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 …

Governments criticize Nepal authorities for detention of three Tibetans and mistreatment of Tibetan protestors in Nepal

The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Finland, and France have issued a joint demarche to the Nepal government objecting to the detention of three Tibetan community leaders on June 19, and to the harsh treatment of Tibetans in Kathmandu protesting against the Chinese crackdown in Tibet since March …

US and EU issue joint statement supporting Tibetan-Chinese dialogue and calling for human rights improvements

The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the statement on Tibet made by the governments of the United States and the European Union at the U.S.-EU Summit on June 10. The governments should be commended for insisting that the dialogue between the representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government be “substantive, constructive and results-oriented …

ICT delivers UN statement on illegal killings by security forces in Tibet

On 3 June, ICT delivered an oral statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the use of extrajudicial and summary executions in Tibet. As ICT does not have an official status at the UN, the statement was delivered under the name of France Libertés. ICT’s director for government relations in Europe, Stewart …

Dalai Lama’s envoys hold press conference following talks

The Dalai Lama’s envoys reported back today on talks with officials from the United Front Work Department in Shenzhen, China, on Sunday [May 4]. Special Envoy Lodi Gyari, speaking to press in Dharamsala, India, after briefing the Dalai Lama, referred to the significance of a comment by Chinese President and Party Secretary Hu Jintao yesterday …

Dalai Lama lauds Japan’s concerns over Tibet

Nottingham: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is currently visiting Britain, on Sunday expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s series of remarks on Tibet, in an exclusive interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun. “We very much appreciate them,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in the interview in this city in central England. His …

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations testimony

Senate Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Testimony of Mr. Lodi Gyari Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama April 23, 2008 Madame Chairwoman and members of the Committee, at this critical time for Tibet, I wish to express my appreciation to the Congress for its unwavering support for His Holiness the Dalai …

Authorities acknowledge 4,000 detentions: thousands ‘disappear’ in ongoing Lhasa crackdown

Raids on people’s houses and ‘disappearances’ are continuing every day during the ongoing crackdown in Lhasa, and there are new fears for monks at Drepung monastery after more troops were deployed following unrest there over the past few days. Details of the incident at Drepung are unclear, although it is known that the unrest followed …