Geneva, Switzerland - 9 June 2015
Geneva, Switzerland - 24 June 2015
29th Session of UN Human Rights Council - China's Human
Switzerland, Czech Republic, EU, Germany and U.S.
criticised China’s human rights record at UN meeting.
The U.S., Germany, EU, Switzerland and Czech Republic
expressed concern over human rights situation in China during
the UN Human Rights Council’s 29th Session in Geneva under
General Debate, Agenda Item 4 - Human rights situations that
require the Council’s attention.
The US Ambassador Mr. Keith M. Harper said, "In China, we
remain concerned about increased arrests, detentions and forced
disappearances including in Tibetan and Uyghur areas. Draft law
could have chilling effect on the civil society. We call for the
release of Ilham Tohti, Pu Xhiqiang, Yang maodong, Gao Yu and
Liu Xiaobo and urged government to drop charges against five
women's rights activist." (>
Statement by H. E. Mr Raimonds Jansons Ambassador, Permanent
Representative of Latvia on behalf of the European Union said,
"The EU remains deeply concerned by the arrest, detention and
harassment of peaceful human rights defenders in China. We urge
the Chinese authorities to release those detained for the
peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression and association,
as recognised by China’s Constitution and under its
international human rights obligations, including Liu Xiaobo,
Ilham Tohti, Gao Yu and Pu Zhiqiang. We also encourage China to
provide legal protection for all defenders of women’s human
rights, as we celebrate this year the 20th anniversary of the
Beijing Platform for Action. Overall, China should promote an
enabling environment for civil society activity, and in this
respect, we hope that China will take into account concerns
voiced by the international community about the draft law on
foreign NGOs management. Lastly, the EU urges China to address
the root causes of unrest and foster dialogue with and between
different ethnic groups, especially in Tibet and Xinjiang." (>
Mr. Frank Jarasch, Counsellor and Head of Political Affairs
of Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN said, "Germany
alliance itself with the statement made on behalf of the EU.
Germany is worried about worsening human rights situation in
China. We urged the government to immediately release all
detained human rights defenders and to stop unduly restricting
working conditions of international and domestic NGOs. We
remained particularly concerns about the situation of Uyghur
professor Ilham Tohti, journalist Gao Yu and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang.
Germany urges the government to respect liberation around the
birthday of Dalai Lama in July in order to avoid escalation of
protest in Tibet." (>
The Chinese delegation under Right to reply option said,
"China resolutely refused unwarranted charges by Switzerland and
Czech Republic. These two countries in disregard of their own
problems made lots of charges against other countries."
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resolution of Tibetan issue and accumulation of collective
In accordance with the
instructions received from Lamas and deities including the
Nechung oracle, every Tibetan is asked to recite six-word Om
Mani Padma Hum mantra 10,000 times coinciding the auspicious
days of Tibetan calendar. In addition, the department encourages
Tibetan community to hold incense burning (sang-sol) and
hoisting of religious (lungta) flags in harmony with the
corresponding auspicious days in a month. Moreover, it is
requested to say prayers of the two guardian deities and
protector of snow land (ma-mey sonam).
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Geneva, Switzerland -
7 April 2015
List of official
01.04.2015 - 31.03.2016
International Labour Day
Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment, Parinirvana "2015" (Sa-dha
Universal Prayer Day "2015" (Zamling Chisang)
Birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Swiss National Day
Tibetan Democracy Day
Coronation of '89 Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the
Nine Bad Omens (Ngen-Pa Gu-Zom)
Tibetan New Year (Losar)
Tibetan National Uprising Day
Buddha's Great Miracles Day (Chhotrul Duchen)
Dharamsala, India - 10
Statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the
56th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day
We are gathered here to remember the brave men and women who
gave their lives for the cause of Tibet fifty-six years ago. We
are also gathered here to remind ourselves to carry forward the
non-violent struggle of the Tibetan people with great
determination, courage and resolve.
My fellow Tibetans, I report to you that the situation in
Tibet remains grim but the enduring spirit of Tibetan people is
strong and getting stronger. Ever since the 2008 peaceful
protests erupted, and the ongoing self-immolation protests
throughout the plateau, Tibet is under virtual lockdown.
Restrictions on movements of Tibetans have greatly intensified.
