Ahead of President Macron’s first official visit to the People’s Republic of China from 8-10 January, ICT has released a statement urging him to use this opportunity to raise the issue of Tibet with his Chinese interlocutors, including President Xi Jinping.
The Tibet Brief is an ICT publication for policy-makers, providing concise information and perspectives on the political, economic and human rights situation in Tibet. In this edition: Major religious festival cancelled at Larung Gar amid further tightening of religious freedom; 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress confirm Xi Jinping’s grip on power and indicates likely continued hardline position on Tibet; Delegation of Tibetan Parliamentarians visits Europe; Germany political parties committed to support Dalai Lama and Tibet; Central Tibetan Administration holds international conference on the future of the Tibetan movement; U.S. lawmakers call on President Trump to support Tibet; Australia Tibet Council’s new report highlights Chinese influence on Australian Tibet policy (…)
This International Campaign for Tibet overview, based on analysis of numerous official and unofficial sources, seeks to track the latest developments in Tibet at the time of the Party Congress. This is in the context of the Chinese authorities’ sweeping political and strategic objectives in Tibet and the rise of a ‘control state’, in which the Party has an increasingly intrusive role in people’s everyday lives and beliefs.
Ahead of the 2017 Federal German Election scheduled for Sunday, 24 September, political parties currently represented in the parliament, the Bundestag, responded to questions on Tibet posed to them by the International Campaign for Tibet Germany, the Tibet Initiative Germany and the Association of Tibetans in Germany.
Revised Chinese government regulations on religion consolidate far-reaching powers of the Communist Party state over people’s lives and beliefs, and are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ …
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) published the 59th edition of its Tibet Brief newsletter. The Tibet Brief is an ICT publication for policy-makers, providing concise information and perspectives on the political, economic and human rights situation in Tibet. In this edition: UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination; Liu Xiaobo’s death – an indelible blot on the history of the Chinese Communist Party; Major live fire drill in Tibet amid China-India border dispute highlights political imperatives; EU diplomats pay rare visit to Tibet; Two further Tibetans self-immolations in exile in July 2017; Italian Government confirms the right of Tibetan refugees to travel to Italy but detains Uyghur exile group leader, raising fears of Chinese interference in Europe; Tech giant Apple accused of “aiding” China’s censorship efforts (…)
In the fifth week of serious border tensions between China and India, China released on 16 July 2017 footage of a major military live-fire assault exercise in the Tibet Autonomous Region, highlighting political imperative and military capacity on the plateau.
In a highly charged political environment, a UNESCO committee voted on 7 July 2017 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.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on July 6, 2017, calling on the Chinese government to immediately release the ailing Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia from house arrest and to seek medical treatment “wherever they wish”.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow this week, risks contravening its own guidelines if it approves without question a controversial nomination by the Chinese government for a vast area of Tibet known as Hoh Xil.