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[11 December 2012] The recipient of this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the European Union, has been called upon by Tibet groups world-wide to address the Tibet issue, given the EU's noted commitment to conflict prevention and crisis management. The EU is urged to set up a Contact Group on Tibet of concerned governments, to expand monitoring operations, push for diplomatic visits and raise concerns with China at every opportunity.

EU flagSigned by 190 Tibet groups, including Tibet Society, the letter was sent to the leaders of the constituent parts of the EU, the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament. The letter was sent by International Tibet Network on behalf of the global coalition.

The letter appealed to the EU to "lead the way" on resolving the Tibet crisis, "given its stated commitment to multi-lateralism in conflict prevention and crisis management". It called on the EU to "establish and participate in a Contact Group of concerned governments to devise and implement new, more robust, coordinated strategies for resolving the Tibet crisis". It also called for the EU to press China to be allowed to send diplomats to Tibet, to expand the monitoring of the situation in Tibet and to "utilise all opportunities to raise bilateral concern about Tibet".

Full text of Tibet groups' letter to European Union leaders

ITN logo10 December 2012

European Council President, Herman Van Rumpuy
European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso
President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz
CC:: EU High Representative, Baroness Catherine Ashton
EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stravros Lambrinidis

Dear Leaders of the European Union,

We write to congratulate the European Union upon the imminent presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012, and to appeal to you to utilize the EU's standing as a Nobel Peace Laureate in the coming year to address the crisis situation in Tibet.

The European Union is joining an august body of peace laureates, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Twenty three years after receiving his award, His Holiness is still waiting for the realization of his vision of peace and security in his homeland, where the situation is more acute today than it was in 1989. As you will be aware, sixty years of China's failed policies in Tibet have contributed to a state of turmoil, with at least 95 Tibetans confirmed to have set themselves alight - more than 80 of them fatally - protesting China's rule, calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama. Mass demonstrations continue to take place on a regular basis, despite often brutal suppression, arrests and harsh sentencings. There has been no meeting between Chinese officials and representatives of the Dalai Lama since January 2010, and no apparent prospect of such meetings resuming; indeed the Dalai Lama's envoys earlier this year resigned their posts. This crisis has reached a peak as we write, with 28 acts of self-immolation in November alone.

This is a desperately urgent crisis situation which the world must respond to, and we look to the European Union, with its stated commitment to multi-lateralism in conflict prevention and crisis management, to lead the way. We applaud the comments of the European Commission President when the Nobel Peace Prize was announced in October, saying; "I believe it is justified for the European Union to see its work for peace recognised, not only in the unification of the continent, but also outside our Europe." Both Mr Barroso and Mr Van Rompuy are also quoted as expressing the European Union's commitment to continue "to promote peace and security in the countries close to us and in the world at large". We also welcome the recent assurances given by Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, that Tibet is one of his priority issues.

As a step befitting the European Union's new status, and in honour of your fellow Peace Laureates, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo - who in 2008 signed a petition calling for dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, noting the "serious mistakes" in China's policies in Tibet, and urging China to "stop the violent suppression" in Tibet - we appeal to you to:
  • Establish and participate in a Contact Group of concerned governments to devise and implement new, more robust, coordinated strategies for resolving the Tibet crisis. Vigorously pursue actions in appropriate international forums that will focus the attention of the government of the PRC on the severity of the situation in Tibet.
  • Urgently seek to send diplomats to affected areas and demand from China assurances that foreign journalists be allowed unfettered access to the TAR and Tibetan areas of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan.
  • Expand capacity to monitor the situation in Tibet, including continuing to push for greater access to Tibet. Initiate or elevate efforts to establish a diplomatic presence in Lhasa, and expand existing resources within Beijing embassies for monitoring.
  • Utilize all opportunities to raise bilateral concern about Tibet in the context of Chinas Leadership handover, emphasizing the failure of security, economic and development policies to achieve stability in Tibet and urge the immediate adoption of measures to address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people.
Signed by member organisations of the International Tibet Network,a global coalition of 190 Tibet-related non-governmental organisations.

