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ICT’s Government Advocacy

The International Campaign for Tibet works with governments in the United States, the European Union, and around the world to promote policies to help the Tibetan people.

Government advocacy can have a tremendous impact in the effort to improve the lives of Tibetans and to encourage the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way solution of genuine autonomy for Tibet.

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

Bhuchung Tsering testifying

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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U.S. Government Advocacy

The United States Government can be a powerful and effective advocate for Tibet. Through our Government Relations department, ICT works with the U.S. Congress on Tibetan issues, including on legislation to advance a negotiated settlement for Tibet’s future and funding for programs to benefit Tibetans. ICT also collaborates with the U.S. State Department, and especially the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, to ensure that Tibet’s interests are addressed in U.S. foreign policy.

Currently, the United States Government affirms the so-called “one China” policy. At the same time, successive administrations have urged the Chinese leadership to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama with a view to resolving differences. Administration criticism of Chinese government policy in Tibet can be found in annual reports on human rights and religious freedom, and through testimony at Congressional hearings.

European & United Nations Advocacy

Governments in the European Union and around the world can be powerful and effective advocates for Tibet. Through our offices in Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels, ICT works with the European Parliament and European Commission on Tibetan issues, and Parliamentarians in individual European countries to encourage political and financial support for Tibetans.

ICT campaigns various United Nations mechanisms to raise Tibetan issues on the world stage and to have China address these issues. These efforts include testifying before UN commissions, attending UN conferences, and appealing to Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups.