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US-China human rights dialogue planned for December 2002

The United States announced on October 24, 2002, that it will hold its 11th human rights dialogue with China in Beijing during the week of December 16, 2002. State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip T. Reeker said that Lorne W. Craner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, will lead the U.S. delegation. […]

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report: 2002

TIBET (The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)–hereinafter referred to as “Tibet”–to be part of the People’s Republic of China. The preservation and development of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage and protection of its people’s fundamental human rights continue to be of concern.) The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China […]

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State Department religion report says religious repression in Tibet remains high

On Monday, October 7 the U.S. Department of State released its annual report on International Religious Freedom. The report states that “the level of religious repression in Tibet remained high, and the Government’s record of respect for religious freedom remained poor.” When releasing the report, Secretary of State Colin Powell said that U.S. officials “categorically […]

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United States welcomes Takna Jigme’s release

The United States has welcomed the release of Takna Jigme Sangpo and his arrival here for medical treatment, State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker revealed said a statement on July 16, 2002. Following is the full text of the statement. Press Statement (Revised) Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman Washington, DC July 16, 2002 Release of […]

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State Department monitoring Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s case

The State Department said yesterday that they were monitoring the development of the detention of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan lama, in Lithang (eastern Tibet). Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was arrested on April 7, 2002, under suspicion of involvement in a series of bomb blasts in the region. Reacting to media enquiries, a State Department […]

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US report sharply critical of Chinese policies in Tibet

In its annual human rights report, released today, the State Department said “repressive social and political controls continue to limit the fundamental freedoms of Tibetans and risk undermining Tibet’s unique cultural, religious, and linguistic heritage.” According to the report, severe restrictions on traditional Tibetan religious practices, substantial increase of Chinese presence in Tibetan areas, discrimination […]

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Tibet Section of State Department 2001 Human Rights Report

(The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) – hereinafter referred to as “Tibet” – to be part of the People’s Republic of China. The preservation and development of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage and protection of its people’s fundamental human rights continue to be of concern.) Respect for the Integrity of […]

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Tibetan monks create sand mandala in Washington DC to help heal America

A group of 20 Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery began construction of a Buddhist sand mandala in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2002 noon as a room full of people, including senior officials of the State Department, Representative of the Office of Tibet in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the International Campaign for Tibet, […]

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U.S. says no plans for a fourth communique with China

The United States says the existing framework of its relationship with China allows it to pursue the goals it needs to pursue with China, thus ruling out any possibility of a new communique. State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher was responding to a question on his comments on Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s op-ed in the Washington Post […]

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Roosevelt Human Rights Award for Congressman Wolf

Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) was one of the recepients of the State Department’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights Work this year. The award was presented on December 13 by the Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage. Armitage cited Congressman Wolf’s support for Tibet as part of his “distinguished record as a leader on human […]

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ICT Director testifies before Congress

Bhuchung Tsering, Director of the International Campaign for Tibet, testified for a Congressional Human Rights Caucus briefing on the human rights situation in Tibet (December 6, 2001). Congressmen Mark Udall (D-CO) chaired the Briefing attended by Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Congressman Stephen Horn from California. The purpose of the briefing was to highlight the […]

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Paula Dobriansky named Tibet Coordinator

Secretary of State Colin Powell has designated Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary for Global Affairs, as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues in the Bush Administration. Dobriansky will take on this responsibility in addition to her current position. In appointing an Under Secretary of State, Powell has elevated the stature of the position from the Assistant […]

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Tibet activists confront Qian Qichen at State Department

Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen arrived at the State Department last night to demonstrators protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet. The group was holding a vigil at the State Department in protest of China’s persecution of Tibetans and to urge the Bush Administration to pressure Beijing to restore political freedom to the Tibetan people through […]

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Powell supports Tibet Coordinator position in State Department restructuring

Secretary of State Colin Powell has eliminated 23 out of 55 special envoys, representatives, and advisor positions in a move to downsize the State Department, but the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is among the positions he will retain. “This is a significant indication that Secretary Powell believes in the efficacy of […]

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Taft steps down as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

In an anticipated move as part of the transition from the Clinton Administration to the Bush Administration, Julia Taft has resigned her post as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Her resignation also means that she will no longer carry out her duties as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, an appointment […]

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Secretary of State-Designate Powell expresses importance of Tibet and role of Special Coordinator

General Colin Powell expressed the incoming administration’s “interest in solidarity with the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet” when he appeared today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing. His statement came in response to interest from the Committee regarding the Bush Administrations approach to Tibet policy. Several Senators, including Chairman […]

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Tibetans struggle with rights in Nepal

In Kathmandu yesterday, December 10, more than 2,000 Tibetan school children, monks, nuns, and laity gathered at the Boudanath Stupa to celebrate the anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize. Under the watchful eye of Nepali police, some in riot gear with batons, the Tibetans chanted, sang, and danced for more than […]

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Tibetans suffer ‘serious human rights abuses’ according to U.S. State Department report

The State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999 described in detail a situation in Tibet of “tight controls on religion and on other fundamental freedoms.” “This report provides ample evidence of why the Administration should abandon its effort to secure permanent normal trade status with China and keep its annual review process,” […]

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