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Canada Tibet Lobby Days 2018: Canada’s support for resumption of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue.

June 12, 2018

Canada Tibet Lobby Days 2018 welcomes Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, six members of the Tibetan- Parliament-in-Exile, North America Representative Mr. Ngodup Tsering, members of Tibetan Assocations, Students for Free Tibet, Tibetan Youth Congress and Tibetan Women Assocation to meet with Canadian MPs and Senators to urge Canadian support for renewal of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue.  

This year Tibet Lobby Days' ask: Canadian Parliamentarians should adopt a “unanimous consent motion” for Tibet in the House of Commons

What will the resolution say?

Reaffirming Canada’s commitment to human rights, the resolution will reiterate Canada’s support for resumption of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, which has been stalled since 2010.    The resolution will emphasize that the Tibetan people seek genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution and law. 

Has there ever been a unanimous consent motion for Tibet in Canada’s parliament?

Yes.  On February 15, 2007, the House of Commons adopted a motion by unanimous consent urging “the Government of the People's Republic of China and representatives of Tibet's government in exile, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet's historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfill the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet." The motion was introduced by MP Peggy Nash (NDP – Parkdale High Park) and can be viewed at

Are there recent examples of cross-party support for Tibet in other countries?

Yes.  On April 25, 2018, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution calling on China to respect human rights and religious freedom in Tibet. Introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the resolution addressed one of the most important issues for the future of Tibet: the right of Tibetan Buddhists to determine their own leadership, including a future 15th Dalai Lama, free of outside interference from the Chinese Government.  The full text of the Senate resolution is available here:

Why is Canada’s Parliament an important strategic ally for Tibet? 

  • Canada enjoys a collaborative relationship with the People’s Republic of China;
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an Honourary citizen of Canada;
  • Canada offers best practice examples of both regional and indigenous autonomy;
  • Canada defends and promotes human rights around the world.


12 month review

July 2017:China pressures Botswana to cancel planned visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

August 2017:US State Department reports widespread violations of religious freedom in Tibet.

September 2017:Tibet under travel ban, foreigners expelled during CCP National Congress.

October 2017:Satellite image reveal extent of demolitions at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute.

November 2017: Minister Chrystia Freeland expresses concern about human rights defenders in Tibet.

December 2017: Security clampdown following self-immolation in Kardze, Tibet.

January 2018:  Confidential report reveals how Chinese officials harass human rights activists in Canada.

February 2018: Tibetan sentenced to 3 years in prison for urging China to follow its ethnic unity policy.

March 2018: At UN Human Rights Council, Canada voices concern about Tibet.

April 2018:China detains 30 Tibetan villagers protesting the mining of a sacred mountain.

May 2018: Tibetan language advocate, Tashi Wanchuk, sentenced to 5 years in prison.

June 2018:Tibetan monk reveals torture and sexual abuse in China’s ‘political re-education’ centres.


The Canada Tibet Lobby Days Coalition

The Coalition of Tibet Groups in Canada is made up of Tibetan community associations and support groups from across the country.  Canada Tibet Lobby Days 2018 is supported by the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet and by the Office of Tibet for North America in Washington DC.

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