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, …

European Parliament resolution on the arrest of the Chinese dissident Hu Jia

The European Parliament has passed a resolution in which it ‘strongly condemns’ the detention of Chinese human rights campaigner Hu Jia and demands his prompt release, as well as the release of all dissidents who have been arrested and jailed for crimes of opinion.   Resolution text follows: The European Parliament, – having regard to …

China steps up resettlement of Tibetan herders

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese government will move more than 52,000 Tibetan herders and farmers into permanent housing this year, state media said on Thursday, a practice rights groups say has been marked by abuses.   “The project to improve their living conditions began in 2006, when the regional government set a target of building …