In Western Europe:
Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Association Dorje
Association Drme Ardche-Tibet
Association Rencontres Tibetaines - C.S.P.T. Midi-Pyrenees
Associazione Italia-Tibet
Austrian Committee for Tibet
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Caisse d'Aide aux Prisonniers Tibetains
Casa del Tibet - Spain
Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)
Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Les Lilas)
Corse - Tibet
Eco-Tibet France
EcoTibet Ireland
Free Tibet
Groupe Non-Violent Louis Lecoin, France
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
International Campaign for Tibet Deutschland
International Campaign for Tibet Europe
International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter (IGFM)
Jamtse Thundel Association
La Porte du Tibet, Geneva
Les Amis du Tibet - Belgium
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blance, France
Maison des Himalayas
Maison du Tibet - Tibet Info
Nice Tibet - (former: Vercors Tibet Resistances)
Nos Amis de l'Himalaya
Objectif Tibet
Passeport Tibetain
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
Reseau International des Femmes pour le Tibet
Save Tibet, Austria
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Solidarite Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet - France
Students for a Free Tibet - UK
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)
Tibet 59 / 62 
Tibet Democratie
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibets Kinder im Exile V.
Tibet Liberte Solidarite
Tibet Libertes, France 
Tibet Society, U.K.
Tibet Support Group - Ireland
Tibet Support Group - Netherlands
Tibet Unterstutzung Liechtenstein
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
Tibetan Youth UK
Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg
TSG Free Tibet And You
Tsowa-Maintenir la Vie, France 
Vrienden Van Tibet
Tibet Languedoc
Autodtermination-Tibet 09/31
Tibetan Community of Italy
Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring vzw

In Northern Europe:
Association of Free Tibet 
Friends of Tibet in Finland
Swedish Tibet Committee
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
Tibet Support Committee Denmark
Tibetan Community in Denmark 
Tibetan Community Sweden

In Central & Eastern Europe:
Fair Society o.s.
Friends of Tibet Slovakia
Friends of Tibet Society St. Petersburg, Russia
International Youth Human Rights Group - Human Rights in Tibet
Lithuanian Tibet Culture Foundation
Polish Movement for a Free Tibet
Savet Tibet Foundation
Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship
Students for a Free Tibet, Poland
The Foundation for Civil Society, Russia
Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet Support Association - Hungary
Tibet Support Group - Krasnodar Region, Russia
Tibet Support Group - Romania
Tibet Support Group - Sochi Region, Russia
Tibetan Community in Poland
Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation
TSG - Slovenia (Formally Foundation Dharmaling)
Union Latvija Tibetai (Latvia for Tibet )
Zida Cels, Latvia
Tibetan Association of Slovakia

In North America:
Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Boston Tibet Network
Canada Tibet Committee
Colorado Friends of Tibet
Committee of 100 for Tibet
CTC - Calgary
Dhokam Chushi Gangdruk
International Campaign for Tibet
International Tibet Independence Movement
Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
San Diego Friends of Tibet
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Snow Lion Foundation
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet Canada
The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
The World Tibet Day Foundation
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
Tibet Justice Center
Tibetan Association of Ithaca
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Philadephia
Tibetan Association of Santa Fe
Tibetan Association of Southern California
Tibetan Cultural Association - Quebec
Toronto Tibet Youth Congress
U.S. Tibet Committee
Western Colorado Friends of Tibet
Wisconsin Tibetan Association
United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)

In Central and South America:
Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador
Asociacion Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Asociacion Cultural Tibetano - Costarricense
Casa Tibet Mexico
Centro De Cultura Tibetana
Grupo De Apoyo a Tibet Chile
Grupo Pro-Cultura Tibetana, Chile
Le Club Francais
Pensando En Tibet - Mexico
Tibet Group-Panama
Tbet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Fundacion Pro Tibet
Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica (Lupita)

In Asia:
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Circle of Friends (Philippines)
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. H. the Dalai Lama
Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet
India Tibet Friendship Society
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Lung-Ta Project
Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Raise Tibetan Flag Campaign
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
SFT Japan
Students for a Free Tibet - Bangladesh
Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
Think Tibet
Tibet Lives, India
Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibet Support Network Japan
Tibetan Student Association, Madras (TSAM)
Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre
Tibetan Rights and Freedom Committee (TRFRC)
Tibetan Women's Association (Central)
Tibetan Youth Congress
Japan Committee of 100 for TIbet
Ns3 Rigpa Community Builders Foundation
Anterrashtriya Bharat - Tibbet Sahyog Samiti

In Australasia:
A.C.T. Tibet Support Group
Australia Tibet Council
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Students for a Free Tibet New Zealand
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia
Tibet Support Group Adelaide - Australia
Tibetan Community of Australia (Victoria)
Tibetan Women Association and Friends Australia (TWAFA)
Sakya Trinley Ling
Australian Tibet House Inc.

In Africa and Middle East:
Friends of Tibet - Isamailia (Egypt)
Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
South African Friends of Tibet
Tibet Support Group Kenya


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