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Tibetan Buddhist leader the Karmapa discusses climate change and Tibet Third Pole during first visit to UK

June 2, 2017

During his first visit to the UK from May 17 to 28, 2017, the Karmapa, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist leader, joined former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams together with scientists, scholars and cultural figures for a dialogue on the environment hosted by the International Campaign for Tibet and Inspire Dialogue Foundation.

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Beijing says UK ‘insignificant’ despite PM’s soft diplomacy on China visit

December 13, 2013

Visit demonstrates need for unified EU Approach to Dalai Lama and Tibet

Despite UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s conciliatory approach to the Chinese authorities and assertions that he had no plans to meet the Dalai Lama again, as his Beijing visit concluded last week the Chinese state media characterised Britain as an insignificant old country useful only ‘for travel and study’.

Prime Minister Cameron headed the largest trade delegation from Britain to visit China from December 2-4 following a period of diplomatic chill in UK-China relations, which the Chinese authorities blamed on a meeting in May 2012 between the Dalai Lama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg. But there was no evidence of an adverse impact on trade ties, and some figures showed an increase in trade with the UK since the meeting. The UK PM was strongly criticised in the British press for his approach to China, which several correspondents described as ‘humiliating’, with strong concerns being raised about his focus on trade to the detriment of core European values of human rights and democracy.

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Tibetan Parliamentarians conclude European tour with UK visit

December 4, 2013

Five Tibetan Parliamentarians, in a delegation led by Speaker Penpa Tsering, concluded a European tour hosted by ICT last week with an eight-day visit to the UK. The delegation was in Britain prior to Prime Minister Cameron’s visit to China (December 2-4).

The group had a full schedule of meetings with UK Parliamentarians, speaking engagements, and cultural visits in London, including a meeting with British House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who hosted the Dalai Lama in his chambers in June, 2012. Mr Bercow expressed strong support for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan cause during the meeting.

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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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Britain emphasizes no policy change on Tibet amid concern over implications of one-sided China deals for UK

October 22, 2013

  • A recent visit by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne to China and the announcement of a series of one-sided Chinese deals in critical UK infrastructure has raised concerns about the implications for Britain’s future and its core values of human rights and democracy.
  • The new agreements with China follow a period of diplomatic chill in UK-China relations, which the Chinese authorities blamed on a meeting in May 2012 between the Dalai Lama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg, although there was no evidence of an adverse impact on trade ties.

Kai Muller, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet in Germany, said today: “The Chinese insistence on the Dalai Lama as the ‘problem’ in bilateral relations with the UK was likely to be part of an elaborate strategy by the Chinese authorities to gain the upper hand in the diplomatic relationship. The new developments following the UK Chancellor’s visit to China raise serious questions about the relationship with a Party state whose values, interests and practices are so clearly at odds with European democracies. Of course engagement and trade links with China are important, but not at the expense of European values of freedom and democracy, and certainly not without reciprocity and transparency.”

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Kirti Rinpoche, Chief Abbot of Kirti Monastery, in London this week

London March 19-23, 2013 Press briefing at the Legatum Institute, Friday, March 22, 9.45 for 10 am Since 2009, more than 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire, calling for freedom and for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. This is one of the biggest waves of self-immolation as political protest globally in […]

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The Dalai Lama receiving the Templeton Prize

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meets British Prime Minister following Templeton Prize ceremony in London

On May 14, the Dalai Lama met British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy in the ruling coalition, Nick Clegg. In response to the stormy reaction from Beijing to the meeting, the British government said that it was up to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to choose with whom they meet. Earlier […]

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European foreign policy chief and UK Foreign Minister express strong concern over Tibetan self-immolationsEuropean foreign policy chief and UK Foreign Minister express strong concern over Tibetan self-immolations

European foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton has made a strong statement about the self-immolations of Tibetans in a response to concerns raised by two European Parliamentarians, Barbara Lochbihler, Chairwoman of the Sub-Committee of Human Rights, and Laszlo Tokes, the Vice-President of the European Parliament. In the letter, a copy of which was obtained from […]

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Human rights promotion an “irreducible core” of foreign policy, reports UK Foreign Secretary

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office released its annual Human Rights and Democracy Report on March 31, in which the British Foreign Secretary William Hague asserts that a commitment to promoting human rights around the world is part of an “irreducible core” of UK foreign policy. Mary Beth Markey, President of the International Campaign for […]

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UK Foreign Office releases 2009 Annual Report on Human Rights

On March 17 the British Foreign Secretary, David Milliband, released the 2009 Annual Report on Human Rights. The report coversthe Foreign Office’s work in 22 countries, including China. Excerpted below isthe information pertaining to Tibet. The full report can be viewed here » Tibet The Chinese authorities say that Tibet is now stable andsecure but […]

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New British statement on Tibet

The British Government has issued an important statement on Tibet that is a strong assertion of support for the dialogue between the Chinese Government and envoys of the Dalai Lama. The envoys have been pressing the Chinese for a resolution of issues that would lead to a solution for Tibet based on genuine autonomy for […]

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Governments criticize Nepal authorities for detention of three Tibetans and mistreatment of Tibetan protestors in Nepal

The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, and France have issued a joint demarche to the Nepal government objecting to the detention of three Tibetan community leaders on June 19, and to the harsh treatment of Tibetans in Kathmandu protesting against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet since March […]

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Dalai Lama briefs Prime Minister and leaders of all major parties on visit to UK

The Dalai Lama began an 11-day visit to Britain on Tuesday, 20 May. Britain is the second stop, following Germany, on a five-country tour around the globe. On Wednesday, 21 May, His Holiness met the leader of the opposition Conservative Party, David Cameron, who said:” We had a wide-ranging discussion about the situation in Tibet […]

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International Tibet scholars call on China to end harsh repressions in Tibet, should stop tactic of blaming the Dalai Lama

An international group of Tibet scholars have asked President Hu Jintao and China to take steps to end the harsh repression in Tibet saying “that silence is no longer an option for a group whose members have devoted their professional lives to the study of Tibet’s culture and history.” In an open letter to President […]

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British Premier phones Chinese Premier on Tibet development, says will meet Dalai Lama during London visit

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the British Parliament on March 19, 2008 that he had telephoned Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao today calling for an end to the violence in Tibet. Addressing the Members of Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Brown responded to a question by Rt Hon David […]

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Motion on Sino-Tibetan dialogue presented to Scottish Parliament

A motion on the Sino-Tibetan dialogue has been presented to the Scottish Parliament calling for “pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework and the territorial integrity of China and fulfil the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.” The motion follows the passing of measures supporting the Dialogue process […]

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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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UK parliamentary committee says China’s assertion on Dalai Lama flies in the face of his public statements

The Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Commons in the United Kingdom has said that “the Chinese assertion that the Dalai Lama advocates Tibetan independence flies in the face of public statements made by the Dalai Lama.” It has recommended that the British Government continue to press the Chinese Government on the […]

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