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As President Xi Jinping comes to Washington US Government says China puts “unattainable conditions” on the Dalai Lama to resume dialogue

September 22, 2015

As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares to arrive in Washington DC, the U.S. State Department has submitted its 13th annual “Report on Tibet Negotiations” to Congress on August 5, 2015, in which it says that China puts unattainable conditions on the Dalai Lama to resume dialogue.

The report notes that the Tibetan and Chinese representatives have not met for talks since 2010 and says, “The United States continues to encourage both sides to engage in a substantive discussion that will work to achieve concrete results. The U.S. government believes the Dalai Lama or his representatives can be constructive partners for China as it deals with continuing tensions in Tibetan areas.”

The report expresses concerns at the Chinese attitude for lack of resumption of the dialogue process with the Tibetans. It says, “We are concerned Chinese officials continue to insist the Dalai Lama meet unattainable conditions in order for China to resume dialogue. We consider this position counter-productive and contrary to the expectations of the United States and the international community. We support dialogue without preconditions.”

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State Department Issues Annual Human Rights Reports for 2014

June 25, 2015

In its 2014 annual human rights reports, released on June 25, 2015, the U.S. State Department highlights the continuing egregious human rights violations in Tibet. “Under the professed objectives of controlling border areas, maintaining social stability, and combating separatism, the government engaged in the severe repression of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage by, among other means, strictly curtailing the civil rights of China’s Tibetan population, including the freedoms of speech, religion, association, assembly, and movement,“ the report said. The report added, “The government routinely vilified the Dalai Lama and blamed the “Dalai [Lama] Clique” and “other outside forces” for instigating instability.”

“We have always urged the United States to make human rights one of its core interests in its relations with China,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. “This report clearly indicates that it is in the interest of the U.S. and of all democratic countries that China’s rise is accompanied by significant political and rule of law reforms.”

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US Government believes “resumption of dialogue” on Tibet is “critical”

April 17

In its most recent annual Tibet Negotiations Report to Congress, the State Department notes that “The Dalai Lama’s representatives and Chinese officials from the United Front Work Department have not met directly since the ninth round of dialogue in January 2010.” The report adds that the Chinese government’s failure to address problems in Tibet “will continue to be a stumbling block to fuller political and economic engagement with the United States.”

The report is mandated by The Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 (TPA), as contained in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228). The TPA provides that the report cover steps taken by the President and the Secretary to encourage the Chinese government to enter into dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives leading to a negotiated agreement on Tibet. The report also must address the status of any discussions between the two sides.

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US Government celebrates for the first time Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in recognition of Tibetan culture and identity

February 23, 2015

On February 23, 2015, the State Department hosted a reception to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, to an invited gathering of Tibetan Americans, diplomats, State Department officials and other dignitaries. The first day of Losar fell on February 19 this year.

“This is the first time that such an event has been organized by the State Department and it can be seen as a recognition of Tibetan American culture and its contribution to American society. We are pleased to see the US Government taking this initiative,” said Bhuchung Tsering, Vice President of the International Campaign for Tibet.

Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall, who is also the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, welcomed everyone and shared her experience of interacting with the Tibetan community during her trip to India and Nepal last year and being able to see the different aspects of Tibetan culture then. She put Losar in the context of a Tibetan American culture.

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China’s human rights abusers should be barred from the United States

State Department should extend visa ban policy to world’s largest rights violator

August 1, 2014

Building on recent United States travel bans imposed on human rights violators, the International Campaign for Tibet urges the U.S. government to act to restrict visa entry to Chinese officials complicit in human rights abuses in China and Tibet.

“The U.S. government can send a clear message: if Chinese officials violate the human rights of the Chinese and Tibetan people, they can’t visit the United States,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. “There is momentum to extend visa bans to human rights violators, and there is no reason China, the world’s largest abuser, should not be included. We value the freedom to travel as we value fundamental human rights. Visa bans are a tool that governments can use to discourage officials who would violate such rights.”

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2013

Read the full report online at the U.S. Department of State’s website » China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) – Tibet EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures (TAPs) and counties in other provinces to be a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The […]

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ICT welcomes U.S. legislation to promote access to Tibet

Reps. McGovern, Pitts introduce Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act

June 12, 2014

Today, Members of Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to promote travel by Americans to Tibetan areas where access is routinely denied by Chinese authorities.

The bill, H.R. 4851, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, was introduced by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) on June 12, 2014.

