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.

Joint Declaration of the Committee for Human Rights of the German Parliament on the self-immolations of Tibetans

On 24 April 2013 the Human Rights Committee of the German Parliament, the Bundestag, passed a Joint Declaration on self-immolations in Tibet.
A Joint Declaration, by protocol, is not a resolution, but more than a mere press release or statement. TheCommittee has only passed five such declarations in the past four years, on Syria, Russia and Iran.

High Representative Ashton travels to China and Mongolia

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of European Commission Catherine Ashton will be in China from 25 – 28 April 2013 for the first official visit after the Chinese once-in-a-decadeleadership change.
The International Campaign for Tibet sent her a letter along with a list of Tibetan political prisoners, addressing its concerns about the deterioration of the human rights situation in Tibet, especially the self-immolation crisis due to the lack of freedom of religion, assembly and expression, the use of political and ‘patriotic education’ by Chinese authorities, and the forced resettlement of nomadic herders and other rural residents of the Tibetan plateau.

EU statements on China and Tibet at 22nd Human Rights Council Session

The 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, underscored the importance of multilateral engagement on Tibet. At the session that concluded on March 25, twelve countries and the European Union (EU) called on China to ensure the human rights of the Tibetan people. The United States, Germany and the Czech Republic specifically highlighted the issue of criminalizing and sentencing families and associates of Tibetans who have self immolated, and said such a policy has only further exacerbated tensions. The EU called on China to re-engage in constructive dialogue with the Tibetan people and allow free access to the Tibetan Autonomous Area. Below are excerpts from the Government Statements on Tibet.

Statement on EU-China relations by Commissioner Füle on behalf of the HR/VP

Statement on EU-China relations by Commissioner Füle on behalf of the HR/VP, 13 MArch 2013 President, Honourable Members, On behalf of HRVP Ashton, I welcome this balanced report by the rapporteur, Mr BELDER, setting out the European Parliament’s views on the developing European Union-China relationship. It comes at the right time when new leaders …

ICT testifies in Spain’s National Court on Chinese leadership policies in Tibet

The International Campaign for Tibet has testified in Spain’s National Court to the direct responsibility of senior Communist Party leaders for policies in Tibet as part of a ground-breaking lawsuit under the principle of “universal jurisdiction,” a doctrine that allows courts to reach beyond national borders in cases of torture and terror perpetrated by states. …

Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on Tibetan self-immolations

Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on Tibetan self-immolations, 14 December 2012 The EU is profoundly saddened by the increasing number of Tibetans committing self-immolation, many of them young people. We are concerned by the restrictions on expressions of Tibetan identity, which appear to be giving rise …

EU Council Building in Brussels illuminated by the International Campaign for Tibet

New Nobel Prize Winner, the European Union, must address crisis in Tibet.
On the occasion of the Peace Nobel Prize Ceremony, the International Campaign for Tibet projected on 10 December an image onto the EU Council building in Brussels of the Dalai Lama and Xi Jinping meeting in order to convey a strong message of the urgent need for such a meeting.

UN Rights Commissioner makes strong first statement on Tibet

Days before the Chinese leadership meets for its important Party Congress, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged the Chinese government to immediately address the long-standing Tibetan grievances that have led to an escalation in protests and 62 self-immolations. Mary Beth Markey, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said today: “We …