Tibet once again in the spotlight at United Nations in Geneva

The 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva once again saw Tibet and China in the spotlight, as the High Commissioner for Human Rights prominently expressed concern with regard to human rights violations in the People’s Republic of China and urged the Chinese government to cooperate with United Nations institutions.

Unprecedented diplomatic action in Geneva on China’s human rights record

The international community has sent a strong message to China with unprecedented diplomatic action in recent weeks including the first collective statement at the U.N. Human Rights Council, a rare joint statement drawing attention to human rights abuses and a high-profile appearance by the Dalai Lama at an event with human rights defenders in Geneva.

Italy: South Africa wrong to deny Dalai Lama visa

Italy has become the first country to criticize South Africa for denying a visa to Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for fear of offending China.

ICT meets with the UN High Commissioner’s Office

In Geneva today (February 27), Kai Müller, Executive Director, International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Germany met with the High Commissioner’s Office and handed over letters from Tibet supporters worldwide calling on UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay to raise Tibet in her opening statement at the UN Human Rights Council.

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

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.