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EU Parliamentarians send Tibet appeal to High Representative for Foreign Affairs during Beijing visit

May 11, 2015

Central Tibetan Administration, May 6, 2015 - 52 Members of the European Parliament urged Mrs. Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs that she must raise the Tibetan issue with Chinese leaders during her meetings in Beijing. Mrs. Mogherini is in Beijing for the 5th China-EU High-Level Strategic Dialogue from 5 to 6 May.

The Parliamentarians from six political groups wrote to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs last week stating that the arbitrary detention, arrest and torture of peaceful Tibetan protestors in Tibet were of great concern. They said 204 Tibetans had been arrested or sentenced to imprisonment since the new European Parliament was convened on 1 July 2014. Further, 6 Tibetans died in prison or on release and 7 Tibetans self-immolated in Tibet.

This is Mrs. Federica Mogherini’s first visit to China since becoming the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

The European Parliamentarians reminded the EU High Representative of the June 2012 resolution on the human rights situation in Tibet adopted by the European Parliament. The resolution mandated the EU High Representative to address the human rights situation in Tibet at every meeting with the representatives of the People's Republic of China.

The 52 Parliamentarians urged EU High Representative to called on Beijing for the resumption of the dialogue between China and Representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve the Tibetan issue. There has been no official contact since January 2010.

They said that the EU must call for a substantive and constructive dialogue, which addresses core issues like preservation of the Tibetan language, culture, religion and traditions.

The European Parliamentarians said China must respect the freedom of expression, association and religion of the Tibetan people and an immediate end to the continued crackdown in Tibet.  And called for release of all Tibetan political prisoners including Panchen Lama, who disappeared since 17 May 1995.


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