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Make Tibet part of Indo-Pacific strategy, ICT vice president tells Senate hearing

April 9, 2019

Tibet should be a key element in US strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, Bhuchung K. Tsering of the International Campaign for Tibet said at a Senate hearing today, April 9, 2019.

Tsering, ICT’s vice president, was testifying at “ARIA in Action, Part 1: Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law,” hosted by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy. ARIA is the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018, which ensures funds for Tibetan programs and highlights China’s human rights abuses against the Tibetan people.

Tsering delivered a written statement to the subcommittee and submitted three texts for the record: the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China’s March 2019 position paper on access to Tibet; an op-ed by more than 30 parliamentarians across Europe last month calling for access to Tibet; and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 2011 statement explaining Tibetan Buddhism’s reincarnation system and his plans for succession.

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New State Dept. report shows US is serious about ending isolation of Tibet for Americans

March 25, 2019

A new State Department report denouncing China for “systematically” impeding Americans’ travel to Tibet shows the US government is serious about implementing the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act. The report also clearly shows that the widespread discrimination, and in some cases amounting almost to harassment, perpetrated by Beijing against Americans to enforce the complete isolation of Tibet from the outside world, won’t be accepted any longer in Washington.

The report, released March 25, 2019, documents outrageous attempts by Chinese authorities to keep Americans out of Tibet in 2018, including repeatedly denying requests to visit from the US ambassador and other US officials, directly threatening to expel journalists and cruelly preventing Tibetan-Americans from seeing their homeland, which has been in the grips of a brutal Chinese occupation for the past 60 years.

The report is the first significant outcome of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 19, 2018 and takes aim at China’s double standard of denying US diplomats, reporters and tourists entry to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas under Chinese control even though Chinese bureaucrats, state media and ordinary citizens are free to travel throughout the US.

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Tibet must be raised at the EU-China Summit in Beijing

November 20, 2013

Brussels, 20 November 2013 – The European Union (EU) must challenge the worsening of the human rights situation in Tibet at the upcoming summit with China on 21st November in Beijing. The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) also calls upon the EU not to compromise values it promotes through ‘external action’, including human rights, as negotiations begin on the EU’s first stand-alone investment agreement with China.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director at ICT’s Brussels office, said: “The EU should raise human rights in Tibet in all forms of bilateral dialogue with China, including at the highest level. Discussions on human rights should not be confined to the human rights dialogue but should also be integrated into the summit. The EU has an important responsibility in ensuring that Tibet is on the agenda of the upcoming summit with China and that human rights are not sidelined in the face of prevailing economic interests and trade relations.”

During the Summit, negotiations are expected to be launched on a EU-China bilateral investment agreement, which would be EU’s first ever stand-alone investment agreement.

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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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Tibetan immigration measures moves to next stage in U.S. Congress

July 27, 2013

With the United States Senate approving the comprehensive immigration legislation on June 2X, 2013, the effort to enable a few thousand Tibetans to immigrate here has moved to the next stage in the process. The legislation includes a provision to extend immigrant visas to a limited number of displaced Tibetan in India and Nepal.

“Senate passage is a critical step in the effort to enact a comprehensive immigration bill,” said Todd Stein, Director of Government Relations at the International Campaign for Tibet. “While the Tibet measure is just one tiny provision in a huge bill, it can provide big benefits for Tibetan communities in South Asia and America, as well as advance U.S. foreign policy goals.”

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Congressional panel calls for “urgent” and “bold” action on Tibet on eve of Obama-Xi summit

June 6, 2013

ICT’s Bhuchung Tsering testifies with four recommendations to President Obama

At a June 5 hearing on “human rights in Tibet” on the eve of the summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, leaders of Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission called on the Obama Administration to give new impetus to actions that will improve conditions in Tibet.

Commission Co-Chair Frank Wolf (R-VA) said we “have to do something bold and different” on Tibet, called for the next Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues to “bring a freshness to the issue,” and labeled the situation inside Tibet as one of “cultural genocide.” He also urged the State Department to consult the Tibetan community on who they think would be appropriate for the post of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issue.

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