Italian Senate body urges China to resume Tibet talks, end repression


(, Mar14, 2014) – The Italian’s Senate’s Special Committee on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights has adopted a resolution on Tibet, urging China to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s envoys to resolve the Tibet issue on the Middle Way Approach. The resolution also urged the Chinese government to bring an “immediate halt to the oppression of the Tibetan people.

The resolution, adopted in the previous week, expressed disappointment over the failure of the ongoing EU-China dialogues to improve the human rights situation of the Tibetan people in any significant measure. And it insisted that China should redouble its efforts to tackle human rights situation of the Tibetan people in the framework of the EU-China human rights dialogue.

The resolution also urged China to respect the Tibetan people’s freedom of language and culture and allow the teaching of Tibetan language in Tibetan schools. And it urged the European Parliament to call on the Chinese government to ensure a permanent and uninterrupted access of the press, diplomats, including EU officials and foreigners in general, to Tibet.

The resolution asked China to comply with the outstanding requests of the UN and other human rights monitoring organisations to visit Tibet while calling on the United Nations, particularly the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council, to monitor the human rights situation in Tibet.

The resolution followed a testimony given before the committee by the Kalon Ms Dicki Chhoyang of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Information and International Relations last December.


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