At multiple checkpoints in major urban centers under constant
surveillance cameras, Tibetans must swipe their identity cards
that are embedded with sophisticated second generation chips. As
one Tibetan has described this indignity: “Your identity card is
like your shadow. Without it you cannot move.” The situation of
increased restrictions is so excessive that even Chinese
tourists have been moved to comment that the present conditions
in Tibet are like a ‘war zone’.
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Basel, Switzerland - 7 February 2015
His Holiness the Dalai
Lama meets the cabinet of Basel-City State for lunch
Press Release: Mittagessen mit Seiner Heiligkeit dem XIV.
07.02.2015 (13:58) Medienmitteilung Regierungsrat
Der Regierungsrat hat heute Seine Heiligkeit den XIV. Dalai
Lama zu einem Mittagessen im Hotel Les Trois Rois eingeladen.
Das Treffen mit einem der wichtigsten buddhistischen Oberhäupter
fand in einer entspannten Atmosphäre statt. Die Einladung des
Regierungsrates erfolgte vor dem Hintergrund der religiösen
Vorträge, die der Dalai Lama an diesem Wochenende an einer
Veranstaltung in der St. Jakobshalle hält.
Der Regierungsrat hat heute Seine Heiligkeit den XIV. Dalai
Lama zu einem Mittagessen im Hotel Les Trois Rois eingeladen.
Regierungspräsident Guy Morin empfing den Nobelpreisträger
zusammen mit der Staatsschreiberin Barbara Schüpbach-Guggenbühl.
Danach wechselte der Dalai Lama mit weiteren Mitgliedern des
Regierungsrates Begrüssungsworte. In einer kurzen Tischansprache
erinnerte der Regierungspräsident an den letzten Besuch des
Dalai Lamas im Jahr 2001 anlässlich der Eröffnung der
Ausstellung „Tibet – Buddhas, Götter, Heilige“ im Museum der
Kulturen. Auch heute hätten noch viele Menschen in Basel einen
besonderen Bezug zum Tibet. Viele Veranstaltungen zur
tibetischen Kultur und Tradition würden noch heute in unserer
Region stattfinden. Der Dalai Lama erhielt schliesslich als
Geschenk eine mechanische Uhr, die im Oris-Werk im nahen
Hölstein hergestellt wird.
Geneva, Switzerland - 5 February 2015
His Holiness the Dalai Lama visits Basel, Switzerland for
Buddhist Teachings and Public Talk – Luncheon with Basel
Geneva, 05.02.2015 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will
arrive in Basel, Switzerland on 6 February 2015 for Buddhist
teachings, an initiation and a public talk at the invitation of
the Tibetan Community Switzerland & Liechtenstein. His Holiness
will also meet the cabinet of the Government of Canton (State)
of Basel-City for a luncheon.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will arrive in Switzerland on the
morning of 6 February 2015, after attending the annual National
Prayer Breakfast, hosted by members of the United States
Congress in Washington D.C. on 5 February 2015.
At the invitation of the Tibetan Community Switzerland &
Liechtenstein, one of the oldest and biggest Tibetan community
in Europe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a one-day
Buddhist teaching based on Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhichitta
and Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind on
Saturday, 7 February 2015. His Holiness will also confer the
Avalokiteshvara Empowerment on Sunday morning, 8 February 2015.
In the afternoon, His Holiness will deliver a public talk on
Secular Ethics for Today’s World. The President of the
Government of Canton of Basel-City, Dr. Guy Morin, will deliver
an official welcome address from the Canton at the beginning of
the public talk. All the public events will be held at the St.
Jakobshalle in Basel and attended by 7’500 people. Several side
events will be offering insights to Tibetan culture, Buddhist
philosophy and the Tibet question.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will graciously address the
Tibetan community separately on Sunday following the public talk.
The organizers are expecting around 7’300 Tibetans from
Switzerland and neighboring countries for the audience. The
Folklore-Ensemble as well as children of Tibetan schools of the
Tibetan Community Switzerland & Liechtenstein will offer songs
to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
On Saturday, 7 February 2015, the Government of the Canton of
Basel-City has invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a
luncheon. All members of the cabinet will be present at the
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will leave Switzerland for
Trondheim, Norway on Monday, 9 February 2015.
