Today the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) sent an urgent appeal to the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) to challenge the legality of the recent law voted in the Spanish Parliament, limiting universal jurisdiction after Chinese pressure on Madrid over two lawsuits focusing on China’s leadership for its policies in Tibet, and which has led to arrest warrants being issued by the Spanish courts for several Chinese officials.
The International Campaign for Tibet condemns the illegal arrests of Tibetan and Belgian demonstrators by the Belgian police on April , 2014. Tibetans and Belgian supporters seeking to peacefully protest during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Bruges, Belgium were detained for hours, in one case partially strip-searched, and had Tibetan flags confiscated.
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) commissioned an opinion poll to the French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first official visit to several European countries. The opinion poll showed that citizens in France and Germany give greater priority to their leaders raising Tibet and human rights with the Chinese leadership, than pushing for commercial contracts.
The International Campaign for Tibet and the International Federation for Human Rights sent an open letter to EU leaders ahead of their upcoming meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brussels, urging them to place human rights in China and Tibet at the core of their talks.
The European Economic and Social Committee’s (EESC) President, Henri Malosse, was a special guest and speaker at the ceremony of the 55th anniversary of the Tibet uprising that took place on 10 March in Dharamsala (India).
On February 19, 2014 the European Parliament will hold a special event for its 100th Tibet Intergroup meeting, which will be hosted by MEP Thomas Mann, President of the Tibet Intergroup. The meeting will be followed by a photo exhibition on Tibet and cocktail reception.
On January 21, 2014, the International Campaign for Tibet co-organized with the office of MEP Leonidas Donskis the screening of the documentary Leaving Fear Behind by Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who was sentenced to six years in prison for subversion.
A new report adopted by the European Parliament raises strong concern about the human rights situation in Tibet, detailing the high number of self-immolations, displacement of Tibetan nomads, religious repression, and the threats to the survival of the Tibetan language.
The European Union (EU) must challenge the worsening of the human rights situation in Tibet at the upcoming summit with China on 21st November in Beijing.
On November 18, judges in the Spanish National Court ordered warrants of arrest to be issued against five Chinese leaders, including former President and Party Secretary Jiang Zemin, for their policies in Tibet.