia the most important human rights award in the European Union, the Sakharov Prize. Hu Jia, who has spoken out in support of Tibet, was given the prize “on behalf of all silenced voices in China and Tibet”, according to European Parliamentarians. The […]

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China: Rights lawyers face disbarment threats: intimidation overshadows reforms to law on lawyers

(New York, May 30, 2008) – Two prominent Chinese lawyers who offered to represent Tibetans face the loss of their professional licenses as part of a recent drive to threaten lawyers and law firms, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s unprecedented efforts to intimidate firms into refusing politically sensitive cases reflects the vulnerability of […]

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