On Sunday 25 April, thousands of Tibetans and Tibet supporters worldwide lit candles for the 32nd birthday of the missing Panchen Lama, who was kidnapped by China in 1995 when he was only six years old.
Europe and Tibet
At a virtual edition of the European Tibet Lobby Days co-organised by the International Campaign for Tibet and the European Parliament’s Tibet Interest Group on 19 April 2021, Tibetans from Europe urged Members of the European Parliament to come into action in support of the Tibetan people.
Video recording of the meeting between participants to the 2021 European Tibet Lobby Day and Members of the European Parliament held on 19 April 2021.
The European Union has responded to the release of Tibetan political prisoner Tashi Wangchuk by calling on China to respect Tibetans’ rights.
Ahead of the upcoming Plenary session of the European Parliament, ICT and 35 other civil society organisations have launched a Joint Appeal to the European Institutions calling for the inclusion of enforceable human rights clauses in the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.
As the Council of the European Union today a new framework for sanctioning human rights violators around the world, the International Campaign for Tibet called on the EU and its Member States to use this new mechanism to target Chinese officials responsible for grave human rights violations in Tibet.
The German parliament heard testimonies from ICT’s Executive Director for Germany Kai Mueller and other human rights experts at a hearing last week at the Human Rights Committee of the Bundestag.
In this edition of the Tibet Talks Europe, Members of Parliaments discussed the Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi’s European tour and the EU-China leaders’ meeting and their implications for Tibet.
On the occasion of their upcoming virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) calls on EU leaders and the German Presidency of the European Council to vigorously raise the situation in Tibet with their counterpart, and to break the silence about the devastating human rights crisis on the “roof of the world”.
The EU’s foreign policy chief responded on July 24 to questions from a parliamentarian about human rights and autonomy in Tibet, as well as a proposed extradition treaty that would endanger Tibetan refugees.