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European Parliamentarians Call for EU Co-sponsorship of China Resolution

[International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). March 29, 2000.]

European Parliamentarians call for EU co-sponsorship of China resolution

March 29, 2000, Brussels. Today, Members of the national parliaments of Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Members of the European Parliament and staff representatives of the U.S. Congress met in Brussels to discuss the continuing Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Parliamentarians present had the opportunity to hear the U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues explain U.S. efforts on Tibet. The Tibet Coordinator urged support at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) for the U.S.-sponsored resolution on China. She welcomed the expressions of interest of parliamentarians to establish focal points in each country to help coordinate information and advocacy on Tibetan issues.

Parliamentarians present also heard from senior leaders in the Tibetan Government in Exile about the deteriorating situation in Tibet and China's refusal to engage in a constructive dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representatives.

Parliamentarians present were unanimous in their evaluation that the U.S., E.U., U.K. and French bilateral dialogues with China on human rights have failed to produce tangible improvements in China and Tibet. On the contrary, this past year has seen an increase in political repression and restrictions on religious freedom.

As the UNCHR is the authoritative forum to address the grave human rights abuses committed by China, parliamentarians present called on the European Union to co-sponsor the U.S.-sponsored resolution on China at the 56th session of the UNCHR.

Parliamentarians present strongly believe and asserted that unified support for the rights of the Tibetan and Chinese peoples do not threaten bilateral relationships but promotes the principle of the universality of human rights.

Parliamentarians present pledged to bring before their individual parliaments a resolution calling on the Chinese leadership to enter into meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives leading to a negotiated settlement, and supporting the Dalai Lama's Five Point Peace Plan containing the following components: (1) transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace; (2) abandonment of China's population transfer policy; (3) respect for the Tibetan people's fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms; (4) restoration and protection of Tibet's natural environment; and (5) commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet.

Parliamentarians present also agreed to urge their MEPs to promote a similar resolution at the level of the European Parliament.

Discussion Draft Resolution on Tibet

Whereas governmental and non-government organizations have reported an increase in political repression and restrictions on religious freedoms in Chinese occupied Tibet in 1999;

Recognizing that bilateral dialogues on human rights with the Government of the People's Republic of China have failed to produce meaningful improvements in the human rights of the Chinese and Tibetan peoples;

Commending the Government of the United States for introducing a resolution on China at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights;

Calls on the European Union to co-sponsor a resolution on China at the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights;

Calls on the Chinese leadership to enter into meaningful dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama a negotiated political settlement;

Expresses strong support for the Dalai Lama's Five Point Peace Plan containing the following components: (1) transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace; (2) abandonment of China's population transfer policy; (3) respect for the Tibetan people's fundamental human rights and democratic freedoms; (4) restoration and protection of Tibet's natural environment; and (5) commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet.


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