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. …

Vaclav Havel dies

Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright who spent three-quarters of his life under conditions of dictatorship or totalitarianism, led a political revolution, and held four presidencies in two countries for 13 years, died yesterday at the age of 75. Only several days earlier, on 10 December 2011, Havel had met the Dalai Lama who was visiting …

Powerful video footage, images of armed crackdown in 2008 across Tibet; Eyewitness account of militarization of Lhasa today

The Tibetan government in exile based in Dharamsala, India, has released powerful footage shot in a village outside Lhasa of Tibetan homes being raided and laypeople being detained in a major police and special forces operation in 2008. The footage, which has been subtitled into English (an ICT transcript is below) can be viewed at: …

European foreign policy chief and UK Foreign Minister express strong concern over Tibetan self-immolations

European foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton has made a strong statement about the self-immolations of Tibetans in a response to concerns raised by two European Parliamentarians, Barbara Lochbihler, Chairwoman of the Sub-Committee of Human Rights, and Laszlo Tokes, the Vice-President of the European Parliament. In the letter, a copy of which was obtained from …

Tibet: Conference on genuine autonomy reflects the European Parliament’s support. Thomas Mann MEP and László Tőkés MEP

More than 300 participants from the EU Institutions, national parliaments, NGOs and the world of science joined the Tibet Conference in the European Parliament yesterday: “I was very pleased to be the keynote speaker of the Tibet Intergroup Conference on Genuine Autonomy in the European Parliament particularly as this coincides with my first visit to …

State media confirms Xi Jinping in Lhasa for celebrations

 Reports in China’s official media confirm that Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is currently in Lhasa, leading a central government delegation of 59 senior Party, government and military officials – including Chen Bingde, the People’s Liberation Army Chief of Staff – to “attend a series of celebrations” marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of …

Inaugural Speech of Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay, 8 July 2011, Dharamsala, India

My fellow Tibetans: Today on this auspicious day when Guru Rinpoche, the great Indian yogi who spread Buddhism in Tibet, was born, and in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our most revered leader, I accept, with deep humility, the post of the Kalon Tripa. We invoke the spirit and call on the …

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 …

His Holiness the Dalai Lama announced the transfer of his political power to a democratically elected leader – Statement on the occasion of the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, March 10th 2011

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women …

Should the EU lift the arms embargo on China?

The EU may consider lifting its arms embargo on China in order to improve cooperation with the country, writes ICT Brussel’s Eu Policy Director Vincent Metten in this opinion piece published by Euractiv on 25 February 2011. However, he argues that the bloc ought to consider such a move in the context of human rights.