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Free Tibet launches General Election Website

March 30, 2010

29 March, 2010

Free Tibet launches today its "Make Your Voice Matter!" campaign for the
General Election. The campaign features a new website which contains a
candidates' pledge card for supporters. Free Tibet supporters will ask
parliamentary candidates to sign the card which pledges support for human
rights in Tibet and China in return for the electors' votes.

Free Tibet's 2010 General Election website can be seen at:

The website is intended to leave parliamentary candidates in no doubt that
human rights in China and Tibet matter to the public, and to hold candidates
to account over their support for human rights by listing all candidates,
together with their constituencies, who sign the pledge.

Announcing the launch of the microsite, Free Tibet Director, Stephanie
Brigden, said:

"Just two years ago, the British public dramatically demonstrated its
overwhelming support for human rights in Tibet when it staged a massive
protest during the Olympic Torch Relay through London. By allowing our
supporters to remind politicians that people in this country still care just
as much about human rights as they do about the economy, our new website
will drive on the debate that the UK must do more to protect human rights in
Tibet and China, and ensure that progress is maintained in the next

The website also provides information on "Tibet Champions" - MPs who have
worked hard to promote human rights in Tibet in the last parliament; what
the respective parties say about Tibet and human rights; and also gives
supporters practical tips on how, where and when to quiz local candidates on
whether they will support human rights in China and Tibet if elected.

Kate Hoey, a "Tibet Champion" and the Labour MP for Vauxhall, on the website
calls on Free Tibet supporters to urge candidates to take the pledge:

"I have worked hard in parliament to push the UK government into adopting a
more effective policy on human rights in Tibet and China. We need more MPs
to be doing the same after the next general election. Please urge candidates
in your constituency to pledge to promote human rights in Tibet and China as
an important issue in parliament if they are elected."
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