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2016-17 Tibet in Parliament (part 2) PDF Print E-mail
Parliament logoDetails and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK parliament during the 2016-17 parliamentary session. (Part 2: from 1 November 2016).
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Sikyong meets MPs; urges UK government to support Middle Way PDF Print E-mail
[8 November 2016] UPDATE: On 1 November, Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay met with British MPs at the Houses of Parliament and called on the UK government to support the Middle Way Approach. The exiled Tibetan political leader also called for a coordinated approach between the UK, US and EU to tackle China over Tibet. The Sikyong also met with the Speaker of the House of Commons, a meeting which was condemned by China. The parliamentary visit was part of the Sikyong's five-day visit to the UK.
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2016-17 Tibet in Parliament (part 1) PDF Print E-mail
logoDetails and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK Parliament during the 2016-17 parliamentary session. (Part 1: 18 May - 31 October 2016).
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British MPs urge China to halt demolition of Buddhist institutes in Tibet PDF Print E-mail
[27 October 2016] On International Religious Freedom Day, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet has issued a statement expressing its deep concern over China's crackdown at Buddhist institutes in eastern Tibet, urging the Chinese government to halt the expulsions and demolitions at Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, and calling on the UK government to raise its concerns with China and make a public statement.
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Conservative Party Human Rights Commission: Human Rights in China PDF Print E-mail
The Darkest Moment: The Crackdown on Human Rights in China, 2013-16. A report by the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, published on 28 June 2016.
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet PDF Print E-mail
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (APPGT), founded in 1986, consists of MPs and Lords who have an interest in, and concern for, the Tibetan cause and the Tibetan people. The APPGT has cross-party support.
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2015-16 Tibet in Parliament (part 2) PDF Print E-mail
logoDetails and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK Parliament during the 2015-16 parliamentary session. (Part 2: 1 January - 17 May 2016).
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2015-16 Tibet in Parliament (part 1) PDF Print E-mail
logoDetails and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK parliament during the 2015-16 parliamentary session. (Part 1: 27 May - 31 Decemer 2015).
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UK parliament debates Tibet; government lacklustre in its response PDF Print E-mail
[19 June 2015] On 18 June, the UK Parliament held its first debate on Tibet since the General Election. Though many issues were raised and questions asked of the government, the response received from the Foreign Minister was lacklustre, revealing little beyond the fact that some issues had been "raised" with Chinese counterparts and others would be "monitored". There was almost no criticism of Chinese policies in Tibet; instead, at one point, the Minister actually praised China for its efforts in 'developing' Tibet.
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2014-15 Tibet in Parliament PDF Print E-mail
Details and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK parliament during the current parliamentary session (started 4 June 2014).
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UK's policy on Tibet comes under attack during parliamentary debate PDF Print E-mail
[11 December 2014] On 10 December 2014, Human Rights Day, the issue of Tibet and freedom of expression was debated in the UK parliament. During the debate, the ongoing repression in Tibet and political prisoner cases were raised. MPs also criticised the UK government's policy on Tibet and its relationship with China. The government's response was considered 'weak', offering no indication it was willing to take a more robust approach on Tibet and human rights, and worryingly seemed to use language that would appease, or even pander to, the Chinese government.
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Tibet debate in UK Parliament on Human Rights Day PDF Print E-mail
[5 December 2014] After months of requests, a parliamentary debate on Tibet has finally been granted by the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons. The debate will take place, aptly, on Wednesday 10 December - Human Rights Day.
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2013-14 Tibet in Parliament PDF Print E-mail
Details and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK parliament during the 2013-14 parliamentary session (8 May 2013 - 14 May 2014).
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MPs, Tibetans and Tibet supporters in round-table discussion PDF Print E-mail
[19 March 2014] On 12 March, Tibetans and Tibet supporters met members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (APPGT) during the Tibet Lobby at Houses of Parliament in London. A lively round-table discussion was held with questions being asked of MPs and a discussion on a variety of topics relating to the Tibet issue and parliamentary processes.
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Tibet at heart of MPs debate on UK relations with China PDF Print E-mail
[22 November 2013] On 19 November, Westminster Hall in the House of Commons hosted a three-hour debate on the UK's relations with China. With the recent trade deals between the two countries and the Prime Ministers upcoming trip to China in early December, the economic relationship was expected to dominate. However, MPs consistently raised human rights, with the issue of Tibet being a significant component of the debate.
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UK government calls on China to commute Tibetan death sentence PDF Print E-mail
[3 September 2013] Foreign Secretary William Hague has called upon the Chinese government to commute the death sentence of Tibetan nomad Dolma Gyab and to give him a reprieve. Dolma Gyab was sentenced to death for allegedly murdering his wife who self-immolated in March. Hague also called for "free and fair" trials in China that are "in line with international standards".
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Cameron: UK government "does not support Tibetan independence" PDF Print E-mail
[9 May 2013] During the debate on the Queen's Speech in Parliament on 8 May, David Cameron clarified the UK's position on Tibet. The Prime Minister stated that the British government recognises Tibet as part of China and "does not support Tibetan independence". He said this had been a "long-standing British policy" which had not changed, and that the government was seeking a "strong and positive relationship" with China.
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2012-13 Tibet in Parliament PDF Print E-mail
Details and links of when and how Tibet and related matters have been raised in the UK parliament during the 2012-13 parliamentary session  (9 May 2012 - 25 April 2013).
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Lords debate highlights out of date government policy on Tibet PDF Print E-mail
[27 February 2013] A debate in the House of Lords on 26 February has highlighted the British government's out of date policy on Tibet. Whilst reiterating its "deep concern" over the self-immolations in Tibet, the government called for the resumption of "substantive dialogues" between China and the Dalai Lama. However, the Dalai Lama relinquished his political role in 2011, passing on his duties to the Sikyong (Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile).
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British government expresses "serious concern" over Tibet crisis PDF Print E-mail
[18 December 2012] The British government has expressed "serious concern" about the current situation in Tibet. It has urged the Chinese authorities in Tibet to "exercise restraint" and called upon the Chinese government to allow "unrestricted access" to Tibetan area for diplomats, international media and concerned parties.
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