The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China has released a position paper calling on China to give reporters unfettered access to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas.
Access to Tibet
A new State Department report denouncing China for “systematically” impeding Americans’ travel to Tibet shows the US government is serious about implementing the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (RATA)
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.
Tibet tour operators have announced that the ‘annual closure’ of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to foreigners began this year on Jan. 30 and will last until April 1, with one operator recommending that foreigners plan to “begin the Tibet trip no earlier than April 1 because of the Tibet permits restriction policy recently.”
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China published today a report on media freedoms in that country that underscores the need for overseas journalists and citizens to have reciprocal access to Tibet.
As Chinese authorities reacted angrily against President Trump signing into law the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, they stepped up criticism of the Dalai Lama, republishing baseless negative articles that exposed China’s fear of the new law, which received strong bipartisan and bicameral support in the US.
Following its unanimous passage by both the House and the Senate of the United States, President Donald Trump signed the on 19 December the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, marking a new era of US support for Tibetans and a challenge to China’s discriminatory policies in Tibet.
In a triumph today for American citizens, the United States Congress unanimously passed a bill that takes direct aim at the Chinese government’s unfair treatment of Americans and pushes back against its isolation of Tibet from the outside world.
At a conference it helped organize last week inside the European Parliament on November 21, 2018, the International Campaign for Tibet led a discussion on the need for Europe to expand the notion of reciprocity to ensure the respect of fundamental rights and freedoms and to promote unfettered access to Tibet.
Video recording of the conference on Access to Tibet and the Practice of Reciprocity jointly organised by ICT and FIDH on 21 November 2018 in the European Parliament.