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The International Campaign for Tibet condemns China’s threatened retaliation against University of California, San Diego

June 21, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet strongly condemns China’s threat of retaliation against an American university and its Chancellor for inviting the Dalai Lama to give its commencement address on June 17, 2017. The University of California, San Diego, had invited the Dalai Lama to its commencement this year. Some students from China led by the UC San Diego chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) objected to the invitation to the Dalai Lama, but without being able to give any logical reason why he was inappropriate.

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EU: Suspend China Human Rights Dialogue

EU and its 28 Members Lack Strategy, Credibility to Bring Change
June 19, 2017

Brussels – The European Union should cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements, seven human rights organizations said today. The next EU-China human rights dialogue is scheduled for June 22-23, 2017, in Brussels. The organizations include Amnesty International, Initiatives for China, the International Campaign for Tibet, the International Service for Human Rights, Human Rights in China, Human Rights Watch, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.

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19th EU-China Summit: European Parliamentarians and NGOs call on President Tusk to raise the issue of Tibet

May 30, 2017

A rally by a coalition of NGOs urging the EU to raise the bleak human right situation in China will take place on June 2, 10.30 am – 12 pm at Schuman circle. The rally will include representatives from the Tibetan and Uyghur communities, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and International Campaign for Tibet.

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ICT, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders ask German government to raise human rights issues with Chinese PM

May 30, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet, Amnesty International and Reporter Without Borders, have issued a joint statement calling on the German government to raise human rights issues with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, who visits Berlin on May 31, for talks with the German government.

The three NGOs urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to raise the worsening human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China and to demand concrete steps to improve the situation, while pointing to the systematically heightened repression since Xi Jinping had become President of the PRC, be it in terms of repressive laws, the use of torture, unlawful detention and persecution of dissent, of activists and journalists, as well as repressive policies in Tibet and Xinjiang.

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ICT concerned by cuts to Tibet Programs proposed by President Trump’s budget

May 26, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet is concerned by the reduction of financial support to Tibet programs, as proposed in President Donald Trump‘s fiscal year 2018 budget, announced on May 23, 2017.

The United States Congress and US Administrations have for the last few decades supported the aspirations of the Tibetan people “to safeguard Tibet’s distinct historical, religious, cultural, and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights.” as stated by numerous Congressional Resolutions, US Presidents statements and the Tibetan Policy Act.

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Senate confirms Terry Branstad as U.S. Ambassador to China as he commits to “urge Chinese authorities to engage in meaningful and direct dialogue with the Dalai Lama”

May 22, 2017

On May 22, 2017, Mr. Terry Branstad was confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Ambassador to China. During the confirmation hearing before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 2, 2017 Mr. Branstad faced questions including on Tibet and human rights.

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Reports on Tibet by Washington Post journalist win two major awards

May 15, 2017

A report by Washington Post China Bureau Chief Simon Denyer of a Tibetan woman’s death that was silenced by police won a Human Rights Award from the Foreign Correspondents Club, Hong Kong (FCCHK) at an event on May 13, 2017.

Correspondent Simon Denyer’s article,“A woman’s gruesome hanging shocked Tibet — but police have silenced all questions,” was chosen in the English Spot News category. Simon had travelled to Tibet to follow the story of the death of 27-year-old Tsering Tso, who was found hanged by a small bridge near her home, and published the report in August 2016. Simon’s report followed the publication in English, translated by ICT, of a rare appeal to Xi Jinping by a group of Tibetan villagers in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) whose attempts to seek justice for the death of a local woman were met with a brutal crackdown by police acting in complicity with local officials.

The Human Rights Awards are jointly organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong, Amnesty International Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. According to a statement by FCCHK, they were ”the first such honours created in Asia and are the region’s top awards for human rights-related reporting.” There were 122 submissions from English-language print and broadcast media and 58 photojournalism entries.

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ICT writes to countries attending China’s Belt and Road Forum not to put trade before human rights issues

May 12, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet has written to governments in Europe that are sending delegates to China’s first Belt & Road Forum (BRF) not to put trade before human rights. The letter urged them to include the deteriorating human rights situation in China, and in particular in Tibet, in their bilateral talks with their Chinese counterparts, and to include references to human rights and the rule of law in any joint statement adopted at the summit.

The Belt and Road Forum, part of China’s One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR), will be held on May 14 and 15, 2017 in Beijing. It aims to put China at the center of global economic affairs and to expand links between it and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. However, given China’s political situation, there is fear that this will lead to strengthening the effort of countries that put trade before human rights and respect for a community’s culture and environment.

“While this initiative might benefit some countries’ economic development, the international community has an equally important responsibility in ensuring that human rights are not sidelined in the face of economic interests and trade relations with China,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet.

