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Report On Tibet by the All Party Parliamentary Group For Tibet

May 14, 2008

The Tibet Society (UK)
Monday, 12 May, 2008

by the All Party Parliamentary Group For Tibet

Press briefing Wednesday 14 May
Time: 11.00 am
Room T, Portcullis House

Currently Tibet is effectively under lockdown and isolated from the outside world, with the Chinese government showing no sign of allowing any independent audit of the situation, let alone free media access. There are real and urgent concerns on humanitarian issues and deep apprehension as to the measures that will be taken by local authorities on any demonstrations when the Olympic torch goes through Tibet in June. Hundreds of Tibetans have been killed or injured since March this year and thousands more are in detention with no idea of what fate awaits them. Already 30, without any access to legal representation, have been covertly tried and found guilty. The sentences varied from three years to life imprisonment.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet have compiled a report detailing the grave situation in Tibet and will be calling on the UK government and other international bodies to act now before the conditions inside Tibet deteriorate further. It is time for  the International community to stand up for justice in Tibet and end nearly 60 years of occupation and subjugation.

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Philippa Carrick, Hon Group Co-ordinator:  020 7272 1414 / 07941 105485  email:
Background Notes to editors

Five critical actions in support of Tibet

The APPGT urges the government to take the following critical actions to support the Tibetan people and their basic human rights.

1.  Access: Immediate access to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other areas of Tibet by the UN, Red Cross or other independent bodies in order to produce an objective and true report of the situation
2.  Media: Re-open the Tibet Autonomous Region and other areas of Tibet to foreign journalists and ensure open access to the media.  
3.  Dialogue: Premier Wen Jiabao to act on the assurance given to Gordon Brown that if the Dalai Lama renounces violence and does not seek independence (both of which the Dalai Lama has repeatedly and publicly confirmed), he will enter into meaningful dialogue, without preconditions.
4.  Not attend Olympic ceremonies: UK government officials and dignitaries to withdraw from attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

5.  No torch in Tibet: The International Olympic Committee and the Chinese government to review and amend the route of the Olympic torch to ensure it does not go to Lhasa or through any region of Tibet.(The Olympic torch is due in Tibet between 15-30 June. 21 June in Lhasa.
22 April. Tabled by Harry Cohen.

That this House expresses deep sadness and concern for the current situation in Tibet which sees the country in severe lockdown by the Chinese authorities following recent demonstrations by the Tibetan populace that resulted in over 140 Tibetans killed, over 4,000 Tibetans in detention, a lack of medical aid for those injured, restricted movement, many in hiding for fear of their lives, leaving villages deserted at the crucial time of year when crops need to be sowed and severe food shortages in the cities; and calls on the Government to urge the Chinese authorities to end this suffering by allowing humanitarian aid, under the auspices of the International Red Cross, the UN or other independent bodies, into the Tibetan Autonomous Region and other areas of Tibet.

28 April. Tabled by Norman Baker.

That this House is both alarmed and disappointed by the refusal by the Chinese government to accede to a request from Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to grant access for a delegation from the UN to visit Tibet in April in order independently to assess the current working situation; urges the Government to express its grave concern to the Chinese authorities over this decision, to ask why it is not convenient at this time and to press for an early date at which it would be convenient; and further urges the Government actively to support the recent European Parliament's resolution on Tibet wherein it calls for an open and independent inquiry, under the auspices of the United Nations, into the recent riots and repression in Tibet; and urges the Chinese authorities to issue a standing invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN bodies to visit Tibet.

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