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International Olympics Committee has the obligation to see China sticks to its ideals

July 31, 2015

Today the International Olympics Committee decided upon Beijing as the host for the 2022 winter Olympics.

The International Campaign for Tibet believes that in 2008, China had a historic opportunity to show the world that it is a worthy host of the Olympics. Both the International Olympics Committee and the Beijing Olympics Committee highlighted the potential positive impacts the 2008 Olympics would have on Chinese society, but today we know that there has only been increased trampling of human rights in China generally and in Tibet specifically in the post-2008 period.

Once again, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a video message relating to the 2022 Olympics that it would be “another opportunity to help advance the Olympic Movement and promote the Olympic Spirit“. He added, “We will honor all the commitments.”

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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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Flood hits area near Labrang Monastery; four reported dead

Recent flooding in the Tibetan area of Labrang in Sangchu (Chinese: Xiahe) county, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province has left at least four Tibetans dead and badly affected families in the area. Photos posted on a Tibetan blog site in the Chinese language, TibetCul.com show damage to local shops and homes and streets lined […]

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China’s heavy Olympic footprint on Tibet

On the eve of an Olympics closing ceremony, which will include a final propaganda push on Tibet, tight security remains in place across the Tibetan plateau, including shoot to kill orders to prevent further unrest during the final days of the Olympics Games. Beginning in March and continuing in the weeks and months preceding the […]

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Chinese voices on Tibet: a letter to the Dalai Lama, and comments from an outspoken critic in Beijing

As the Summer Olympics draw to a close in Beijing this weekend – in an environment of unprecedented security, repression and censorship – two prominent Chinese intellectuals, one in Beijing, and one now based in Canada, have made strong statements in support of a resolution to the Tibet situation and in support of the Dalai […]

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Tibet at a Turning Point

Tibet at a Turning Point

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT » Since March 10, a tidal wave of mainly peaceful protests against the Chinese government has swept across Tibet. Tibetans have risked their lives to demonstrate that their exiled leader the Dalai Lama represents their interests, and not the Chinese state. This uprising is a result of more than half a century […]

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Olympic athletes download ‘Songs for Tibet’

Washington DC, (August 5, 2008) – The Art of Peace Foundation announced today that tracks from their upcoming album, ‘Songs for Tibet – The Art of Peace’ have been available as a free download to Olympic athletes worldwide. ‘Songs for Tibet’ includes original tracks by artists including Sting, Alanis Morissette, Moby, and Dave Matthews, composed […]

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New report reveals intensified crackdown in Tibet as Olympics opens

Despite its promotion of a ‘peaceful Olympics’, China has intensified its crackdown on Tibet this week following the most significant uprising in nearly 50 years. The wave of mainly peaceful protests against the Chinese government that has swept across Tibet since March 10 is a result of more than half a century of Communist Party […]

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US House of Representatives sends strong Tibet message to China and Bush on eve of Beijing Olympics

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday condemned China for its ‘broken promises’ in the buildup to the Olympics and called upon President Bush, who is attending the Games’ Opening Ceremonies, to make a strong public statement in Beijing about China’s repression of human rights and to request a visit to Tibet. “President Bush […]

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Barack Obama expresses support for Tibet in letter to Dalai Lama

Barack Obama, US Senator for Illinois and presumptive US presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, sent a letter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Thursday (July 24) to assure him of his highest respect and support “for your mission and your people at this critical time.” Arizona Senator John McCain, presumptive U.S. presidential nominee […]

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European Parliament resolution on China and Tibet – Poettering not attending opening ceremony

In a new resolution on China and Tibet adopted on the 10 July, European Parliament remains concerned about human rights abuses in China and Tibet. Contrary to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, announced that he will not be attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in […]

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No progress in dialogue as crisis in Tibet deepens

World leaders gathering for the annual meeting of the Group of Eight industrial nations on the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Monday must raise Tibet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, given the disappointing results of the seventh round of dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s envoys in Beijing last week and the ongoing crackdown in Tibet. […]

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International Olympic Committee sets precedent with reprimand for Tibet Party boss

In a rare departure, the International Olympics Committee said that it “regrets that political statements were made during the closing ceremony of the torch relay in Tibet,” referring to comments made by Communist Party chief in the Tibet Autonomous Region Zhang Qingli, a well-known hardliner who has a leading role in the current crackdown. “We […]

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Climate of fear as Olympic torch arrives in Lhasa: Tibet government emphasizes political education to ensure ‘stability’

As the Olympic torch relay approaches Lhasa, the Tibetan plateau remains sealed off, and thousands of Tibetans are unaccounted for following the crackdown since March 10. There is an intense climate of fear across Tibet. Severe restrictions have been put into place in Lhasa over the past two weeks, and there is new evidence of […]

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ICT calls for urgent international action against new Nepal government arrests of Tibetans

Three leaders from the Tibetan community in Kathmandu were taken into police custody today and told they will have to spend 90 days in prison under a public security offence linked to local protests against the Chinese government crackdown in Tibet. The three leaders, Kelsang Chung, Director of the United Nations-funded Tibetan Refugee Reception Center, […]

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China’s Olympic Torch relay set to continue through Tibet

Following the conclusion of a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Athens today, IOC Chairman Jacques Rogge confirmed that the Olympic Torch will still pass through Tibet. The decision not to cancel or re-route the Torch Relay away from Tibetan areas comes despite the profound concerns of Tibet support groups that the Torch […]

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Over 40 Olympic athletes in Beijing download Tibet solidarity album ‘Songs for Tibet’

Washington DC, (August 18, 2008) – The album ‘Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace,’ a top-selling rock download in the US, Canada, several European countries and Japan – which reached #4 on the Billboard album download charts in its first week of sales – has been downloaded by more than 40 Olympic athletes competing […]

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Authorities prepare ceremony for Olympic torch in Potala Square: fear prevails in Lhasa during crackdown

As the crackdown deepens in Tibet and people continue to ‘disappear’ almost every day in Lhasa, preparations are underway by the authorities for a ceremony known as ‘safeguard the torch and love one’s country’ to be held in the Potala Square to mark the torch’s ascent of Mt. Chomolungma (Everest) in early May. The ceremony, […]

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