(TibetanReview.net, Mar26, 2017) – Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters are gathering in the capitals Washington, DC; Brussels, and Canberra to urge the respective governments and Parliaments to increase their support for the issue of Tibet and the Tibetan people. This years’ Tibet Lobby Day will take place over Mar 27-29, said Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), which has been organizing the annual event over the past eight years.
ICT said, Mar 24, that in Washington, more than 130 Tibetan-Americans and Tibet supporters will meet for the ninth annual Tibet Lobby Day. They will seek to ask Members of Congress to continue their support for the aspirations of the Tibetan people, continue the funding of Tibet programs, advocate for the release of Tibetan political prisoners, promote access to Tibetan areas for US officials, journalists, citizens and to hold Chinese leaders accountable for their human rights violations in Tibet.
The group said the lobbyists had planned to meet with the offices of more than 250 US Members of Congress. ICT is coordinating the Tibet Lobby Day in Washington in cooperation with Students for a Free Tibet and Tibetan Associations in the US.
In Brussels, activists from Austria, Germany, Italy and Poland will gather in in Brussels (Belgium), the capital of the European Union. Under the leadership of ICT Europe offices in Amsterdam and Brussels, the lobbyists will meet with representatives of different European Institutions and seek to brief them about the situation in Tibet and suggest some concrete recommendations on a way forward, including on EU-China relations.
They will also seek to meet with some European deputies and their assistants known for their support for Tibet, as well as members of the Tibet Interest group, the Delegation in charge of relations with the People’s Republic of China, the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Sub-committee on Human Rights.
In Canberra, the Australian Tibet Council will hold its sixth Tibet Lobby Day in the country. The lobbyists will meet with MPs and Senators from all parties and from across the country.