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MPs call on UK to raise Tibet at UN Human Rights Council PDF Print E-mail
[15 June 2016] The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet has called on the UK government to ensure China's human rights record in Tibet is raised at the ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council. The concerned MPs have sent letters to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and the UK's Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva Julian Braithwaite, asking the UK to "stand with Tibetans in Tibet" by expressing concern over China's treatment of Tibetans and raising specific political prisoner cases.
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China attempts to cover-up self-immolation in Tibet PDF Print E-mail
[10 May 2016] The Chinese authorities have attempted to censor Tibet's second self-immolation this year by restricting information from leaving the region and destroying photographic and video evidence of the protest. News of the self-immolation, which took place on 23 March in the Ngaba region, has only come to light in the last few days.
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Observing Tibetan democracy in action PDF Print E-mail
[29 April 2016] In March 2016, Norman Baker, President of Tibet Society and former UK MP, took part in an international delegation to observe the Tibetan exile parliamentary election. Mr Baker was one of seven former and current parliamentarians, under the auspices of the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPAT), who visited Dharamsala for the 20 March election.
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Lobsang Sangay elected to second term as Tibetan PM in exile PDF Print E-mail
[29 April 2016] The results of the Tibetan parliamentary elections were announced on 27 April, with Dr Lobsang Sangay, the incumbent Sikyong (Tibetan Prime Minister in exile), returned to office with 57% of the vote. Dr Sangay, who will serve a second and final five-year term, said the democratic election sent a message of hope to Tibetans inside Tibet.
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MPs criticise UK government policy on human rights PDF Print E-mail
[8 April 2016] The Foreign Affairs Committee has published a report criticising the UK government over its approach to human rights. The report questioned "how energetically the Government is raising human rights issues" adding that there is a "perception" the Foreign Office has deprioritised human rights, citing China as an example.
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Jailed Tibetan blogger appeals sentence with assertive letter PDF Print E-mail
[7 April 2016] Shokjang, who was sentenced to three years imprisonment in February on charges of inciting separatism, has written an eloquent and strongly-worded appeal to the Chinese authorities. In his letter, the Tibetan author and blogger not only expressed his innocence but provided remarkable detail of how his actions did not relate to separatism and were actually guaranteed under the Chinese constitution.
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