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UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination despite concerns

July 7, 2017

Krakow – In a highly charged political environment today a UNESCO committee voted to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.

Members of the Committee representing different governments spoke up in turn to praise the Chinese government over the nomination, and ICT representative Tenzin Choekyi spoke to the Committee about the dangers and significance of the inscription while Chinese delegates celebrated on the main floor of the meeting.

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Controversial China bid for heritage status in Tibet contravenes UNESCO values

July 6, 2017

Krakow – The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow this week, risks contravening its own guidelines tomorrow (July 7) if it approves without question a controversial nomination by the Chinese government for a vast area of Tibet known as Hoh Xil.

This is despite China’s claim to the Committee that the nomination is welcomed and that it complies with the Committee’s Operational Guidelines, according to a letter seen by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) in Krakow. The letter from the Secretary-General of the Chinese UNESCO Commission also refers to “inaccurate and indefensible” information about the nomination, which is likely to refer to ICT’s report on Hoh Xil (“Achen Gangyap” in Tibetan), as well as evidence from academics on the bid before the Committee for decision tomorrow.

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

New report by ICT launched prior to UNESCO World Heritage meeting in Krakow
June 30, 2017

Krakow – A new report by the International Campaign for Tibet reveals how a Chinese government nomination for UNESCO World Heritage status for a vast area of Tibet – due to be decided in Krakow next week – involves removing Tibetan nomads, who protect the landscape and its wildlife.

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China on the defensive as 11 countries challenge its policies in Tibet

October 22, 2013

Eleven countries spoke up to urge China to improve the human rights of Tibetans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 22. The delegates cited the lack of religious freedom, minority rights, and access of UN officials to Tibet, and called on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama, during oral questioning at the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record.

The questioning represented a broadening and deepening of concern for Tibet from China’s previous UPR in 2009, when four countries specifically mentioned Tibet at the Council session. More than 130 countries spoke up on China’s rights record, with many critical, and some, such as Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Russia, supportive. Each country was given only about 50 seconds to make a statement.

At the end of the session, China dismissed the concerns of countries that highlighted concerns about its human rights record (see below). Its full reply to oral and written questions will be reported on October 25.

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Dalai Lama pays tribute to Polish courage; calls for dialogue to solve world problems

The Dalai Lama called for dialogue to solve the world’s problems, not warfare, before meeting French President Sarkozy in Gdansk, Poland, this weekend, despite pressure from Beijing on the French to cancel the meeting. Both Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama were attending celebrations marking the “5th anniversary of Polish pro-democracy icon Lech Walesa’s winning the […]

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Wild boar and cows provide good karma for Dalai Lama’s birthday in Poland

The Polish group of Students for a Free Tibet and the ecological and cultural association the Gaya Club marked the Dalai Lama’s birthday in traditional Tibetan style by buying animals that would otherwise have been slaughtered, and ensuring that these animals then give service to human beings. The action devised as a tribute to the […]

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Ngawang Sangdrol completes speaking tour of Central and Eastern Europe

On the 28 May 2005 former political prisoner Ngawang Sangdrol completed a 10-day visit to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The visits were arranged at the initiative of ICT Europe and organized in cooperation with the Helsinki Human Rights Foundation of Poland, Lungta of the Czech Republic and the Tibet Support Association in Hungary. […]

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Global vigil for Tibet’s Panchen Lama

Take part in the Global Vigil for Tibet’s Panchen Lama being held in over 21 countries around the world on May 17, 2005 – the 10th anniversary of the Panchen Lama’s disappearance! The vigils will mark China’s abduction and its prolonged and unjustifiable detention of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. This […]

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New Zealand urges China to begin dialogue on Tibet

Several countries, including the EU, New Zealand, Norway, and Canada, referred to the situation in Tibet as the UN Commission on Human Rights began to deliberate on the agenda item that deals with the question of violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world (an item also known as country […]

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