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British government calls on China to resolve Tibetan grievances PDF Print E-mail
[9 November 2012] The British government was questioned in the House of Lords yesterday on their response to the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet. Baroness Warsi, Senior Foreign Office Minister, responded saying the government has raised concerns with the Chinese government and is pressing "for a meaningful resolution to the grievances that underlie these distressing events".
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Tibet raised in Queen's Speech debate PDF Print E-mail
[15 May 2012] In the debate on the Queen's Speech that covered Foreign Affairs and International Development, Fabian Hamilton, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, contributed with a strong speech on Tibet calling on the UK government to take action.
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Lobby your MP PDF Print E-mail

Tibet Society believes it is vital to keep the pressure on the British government by writing, emailing or, even better, meeting your MP by going to a local surgery or Westminster and asking about their party's policy on Tibet.

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Tibet inadequately covered in UK's annual human rights report PDF Print E-mail
[2 May 2012] On 30 April the UK government published its Human Rights Report for 2011. The report's section on Tibet focuses heavily on the self-immolations and the government's response, but fails to mention other ongoing issues in Tibet such as the lack of freedom of expression, arbitrary arrests, closed trials and torture. However, the report has taken on board suggestions made by Tibet Society and other NGOs for greater transparency.
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Uprising 2012: Response from UK Government PDF Print E-mail
[25 April 2012] The UK government have replied to a letter delivered to Prime Minister David Cameron on 10 March 2012. The letter was signed by a coalition of UK-based Tibet groups including Tibet Society and called for action from the British government on Tibet. Below is the response received from the Foreign Office.
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2010-12 Tibet in Parliament (part 2) PDF Print E-mail
Parliament logoDetails and links of when and how Tibet was raised in the UK parliament during the 2010-12 parliamentary session (commenced 25 May 2010, ended 1 May 2012).
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2010-12 Tibet in Parliament (part 1) PDF Print E-mail
Parliament logoDetails and links of when and how Tibet was raised in the UK parliament during the 2010-12 parliamentary session (commenced 25 May 2010, ended 1 May 2012).
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MPs refute China's allegations over immolations PDF Print E-mail
[8 December 2011] A letter from UK MPs has been published in the Guardian newspaper (and online) refuting allegations and propaganda made by a Chinese Embassy spokesman over the self-immolations.
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Transcript of parliamentary debate on Tibet: 7 December 2011 PDF Print E-mail
[7 December 2011] Transcript of Private Members Debate: Government policy on Tibet led by Simon Hughes MP, Westminster Hall.
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Parliamentary debate on Tibet - December 2011 PDF Print E-mail
On Wednesday 7 December 2011 a debate on Tibet was held in the House of Commons. It was the first debate on Tibet at Westminster since April 2008.
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Foreign Secretary states 'serious concern' over self-immolations PDF Print E-mail
[29 November 2011] Foreign Secretary William Hague responded to three questions on Tibet raised in Parliament. The questions related to the recent self-immolations, repression in Tibet and genuine autonomy.
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Foreign Office comments on self-immolations PDF Print E-mail
[15 November 2011] In response to comments left on the Foreign Office's Human Rights and Democracy website by Tibet Society members and other Tibet supporters concerning the ongoing crackdown at Kirti and the recent self-immolations by young Tibetan monks and nuns, the Foreign Office has posted a further comment saying, "We are deeply concerned about reports of unrest at the Kirti Monastery in Ngaba, a Tibetan area of Sichuan Province, including those reports of self immolations which have occurred since the end of this updating period ..." Excerpt of their comment shown below.
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Tibetan self-immolations raised in UK Parliament PDF Print E-mail
[25 October 2011] In light of the self-immolations in Tibet, the British government was questioned in Parliament by Fabian Hamilton MP.
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British government "calls for restraint" in Ngaba PDF Print E-mail
[28 June 2011] A number of questions relating to Tibet were raised in Parliament, by Fabian Hamilton MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet. Amongst the questions was a request for the Foreign Minister to call on China to withdraw its troops from Ngaba, release those detained and allow access for international observers and journalists.
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UK to create 50 new diplomatic posts in China PDF Print E-mail
[11 May 2011] Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced in Parliament the creation of 50 new diplomatic posts in China. However, it is not yet clear whether additional resources are being granted to monitor Tibetan regions and human rights.
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British government calls for world-wide media freedom PDF Print E-mail
[4 May 2011] To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, the British government issued statements supporting the rights to freedom of expression and calling for an open and free media in all countries. Tibet supporters are asked to write to the Foreign Office to encourage them to act on their words, by urging China to allow international reporters access to Tibetan areas, in particular the Ngaba region which is under a military crackdown (see action below).
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Hague: Human rights to be at core of foreign policy PDF Print E-mail
[1 April 2011] On 31 March, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) launched its 2010 Human Rights and Democracy Report. In his foreword to the report, Foreign Secretary William Hague wrote that the British government is committed to a foreign policy that has the practical promotion of human rights as part of its irreducible core. Attending the launch, Tibet Society was encouraged by the governments intent to make human rights central to its foreign policy.
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Prime Minister urged to call for release of Liu Xiaobo on Human Rights Day PDF Print E-mail
[2 December 2010] Representatives of Chinese, Uighur & Tibetan Solidarity UK (CUTS UK, a coalition which includes Tibet Society) delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street in the run-up to Human Rights Day on 10 December.
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Cameron calls for political reform in China but fails to mention Tibet PDF Print E-mail
[24 November 2010] On 9 November, British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China for a two-day visit which primarily focused on trade deals. Although Cameron publicly raised the issue of political reform whilst in Beijing, he failed to make any specific reference to Tibet, human rights or political prisoners.
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Chinese Ambassador confronted over Tibet at Labour Party Conference PDF Print E-mail
[27 September 2010] During a fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK was directly challenged by Tibet Society to look into the case of Dhondup Wangchen and urge the Chinese government to release him as a gesture of goodwill.
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