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[8 May 2014] In response to Tibet Lobby 2014 the UK government failed to address the specific concerns raised. Lobbyists called on the government to urge China to repeal the death penalty for those connected to self-immolations. The government was also asked to provide assurances that Tibet would be incorporated into the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. A follow-up action for lobbyists has been issued.

Tibet Lobby logoIn March, over 400 Tibet supporters lobbied their MPs as part of Tibet Lobby 2014. Two main asks were made of MPs:
  • To call on the UK government to urge China to repeal the use of the death penalty for intentional homicide in cases associated with self-immolations.
  • Ask for assurances from the UK government that the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights will encompass Tibetan human and civil rights issues, and that British companies trading in China will be afforded appropriate information about risks regarding human and civil rights if working in Tibetan regions.
Over the subsequent weeks responses from MPs were received. Many of these responses incorporated text supplied directly by the Foreign Office. Unfortunately, the Foreign Office failed to respond satisfactorily to the two lobby asks.

The Foreign Office text did not include any reference to the ask to urge China to repeal the death penalty in cases related to self-immolations. Though the text did refer to the second ask, by reiterating the fact that the UK had launched the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights last year, it missed the premise of the ask, which called for assurances that Tibet would be incorporated into the Plan.

It is recommended that lobbyists write a follow-up letter to their MP, asking for the government to address the specific asks. If you have not lobbied your MP you can still do so by calling on him/her to raise the two asks above with the government.
(Click here for further details and background.)


Follow-up Action
Please write to your MP with the following points:

1. Thank your MP for their response. If they made a personal note supportive of the Tibet cause, also thank them for this. (See below if your MP did not respond to your original letter/email/postcard.)

2. Explain the response from the government failed to address your key points. Request your MP write to the government again, asking for the following points to be addressed:

a. The UK government should immediately urge China to repeal the use of the death penalty for intentional homicide in cases associated with self-immolations.

Note that the Foreign Secretary pledged to oppose the use of the death penalty under any circumstances anywhere in the world, in a
joint statement signed by 41 other Foreign Ministers in October 2013.

b. The UK government should provide assurances that the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights will encompass Tibetan human and civil rights issues, and British companies trading in China will be afforded appropriate information about risks regarding human and civil rights if working in Tibetan regions.

Note that though the introduction of the Plan is welcome it is not currently providing advice on the risks involved for companies wishing to operate in Tibet. For example, the government needs to update its own Overseas Business Risk website, and associated guides, to include specific human rights concerns in Tibet, information about risks regarding human and civil rights if working in Tibetan regions, and reference its own National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

Contact details for your MP
Go to findyourmp.parliament.uk, call the House of Commons Information Office on 020 7219 4272 or write to: [Your MPs name], House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.


If your MP did not respond to your original letter, please write again, noting that you wrote/emailed/sent a postcard previously. Ask your MP to raise the above points with the government and you request a response at his/her earliest convenience.

If you are outside the UK and have lobbied your own parliamentarians, consider writing a follow-up letter based on the response you received. Ask your own governments to urge China to repeal the death penalty for intentional homicide in cases associated with self-immolations. Also encourage your own government to develop its own Action Plan on Business and Human Rights and ensure Tibet is included in the Plan.

If you receive a response from your MP please send us a copy. Email
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or post to Tibet Society, Unit 9, 139 Fonthill Road, London N4 3HF.

Click here to view the original lobby asks and background information
Click here to read a report on Tibet Lobby 2014

Tibet Lobby 2014 is organised by Tibet Society, Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet UK and Tibetan Community in Britain.


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