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.

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.