This report provides an update on China’s efforts to restrict access to Tibet and argues the need for reciprocal and unfettered access to Tibet for European citizens, diplomats, parliamentarians and journalists.
Access to Tibet
Momentum is continuing to build in Europe in support of Tibetans’ right to select their own religious leaders—and against China’s efforts to cut Tibet off from the outside world.
Inspired by the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act adopted in the US last year, a UK lawmaker introduced a bill in Parliament this week calling on Chinese officials to give British diplomats, journalists and ordinary citizens access to Tibet or be denied entry to the UK.
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.
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.