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EU urges unconditional talks on Tibet and offers to become more involved

The European Union has said that the “opening of direct dialogue” by the Chinese leadership with the Dalai Lama to resolve the Tibetan issue should be without any preconditions. In a statement on behalf of Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, released on March 10, 2005 Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, said, “We […]

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European Parliament supports non-violent solution for Tibet

On December 14, Mr. Thomas Mann, MEP, announced the re-establishment of the European Parliament’s Intergroup for Tibet after gaining the support of 120 MEPs and three of the party groups in the new parliament. This was a particularly important seal of approval for the group, as the number of proposed intergroups had increased enormously following […]

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MEPs oppose lifting the EU’s China arms embargo

The European Parliament has voted strongly in favour of the EU retaining its 15-year ban on arms sales to China. In session in Strasbourg, the Parliamentarians voted 572 against lifting the embargo while 72 MEPs voted in favour of the lifting. Those in favour of lifting the embargo came primarily from Communist groups while all […]

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Tibet Intergroup members fare well in European Parliament elections

Results of the European Parliament elections held earlier this week show that 17 persons from the 31-member European Parliament (EP) Intergroup for Tibet are returning to the European Parliament. “We are encouraged that more than half of the Tibet Intergroup members will be coming back to the Parliament,” said Ms. Tsering Jampa, Executive Director, International […]

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European Parliament calls for China to drop preconditions to dialogue with the Dalai Lama

Parliamentarians from across Europe today called on China to drop all preconditions to negotiations with the Dalai Lama and reiterated their call for the immediate appointment of a EU Special Representative for Tibet to facilitate meaningful dialogue between Beijing and Dharamsala. The calls were made by Members of the European Parliament and EU National Parliaments […]

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Address to the European Parliament Forum on Tibet in Brussels

Mr. Chairman, distinguished members of the Parliament, ladies and gentleman, It is an honour for me to address this important forum on Tibet. I thank very much the organizers of this timely conference: The EP Tibet Intergroup, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Security and Defence Policy and the China Delegation of the […]

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European Parliament holds forum on Tibet

The European Parliament will pay serious attention to the issue of Tibet at the “European Parliament Forum on Tibet: EU Response to Sino-Tibetan Dialogue” to be held at the European Parliament, Brussels on Wednesday 12 November at 3.00pm. The Tibet Forum will identify various steps the EU can take to help advance a dialogue process […]

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European Parliament passes resolution on human rights in Tibet and two Tibetans given death sentences by China

Strasbourg – The European Parliament today unanimously passed a resolution (text below) focusing on both the human rights situation in Tibet and on the cases of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and Lobsang Dhondup, who were sentenced to death by China in suspect trial proceedings earlier this month. The sentences have sparked international outcry, as the trials […]

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European Parliamentarians call for EU Special Representative on Tibet

A European Parliamentarian Conference on Tibet in Brussels has urged the Council and Commission of the European Union to appoint a Special Representative on Tibet to promote earnest negotiations to resolve the Tibetan issue. In a report on the conference, the Bureau du Tibet in Brussels said the conference felt such an office would assist […]

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EU emphasizes priority on human rights in external relations

Human rights must become a priority in all areas of the EU’s external relations, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said while adopting its annual report on human rights in the world and EU human rights policy in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In this year’s report, which focuses mainly on modern forms of slavery, […]

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ICT cautions European Parliament on TAR delegation

Amsterdam. The International Campaign for Tibet asked the European Parliament to consider the propaganda nature of a delegation from the Tibet Autonomous Region currently visiting Belgium. The delegation, led by TAR government chairman Ragdi, is scheduled to meet the European Parliament leaders in Brussels on March 26, 2002. In the letter, addressed to European Parliament […]

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ICT-Europe congratulates new European Parliament President

Amsterdam. The International Campaign for Tibet-Europe sent a message to Mr. Patrick Cox congratulating on his election as the President of the European Parliament. In the January 21, 2002, message ICT-Europe Director Tsering Jampa said, “Over the years, the European Parliament has consistently demonstrated its support for Tibet by adopting significant resolutions including one last […]

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The Dalai Lama’s address to the European Parliament

Madame Speaker, Honorable Members of the Parliament, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great honor for me to address the European Parliament. I believe the European Union is an inspiring example for a cooperative and peaceful co-existence among different nations and peoples and deeply inspiring for people like myself who strongly believe in the need […]

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European Parliament hosts Dalai Lama: message of peace and tolerance among nations

Amsterdam – On October 24, the European Parliament will host a first-ever address by the Dalai Lama to its plenary meeting. The Nobel Peace Laureate and Tibetan leader is expected to urge peaceful reconciliation among nations. In this context, the Dalai Lama is also expected to ask for continued European support for his efforts to […]

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European Parliament supports resolution against China at UN

The International Campaign for Tibet applauds the European Parliament’s decision to pass a resolution on China’s deteriorating human rights practices. “This vote shows how much the mood in Europe is swinging towards a new, realistic approach of dealing with China”, says Tsering Jampa, director of ICT Europe. It remains to be seen how much effort […]

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