This is His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 25th visit to
Switzerland, after visiting the country for the first time in
6 February: Arrival in Basel, Switzerland
7 February: 1 Day Buddhist Teaching, Lunch with Government of
8 February: Avalokiteshvara Empowerment, Public Talk, Audience
9 February: Departure for Trondheim, Norway
Website of the event:
Mr. Ngodup Dorjee, Representative of H. H. the Dalai Lama
The Tibet Bureau, Geneva
Tel: +41 79 951 45 19 // Email:
Morning 7 - 8 am & Evening 6 - 8 pm CET (except Sunday: 6 - 7
Geneva, Switzerland - 1
Announcement note and call for applications
EU Lobby Training 2015
The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) in cooperation
with European Tibet Support Groups and the International Tibet
Network (ITN) invites Tibetan activists and members of Tibet
Support Groups (TSGs) residing in Europe to apply for a
2-day-long advocacy training program to be held in several
European cities in February 2015 in view of the upcoming 10
March commemorations all over Europe.
Tibetans are facing a crucial time in history. There is
increasing awareness in the West about the situation inside
Tibet and a real possibility for major victories towards
fulfilling the hopes of millions of Tibetans.
The 2015 European Lobby Days Training is directed to Tibetan
activists and European citizens involved in the Tibet movement.
Its objective is to train them to become effective advocates of
the Tibetan cause at European level in their respective
countries of residence, in particular ahead of the Europe-wide
Solidarity Rally for Tibet on 14 March 2015 in Paris.
The training will include a theoretical part on EU policies
towards China and Tibet, human rights, recent developments in
Tibet, advocacy and communications techniques. In Brussels it
will also provide participants with meaningful exposure to the
EU political scene and the discourse around EU-China relations
and Tibet’s role in it by organizing meetings at the European
External Action Service and the European Parliament.
Participants of the 2015 European Lobby Days Training will
have the opportunity to engage in discussions with distinguished
professionals working in different fields, such as EU-China
relations, human rights advocacy and the Tibetan movement.
Moreover, they will expand their understanding of the role of
activists, lobbyists, NGOs and the media in influencing foreign
policy at European level. Beyond this, the 2015 European
Advocacy Training Program will provide each participant a rich
environment for exchanging information and ideas, and building a
network of European activists for the Tibetan cause.
ICT is an international advocacy NGO working to promote human
rights and democratic freedoms for the Tibetan people. ICT has
offices in Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels, and
partners with the Australia Tibet Council in Sidney.
The training will take place in three different European
- Brussels (Belgium), 16/17 February 2015 (applications
accepted from Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France,
Italy and Spain)
- Helsinki (Finland), 23/24 February 2015 (applications
accepted from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia,
Latvia and Lithuania)
- Frankfurt (Germany), 23/24 February 2015 (applications
accepted from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and the
ICT will be in charge of arranging the program and providing
speakers and materials. Participants will be responsible for
their own practical arrangements (travel, accommodation etc.)
and are encouraged to liaise with local TSGs and Representatives
of Tibetan communities for all logistical aspects.
Interested Tibetan activists and European citizens involved
in the Tibet movement are encouraged to apply. Applicants must
be residents of the above-mentioned countries. Up to 10
candidates will be selected for each training.
Note that the training will be in English. Excellent language
skills are required.
Please send your applications (brief CV and statement of
interest) to Elena Gaita at email@example.com by 31
January 2015, specifying which of the three trainings you wish
to participate in.
Applicants should include their complete contact information,
including mailing address, phone number, and email.
Policy and Advocacy Officer
International Campaign for Tibet
11, rue de la Linière
1060 Brussels, Belgium
+32 (0)2 6094411
Geneva, Switzerland -
27 October 2014
Dhanglang Chatrel -
Leitfaden geändert, Guideline updated
Geneva, Switzerland - 8
New Representative of
H. H. the Dalai Lama at The Tibet Bureau, Geneva
Dorjee took up the position of Representative of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama for Central and Eastern Europe on 01 October
Prior to taking up this position, he was the Representative
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the EU, Western Europe & the
Maghreb from June 2012-September 2014 in Brussels.
