After a lifetime in captivity, the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second most prominent religious figure, turns 30 on April 25, 2019.
In a resolution adopted at its plenary session today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament has singled out China for its persecution of Tibetans and other ethnic and religious groups and demanded that the Chinese authorities respect their fundamental rights and freedoms.
In a move reminiscent of China’s disastrous Cultural Revolution, millions of Chinese youth volunteers will be sent to rural areas across China, including “ethnic minority areas,” to “spread civilization,” according to international news agencies.
A Tibetan man who carried out a solo protest for world peace shortly after being released from more than 20 years in prison has been sentenced to another 18 years in a case described as a “state secret.”
Ahead of the 21st EU-China Summit in Brussels on 9 April, a group of NGOs including ICT published a press release calling on EU leaders to press their Chinese counterparts on the deteriorating human rights situation in the country during the meeting.
On the occasion of the EU-China Summit on 9 April 2019 in Brussels, FIDH, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), and Tibetan and Uyghur communities in Belgium have organized a joint demonstration to urge the EU to demand China be held accountable for its many human rights violations.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China has released a position paper calling on China to give reporters unfettered access to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas.
China’s new white paper on Tibet, “Democratic Reform in Tibet – Sixty Years On,” is an acknowledgement that Chinese government policies have failed to win the hearts and minds of the Tibetan people.
A new State Department report denouncing China for “systematically” impeding Americans’ travel to Tibet shows the US government is serious about implementing the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (RATA)
In a rare Joint Statement made public today, the Human Rights Committee of the German parliament called on the “Chinese Government to immediately stop the repression of the Tibetan people and resume dialogue with the legitimate representatives of the Tibetans.”