French President asks China to end violence in Tibet, offers to facilitate dialogue with Dalai Lama

French President NicolasSarkozy has said on March 24, 2008 that he has informed Chinese President Hu Jintao about his deep distress at the recent events in Tibet and called for an end to the violence there through dialogue. Saying that France would like “the dialogue that was started several years ago between the Chinese authorities …

Statement by the Dalai Lama on protests in Tibet

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days. These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance. As I have always said, unity …

Leading Chinese intellectuals ask China to rethink Tibet policy

Leading Chinese intellectuals and writers released a petition today that appeared on several websites in Chinese, entitled ‘Twelve Suggestions for Dealing with the Tibetan Situation’. It is a significant indication that Chinese voices are being raised in China in response to the way Beijing has handled the protests that began on March 10. An English …

26 Nobel laureates condemn China’s crackdown on Tibetans

Twenty-six Nobel Laureates have deplored and condemned China’s violent crackdown on Tibetan protestors and urged Chinese authorities to exercise restraint. In a joint statement made public on March 20, 2008, the Laureates also protested against China’s campaign to vilify the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel Laureate. Following is the full text and the names of …

British Premier phones Chinese Premier on Tibet development, says will meet Dalai Lama during London visit

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the British Parliament on March 19, 2008 that he had telephoned Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao today calling for an end to the violence in Tibet. Addressing the Members of Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Brown responded to a question by Rt Hon David …

Dalai Lama written statement in response to Wen Jiabao

The Dalai Lama responded yesterday to Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, who made a strong statement earlier in the morning accusing the Dalai Lama of instigating the current unrest in the region. “There is ample fact and plenty of evidence proving this incident was organised, premediated, masterminded and incited by the ‘Dalai clique’”, Wen told a …

UN Secretary-General urges China for restraint in Tibet

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in Tibet in the wake of disturbances in the region, according to the United Nations News Center. Speaking to reporters following a luncheon with members of the Security Council on March 17, 2008, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he is “increasingly concerned” about …

Statement by the ICT on recent events in Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet LogoThe International Campaign for Tibet strongly condemns the suppression by Chinese security forces of peaceful demonstrations by Tibetan monks, and the shutdown of monasteries around Lhasa. These actions have provoked disturbances among Tibetan lay people that are escalating to a dangerous level in the streets of Lhasa and spreading to different …

Dalai Lama urges China to halt Tibet policies saying they are obstacles to unity of nationalities

The Dalai Lama has said that the Chinese government’s own actions relating to Tibet are posing major obstacles in the way of its policy of unifying nationalities. In his statement (see below) on March 10, 2008, on the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959, the Dalai Lama outlined the various policies being …

Tracking the Steel Dragon: How China’s economic policies and the railroad are transforming Tibet

The first major report on the impact of the world’s highest altitude railway across the Tibetan plateau reveals how it is changing Tibet, to the detriment of the Tibetan people and land, and details the dramatic implications for the whole of Asia. Mary Beth Markey, Vice President of the Washington, DC-based International Campaign for Tibet, …