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Nomads in ‘no man’s land’: how China’s policies risk the extinction of Tibetan pastoralism

September 15, 2017

Following is the English version of an article by ICT President Matteo Mecacci in Spanish that appeared in Newsweek En Español (September 11, 2017 issue). The issue’s cover story was on Tibet and included an interview with Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Nomads in ‘no man’s land’: how China’s policies risk the extinction of Tibetan pastoralism

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From the desk of the President: At times of uncertainty and division

As we all reflect on the results of one of the most consequential presidential elections in US history, we want to reassure you that at the International Campaign for Tibet, we are busy assessing the changes and challenges ahead. While international issues and the respect of human rights were not central during the presidential campaign, […]

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Testimony by Matteo Mecacci, President, International Campaign for Tibet

Tibet 101 Briefing
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

First, I would like to thank the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and co- chairs Representative McGovern and Representative Pitts for holding this briefing on Tibet. The International Campaign for Tibet greatly appreciates the opportunity to participate in this briefing.

While there are many important issues to address regarding the situation in Tibet, I will touch briefly on several topics and conclude with recommendations that Congress and the Administration can take that would help improve the situation in Tibet. First, the issue of self-immolations and abuses of the criminal justice system; second, restrictions on access to Tibet and the recent White Paper issued by the Chinese government; third, the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and religious freedom, and finally, a few comments on the need for resumption of dialogue between the Chinese government and Tibetan representatives, and coordinated action on Tibet among democratic countries.

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China. It is right to talk about the economy, but what about human rights?

By Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet Published on the Italian newspaper Europa on June 12, 2014. Translation by the International Campaign for Tibet. In these days our country is facing an interesting coincidence. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is currently in China (and in Asia) leading an important political and economic mission, […]

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Statement by Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, on the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

June 3, 2014

“On behalf of the International Campaign for Tibet, I express solidarity with the Chinese people on the 25th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square. We mourn those who died that day and remember the suffering of those injured, arrested and tortured, as well as their families.

“The events of June 4 remind us that the march of history toward freedom and justice can take long and dark detours. The civil liberties of the Chinese people are arguably worse off today than in 1989, given the technological tools of repression vigorously employed by the Chinese party/state. But we firmly believe that freedom and justice will prevail for the 1.3 billion people, among the many nationalities, within the People’s Republic of China (PRC).”

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Testimony of Matteo Mecacci, President, International Campaign for Tibet

Hearing on “Protecting Religious Freedom: U.S Efforts to Hold Accountable Countries of Particular Concern” Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Global Human Rights May 22, 2014 I would like to thank Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, and other members of the Subcommittee for this opportunity to testify. The International Campaign for Tibet has testified to […]

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Oslo Snubs the Dalai Lama

Published online May 7, 2014 by The Wall Street Journal.
By Matteo Mecacci and Ellen Bork

Under pressure from China, Norway’s prime minister does not plan to meet the Tibetan religious leader this week.

Under pressure from China, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other key officials have declined to meet the Dalai Lama when the Tibetan spiritual leader visits Norway this week.

Oslo’s decision signals the success of Beijing’s escalating campaign to deny the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s democratic government-in-exile the standing they need to find a just solution to the Tibetan issue. The setback in Norway marks a worrying trend that should spur consultations among European countries and the United States on steps to resist Beijing’s pressure.

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A glimpse into my trip to India

Notes on Matteo Mecacci’s first trip to Dharamshala as President of the International Campaign for Tibet, with Tsering Jampa, Executive Director of ICT Europe and a representative from the ICT Board of Directors.

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ICT delegation concludes “productive and hopeful” meetings with Dalai Lama, democratically elected leadership in exile and Tibet support groups

February 15, 2014

Dharamsala, India – International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) President Matteo Mecacci, a member of ICT’s U.S. Board of Directors, and ICT Europe Executive Director Tsering Jampa have wrapped up a series of meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the democratically elected Tibetan leadership in exile, and Tibet support groups based in Dharamsala and in Delhi. The meetings were the first for Mecacci in his official capacity as ICT President.

Topics discussed included the situation in Tibet, the rising international concerns regarding China’s policies both in Tibet and internationally, the strengthening of cooperation between ICT, the democratically elected Tibetan leadership in exile and Tibet Support Groups, and strategies to bring the issue of Tibet at the center of the international discussion on the relations between democratic countries and China as a key to help the people of Tibet realize their aspirations. All participants – including Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Penpa Tsering and Members of its Standing Committee, political leader Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Department of Information and International Relations, Kalon Dolma Gyari of the Home Department and Kalon Dongchung Ngodup of the Security Department– reiterated their appreciation for the work done by ICT over 25 years thanks to the commitment of ICT members and supporters throughout the U.S., Europe and worldwide, and warmly welcomed Mecacci as the new leader of the organization and as a longtime friend, experienced politician and advocate for the Tibetan people.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Matteo Mecacci

International Campaign for Tibet appoints Matteo Mecacci, leading rights advocate, as President

December 12, 2013

The International Campaign for Tibet is honored to announce the appointment of Matteo Mecacci, a leading defender of human rights and democracy, as the new President of the International Campaign for Tibet. Matteo Mecacci takes the helm at the world’s largest advocacy organization for the Tibetan people this week, based in Washington, DC.

Richard Gere, Chairman of the ICT Board, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Matteo at an important and exciting moment for ICT and the Tibet movement worldwide. I’ve known and worked with Matteo for many years and know him to be an energetic, compassionate and creative leader with a solid track record in working with evolving democracies all over the world. Matteo has a deep connection to the Dalai Lama and Tibet, an awareness of the political, cultural and social dynamics within China and Tibet, and brings to ICT considerable experience in diplomacy, democracy and advocacy.”

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