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.
On 13 March, a group of NGOs including ICT addressed a letter to the EU and EU Member States to urge them to press China on human rights at a forthcoming series of dialogues and the EU-China Summit
Tibetans and their friends from across Europe will convene in Brussels on 10 March this year for a mass solidarity rally commemorating the Tibetan National Uprising Day of 1959. The event will be an opportunity to highlight the continuing plight of Tibetans in Tibet and to seek renewed support in Europe for the non-violent freedom struggle of the Tibetan people.