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Access Denied: new US legislation and the lockdown in Tibet

An ICT special report update

In December 2018, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (RATA) became the first major legislation on Tibet signed into law in the US since the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002.

The landmark, bipartisan legislation is an important step toward holding China accountable for restricting access to Tibet. It seeks to challenge the difficulties faced by US diplomats, NGO workers, journalists reporting on human rights abuses and others when they try to enter the isolated and oppressed region. The act does so by denying entry to the US for Chinese officials who are involved in formulating the policies that prohibit American citizens from entering Tibet.

The 90-day period following the adoption of the act on December 19, 2018, during which the US State Department is required to assess Americans’ level of access to Tibet, coincides with a lockdown of Tibet this March, a month of sensitive anniversaries, when foreigners are banned from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

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Access Denied: China’s enforced isolation of Tibet, and the case for reciprocity

An ICT special report

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Tibet Press Watch – Spring 2018

Top Story: Justice, Compassion, Love and Truth

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Tibet Brief – March 2018 (ed. 63)

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Tibet Press Watch – Winter 2017

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Top Story: Standing Tall for Tibet

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Tibet Brief – August 2017 (ed. 60)

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Tibet Brief – June 2017 (ed. 59)

Top Story: 19th EU-China Summit and 35th EU-China Human Rights Dialogue held in Brussels

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Nomads in ‘no man’s land’: China’s nomination for UNESCO World heritage risks imperilling Tibetans and wildlife

 

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