Secretary Clinton Appoints Under Secretary Maria Otero as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today the appointment of Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero to serve concurrently as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. As Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Under Secretary Otero will coordinate the U.S. Government’s policies, programs and projects on Tibetan issues within the context …

European Economic and Social Committee: Initial conclusions on Tibet visit

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently concluded its visit to China and Tibet and has released their initial findings from the trip to Beijing and Lhasa. The mission, from the 9-17 September, focused on the role and expertise of civil society in increasing knowledge about the economic and social situation in Tibet, as …

Spain under pressure over Tibet lawsuit – China refuses to cooperate with Spanish judge

In a new written statement, the Chinese government has rejected a judicial request for Chinese officials to testify in court in Madrid and demanded that the Spanish government block a ground-breaking investigation in the Spanish High Court on crimes against the Tibetan people, calling it a “false lawsuit.”  Spain will take on the EU’s rotating …

UK parliament calls for retention of EU-China arms embargo

The British parliamentary committee on arms export controls has just completed and published a scrutiny of the UK’s arms sales in which it raises the issue of the EU-China Arms Embargo and calls for the embargo to remain in place. The arms embargo was enacted following the Chinese government’s violent response to the Tiananmen protesters …

UN human rights chief admits ‘systematic violations’ in Tibet

The UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has called on China to “live up to its commitments to protect the rights of minorities, including those of Tibetans” and admitted that “serious systemic violations of human rights” in Tibet had been reported to the UN. Ms. Pillay also spoke of an “increasing exclusion of ethnic minorities …

US Congress to fund programs inside Tibet and in exile

In a strong assertion of support for Tibet, the US Congress has advanced legislation that provides millions of dollars for Tibet programs. The funding is provided in the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010.  The House of Representatives passed it version of the bill on July 9 by a vote on 318-106; the …

An uncertain Welcome: How China’s Influence impacts Tibetans in Nepal

KATHMANDU: The wave of protests against Chinese rule that began in Tibet in March 2008 and the resulting crackdown transformed the political landscape – and made a dramatic impact on the situation for Tibetans across the border in Nepal. In an attempt to prevent pro-Tibet protests in Nepal, the Chinese authorities stepped up their efforts …

FM spokesman: China opposes Paris mayor awarding Dalai Lama ‘honorary citizen’

China on Tuesday protested the awarding of “honorary citizen” to the Dalai Lama by Paris mayor, saying it posed “grave interference in Sino-French relations”. “We feel strongly disgruntled and is resolutely opposed to Paris’ award for the Dalai Lama, regardless of China’s opposition,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang. Earlier reports said that Paris …

Europe needs a new approach to human rights in China

Tiananmen Square marked a turning point not only in China’s political evolution, but in its relations with the rest of the world. The violent suppression of student demonstrators put a sudden stop to the peaceful opening up and engagement with the West which Deng Xiaoping had pioneered throughout the 80’s. Europe and the US immediately …

Dalai Lama’s Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Students’ Democracy Movement

The Dalai Lama has released a statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Students’ Democracy Movement. The Dalai Lama honoured those who died “in defence of the Chinese people’s constitutional rights, in favour of democracy”. He also expressed his hope that a “policy of openness and realism can lead to greater trust and …