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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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EDM 1114: HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2010
01.12.2010, tabled by Fabian Hamilton (37 signatories)
That this House on the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2010, commends the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo for his unceasing non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights and democracy in China; notes and further commends the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi; condemns the rise of arbitrary arrest and detention of intellectuals in China, Tibet and East Turkestan; urges the Chinese government to uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to release immediately Liu Xiaobo and all prisoners of conscience; and encourages the Government publicly to support Charter 08, co-authored by Liu Xiaobo and signed by 300 Chinese intellectuals, which will bring about freedom, human rights and democracy for all the people of China, Tibet and East Turkestan.
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13 October 2010: House of Commons Hansard Written Answers: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Tibet Human Rights
Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made recent representations to the (a) Central Tibetan Administration and (b) Chinese government on human rights in Tibet.

Mr Jeremy Browne:
The British Government remain concerned about the human rights situation in Tibet. The Foreign Secretary raised the issue of Tibet and human rights with Foreign Minister Yang during his visit to China on 14 July. I also raised Tibet when I visited China last month.

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15 September 2010: House of Commons Hansard Written Answers: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Dalai Lama
Mr Raab: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates the Dalai Lama last visited the UK; for how long he stayed; where he visited; what the purpose of the visit was; in what manner and by whom he was received by the Government; what advice the Government gave his representatives in the UK on the visit; and if he will make a statement.

Alistair Burt: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama last officially visited the UK, in May 2008. He was invited by Harry Cohen MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, the Network of Buddhist Organisations in the UK, Oxford Blackfriars Hall and the Oxford Buddhist Society, which organised his programme of visits in London, Nottingham and Oxford.
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5 July 2010: House of Commons Hansard Written Answers: Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
Mr Fabian Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with his Chinese counterpart the case of the imprisonment of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, with particular reference to the application to his case of the change in Chinese law on the admissibility of evidence obtained under torture.

Mr Jeremy Browne: We are aware of Tenzin's case and are concerned for his well-being. This case was raised in September 2009 when we included Tenzin's name as part of an individual case list handed over during the visit of the then Minister of State responsible for China. The Chinese response stated then that in January 2005, the Sichuan Provincial High People's Court had decided to commute his punishment from the death sentence to life imprisonment and life deprivation of political rights. He was also included in a case list at the EU/China Human Rights Dialogue in May 2009. We will continue to raise this case at every appropriate opportunity.

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9 June 2010: House of Lords Hansard Written Answers: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China: EU Committee Report
Lord Teverson: To move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Stars and Dragons: The EU and China (7th Report, Session 2009-10, HL Paper 76).
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Sections mentioning Tibet:

Lord Inglewood (column 672): China has a very clear historically based perception of itself. Whether one agrees or disagrees with it, it is understandable within the framework of the way in which constitutional arrangements have evolved in the East. They may be expressed in terms of international law, which is, after all, a western European concept but, underneath that, there are slightly different eastern ideas. For example, I do not think that the Chinese treatment of Tibet and the Tibetans is in any way proper or justified, and I am no apologist for it, but I can see how, from a Chinese perspective, the Chinese have reached their justification for what they have done. We are not doing the Tibetans any favour by not being clear about that. Indeed, the Dalai Lama's attitude towards the independence of Tibet suggests that he shares that view.

Lord Crickhowell (column 677): Having said that, there are some issues about which even the most creative and flexibly minded Chinese are unbending. In the report we describe them as China's "lines in the sand". First, China will not accept any questioning of its territorial integrity, whether over Tibet, Hong Kong or Taiwan. There are signs that both Taiwan and China are feeling their way towards better relations within the One China concept, and my noble friend Lord Inglewood had some wise words to say on that topic and how it might, in the future, be the way through for Tibet as well.

Lord Alton of Liverpool (column 683):
Last year, under the auspices of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group and with the assistance of the Government of China, I was able to organise a small all-party visit by four British parliamentarians-two Members of the Commons and two from your Lordships' House, the noble Lord, Lord Steel, and myself-and we subsequently published our report, Tibet: Breaking the Deadlock, which can be viewed on the all-party group's website. We travelled with the blessing of the Dalai Lama, who, in the aftermath of the March 2008 riots, trenchantly condemned violence as a means of procuring change in Tibet. He has also accepted, as the British Government have done, that Tibet is part of China, but believes that it should be allowed significant autonomy. He has repudiated any return to feudalism and has stated that he is willing to accept a spiritual role, rather than a political one.

Lord Selkirk of Douglas (column 685): The policy of rapid economic development in China has now taken priority over everything else, including issues involving human rights. As my noble friend Lord Teverson said, while China has commendably raised millions of its citizens out of poverty, the Chinese leadership has shown no great enthusiasm for extending democratic rights, and political dissent is quite simply not tolerated. That was amply demonstrated by the events in Tiananmen Square and by China's treatment of Tibet, to which the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, referred. More recently, there was widespread disappointment when a UK national was executed in China on drugs charges despite pleas from the British Prime Minister for clemency. Indeed, I was told when we were in China that the death penalty is still on the statute book for the smuggling of cigarettes.

