On October 1st, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, the Belgian Uyghur Association and the Tibetan Community in Belgium are organizing a joint march and demonstration in Brussels to call for an end to China’s complete lack of respect for human rights.
At a meeting of the European Parliament’s Tibet Interest Group (TIG) in Brussels yesterday – the last in the Parliament’s 8th term – the International Campaign for Tibet expressed its deep appreciation for the determined and sustained support of its members for the Tibetan people, and its hope for the group to be reinstated in the next term.
Ahead of the 2019 Belgian federal and regional elections that will take place this Sunday 26 May, a number of Belgian -both French speaking and Dutch speaking –political parties responded to a questionnaire on Tibet submitted to them by the International Campaign for Tibet.
At the 7th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet taking place in Riga from 7-10 May, ICT’s EU Policy Advisor Vincent Metten delivered a presentation on the European Union’s policy on Tibet.
At a hearing in the German Bundestag in Berlin on May 8, 2019, Kelsang Gyaltsen, the former Special Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Europe, said China wants to destroy the core of Tibetan identity and replace Tibetan culture and religion with a state-approved and controlled version.
In a resolution adopted at its plenary session today in Strasbourg, the European Parliament has singled out China for its persecution of Tibetans and other ethnic and religious groups and demanded that the Chinese authorities respect their fundamental rights and freedoms.
Ahead of the 21st EU-China Summit in Brussels on 9 April, a group of NGOs including ICT published a press release calling on EU leaders to press their Chinese counterparts on the deteriorating human rights situation in the country during the meeting.
On the occasion of the EU-China Summit on 9 April 2019 in Brussels, FIDH, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), and Tibetan and Uyghur communities in Belgium have organized a joint demonstration to urge the EU to demand China be held accountable for its many human rights violations.
In a rare Joint Statement made public today, the Human Rights Committee of the German parliament called on the “Chinese Government to immediately stop the repression of the Tibetan people and resume dialogue with the legitimate representatives of the Tibetans.”
Sixty years after the Tibetan uprising of 1959, which resulted in the flight of the Dalai Lama, European parliamentarians demand free access to Tibet for their fellow citizens.