Monks who studied in India banned from teaching in Tibet; new ruling bans schoolchildren from religious activity

In new alarming measures, the Chinese authorities have banned highly educated Tibetan monks who studied in India from teaching Buddhism when they return home to Lithang, and prohibited Tibetan schoolchildren in the Tibet Autonomous Region from engaging in traditional devotional practices during the holy Buddhist month of Saga Dawa.

French President Macron’s statement on the Dalai Lama and Tibet

On April 25, 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron, on his first official visit to the United States, held a town hall question and answer session with George Washington University students in the U.S. capital. One student raised a question on a possible meeting between the President and the Dalai Lama.

FIDH, LDH and ICT’s letter to Le Figaro concerning the insertion of supplements of the China Daily

On 24 April 2018, the International Campaign for Tibet, together with FIDH and its French member organisation Ligue des droits de l’Homme, addressed an open letter to the Director General of Le Figaro, expressing their concern about the insertion of the supplement China Watch of the China Daily in the French newspaper every month since January 2015.

As EU and China celebrate Year of Tourism, access to Tibet for European travellers remains limited

In an opinion piece published by Euractiv on 20 April 2018, ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten and FIDH’s International Advocacy Director Antoine Madelin question the rationale for an EU-China Year of Tourism at a time when Tibet remains highly restricted for European travellers and of serious concerns relating to the promotion of tourism and the human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China.

China: Dramatic deterioration of human rights situation in Tibet detailed in report for UN review

In a joint report submitted ahead of the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China, FIDH and the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) documented a dramatic deterioration of the human rights situation in Tibet. The joint FIDH-ICT report also offers a set of concrete recommendations that United Nations (UN) member states should make during the third UPR of China, which is scheduled to be held in November 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.