“The bill’s premise is straightforward. If China doesn’t allow foreigners into Tibet, then we shouldn’t allow Chinese officials with oversight on Tibet into our countries, said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. “Chinese leaders praise the landscape and people of Tibet, yet keep it hidden from view. Freedom of access to Tibet should be demanded of China just as established powers already provide to their own nations. I thank Congressmen McGovern and Pitts for their leadership.”

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“Limited Freedoms” for Tibetan Refugees in Nepal, State Department reports

February 28, 2014

The U.S. State Department reports a restrictive atmosphere for Tibetan refugees residing in Nepal. The findings are part of the Nepal section of the Country Reports on Human Rights for 2013, released on February 27.

“Tibetans continue to suffer a marginal existence in Nepal,” said Todd Stein, Director of Government Relations at the International Campaign for Tibet. “The installation of a new government in Kathmandu allows for the opportunity for advancing policies to help this community and strengthen the fabric of Nepalese society, such as providing identity cards to Tibetans who have not been able to get legal documentation.”

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U.S. State Department finds “severe” repression in Tibet, targeting of friends and relatives of self-immolators

February 27, 2014

The U.S. State Department reported today that “[r]epression was severe throughout the year” in Tibetan areas, a week after President Obama “reiterated his strong support for … the protection of human rights for Tibetans” in a meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The findings were contained in the special Tibet section of the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013.

A copy of the report is posted on ICT’s website.

“The State Department’s extensive reporting on the situation in Tibet sheds needed light on a dark situation,” said Todd Stein, Director of Government Relations at the International Campaign for Tibet. “Released two days after Chinese authorities closed the Tibet Autonomous Region to foreigners, the Department’s report shows the harsh reality in Tibet that Chinese authorities are so desperately trying, and failing, to cover up.”

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State Department Report on Human Rights: 2013

Tibet 2013 Human Rights Report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures (TAPs) and counties in other provinces to be a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Central Committee oversees Tibet policies in the PRC. Chen Quanguo, an ethnic Han […]

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ICT begins 2013 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program in Washington, D.C.

“We are excited to have these young Tibetans here and are preparing a robust program for them,” said Tencho Gyatso, Coordinator of TYLP at ICT.

This program aims to nurture young leaders who could become the leaders of the Tibetan-American community in the United States and internationally. Through workshops, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants will be taught the art of leadership.

The program will instill in its participants the knowledge and confidence required for leadership roles. Participants will hear from speakers on issues ranging from US policy formulation process, empowerment of Tibetans, US-China relations, American policy towards Tibet, etc. and also learn the skills and tools, including crucial media and communication skills (including field visits to Voice of America and Radio Free Asia).

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2012

Read the full report online at the U.S. Department of State’s website » China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) – Tibet EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures and counties in other provinces to be a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).The constitution of […]

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State Department reports religious freedom “deteriorated markedly” in Tibet in 2012

The State Department’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released on May 20, said that the Chinese government’s respect for and protection of religious freedom in Tibetan areas “deteriorated markedly” in 2012, with a substantial increase in official interference in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries. “Official interference in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist religious traditions […]

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State Department Report on Human Rights: 2012

Read the full report online at the U.S. Department of State’s website » China (includes Tibet, Hong Kong, and Macau) – Tibet EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures (TAPs) and counties in other provinces to be a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Tibet […]

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State Department annual report on human rights for 2012

The State Department’s annual Country Reports for Human Rights Practices, released on April 19, highlights the continuing egregious human rights violations in Tibet. “Under the banner of maintaining social stability the government engaged in the severe repression to Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic heritage,“ the report said. The report notes that the number of […]

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U.S. Senators urge Tibet agenda for Secretary Kerry visit to China

Read the letter » Twenty one United States Senators have written to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to “make Tibet an integral issue” during his first visit to China as Secretary on April 13. The bipartisan letter, authored by Senators Mark Udall (D-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), calls for Secretary […]

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Women of Courage Award to Tsering Woeser affirms US commitment to Tibet

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8: In a formal ceremony in the US State Department today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2013 International Women of Courage Award in absentia to Tsering Woeser, the Tibetan writer, blogger and activist. Tencho Gyatso, representing the International Campaign for Tibet at the award ceremony, […]

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The United States recognizes Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser with prestigious International Women of Courage Award

The U.S. State Department announced today that Tibetan writer and blogger Tsering Woeser is a winner of the 2013 International Women of Courage Award. Presenting this year’s award at the March 8 ceremony will be Secretary of State John Kerry and special guest First Lady Michelle Obama. The International Women of Courage Award recognizes women […]

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