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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2016

The State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016, which was released on August 15, 2017 by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, says the Chinese “authorities engaged in widespread interference in religious practices, especially in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries”. Read the full report online at the U.S. Department of State’s website » China (includes […]

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2015

The State Department released its International Religious Freedom Report for 2015 on August 10, 2016. The following is its section on Tibet highlighting the state of religious freedom of the Tibetan people. The report says, “The U.S. government repeatedly pressed Chinese authorities at multiple levels to respect religious freedom for all faiths and to allow […]

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U.S. State Department details rights abuses, raises concern on Tibet in 2015 Annual Human Rights Report

April 13, 2016

The U.S. State Department has detailed its concern about the “severe repression of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic heritage” in its annual human rights report covering 2015, released today by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “This report gives comprehensive details on issues including lack of access to Tibet, disappearances and torture, sentencing of relatives of those who have self-immolated, and violations of rights of assembly, movement and expression, indicating clearly the continuous and strong concerns of the U.S. government.”

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2014

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 constitution of the People’s Republic of China states citizens enjoy “freedom of religious belief;” however, it limits protections for religious practice to “normal religious activities” and does not define “normal.” […]

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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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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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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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U.S. puts pressure on Chinese over Tibet repression

August 2, 2013

The U.S. State Department has told the Chinese government that policies that “stifle dissent and tighten controls” in Tibet are “counterproductive” and urged reengagement in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama without preconditions.  The delegation, led by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzra Zeya, met with their Chinese counterparts as part of the 18th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue, held in Kunming, China, on July 30-31.

“We are pleased that the State Department prioritized the grave situation in Tibet during its dialogue with the Chinese,” said Todd Stein, Director of Government Relations at the International Campaign for Tibet.  “We hope that engagement was more than a mere exchange of positions by both sides, and that the Chinese side was receptive to suggestions about how policies in Tibetan areas can properly conform to standards under international human rights law.”

In an August 2 press briefing at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya said that, “We also expressed deep concern about China’s stepped-up attempts to silence dissent and tighten controls over Tibetans and Uighurs, emphasizing that policies ostensibly designed to maintain stability are counterproductive when they deny Chinese citizens their universal human rights and fundamental freedoms.  We also urged the Chinese government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives, without preconditions.”

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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 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 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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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, July-Dec 2010

TIBET 
The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), and Tibetan autonomous prefectures (TAPs) and counties in other provinces, as part of the People’s Republic of China. The Department of State follows these designations in its reporting. The United States continues to be concerned for the preservation and development of the Tibetan people’s unique […]

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2010

The U.S. Department of State released its annual International Religious Freedom Report today. See below for the Tibet section, view the full report at www.state.gov. 
TIBET The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), and Tibetan autonomous prefectures (TAPs) and counties in other provinces as part of the People’s Republic of China. The Department […]

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State Department Report on Human Rights: 2009

TIBET The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures, counties, and townships in other provinces to be a part of the People’s Republic of China. The Tibetan population within the TAR was approximately 2.8 million, while the Tibetan population outside the TAR was an estimated 2.9 million. The government strictly […]

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State Department Report on Human Rights: 2008

TIBET The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures, counties, and townships in other provinces to be a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Tibetan population within the TAR was approximately 2.8 million, while the Tibetan population outside the TAR was an estimated 2.9 million. The government […]

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report: 2009

» The following report is available in Tibetan at State Department International Religious Freedom Report, 2009 – Tibetan Translation. TIBET The United States recognizes the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan autonomous prefectures (TAPs), counties, and townships in other provinces, as parts of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The U.S. Department of State follows […]

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State Department International Religious Freedom Report: 2008

TIBET 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 U.S. Department of State follows these designations in its reporting. The preservation and development of the Tibetan people’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic […]

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