30 Years of the International Campaign for Tibet

On March 15, 1988, the International Campaign for Tibet was established to support the Tibetan people’s struggle for human rights and democratic freedoms. From a handful of dedicated individuals, ICT has grown into an international organization empowered by the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

We thank all the good people who have supported ICT’s work over the last 30 years in the belief that the survival of Tibet’s ancient wisdom culture is of profound importance to the very survival of the global community. At this urgent and critical moment in Tibetan history, we recommit our energies and best efforts towards a peaceful solution for Tibet secured in the dignity of the Tibetan people.

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ICT Completes 30 Years of Service to the Tibetan People and Receives Video Message of Support from His Holiness the Dalai Lama »


Introducing Our New Look

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So that the International Campaign for Tibet is able to meet the challenges of today and the future, which are, and will be, much different from those that we have faced in the past, we set about a process of refining and defining the ICT brand. The process included modernizing our communication platforms to build upon the movement as well as to capture the attention of a millennial audience.

Accordingly, we reached out to the New York based consultancy firm, Opperman Weiss, who offered pro bono support in developing this idea. After an intensive consultation period with us, they detailed the ICT brand and outlined our identity, including a com- mon style for all our communication products. One of the outcomes is a new ICT logo, which we are proud to present to you today.

The new ICT logo is a fresh and modern take on the existing flame and word mark. With a redrawn flame icon, new typeface, and simple graphic approach – the new logo symbolizes our brand belief: The Skillful Action of Compassion. Visually, the new logo has a redrawn, more fluid flame; a clear and concise display of typography; and a modern typeface with playful serifs that mimic the ornamentation of Tibetan artwork.

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Accomplishments and Milestones

1988 ICT opens its first office in Washington, D.C.
1990 ICT is involved in efforts to secure 1,000 immigrant visas to the United States for Tibetan refugees
1991 ICT assists in organizing a meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President George H.W. Bush

Following ICT advocacy, Voice of America Tibetan Service is established and begins broadcasting in Tibet, China and elsewhere

President George H.W. Bush signs into law legislation that declares Tibet an occupied country under international law

1993 ICT assists in the first meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton

ICT publishes a ground-breaking report: Nuclear Tibet

1995 ICT hosts a major visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama around the U.S.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents ICT’s Light of Truth award for the first time to A.M. Rosenthal, Richard Gere, Lavinia Currier and Michael Currier

ICT representatives attend the UN 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing

1996 After years of advocacy, Radio Free Asia is established and begins broadcasting into Tibet, China and elsewhere in Tibetan

ICT releases A Season to Purge: Religious Repression in Tibet, highlight the detention of the Panchen Lama

1997 ICT coordinates the hosting of the third meeting of the World Parliamentarian’s Convention on Tibet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and delegates from 27 countries in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State establishes the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues after four years of advocacy by ICT

1999 ICT produces “Tibet’s Stolen Child” a documentary about the plight of the Panchen Lama
2000 ICT and a coalition of partners succeed in making the World Bank cancel its support for China’s resettlement project in a Tibetan area

ICT opens an office in Amsterdam to expand its outreach into Europe

Tibet is featured as part of the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival and His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses thousands on the National Mall

2001 ICT establishes the Tibetan Youth Leadership Program

ICT launches a Chinese language website, liaowangxizang.net, on Tibet

ICT assists in the first meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President George W. Bush

An International Religious Freedom Award is bestowed on ICT in recognition of its “tireless commitment in advancing religious freedom for the Tibetan Buddhist people.”

ICT releases Jampa: The Story of Racism in Tibet and attends the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in South Africa

2002 After six years of advocacy China releases political prisoner Ngawang Choephel who is received upon arrival by ICT

ICT releases Dangerous Crossings, the first annual report that examines the plight of Tibetans who cross the border into exile

ICT helps secure passage of the Tibetan Policy Act through direct and grassroots lobbying. The Act institutionalizes programmatic and political support for Tibet in the U.S. government

ICT establishes an office in Berlin, Germany

The first of nine rounds of dialogue between representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the People’s Republic of China take place in Beijing

2005 The Rowell Fund for Tibet is established to provide grants to Tibetan photographers, journalists, women activists and environmentalists in memory of the late Galen and Barbara Rowell
2006 Phuntsok Nydron, the last of the imprisoned “singing nuns” is released after 15 years in prison
2007 ICT is awarded the prestigious Geuzen Medal by the Dutch Geuzen Resistance 1940-1945 Foundation

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is awarded the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Congressional Gold Medal by the U.S. Congress. ICT members helped support this Congressional initiative

2008 Protests erupt across the Tibetan plateau

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi leads a bipartisan delegation of Members of the U.S. Congress to Dharamsala, India. Accompanied by ICT Vice President, Mary Beth Markey

2009 ICT establishes an office in Brussels, Belgium

Tapey, a Tibetan monk, sets himself on fire as a form of protest. His is the first reported self-immolation inside Tibet in modern times

ICT organizes the first Tibet Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. which brings Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters from across the United States to lobby the U.S. Congress

President Obama sends a delegation to Dharamsala to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

2010 President Barack Obama meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama and commends his Middle Way Approach
2011 ICT joins the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
2012 His Holiness the Dalai Lama transfers governmental duties to a democratically elected Tibetan leadership

ICT establishes a partnership with the Australia Tibet Council

ICT publishes 60 Years of Chinese Misrule: Arguing Cultural Genocide in Tibet

2014 ICT findings on self immolations in Tibet presented at UN Human Rights Council
2015 ICT highlights enforced disappearances in Tibet at the 27th Human Rights Council Session

ICT works for Congressional passage of resolutions highlighting China’s policies in Tibet and honoring His Holiness’ contributions on his 80th birthday

ICT publishes Blue Gold from the Highest Plateau: Tibet’s Water and Global Climate Change, and presents the report at the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21

2016 A U.S. Congressional delegation, led by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, visits Tibet

Golog Jigme, a respected Tibetan Buddhist monk, teacher and former political prisoner, gives powerful testimony in a U.S. Congressional hearing

ICT establishes a partnership with the Tibet Society (TS)

ICT hosts a special event for members, A Conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and ICT Chairman Richard Gere in Washington, D.C.

2017 A bipartisan Congressional delegation led by Leader Nancy Pelosi and accompanied by ICT President Matteo Mecacci travel to Dharamsala, India for meetings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan leadership for the first time since 2008

Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act is introduced in the House and the Senate. It calls for American citizens to have access to Tibet equal to what Chinese citizens have to the United States