UN Committee against Torture finds “deepened climate of fear” in Tibet

The UN Committee against Torture has today released its concluding observations of China’s report on its adherence to the UN Convention against Torture. China, like other State parties to the Torture Convention is required to submit periodic reports to the Committee on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention.   The Committee expressed deep …

No progress in eighth round of dialogue as Chinese reject autonomy proposal

Chinese official Zhu Weiqun today categorically denounced an autonomy proposal presented by the Dalai Lama’s envoys during the eighth round of dialogue last week in an uncompromising stance that counters the hopes of Tibetans for genuine autonomy in their homeland (see Xinhua). By rejecting the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way approach as “disguised independence” and openly …

New British statement on Tibet

The British Government has issued an important statement on Tibet that is a strong assertion of support for the dialogue between the Chinese Government and envoys of the Dalai Lama. The envoys have been pressing the Chinese for a resolution of issues that would lead to a solution for Tibet based on genuine autonomy for …

Statement of Special Envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari, Head of the Tibetan Delegation, following the 8th round of discussions

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and I, accompanied by senior aides Sonam N. Dagpo and Bhuchung K. Tsering, both members of the Task Force on Sino-Tibetan Negotiations, and Kalsang Tsering from the Secretariat of the Task Force, visited China from October 30 to November 5, 2008. We returned to India on November 6, 2008. The main purpose …

ICT expects strong support for Tibet from next U.S. President

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) congratulates Barack Obama on his election to be the 44th President of the United States and anticipates strong support from the Obama Administration for Tibetan issues. “The Tibetan people will have a friend and strong supporter in President-elect Obama,” said John Ackerly, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. …

Important statement by Dalai Lama ‘speaking truth to power’

The Dalai Lama delivers a statement at a prayer ceremony in Dharamsala, India on April 5, 2008.The Dalai Lama has made an important statement about his role and Tibet’s future in which he admits that his faith in the present Chinese government is ‘thinning’. He also advances a historic precedent for a Dalai Lama by …

New website in Chinese aims to close information gap on Tibet

Designed to fill the information gap on Tibet for a broader Chinese-speaking audience, a new website in Chinese www.liaowangxizang.net underwritten by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) launches today. Rinchen Tashi, Deputy Director for Chinese Outreach at ICT said, “Despite advances in China’s internet infrastructure and information technology, the Chinese people have few options to …

European Parliament resolution on China and Tibet – Poettering not attending opening ceremony

In a new resolution on China and Tibet adopted on the 10 July, European Parliament remains concerned about human rights abuses in China and Tibet. Contrary to the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Poettering, announced that he will not be attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in …