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Emmanuel Macron and His Holiness the Dalai Lama

ICT congratulates French President-elect Emmanuel Macron

May 8, 2017

On Sunday May 7, 66.10% of voters in the second round of the French Presidential elections voted in favor of Emmanuel Macron, who becomes the eighth and youngest French President.

“The International Campaign for Tibet would like to congratulate Mr. Emmanuel Macron for being successfully elected as the new French President. While ICT appreciates some of the efforts made by previous French governments on Tibet at the national, EU and UN levels, we call on President-elect Macron to amplify them and put human rights and the respect of the rule of law at the center of French relations with China,” said Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director based in Brussels.

Mr. Macron met the Dalai Lama during his last visit to France in September 2016. Soon after, Mr. Macron posted on his Twitter account a photo of the Dalai Lama offering him a khata with the following comment: “J’ai vu le visage de la bienveillance” (“I have seen the face of kindness”). According to an aide of Mr. Macron, this meeting has allowed an exchange of views on “…freedom of religion and the role of religion in our societies.”

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Pelosi Dalai Lama

Leader Nancy Pelosi Leads Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Dharamsala

Part of trip to Asia & Europe focusing on national security, global economy, bilateral and multilateral relations, and human rights

May 5, 2017

A bipartisan Congressional delegation led by Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is visiting Dharamsala in India on May 9 and 10 to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, and representatives of Tibetan civil society.

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Statement by the International Campaign for Tibet on the US-China Presidential Summit

April 10, 2017

The first summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held on April 6 and 7, 2017, in the United States ended without any detailed announcement of the outcome. Addressing the media briefly between meetings, President Trump said, “I think we have made tremendous progress in our relationship with China” but no specifics were given. President Xi Jinping said, “(W)e have further built up understanding and established a kind of trust, and we have initially built up a working relationship and friendship.”

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On Eve of Chinese President’s US visit, Congressional Bicameral Bill Calls for Americans to Receive the Same Access to Tibet that Chinese Citizens Enjoy in the United States

McGovern, Hultgren, Rubio, Baldwin introduce Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act in both House and Senate of the US Congress to lift restrictions on US citizens’ access to Tibet

April 4, 2017

On the eve of the first summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a bipartisan legislation to promote access by Americans to Tibetan areas, which is routinely denied by Chinese authorities, has been introduced by Senator Rubio (R-FL) and Baldwin (D-WI) in the Senate and by Congressmen McGovern (D-MI) and Hultgren (R-WI) in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress on April 4, 2017.

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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.

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Shadow of dust across the sun: how tourism is used to counter Tibetan cultural resilience

A special report by ICT

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March 10

Members of Congress Express Solidarity with Tibetans on National Uprising Day Anniversary

March 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement in observance of Tibetan Uprising Day, which commemorates resistance to occupation by Chinese government forces in Tibet on March 10, 1959:

“Each March 10th, we honor the determination of those who stood against the Chinese government’s brutal attack on Tibetans during the Lhasa Uprising. These people of faith, propelled by the longing to preserve their religion and culture stood defiant in the face of oppression. Refusing to be silenced by violence; they cried out for their just cause. And, around the world, we heard them and continue to hear their cause today.

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Rabi Ray, Tibet Supporter and Friend of ICT Passes Away

March 8, 2017

Mr. Rabi Ray, a noted Indian political leader and former speaker of the Indian Parliament, passed away on March 6, 2017 in India. He was a true friend and supporter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.

Mr. Rabi Ray involved himself with several Tibet-related organizations in India, including heading the India -Tibet Friendship Society. He was also a member of the International Campaign for Tibet’s International Council of Advisors.

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2017 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) in Washington, DC

March 3, 2017

The 2017 Tibetan Youth Leadership Program (TYLP) is a unique week-long leadership development program organized by the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, DC for Tibetan-American college students. It will be held from June 3 to June 9, 2017.

The TYLP is designed to motivate and train young Tibetans to become effective leaders within the Tibetan community by providing meaningful exposure to the US political process and the discourse around foreign policy in the American capital. Through workshops, discussions and hands-on activities, participants will develop and sharpen their leadership skills.

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Gelek Rimpoche

ICT Mourns the Passing of Tibetan Buddhist Scholar Gelek Rimpoche

February 15, 2017

The International Campaign for Tibet was saddened to learn of the passing away of Gelek Rimpoche, a Buddhist scholar and an eminent master. In a message to Mrs. Colleen Smiley and to members of Jewel Heart (the organization Rimpoche established), ICT President Matteo Mecacci offered our heartfelt condolences.

Rimpoche was renowned for his scholarship, both within the Buddhist community and the broader society. He was a friend of the International Campaign for Tibet, having been kind enough to be on our Advisory Board and taking time whenever possible to provide counsel to us.

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