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UK Parliament to hold Tibet debate on International Human Rights Day

December 8, 2014

UK Tibet Society, December 5, 2014 - After months of requests, a parliamentary debate on Tibet has finally been granted by the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons. The debate will take place, aptly, on Wednesday 10 December - Human Rights Day.

The House of Commons debate, titled "Tibet and Freedom of Expression", will be opened by Fabian Hamilton MP, who is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet.  As an adjournment debate it will last for up to 90 minutes and to which the government has a duty to respond. It is expected that Hugo Swire, Foreign Office Minister whose responsibility includes Tibet and China, will attend and respond for the government.

The debate is due to take place 9.30am - 11am on Wednesday 10 December in Westminster Hall within the Houses of Parliament. The debate can be viewed online.

This will be the first debate on Tibet in Parliament in three years and only the second since 2008. The last debate was led by Simon Hughes MP in December 2011.
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