United States Senate offices on Capitol Hill and across the country were buzzing on Wednesday as supporters of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act came out en masse to lobby for the bill. The special Lobby Day organized by the International Campaign for Tibet brought together ICT members, Tibetan associations and other activists who urged […]
October 16, 2018
With the clock quickly ticking down before the United States Senate departs for the end of the legislative year, the International Campaign for Tibet will hold an urgent Lobby Day this Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The action comes in response to China’s efforts to stop the Senate from passing the bill, as documented by The Washington Post.
Participants will call on their Senators to cosponsor and support the bill through in-person meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and in Senate state offices across the nation. They will also reach out to their Senators through online advocacy.
March 8, 2018
Tibet Lobby Day 2018 has concluded, following two days of meetings with the offices of Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill. This year more than 120 participants came from 21 states, including from faraway places such as California and Oregon, to lobby their elected representatives in Washington DC to stand up for Tibet. Participants met with Members of Congress, legislative directors, and foreign policy staffers in meetings arranged by the International Campaign for Tibet and presented them with legislative and appropriation requests to benefit Tibet.
The foremost ask this year was for the passage of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, a bipartisan bill designed to end China’s restrictive access policies, which prevent American journalists, diplomats, citizens (including Tibetan-Americans), and others from visiting Tibet. They also urged Congress to continue funding Tibet programs, advocate for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, and to hold Chinese leaders accountable for their human rights violations in Tibet. Finally, participants asked their Members of Congress to sign a bill calling on the Trump Administration to fully implement the US Tibetan Policy Act and nominate a Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, and thanked those who had already done so.
February 28, 2018
Over one hundred Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters from all over the United States are gathering in Washington, D.C., to urge their elected representatives in the government to increase their support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. The 10th annual Tibet Lobby Day will take place from March 4 to 6, 2018.
They will ask Members of Congress to pass legislation that support the aspirations of the Tibetan people, most notably the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2017. They will also urge Congress to continue funding Tibet programs, advocate for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, promote access to Tibetan areas for journalists, citizens, and US officials, and to hold Chinese leaders accountable for their human rights violations in Tibet.
“We’re here to speak for those who cannot”: Tibet Lobby Day sees hundreds advocating for Tibet in world capitals
March 29, 2017
Tibetan leaders and Tibet supporters from the United States, Europe, and Australia urged their governments and Parliaments to offer greater support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. In Washington, over a hundred and thirty Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters visited the offices of more than 250 Members of Congress over the course of the two-day program.
Tibetan leaders and supporters gather in Washington D.C., Brussels, and Canberra for Tibet Lobby Day
March 24, 2017
Hundreds of Tibetan leaders and Tibet supporters from all over the United States, Europe, and Australia are gathering in Washington, Brussels and Canberra to urge their governments and Parliaments to increase their support for Tibet and the Tibetan people. Tibet Lobby Day will take place on March 27-29.
In Washington, over a hundred and thirty Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters will meet for the ninth annual Tibet Lobby Day, and will ask Members of Congress to continue to support the aspirations of the Tibetan people, to continue funding of Tibet programs, advocate for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, promote access to Tibetan areas for US officials, journalists, citizens and to hold Chinese leaders accountable for their human rights violations in Tibet.
March 4, 2016
Over 100 Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters from all across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C. on February 29 and March 1 to raise the awareness of Members of Congress and staffers to the situation in Tibet and to call for stronger US support. The participants met with Members of Congress and staffers reaching more than 120 offices.
Tibetan-American leaders and US supporters participate in eighth annual Tibet Lobby Day in Washington, DC
February 26, 2016
Around one hundred Tibetan American leaders and Tibet supporters from all over the United States have gathered in Washington, D.C. on February 29 – March 1, to lobby for continued U.S. congressional support for Tibet and the Tibetan people.
“The U.S. Congress has played an important role in the lives of the Tibetan people over the last decades, both in in exile and inside Tibet,” said ICT President Matteo Mecacci. “In 2015, Congress undertook several concrete initiatives, adopting resolutions and organizing hearings, as well as arranging a historic Congressional delegation to Tibet; this work continues to critically challenge China’s policies in Tibet,” Mecacci added.
March 4, 2015
The seventh annual Tibet Lobby Day was held in Washington, D.C. from March 2 to 3, 2015. Around 100 Tibetan-Americans and friends of Tibet converged from 15 different states to urge the U.S. Congress to support concrete actions to solve the Tibet crisis and support Tibetans in their effort to protect their culture, religion and identity.
“As a former Tibetan political prisoner who benefited from international support during my imprisonment by the Chinese authorities, the Tibet Lobby Day provided me, as a Tibetan American now, with the opportunity to do something concrete for the Tibetan people,” said Ngawang Sangdrol from Massachusetts, who has been a regular participant of the Tibet Lobby Day. “From my own experience, I can vouch for the fact that any such actions taken internationally do positively impact the Tibetans in Tibet,” Sangdrol added.
On March 18, Tibet Advocacy Day 2013 was organized by the Australian Tibet Council (ATC) in the capital of Canberra. Twelve young Tibetan-Australians shared their personal stories about Tibet with almost 40 national leaders from across the political spectrum. They urged the Australian government to adopt a new approach on the Tibet issue by joining […]
12 Tibetan-Australians headed to Canberra for the second Tibet Advocacy Day, organised by Australia Tibet Council, on 18 March. They met with 40 Members of Parliament and urged the Australian government to join like-minded governments in their efforts to address the escalating crisis in Tibet.
More than 140 Tibetan-Americans and Friends of Tibet converged on Washington, DC, on March 18 and 19, 2013, to urge the U.S. Congress to support concrete actions to solve the Tibet crisis and support Tibetans in their effort to protect their culture, religion and identity. “The experience was extremely phenomenal. As a Tibetan-American I feel […]
The International Campaign for Tibet is pleased to announce that just a week after Tibet Lobby Day, Congress is moving ahead on legislation on Tibet. On Tuesday afternoon (March 27), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S. Res. 356 (read the resolution), which calls on the Chinese government to end repressive policies targeting Tibetans, address […]
Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters from across the United States are visiting the U.S. Congress in the fourth annual ‘Tibet Lobby Day,’ on March 19-20, 2012. Every participant is eager to brief his of her Senators and Representatives on the Tibetan self-immolations and protests and to appeal for U.S. leadership in promoting policy change in Tibet. […]
On February 28 and March 1, 2011, Tibetan-Americans and friends of Tibet from around the United States visited Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional representatives. They are asking Congress to sustain programmatic investments and political support to help Tibetans preserve their identity. They are also urging support for the basic desire of all peoples, […]
Tibetan Americans and Tibet supporters from across the United States have concluded two days of meetings with their Congressional representatives as part of Tibet Lobby Day 2010 (March 1-2). Participants advocated for greater support for Tibet in Congress as constituents and members of the growing Tibetan American community in the United States, with Tibetans and […]
Comments by Lodi Gyari Gyaltsen at a reception hosted by ICT for Tibetan Americans and Tibet supporters participating in Tibet Lobby Day 2010
On Monday, March 1 as part of the International Campaign for Tibet’s Lobby Day program ICT hosted a reception for the Lobby Day participants and friends of ICT. Lodi Gyari, Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Executive Chairman of ICT’s Board of Directors made remarks to the gathering the highlights of which […]
Tibet Lobby Day 2010 – the second annual lobbying event in Washington, DC by Tibetan Americans and friends of Tibet – is taking place this year on Monday, March 1 and Tuesday, March 2. Tibetan Americans and supporters of Tibet are expected to arrive in Washington, DC to thank their Congressional representatives for their record […]
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