Unite for Tibet
China’s failed policies have created a human right crisis in Tibet. We believe there is a diplomatic solution if governments collectively pressure China to build a solution for Tibet.
Australia Tibet Council joins the global Tibet movement's campaign to call on world governments to jointly address the human rights crisis in Tibet.
The day before Chinese president Xi Jinping and key world leaders began the G20 Summit, Tibetans and supporters shone the spotlight on China’s failed human rights record and called on world leaders for a new, coordinated action on the crisis in Tibet.
On 14 November, Australia Tibet Council and Students for a Tibet Free staged a giant banner protest in front of the iconic Story Bridge in Brisbane CBD close from Xi Jinping’s hotel.
Join us at a rally for Tibet during the G20 Summit in Brisbane.
Tibetans and supporters in Australia and worldwide are calling on key world governments to take joint action to address the human rights crisis in Tibet.
We are asking like-minded governments to stand by their common democratic values and unite for Tibet.
WHERE: Redacliff Place, 266, George St, Brisbane
WHEN: 9.30 am to 11.30 am, Saturday 15 November
In Geneva today (February 27), Kai Müller, Executive Director, International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Germany met with the High Commissioners Office and handed over letters from Tibet supporters worldwide calling on UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay to raise Tibet in her opening statement at the UN Human Rights Council.
Over 5000 Tibet supporters signed emails to Ms. Pillay from all over the world, including Taiwan and Burma (Myanmar). The UN Human Rights Council begins on Monday March 3. On March 19 the Council will adopt the UN Working Group Report on China’s Universal Periodic review where China would indicate which recommendations it would accept to improve the rights conditions in China.
This action was the first collaboration between ICT and the Australian Tibet Council.
Tibet was raised by a greater number of countries in China’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) last month than in the same forum four years ago. By March 2014, China will report on what steps it will take to improve human rights conditions in Tibet as per the recommendations by other countries during the UPR process. This offers governments at the UN the opportunity to urge China to accept meaningful UPR recommendations on Tibet as it was elected to the Human Rights Council for 2014-2016.
Tibet concerns raised
Twelve states raised concerns on Tibet to the Chinese delegates at the Human Rights Council (HRC) –in both oral statements and advance written questions. The delegates cited the lack of religious freedom, minority rights, and access of UN officials to Tibet, and called on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama. (The October 22 session’s webcast is available here.)
Twelve months ago Xi Jinping, and 5th generation leaders, inherited extraordinary powers as they took over the helm of the Chinese Communist Party. Alongside these powers they also took on a considerable number of major challenges, prominent among which is China’s occupation of Tibet.
In this powerful new role Xi Jinping was given the opportunity to change four generations of failed Tibet policies by adopting a paradigm shift in the Chinese Communist Party’s approach to Tibet that gives full agency over formulating future policies to the Tibetan people.
However Xi has shown no sign of changing course in Tibet. Instead the Chinese Communist Party can be seen to be continuing down the failed path of previous generations of Chinese leaders, implementing a harsh military crackdowns and unsustainable economic subsidies, which - far from bringing about the stability they seek - serve to exacerbate Tibetan grievances and create widespread resistance right across Tibet.