Australia Tibet Council

Enabling everyone in Australia to be part of change in Tibet

Tibet Lobby Day 2017

Saturday, 25 February 2017
On 28 March, a group of 18 Tibetan activists, community leaders and former political prisoners living in Australia participated in our sixth Tibet Lobby Day in Canberra.
The Tibetan delegation met face-to-face with 35 Members of Parliament from all sides of the political spectrum. They shared the truth about what is happening in Tibet under China’s rule with the politicians. They highlighted that a timely resolution of the Tibet issue is critical not only for the Tibetans but for the whole world.
The Tibetans advocated for freedom and human rights in Tibet, in particular the right to practice their religion and culture. Over the past year, China has intensified its crackdown on the Tibetans’ freedom to practice their religion, culture and language as part of a systematic attempt to assimilate Tibetans into Chinese culture and maintain its control in Tibet.
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The human rights violations in Tibet are largely hidden from the world. China has regularly closed Tibet to the international community. Diplomats, journalists and tourists who manage to travel to Tibet are subjected to strict supervision by the Chinese government.
Despite repeated requests since mid-2014, the Chinese Government has failed to respond positively to  members of the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet seeking approval for a delegation to visit Tibet.  Over the same period, delegations representing the Chinese government have received approval to enter Australia and travel freely within the country.
We believe visits by independent observers from the international community will put pressure on China to improve the human rights situation in Tibet. 
On Tibet Lobby Day, we asked the Australian Parliament to push for Reciprocal Access to Tibet and call on China to allow officials, journalists and citizens from Australia and around the world to travel freely to Tibet. 

We are excited by the overwhelming support we received from the parliamentarians we met on Tibet Lobby Day. Many were moved by hearing the Tibet stories directly from the Tibetans for the first time and have committed to taking stronger action.

To build on the success of the meetings, Australia Tibet Council will work with these parliamentarians over the coming year to ensure that the Australian Parliament becomes a strong voice for freedom and human rights in Tibet.

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