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Statement as prepared for delivery by Kelsang Gyaltsen, Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs 31 March 2009 – Brussels Mr. Chairman and honourable members of the Committee, at this critical time for Tibet, I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to the European Parliament for its consistent and principled support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his efforts to find […]

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In US and Europe, a unified message to China: negotiate with the Dalai Lama on Tibet

With Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Washington last week, both President Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives stated that the U.S. government expects Beijing to negotiate with the Dalai Lama’s representatives on a durable solution for Tibet, despite repeated demands by Chinese officials to drop the Tibet issue. “The statements by the President […]

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European Parliament Resolution of 12 March 2009 on the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising

European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2009 on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on China and Tibet, in particular its resolutions of 10 April 2008 on Tibet (Texts adopted, P6_TA(2008)0119.) and […]

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50th anniversary of Tibetan uprising: European Parliament urges China to negotiate

In a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday 12 March 2009 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule, the Chinese Government is urged to resume talks with the Dalai Lama’s representatives with a view to “positive, meaningful change in Tibet”, not ruling out autonomy, which is a solution […]

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Dalai Lama addresses European Parliament

The Dalai Lama addressed approximately 600 members of European Parliament today during a Plenary Session in Brussels. The Dalai Lama spoke on human values and the fate of Tibet. Commenting on European countries’ relations with China, the Dalai Lama said that while it is important to maintain close ties, “if you are a true friend […]

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Jailed Chinese dissident and Tibet supporter wins top European human rights award on eve of Asia-Europe summit

Despite pressure from Beijing, European Parliamentarians have awarded imprisoned Chinese dissident Hu Jia the most important human rights award in the European Union, the Sakharov Prize. Hu Jia, who has spoken out in support of Tibet, was given the prize “on behalf of all silenced voices in China and Tibet”, according to European Parliamentarians. The […]

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Dalai Lama and Chinese dissident nominated for major human rights award

The Dalai Lama has been chosen of one of eight nominees for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded by the European Parliament to honour individuals or organizations who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights. Previous winners of the Prize, named after Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, include Aung […]

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European Parliament resolution on China and Tibet – Poettering not attending opening ceremony

In a new resolution on China and Tibet adopted on the 10 July, European Parliament remains concerned about human rights abuses in China and Tibet. Contrary to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, announced that he will not be attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in […]

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European Parliament resolution on the arrest of the Chinese dissident Hu Jia

The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on the human rights situation in China, – having regard to the latest two rounds of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights held in Beijing on 17 October 2007 and in Berlin on 15-16 May 2007, – having regard to the public hearing held on […]

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European Parliament resolution on Burma references Dalai Lama statement

The Dalai Lama’s statement on Burma is referenced in a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 27 September protesting against the repression of anti-government demonstrations. With a visiting parliamentary delegation from China looking on from the gallery of the Chamber, the European Parliament also chose to send a pointed message regarding their government’s role […]

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European Parliament adopts a new report on human rights dialogue with China

On September 6, The European Parliament adopted a report drafted by Elena Valenciano Martinez-Orozco (Spain, European Socialist Group) calling on the Commission and Council to ensure a greater degree of coherence in the EU’s human rights dialogues with third countries (China, Russia, Iran). In the report, members of the European Parliament stress the need for […]

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European Parliament calls the EU Council and the Commission to support the Sino-Tibetan dialogue

The European Parliament has adopted during the Plenary Session in Strasbourg today (April 26 2007) its Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2006. A specific paragraph of the report concerns China, where it is stated that “despite significant economic reforms, political and human rights concerns still persist regarding such matters as political imprisonment, […]

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European and Canadian Parliaments pass measures supporting Dialogue process

The European Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg, France, today adopted a resolution on the Dialogue between the Chinese Government and Envoys of the Dalai Lama. The comprehensive resolution includes recommendations to the European Union on a more vigorous approach in support of the dialogue and, specifically, “urges the government of the People’s Republic of China and […]

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The Nangpa Pass Incident (September 2006)

China’s Use of Force on Tibetan Civilians Along the Tibet-Nepal Border “THEY ARE SHOOTING THEM LIKE DOGS.” -Sergiu Matei, Romanian cameraman, on witnessing the shooting of Tibetan refugees on September 30. His comment was heard on his footage of the shooting that was broadcast around the world, refuting the Chinese official explanation of the incident […]

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European Parliament adopts critical China Report

Brussels: The European Parliament has adopted a report strongly criticizing the human rights situation in China, including Tibet. The report was approved by 351 votes for and 48 against, with 160 abstentions and comes on the eve of a high-level EU-China summit, which will be held on 9 September in Helsinki. The report “deplores the […]

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President of European Parliament to visit Tibet

The President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell, will be visiting Beijing, Lhasa and Shanghai from 8 to 14 July 2006 on his first official visit to China. Borrell has stated that he “intends to see as much as possible of what the real China is today: the political authorities, the economic transformation, and a […]

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European Parliament stands firm on situation of Tibetan refugees in Nepal

At the end of the European Parliament’s Plenary Session in Strasbourg on 29 September, the current human rights situation in Nepal was debated. In an adopted resolution on Nepal, MEP’s called “firmly once again on the Nepalese Government to re-establish the Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office (TRWO) in Kathmandu and to allow the representative office of […]

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European Parliament condemns China’s repression of religion

On Thursday 8 September the European Parliament adopted a resolution with 78 votes in favour to 5 against with 1 abstention on breaches of human rights in China, in particular as regards freedom of religion. The Parliament called on the Chinese Government to put an end to religious repression and to ensure that it respects […]

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