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Tibet Society facilitates "historic" discussion on Tibet in UK PDF Print E-mail
[12 February 2015] Earlier this week, Tibet Society, in its role as Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, organised a meeting with politicians, academics and activists to discuss how to take the Tibet issue forward, particularly in the UK. The meeting was described as "historic" by participants and it was suggested that the format could be replicated in other countries.

Tibet Society logoOn 9 February, the "Tibet Roundtable" was held at the Houses of Parliament under the auspices of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. The 30 participants included current MPs, leading experts on Tibet from both academic and NGO fields, respected Tibetan leaders, Chinese dissidents and experts on conflict prevention and resolution. (Note: to allow a free and open discussion the meeting was held under Chatham House rules and the participants will remain anonymous.)

The meeting was convened given the ongoing repression in Tibet, the lack of substantive progress in addressing the grievances of the Tibetan people by Beijing and the lack of any meaningful support of Tibetan peoples rights by the UK government. The purpose of the meeting was to address the current realities of the Tibet issue and explore new forms of approach in order to make progress in seeking a peaceful solution for Tibet and its people.

During the meeting, participants examined the Chinese government's policies in Tibet and the intensifying resistance of Tibetans living in Tibet. Participants also discussed the UK government's policy on Tibet, the UK's relationship with China and explored possible new directions and strategies to take the Tibet issue forward within the UK.

One of the key areas of focus was coordination between like-minded governments over Tibet. In particular, the possibility of the UK government taking the lead on certain aspects was examined, or, at the very least, supporting and aligning with other countries that stand up to China on the Tibet issue.

It is believed this was the first such gathering in the UK of politicians, activists and experts focusing specifically on Tibet. Indeed, it was noted during the meeting that it was an "historic occasion" and the format is to be suggested to other Tibet support groups to replicate in their own countries.

Tibet Society will be following up with participants on the topics discussed, liaising with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet on action points, and making recommendations to the UK government.


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