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Motion tabled in UK parliament condeming China's use of force in Tibet

February 16, 2012

An Early Day Motion has been tabled in the British Parliament regarding the current deteriorating situation in Tibet, and which condemns the use of force by Chinese security forces. EDM 2715 was tabled by Fabian Hamilton MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet.

The EDM can be viewed on the parliament's website at:


That this House strongly condemns the Chinese security forces' unwarranted use of force including opening fire on unarmed demonstrators to quash peaceful protests in Tibet; is greatly saddened by the loss of life both of Tibetans who were shot and killed whilst protesting and the instances where Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation in an effort to draw attention to the ongoing repression by the Chinese authorities; is alarmed by the imposition of de facto martial law in Tibetan regions, the restriction of movement for Tibetans and the complete ban on foreign media; calls on the Prime Minister to make a public statement of concern on the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet; further calls on the Government to urge the Chinese government to ease tensions by withdrawing its armed forces from Tibetan areas, to release full details of all incidents involving its forces opening fire upon civilians and to give foreign journalists, humanitarian agencies and independent observers full and unfettered access to Tibetan areas to ascertain the current situation; and further calls on the Government to work with other governments to safeguard Tibetans' rights and interests and instigate a multilateral approach whereby international governments together urge the Chinese government to enter into immediate and unconditional negotiations with representatives of the Tibetan people in order to resolve the Tibetans' underlying grievances.

Note: Early Day Motions are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, in reality very few are actually debated. However, EDMs are used to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions. EDMs and signatories are also part of the House of Common's official records and can be viewed online by the public.

EDM 2715 is a pre-cursor to the Tibet Mass Lobby on Wednesday 7 March, which is being organised by a coalition of UK-based Tibet groups including Tibet Society, Tibetan Community in Britain, Free Tibet, Students for a Free Tibet UK and Tibetan Youth UK.
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