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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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Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero leaves State

U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Maria Otero leaves the U.S. State Department today after overseeing a broad range of issues, including serving as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, during the first term of the Obama Administration. The International Campaign for Tibet thanks Under Secretary Otero and her staff for their […]

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Senator Kerry to face confirmation tomorrow

President Obama’s second term starts with many new members on his national security team, including Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State (nominated). Kerry’s confirmation hearing is Thursday, January 24, and may provide some insight on his views on China and Tibet. Senator Kerry has a long exposure on the Tibet issue, serving on the […]

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State Department cites Tibet as example of US-EU “common strategic engagement”

A senior US official has cited Tibet as an issue where the United States and the European Union can partner on “common strategic engagement” in Asia. In remarks at a December 11 European Union human rights day event in Washington, DC, Under Secretary of State and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero observed that […]

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Statement by Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero

The following is the text of a statement by Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, and United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, December 5, 2012, posted at www.humanrights.gov. Text The United States is deeply concerned and saddened by the continuing violence in Tibetan areas of China and the increasing […]

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Amidst record self-immolations, U.S. Ambassador expresses “high expectations” for change in China’s policies in Tibet

With November witnessing the highest-one month total of self-immolations in Tibet (25 so far), U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke said there were “high expectations” for change on Tibet policy within the new Chinese leadership under Xi Jinping, while cautiously noting that “we’ll just have to wait and see” about improved relations between Chinese and […]

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U.S. State Department report on Tibetan-Chinese dialogue faults Beijing for impasse

In its annual report to Congress on the status of talks between the Chinese and Tibetans, the U.S. State Department faults the Chinese government for the impasse in the dialogue, and for “creating a cycle of repression” in Tibet that has led to the self-immolation crisis. “The U.S. government makes clear its expectation that Beijing […]

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ICT asks Clinton to build toward a “more hopeful trajectory” for Tibet

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is asking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “continue to insist on demonstrable improvements in the human rights situation [in Tibet],” on the eve of what could be her last visit to the People’s Republic of China as America’s senior diplomat. Secretary Clinton is scheduled to meet with Chinese […]

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Congressmen ask State Department to undertake visible, public diplomacy on Tibet

Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on August 9, 2012, calling for the United States to “increase diplomatic and international pressure on the Chinese government to reverse the crisis in Tibet.” The letter observes that the situation in Tibet has demonstrably worsened, as the […]

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State Department reports on continued erosion of religious freedom in Tibet

The U.S. State Department has identified Chinese policies as a cause of the self-immolations in Tibet. In its just-released annual report on religious freedom, the Department wrote that, “official interference in the practice of Tibetan Buddhist religious traditions generated profound grievances and contributed to a series of self-immolations by Tibetans.” “We welcome the Department’s advocacy […]

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US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues talks to VOA Tibetan

Interview in English » Interview in Tibetan » Dialogue between Tibetans in exile and the Chinese government “[W]e do believe that dialogue is the best way in which the longstanding differences that have existed are addressed… We will continue to encourage and to urge and to ask strongly that the Chinese government continue these dialogues. […]

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State Department Report on Human Rights: 2011

Read the full report online at the U.S. Department of State’s website >> 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 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee’s United Front Work Department, […]

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