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Dalai Lama commends ICT’s 30 years of service and calls for preservation of Tibetan culture

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Tibet | Comments Off on Dalai Lama commends ICT’s 30 years of service and calls for preservation of Tibetan culture

September 17, 2018 Supporters and friends from across the world gathered in the Netherlands this weekend for a heartfelt public conversation between the Dalai Lama and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Chairman Richard Gere in honor of ICT’s 30th anniversary. The event, which took place on Sept. 16, was held inside a packed stadium of more than 12,000 people in Rotterdam. It ended with ICT President Matteo Mecacci announcing a new grant by ICT to support the Dalai Lama’s vision of secular ethics. In welcome remarks at the beginning of the event, ICT Europe Executive Director Tsering Jampa gave a passionate overview of ICT’s work to advance the Tibetan cause and to support the Dalai Lama’s efforts for a negotiated solution to China’s oppression of the Tibetan people. “As the largest Tibet support group,” Jampa said, “we are working...

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Released: NGO Letter to Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo re Xinjiang and Tibet

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Released: NGO Letter to Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo re Xinjiang and Tibet

Citizen Power Initiatives for China joined with 33 other NGOs and human rights organizations in a letter campaign led by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The attached letter, which is signed by these organizations and their leaders, including Citizen Power Initiatives for China and its president Dr. YANG Jianli, has been sent Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging them to impose Magnitsky sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet. Read PDF...

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UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Geneva – United Nations experts on racial discrimination today urged the Chinese government to review policies and laws that discriminate against Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made this recommendation in its concluding observations from its review of China at a hearing last month in Geneva. The committee issued a number of recommendations while highlighting torture and ill-treatment against ethnic groups, the use of anti-terror and anti-separatism laws to stifle dissent and the diminishing space for civil society in China. The committee also issued detailed recommendations with regard to the human rights of Mongols, Tibetans and Uyghurs. The committee said that it is “concerned by reports that Tibetans are subjected to significant restrictions on movement within and beyond Tibet Autonomous Region, and that the issuance of passports for foreign travel is almost...

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Tibet | Comments Off on International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety ICT press release, December 27, 2017 View press release online » The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes the news that Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been able to leave his homeland and reunite with his wife and children in the United States. Despite having served his prison sentence, Dhondup continued to be limited in his freedom of movement, but was finally able to overcome those challenges, leave Tibet and pursue his deeply held desire to reunite with his family. In a statement on December 27, 2017, the Swiss based organization “Filming for Tibet”, which has been campaigning for Dhondup Wangchen’s release over the past years, said: “Dhondup Wangchen arrived to safety in San Francisco on the afternoon of 25 December,...

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Let’s Redouble Our Efforts for a Free Tibet

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Let’s Redouble Our Efforts for a Free Tibet

Yang Jianli Speech at Human Rights Day Tibetans Rally in New York Dec.10, 2017 Tashi Delek. I’m honored and humbled to have been invited to speak here today. Thank you. Today, December 10, is Human Rights Day, a day that commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. And it is on this date each year that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. In 1989, six months after the Tiananmen Massacre, the Nobel Committee bestowed the Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We honor His Holiness today as a beacon of peace, and for his commitment to nonviolence, religious harmony, human rights, and the Tibetan people. His Holiness the Dalai Lama continuously reminds us to look at what unites us as human beings, not what...

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo 4 July 2017 To: Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina; Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia; Michel Temer, President of Brazil; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy; Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia; Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Donald Trump, President of the United States of America; Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission cc Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain. We are shocked and outraged at the news that Liu Xiaobo, an innocent human rights...

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Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line June 11, 2017 By Yang Jianli What do Richard Spencer, Ann Coulter, and the Dalai Lama have in common? Each of them has been the target of college student protests opposing their speeches on campus. But unlike Mr. Spencer and Ms. Coulter, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born on a straw mat in a cowshed to a poor Tibetan family, and is now one of the most beloved and sought after world leaders. The most recent college campus speaker controversy involves the University of California at San Diego‘s invitation to the Dalai Lama to deliver the commencement address on June 17. The invitation has triggered strong opposition from some Chinese students on campus. As an ethnic Han Chinese myself, I am deeply troubled by the reaction of these Chinese students. Not because they...

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