EU, Parliament officials ignore China pressure to welcome Dalai Lama in Strasbourg, Paris, Brussels

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The Dalai Lama addressing members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 15 September 2016. (Photo: ICT)

The Dalai Lama called on Europe to engage in ‘constructive criticism’ of China after being welcomed by the President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday (September 15) following high-profile visits to Paris and Brussels.

Despite pressure from the Chinese mission to the EU to cancel the meetings – framed by the Chinese side as “repeated persuasion” – the Dalai Lama held discussions with European Parliament President Martin Schulz and members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director at the International Campaign for Tibet said: “The welcome accorded to the Dalai Lama in Strasbourg by the European Parliament sends a …

Tibet Solidarity Rally in Geneva – 16 September 2016

flyer-tibet-solidarity-rally-16-septemberThe Tibetan community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and the International Campaign for Tibet have the pleasure to invite you to a Tibet Solidarity Rally in Geneva during the upcoming session (33rd Session) of the UN Human Rights Council on 16 September 2016.

The aim of the rally is to highlight the deteriorating human rights situation in China, and to call on the UN to urge China to stop its crackdown on religious freedom in Tibet (following in particular the recent developments at Larung Gar), but also on Uyghurs and Mongolians.

Demonstrators will gather around 11:00 am in front of the Palais Wilson, before marching to the UN building. For further information and more details on the programme, you can …

Joint NGO Letter to the President of the European Council ahead of 18th EU-China Summit

Early next week in Beijing, the EU and China will hold their 18th bilateral Summit.

The summit will be hosted by Premier Li, who will represent the People’s Republic of China. The European Union will be represented by Donald Tusk, President of the Council of the European Union, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström will also participate.

In advance of the Summit, which will take place on 12 and 13 July,  the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), along with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Human …

China Pressures Europe to Stay Silent on Human Rights

This op-ed was written by Kai Müller, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Tibet in Germany, and published on The Diplomat on 15 May 2016.

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Chair of the German Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee Michael Brand

China’s attempts to export its censorship and authoritarianism raise serious questions for all European countries.

China’s belligerent diplomacy in Europe has been in the spotlight this week after a German lawmaker who chairs the Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee was refused access to China after he criticized rights violations in Tibet. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said he was “not welcome” because of his support for “Tibetan independence.”

German Christian Democrat politician Michael Brand, who had intended to travel with the Parliamentary Committee to Tibet in …

EU and EU Member States reactions to the adoption of China’s NGO Law

On 28 April 2016, China’s National People’s Congress adopted its highly controversial Law on the Management of Foreign Non-Government Organizations Activities in China (also known as the NGO Law). This law, which is set to come into force on 1 January 2017, requires that foreign nonprofits be sponsored by a Chinese government organization and be registered with the Ministry of Public Security, rather than the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as has been the case. It grants police extensive investigation and enforcement powers, including the ability to arbitrarily summon representatives of overseas groups, cancel activities deemed a threat to national security and limit incoming funds. State news reports estimate that more than 7,000 foreign NGOs will be affected.

This new law is part of a raft of …

Tibet, symbolism and the Czech Republic

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A video footage image shows an activist replacing a Chinese flag with a Tibetan one in Prague. Police said they detained a dozen activists. (Photo: AP)

“Czech President Milos Zeman recently labelled pro-Tibet protestors “mentally ill” during a visit of the Chinese President to the Czech Republic. What does this say about Zeman and Czech society?

Chinese president Xi Jinping paid an official state visit to the Czech Republic on 28 March – this three day visit was the first historical trip of the Chinese president to the country and represented the culmination of a revised foreign policy course adopted by the government that took power in 2013 and strongly advocated by President Milos Zeman.

Strengthening ties with China could …

Golog Jigme, leading human rights defender, briefs European Parliament, high-level officials in Brussels

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Brussels – Tibetan Buddhist monk and former political prisoner Golog Jigme testified to the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights this week about his torture and imprisonment in Tibet and the need for the EU to challenge China’s oppressive policies.

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During a visit to Brussels co-organized by the Office of Tibet in Belgium and the International Campaign for Tibet, Golog Jigme also met high-level representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and other senior officials including the President of the Flemish Parliament, members of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Tibet Interest Group of the European Parliament.

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Golog Jigme at the Belgian Foreign Affairs Ministry

Golog Jigme, also known as Jigme Gyatso, was jailed and tortured after making the documentary “Leaving Fear Behind” in 2008

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes concern by US, EU, Germany, Japan and Canada on sweeping new security laws in China

As part of a counter-terrorist military drill in Kardze on May 26 (2014), a self-immolation was staged using what is presumably a dummy model. Image from the Chinese state media.

The International Campaign for Tibet welcomed reports about concerns voiced by the United States, the EU, Germany, Japan and Canada with regard to sweeping new and planned security laws in the People’s Republic of China. As Reuters news agency reported today, the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union, in a rare joint action, have written to China to express concern over the recently passed law on counter-terrorism, the draft cyber security law, and the draft law on management of foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Matteo Mecacci, President of …

UN Human Rights Council Side Event “China’s new law on counter-terrorism and its impacts on human rights”

FIDH & ICT side event - China's New Law on Counter-Terrorism and its Impact on Human Rights The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are organising a side event during the upcoming 31th session of the UN Human Rights Council session.

The event, “China’s new law on counter-terrorism and its impact on human rights“, will take place  in the Palais des Nations, Room XXVII, on 10 March from 13:00 – 14:00.

Coinciding with the 57th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising in 1959, it will explore the scope of the new law on counter-terror, individual provisions of the law and its political impact, and give insight on the political context of this new law, in particular with regard to Tibetans and Uighurs.

Speakers will include Sharon Hom, from …

European Parliament report on EU-China relations deplores deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet and China

6612bda416c6ddd9c02a0db227cc82feBrussels, 18 December 2015 – A major debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday (December 15) was followed by the adoption of a report by more than 500 MEPs expressing serious concern on human rights in Tibet and China, and calling for a more coherent EU policy towards China and the need to « deepen exchanges between the EU and China on human rights issues to be matched by tangible improvements in the situation on the ground ».

The report on EU-China relations drafted by MEP Belder (Netherlands, European Conservatives and Reformists Group) followed the second visit to China of the EU Special Representative for Human Rights Mr Stavros Lambrinidis and the 34th EU-China Human Rights dialogue on November 30 in …