Baronness Kinnock of Holyhead (column 693): European solidarity on human rights is essential when we put forward our arguments. We must continue to focus on Tibet and the Dalai Lama but we should give much more attention to the plight of political dissidents in China. The imprisonment and difficulties that dissidents experience get very little of our attention compared with Tibet and the Dalai Lama. It should not be a case of one or the other, but we should place more emphasis than we do at present on the plight of political dissidents in China. The European External Action Service must work to ensure that there is a strategy on how to maintain consistent pressure on human rights. We have many strong European Union Council positions-we have the common positions on China and other countries-but they are not being followed through sufficiently with strong and concerted European Union action. As with all the policies covered in the report, there should be incentives of a positive kind on the table when we have our discussions with China, but, in tandem with that, there should be clarity on what action the European Union will take when there are clear breaches of international human rights law and, very often, of Chinese law as well.
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EDM 181: DALAI LAMA'S 75TH BIRTHDAY AND FUTURE OF TIBET
08.06.2010, tabled by Fabian Hamilton  (61 signatories)
That this House congratulates the Dalai Lama on celebrating his 75th birthday on 6 July 2010; recognises the Dalai Lama's unstinting commitment to non-violence, his pragmatism in seeking a Middle Way approach in order to reach a peaceful and practical solution for the future of Tibet and its people, and his work in inter-faith areas; acknowledges the Dalai Lama's Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 1989, his US Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 and the many other awards and honours presented for his wide-ranging work in advocating peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion; and calls on the new coalition Government to show its support for the Dalai Lama and his principles by making a public statement on his birthday acknowledging his achievements and affirming its support of his efforts to find justice for the Tibetan people through substantive and meaningful dialogue with the Chinese government.
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2 June 2010: House of Commons Hansard Written Answers: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: China Human Rights
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the outcome was of the recent formal meeting between the UK and China on human rights; and if he will make a statement.

Mr Jeremy Browne: The latest round of the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue took place on 18 March in Beijing. The UK side raised a series of important issues including freedom of expression and the rule of law. The agenda also included discussion of the role and regulation of lawyers in human rights protection and co-operation with international human rights mechanisms. The UK side expressed concern over the human rights situation in Tibet. Before the dialogue a list of individual cases of concern was handed over. The Chinese are yet to respond on any of the cases.

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26 May 2010: House of Lords Hansard Debate: Queens Speech (2nd day)
Lord Alton of Liverpool (column 77-78): The main part of my remarks follows the penultimate comment by the noble Baroness, Lady Williams, about North Korea. I want to talk particularly about North Korea in the context of our relationship with China. It may be appropriate to mention this issue today-the day on which the new Chinese ambassador has presented his credentials to Her Majesty the Queen. Clearly, engaging China in the struggle for human rights and freedom in countries such as North Korea, Burma and elsewhere will be central. China is well aware that its international reputation suffers when atrocities occur in countries such as Burma and North Korea. It is well aware that its reputation suffers when there are demonstrations about the treatment of dissidents, the imprisonment of bishops, or Tibet. Last September, after pressing for some time, I was impressed when the Chinese authorities allowed me to organise a visit to Tibet. I was accompanied by the noble Lord, Lord Steel, and two Members of another place. I hope that the new Ministers will study our recommendations closely. Our initiative had the approval of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. If a political settlement on Tibet is not reached during his lifetime, it could leave a very dangerous vacuum.
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EDM 107: Marie Stopes and China.
26.05.2010, tabled by Jim Dobbin (11 signatories)
That this House notes that Marie Stopes International (MSI), the international abortion provider, listed as a charity, is held in such high regard by official bodies in the UK that it has been permitted to break the law and advertise abortion on national television; further notes it has received millions of pounds from the Government to carry out abortion programmes in China, where the one-child policy has caused untold suffering and misery to millions, including forced abortions and sterilisation with imprisonment for those fighting against the law; further notes as an example a 20-day campaign in April in Puning County, where 9,559 adults were required for compulsory sterilisation with doctors working 20 hours a day to achieve the numbers; further notes that some 1,300 people were confined by force because their relatives refused to submit to the surgery; further notes that Marie Stopes claims to disapprove of force and seeks to discourage it, yet gave a red-carpet welcome in their London headquarters to Ms Lin Bin, Minister of China's National Population and Family Planning Commission, which is responsible for the one-child policy and its implementation; further notes that although MSI sought and achieved enormous publicity for its television advertising it was strangely silent regarding the visit of their honoured guest; further notes this was exposed by Tibet Truth, a human rights organisation protesting about the barbarities inflicted on the people of China and Tibet; and calls on the Government to withdraw its funds from MSI and to take steps to require the cancellation of its television advertising.
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