On the eve of EU-China human rights dialogue, Chinese persecution of Tibetan Buddhist culture and European role in promoting human rights in Tibet under scrutiny
ICT Press Conference in cooperation with EP Tibet Intergroup. European Parliament's ASP building, Brussels, 10 May, 9.30 am - 10.30 am
In the week prior to the next session of the European Union's dialogue with China on human rights, the International Campaign for Tibet and the President of the European Parliaments's Tibet Intergroup, Thomas Mann MEP, wiss discuss Chinese persecution of Tibetan Buddhist culture and the role of European countries in promoting human rights in Tibet. ICT will present the findings of a new report on relegious repression in Tibet. Using information from official Chinese documents obtained from Tibet and interviews with senio religious figures, monks and nuns from Tibet. ICT's new report documents the following:
Ø Disturbing precedents for restrictions on religious practice in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Ø A stepping up of the patriotic education campaign in religious institutions.
Ø A commitment by Chinese authorities to strengthen the Chinese Communist Party’s control over monasteries.
Ø A renewed determination by Chinese authorities to crack down on the influence of the Dalai Lama.
Ø The severe undermining of traditional systems of monastic education.
Ø Appropriation by the atheistic Chinese state of authorities necessary for the transmission of religious teachings and the identification of reincarnate lamas.
Tsering Jampa, Executive Director of ICT-Europe, said: "European countries have a vital role in pressing China on human rights, and as a matter of utmost urgency, we call on the EU to take a strong stand with Beijing in its forthcoming dialogue in order to protect Tibet's precious religious culture. The survival of Tibetan religion, an intrinsic part of Tibetan identity, is in crisis as a result of China's policies of control over religious practice and scholarship."