Europe, US, Canada raise Tibet at UN Human Rights Council; call on China to grant rights and access to outside observers

Geneva, June 28, 2012. — Government delegations to the U.N. Human Rights Council spoke publicly about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet today as part of Item 4 on the Council’s agenda (20th session), “Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.” The countries raising Tibet were: Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, …

Governments confront China at UN Human Rights Council

ICT, Geneva, March 14, 2012   –   European governments and the United States raised strong concern about Tibet in their statements to the U.N. Human Rights Council yesterday (March 13) as part of the key Item 4 “HR situations that require the Council’s attention.” Chinese delegates at the multilateral forum impose substantial pressure on countries not to raise …

UN Human Rights Council publishes written statement on discrimination in Tibet

GENEVA—The Secretary-General of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has published an NGO-submitted written statement detailing the discrimination facing Tibetans in Tibet. The statement, submitted by the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitie entre les peuples (MRAP), will be circulated at the 19th Session of the UNHRC which meets in Geneva, Switzerland from …

U.S. Senate resolution urges China reverse Tibet policies in wake of self-immolations and shooting of Tibetans

Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation calling on the Government of China to suspend religious control regulations, reassess religious and security policies in Tibet, and resume a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, in response to the recent self-immolations and intensifying security crackdown. The resolution, S.Res. 356, is cosponsored by a bipartisan group including Sens. …

ICT calls upon China to reveal the whereabouts of the Panchen Lama

April 25 is the 22nd Birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet, who has not been seen since his disappearance in May, 1995. The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) joins governments and concerned individuals across the world today in urging the Chinese authorities to declare the whereabouts and welfare of this …

UN Special Rapporteur warns of consequences to nomad settlement

At the conclusion of his mission to China today (Dec. 15 – 23, 2010) the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, said that Tibetan and Mongolian nomads should not be compelled to settle. It is Chinese government policy to implement policies of settling Tibetan nomads, confiscating their land, and fencing …

ICT report shows one Europe with many voices on Liu Xiaobo

ICT report shows one Europe with many voices on Liu Xiaobo; Calls on EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton to attend Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony A new ICT report released today at the European Parliament points to a diversity of reactions in the European Union to Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize and calls on foreign policy …

Statement from the White House Press Secretary on President Obama’s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

“The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The President stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” …

Dalai Lama concludes 3-Day Washington Visit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed Washington, D.C., Friday, February 19 following meetings with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and after being awarded the Democracy Service Medal by the National Endowment for Democracy. In the morning of February 18, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with President Obama, their second meeting …

International parliamentarians call for debate on Tibetan environment at COP15

An international group of parliamentarians has written an open letter calling for discussion of the Tibetan environment at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, also known as COP15. Tibet, the world’s largest and highest plateau, is the ‘world’s third pole’ because it contains the biggest ice fields outside of the Arctic and Antarctic. …