He joined the service of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
in 1982 on the position of Secretary at Tibetan Refugee Service
Co-operative Society in Ladakh (Northern India) after completing
his education. He rose through ranks and held various positions
in Central Tibetan Administrations before taking up the position
of Secretary of the Department of Home.
Much of Ngodup’s career was centered on rural development and
Ngodup worked as Director of the Agriculture Division of
Department of Home, CTA prior to heading the same department.
He was awarded CTA staff distinguished certificate for his
He was born in 1956 in Ngari, Western Tibet. He is married
with two sons and two daughters.
Dharamsala, India - 3
His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and CTA saddened by passing away of Ama Wäger
(Ama Wäger and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Salzburg,
Austria, May 2012 - Photo: Manuel Bauer)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan
Administration expressed deep sadness at the demise of Ms
Imtraut Wäger of Germany, who dedicated her life for the
education and welfare of Tibetans in exile. She passed away in
Munich on Oct 2 at the age of 95.
In a letter to the family of the Wäger Family in Munich,
Germany, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his sadness at
the passing away of Ama Wäger and offered his condolences to
members of her family, friends and colleagues.
His Holiness wrote that in her passing away, Tibetans have
lost a friend who, until her last breath, kept the wellbeing of
needy Tibetans close to her heart.
He also said that among the many who have provided generous
assistance to Tibetans, both young and old, in exile, Ama Wäger
was perhaps unique. Not only was she generous herself, also
directing the support of many other individuals in Germany to
where it was most needed, but she personally visited those she
helped in different Tibetan settlements and schools in India and
His Holiness concluded by saying that he will remember Ama in
In his condolence message, Tibetan political leader Dr.
Lobsang Sangay said: “The Central Tibetan Administration is
deeply saddened by the passing away of Ms Imtraut Wäger, who is
fondly known by Tibetans as Ama Wäger.”
“With her demise, Tibetans lost a true friend who had worked
tirelessly throughout her life for the education of the poor and
needy Tibetan children and assisted in welfare projects in India
and Nepal,” Sikyong said.
“Ama Wäger’s humanitarian work has played a pivotal role in
the sustenance of the Tibetan community in exile. She was truly
a beacon of light that changed many lives for the better. Ama
Wäger’s legacies will be remembered by Tibetans in the
generations to come. Tibetans will remain forever indebted to
“I send my condolences to members of her family,” Sikyong
Dharamsala, India - 2
The Statement of the Kashag on the Occasion of the 54th
Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day
Today, as we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Tibetan
Democracy Day, the Kashag extends its warm greetings to all
fellow Tibetans in and outside Tibet. On this joyous occasion,
we express our heartfelt gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai
Lama for granting the Tibetan people the precious gift of
His Holiness’ vision of democracy has been a
transformative experience for Tibetans. It fundamentally changed
how we Tibetans in exile live our lives and is an inspiration
for those in Tibet who live under repression on a daily basis.
This historic change is second in importance in its
transformation of Tibet. The first having taken place more than
1,000 years ago when Buddhism was introduced to Tibet from India.
Buddhism became rooted in Tibet from the 7th to the 11th century
thus deeply influencing Tibetan worldview and the social order
of the time. Monasteries established during that period made
Tibet a centre of learning for High Asia and beyond, as well as
a wellspring for Tibetan Buddhist civilization.
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Speech by Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile on 54th
Today marks the completion of 54 years since the
establishment of democracy in the Tibetan community in exile. On
this momentous occasion, I, on behalf of the Tibetan Parliament
in Exile as well as the entire people of Tibet in and outside
their homeland, and with unwavering devotion and hope
demonstrated in great bodily, speech and mind reverence through
countless prostrations to the deities, offer my greetings,
keeping in the very centre of my heart the insuperable cause for
gratitude borne of compassion we have been blessed to receive
from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Chenrezig in human
bodily form, the divinely entrusted protector deity of Tibet,
the spiritual lord of the Three Realms, a champion of world
peace, the master across the world of the entire corpus of the
teachings of the Buddha, the refuge and great leader of all
Tibetans, the guide to them on the dos and don’ts in the ways of
the world, the symbolic representation and the emblem of the
unity of the Tibetan people, and the free spokesperson of the
entire people of Tibet.
