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[17 May 2013] International Tibet Network, with significant input from Tibet Society, has called on David Cameron to engage with other international leaders to develop a "robust policy" that will bring positive change for Tibet and its people. International Tibet Network also commended the Prime Minister on resisting recent pressure from China to apologise for meeting the Dalai Lama last year.

ITN logoIn its letter of 15 May (copied in full below), International Tibet Network, a global coalition of almost 200 Tibet organisations including Tibet Society, specifically called on David Cameron to take the opportunity "to bring EU partners and fellow G8 leaders on board with a united response to China, to demonstrate that fundamental freedoms and core democratic values will not be sacrificed."

David CameronInternational Tibet Network also noted that Cameron's response to a parliamentary question on the UK's policy towards Tibet "was notably lacking in any expressions of disquiet about Chinas severe crackdown on basic rights in Tibet over the last 60 years, particularly in response to the continued and ongoing protests in Tibet against Chinas occupation."

Finally, the Network appealed to the Prime Minister to "prioritise the development of a more robust policy on Tibet that engages with other concerned governments, to collectively address Chinas flawed policies, so that the Tibetan peoples aspirations for freedom and basic human rights are realised."

Note: Tibet Society raised these issues and suggestions during a meeting with officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this week. Tibet Society members and supporters are encouraged to write to their MPs, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in support of these recommendations.

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Joint Letter from member groups of International Tibet Network

The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA

15 May 2013

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of a worldwide coalition of nearly 200 Tibet-related non-governmental organisations, we write to commend you for continuing to resist pressure from the Chinese government to apologise for meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in May 2012. We hope that EU and other government leaders have likewise expressed their support for your principled position against Chinas bullying.

We urge you to take this opportunity to bring EU partners and fellow G8 leaders on board with a united response to China, to demonstrate that fundamental freedoms and core democratic values will not be sacrificed. All leaders should, as you have stated, feel free to meet with the Dalai Lama as they choose. These decisions are, after all, very much internal matters for governments to decide; they should not be matters that a third party state feels it has any right to dictate. And as long as Beijing can get away with such pressure, it will do nothing to address its flawed policies in Tibet.

If Beijing feels it can be successful in exerting such unacceptable pressure, it will not only set a dangerous precedent, but likely intensify its bullying tactics and pressure for greater concessions from the UK and other governments. This will not further healthy and constructive engagement, nor will it do anything to progress human and civil rights in China or address Chinas actions in Tibet.

Despite your strong stance over your meeting with the Dalai Lama, we must, however, express our regret that you did not take the opportunity to state your concerns about the situation in Tibet, when responding to Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP on 8 May. Whilst not constituting an apology, your reply was notably lacking in any expressions of disquiet about Chinas severe crackdown on basic rights in Tibet over the last 60 years, particularly in response to the continued and ongoing protests in Tibet against Chinas occupation, which include over 100 Tibetans who have taken the drastic act of self-immolation. We further urge you - in order to preserve the truth of Tibets historical status - to always use the words Peoples Republic of China in relation to Tibet, rather than simply China, and we remind you that the UK governments position on Tibet was changed as recently as 2008.

Finally, we appeal to you to prioritise the development of a more robust policy on Tibet that engages with other concerned governments, to collectively address Chinas flawed policies, so that the Tibetan peoples aspirations for freedom and basic human rights are realised. Together, you and other government leaders are uniquely positioned to exercise strong and direct influence on Chinas new leadership. By speaking and acting in unison, you will not only increase your influence over Beijing, but this common approach will provide participating governments with a greater measure of protection from Chinas bullying and punitive response.

Yours sincerely,
 
Alison Reynolds
Executive Director, International Tibet Network

On behalf of the following International Tibet Network Member Groups:

Australia & New Zealand
Australia Tibet Council
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Tibetan Community of Australia (Victoria)
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia
Tibetan Women Association and Friends Australia
A.C.T. Tibet Support Group
Students for a Free Tibet New Zealand
Tibet Support Group - Australia

Asia
Anterrashtriya Bharat - Tibbet Sahyog Samiti
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Circle of Friends (Philippines)
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama
Gannasamannay
Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet
India Tibet Friendship Society
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Japan Committee of 100 for TIbet
Lung-Ta Project
Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Ns3 Rigpa Community Builders Foundation
Raise Tibetan Flag Campaign
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
Students for a Free Tibet - Japan
Students for a Free Tibet - India
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 Philippines Support Network
Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibet Support Network Japan
Tibetan Community Japan
Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre
Tibetan Student Association, Madras (TSAM)
Tibetan Womens Association (Central)
Tibetan Youth Congress

Middle East and Africa
Tibet Support Group Kenya
Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
South African Friends of Tibet
Friends of Tibet - Isamailia

Western Europe
Austrian Committee for Tibet
Save Tibet, Austria
Tibetan Community Austria
Les Amis du Tibet - Belgium
Lungta Association, Belgium
Vrienden Van Tibet
Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring vzw
Association Rencontres Tibetaines - C.S.P.T. Midi-Pyrenees
Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Association Dorje
Association Drme Ardche-Tibet
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Les Lilas)
Corse - Tibet
Eco-Tibet France
France-Tibet
Groupe Non-Violent Louis Lecoin, France
Jamtse Thundel Association
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, France
Maison des Himalayas
Maison du Tibet - Tibet Info
Nice Tibet
Nos Amis de lHimalaya
Objectif Tibet
Passeport Tibetain
Reseau International des Femmes pour le Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet - France
Tibet 59 / 62
Tibet Democratie
Tsowa-Maintenir la Vie, France
Autodtermination-Tibet 09/31
International Campaign for Tibet Deutschland
International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter (IGFM)
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibets Kinder im Exile V.
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg
EcoTibet Ireland
Tibet Support Group - Ireland
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Associazione Italia-Tibet
Tibetan Community of Italy
Tibet Unterstutzung Liechtenstein
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
International Campaign for Tibet Europe
Tibet Support Group - Netherlands
TSG Free Tibet And You
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
Casa del Tibet - Spain
Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (Madrid)
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
La Porte du Tibet, Geneva
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
Tibet Liberte Solidarite
Tibet Libertes, France
Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet UK
Tibet Society
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Youth UK

Northern Europe

Swedish Tibet Committee
Association of Free Tibet
Tibet Support Committee Denmark -
Friends of Tibet in Finland
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
Tibetan Community in Denmark
Tibetan Community Sweden

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

North America

Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Boston Tibet Network
Canada Tibet Committee
China Tibet Initiative
Colorado Friends of Tibet
Committee of 100 for Tibet
Dhokam Chushi Gangdruk
International Campaign for Tibet
International Tibet Independence Movement
Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
Rangzen Alliance
San Diego Friends of Tibet
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Seattle Friends of Tibet
Snow Lion Foundation
Sierra Friends of Tibet
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
TIBETmichigan
Toronto Tibet Youth Congress
UNFFT
U.S. Tibet Committee
Western Colorado Friends of Tibet
Wisconsin Tibetan Association

South America

Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador
Asociacion Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Asociacion Cultural Tibetano - Costaricense
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
World League for Freedom and Democracy


 

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