On the eve of the 36th EU-China Human Rights Dialogue and the 20th EU-China Summit, both scheduled to take place in July 2018, the International Campaign for Tibet calls on the European Union to use these meetings to press China for concrete improvements in the human rights situation in Tibet.
On 18 January, 2018, the European Parliament adopted a new urgency resolution on China, expressing deep concern regarding the cases of two Tibetan political prisoners, the language advocate Tashi Wangchuk and the monk Choekyi.
Ahead of President Macron’s first official visit to the People’s Republic of China from 8-10 January, ICT has released a statement urging him to use this opportunity to raise the issue of Tibet with his Chinese interlocutors, including President Xi Jinping.
In a highly charged political environment, a UNESCO committee voted on 7 July 2017 to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on July 6, 2017, calling on the Chinese government to immediately release the ailing Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia from house arrest and to seek medical treatment “wherever they wish”.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow this week, risks contravening its own guidelines if it approves without question a controversial nomination by the Chinese government for a vast area of Tibet known as Hoh Xil.
Seven human rights organization, including the International Campaign for Tibet have called on 19 June the European Union to cancel its upcoming human rights dialogue with China and suspend the exchange until the meetings can bring genuine human rights improvements.
The EU’s well-meaning declarations on human rights in China must be followed up by a regular, high-level dialogue with Beijing, said a cross-party group of MEPs in an oped published by Euractiv on 29 May 2017.
The International Campaign for Tibet has written to governments in Europe that are sending delegates to China’s first Belt & Road Forum, to call on them not to put trade before human rights.
The International Campaign for Tibet congratulates Mr. Emmanuel Macron for being successfully elected as the new French President.