An exchange of views on the human rights situation in Tibet was held on 22 October in Brussels by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights.
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President of the European Council Donald Tusk directly referred to concerns on Tibet and called for dialogue to be resumed at a joint press conference with China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang following the 17th EU-China Summit in Brussels on June 29.
On 30 June 2015, MEPs Thomas Mann (Germany, EPP) and Csaba Sógor (Romania, EPP), the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), the Office of Tibet in Brussels and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will jointly hold a special event to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama in the European Parliament.
Ahead of the next EU-China Summit, starting on 29 June in Brussels, EU Member States must reach a common position on human rights concerns in Tibet and raise them with the Chinese government during this exchange. The Tibetan community in Belgium will mark this event with a demonstration at Schuman Roundabout in Brussels at 12:30.
On 30th June, MEPs Thomas Mann and Csaba Sógor, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the Office of Tibet in Brussels will jointly hold a special event to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama in the European Parliament. The photo exhibition, “Ways of Wisdom: Celebrating the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday”, will be displayed in the European Parliament until 3 July.
The International Campaign for Tibet will speak about the repression on Tibetan Buddhism at a conference entitled ‘Freedom of Religion? The Price of Faith’, organised by the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and hosted by MEPs Csaba Sógor (EPP), György Hölvényi (EPP) and Ilhan Kyuchyuk (ALDE) at the European Parliament on 30 June 2015 from 15:30 to 17:30.
On 18 June 2015, the International Campaign for Tibet issued a statement on freedom of expression in Tibet at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The statement highlighted that in Tibet “almost any expression of cultural or national identity can be characterized as ‘splittist’ and ‘criminal’ with harsh punishments imposed.”
On 15 June 2015, the International Campaign for Tibet organised a side event – “Lockdown in Tibet” – during the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The panelists included, among others, the U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Keith Harper and the Undersecretary of State and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Dr. Sarah Sewall.
On behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is organising a side event during the upcoming 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The event – “Lockdown in Tibet” – will be held in the Palais des Nations, Room IX, on 15 June from 15:00 – 17:00.