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Hamburg, Germany - 22
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Germany for a six
22 August, Hamburg - His Holiness the Dalai Lama just arrived
in Hamburg for a six days visit at the invitation of Tibetan
Centre, Hamburg. Members of the Tibetan Community in Germany
welcomed His Holiness on arrival at the hotel. His Holiness is
the patron of the Tibetan Centre. This is his fifth visit to
Hamburg and 38th visit to Germany.
The first public program will be an address by His Holiness
the Dalai Lama on 23 August on secular ethics - Human life
values. Tickets for this event completely sold out two months
ago. The total capacity of the hall is 7,000 seats
From 24 to 25 August, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will teach
on two famous Tibetan Buddhist texts – the 8th century Indian
Master Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and
the great 13th century Tibetan Master Gyalsey Thokme Sangpo’s 37
Practices of a Bodhisattva.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give an Avalokiteshvara (the
Bodhisattva of Compassion - Jigten Wangchuk) Initiation on 26
August morning. Over 5,000 people will attend the two and half
days teaching. All the talks and teachings will take place at
Congress Centre, Hamburg.
Due to great media interest on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
visit, there will be a Meet the Press session on 23 August at
At the invitation of the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, Society
for Threatened Peoples and Tibet Initiative Deutschland, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit the exhibition Tibet -
Destruction of an ancient civilization on 25 August. The
exhibition at Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg displays the life of
Tibetan nomads, which is under great threat.
During the lunch break on 25 August, His Holiness will
address members of Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies
from the Academy of World Religions of University of Hamburg.
On 26 August afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will
address the 35th and 25th Anniversaries respectively of the
Tibetan Community in Germany and the Tibet Initiative
Deutschland’s celebrations in Hamburg.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address participants in the
Finding Common Ground - Sino-Tibetan Conference in Hamburg
before departing for India on 27 August morning. The conference
will be attended by scholars, officials, activists, writers,
Sinologists from Europe, US, Asia and Australia.
19. August 2014
Erklärung zu den Demonstrationen gegen Seine
Heiligkeit den Dalai Lama
Wir, die Unterzeichner, sind als ehemalige
Mitglieder der Neuen Kadampa Tradition (NKT) und ehemalige
Praktizierende von Dorje Shugden erschüttert und traurig
darüber, dass diejenigen, die einmal unser ehemaliger NKT-Sangha
waren, gegen Seine Heiligkeit den Dalai Lama demonstrieren und
Fehlerhafte Darstellungen und Verfälschungen der
Wahrheit, die wir ja kennen, wurden veröffentlicht, als wären es
Tatsachen. Die Neue Kadampa Tradition tritt derzeit als
‚Internationale Shugden Gemeinschaft’ (International Shugden
Community, ISC) auf. Sie erhebt viele Anschuldigungen und
Verleumdungen gegen Seine Heiligkeit, die völlig
Hamburg, Germany - 21
Hintergrundpapier zu den Demonstrationen der “Shugden-Anhänger“
Seit Jahren schwelt ein Konflikt zwischen dem
Dalai Lama und Buddhisten, die einer fundamentalistisch
ausgerichteten Gruppierung des tibetischen Buddhismus angehören.
In 2014 gab es in den USA und Europa, unter anderem beim Dalai
Lama Besuch in Frankfurt im Mai, Demonstrationen gegen den Dalai
Der Dalai Lama hat in den 90er Jahren seine
Schülerinnen und Schüler aufgefordert, das Praktizieren des „Dorje
Shugden-Kultes“ zu unterlassen, also die Verehrung eines
Schutzgeistes, den es nur im tibetischen Buddhismus gibt. Für
diese Aufforderung nennt der Dalai Lama mehrere Gründe:
Background Information on “Shugden Devotees’”
A conflict between the Dalai Lama and a group of
Buddhists aligned with a fundamentalist group of Tibetan
Buddhists has been smouldering for years. In 2014,
demonstrations in opposition to the Dalai Lama took place in the
USA and Europe, also during the visit of the Dalai Lama in
Frankfurt, Germany in May.
In the 1990s, the Dalai Lama expressly requested
his students to discontinue the „Dorje Shugden cult”, which
essentially worships a protective spirit that only exists in
Tibetan Buddhism. The following reasons provide insight into the
Dalai Lama’s request:
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