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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Friday, March 12, 2004



1. Tibetans and Tibet Supporters Protest in The Hague, Petition Dutch Government (ICT)


March 11, 2004

International Campaign for Tibet.

More than 100 Tibetans and Tibet supporters in The Netherlands held a
candlelight protest outside the Chinese Embassy in The Hague on 10 March to
commemorate Tibetan National Uprising Day.

The 80-plus Tibetans, together with ICT Europe and TSG Netherlands staff,
had earlier presented a petition to Mrs. R. Verdonk, Dutch Minister for
Immigration and Integration, requesting the Dutch government grant residence
to some 120 Tibetan asylum seekers currently in The Netherlands.

In recent months, the Dutch government has rejected the applications of a
number of Tibetan asylum seekers, believing that Tibet is part of China and
the situation there does not warrant the Netherlands' government granting
these persons protection. Many of the asylum seekers have been awaiting a
decision about their residency status for over two years.

The petition was critical of the Dutch government's position and argued that
Tibet is not safe for Tibetans who are forcefully returned to the Chinese
authorities. It called on the Dutch government to follow the example of
countries such as Switzerland, the United States and Canada in granting
asylum for Tibetan refugees.

The petition also called for the Dutch government to work more closely with
NGOs, such as ICT Europe, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, to
be better informed about the situation in Tibet and the consequences of
sending the Tibetans back to Chinese-controlled Tibet.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Tibetans and Tibet Supporters Protest in The Hague, Petition Dutch Government (ICT)
  2. US Reaffirms Support of UN Resolution on China Human Rights Violations (VOA)
  3. Concert for a Free Tibet hopes to rock again Jenn Wildey Grand Valley Lanthorn



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