Procedure : 2008/2557(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B6-0137/2008

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Debates :

PV 09/04/2008 - 13

Votes :

PV 10/04/2008 - 9.11
CRE 10/04/2008 - 9.11

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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0133/2008
2 April 2008
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Graham Watson, Dirk Sterckx, Marco Cappato, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Janusz Onyszkiewicz and Marielle de Sarnez
on behalf of the ALDE Group
on Tibet

European Parliament resolution on Tibet 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on Tibet, in particular that of 15 Fenruary 2007 on the dialogue between the Chinese Government and Envoys of the Dalai Lama,

–  having regard to its resolution of 13 December 2007 on the EU-China Summit - EU/China human rights dialogue,

–   having regard to its resolution of 7 September 2006 on EU-China relations,

–  having regard to its resolution of 6 September 2007 on human rights dialogues and consultations on human rights with third countries,

–  having regard to the participation of the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Mr. T.T. Karma Chophel, in the special session held by the European Parliament on Tibet and in the Committee on Foreign Affairs' proceedings of 26 March,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas, on 14 March, street protests escalated into riots in Lhasa's old quarter, with clashes between Tibetans and Han Chinese and attacks on shopkeepers and the burning and looting of small shops,

B.  whereas His Holiness the Dalai Lama urged the demonstrators to protest peacefully and non-violently and reiterated his call for a resumption of negotiations with Beijing, with a view to achieving full and genuine political and cultural autonomy for Tibet within China,

C.  whereas, according to the Chinese authorities, 18 people died, including a police officer; whereas, according to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, more than 140 people died in the clashes which extended to the bordering Tibetan-populated regions,

D.  whereas thousands have been arrested,

E.  whereas the Chinese Government appears to be blocking foreign websites inside China and censoring foreign television broadcasts about the situation in Tibet; whereas the Chinese authorities have accused the foreign media of misrepresenting the events, showing only footages of attacks on ethnic Hans by Tibetans and started an anti-Tibetan campaign,

F.  whereas Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the other religions, are subjected to restrictions and are closely controlled by the state; whereas the Chinese authorities keep on interfering in the internal affairs of the Tibetan religious hierarchy with regard, in particular, to the process of choosing the 14th Dalai Lama's successor and to the replacement of the Panchen Lama,

G.   whereas the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expected the award of the 2008 Olympic Games to China to open up the country and improve the human rights situation; whereas China has started investigating the political views of Olympic athletes,

H.  whereas every effort should be made to take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity offered by the Olympic games in Beijing in order to encourage political reforms in China and make significant progress as regards the question of Tibet,

I.  whereas the EU-China human rights dialogue established in 2000 has so far not achieved the expected results; whereas the lack of results is also the consequence of an uncoordinated and ineffective EU common foreign policy towards China,

1.  Firmly condemns the brutal repression by the Chinese security forces against Tibetan demonstrators;

2.  Strongly condemns all acts of violence that have taken place in the streets of Lhasa and in Tibet and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims;

3.   Expresses its deep concern about the People's Republic of China's policy of assimilation of Tibet by means of forced abortion, sterilisation of Tibetan women and internal immigration policies, whether forced or not, which seriously threaten the survival of Tibet's unique culture through Sinicisation;

4.   Calls for an open and independent inquiry into the recent riots and repression in Tibet and into the allegations that the Dalai Lama was responsible for orchestrating the riots, to be conducted under the auspices of the United Nations, which has not only the duty but also the mechanisms to carry it out; calls for the Chinese authorities to cooperate with such an inquiry;

5.  Urges the Chinese authorities to grant diplomats and reporters full access to Tibet and the bordering regions, allowing them to do their job freely;

6.  Regrets that the six rounds of talks between the Beijing authorities and the representatives of the Dalai Lama were inconclusive and strongly calls on the Chinese Government to resume the negotiations with HH the Dalai Lama on his proposal for Tibet to be granted genuine autonomy;

7.  Calls on the European Union to sponsor and guarantee a Round Table between HH the Dalai Lama and the Chinese authorities before the Olympic Games;

8.   Calls on the Council and the Commission to extend an urgent official invitation to HH the 14th Dalai Lama to come Brussels in the coming days;

9.  Believes that Europe, by boycotting the Olympics, would miss a unique opportunity to speak out on EU discontent with the Chinese regime; endorses HH the Dalai Lama's statement that the Olympic Games are a great opportunity for freedom for the Chinese people;

10.  Urges China not to arrest dissidents, journalists and human rights activists in order to prevent embarrassing demonstrations and reports in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games;

11.  Urges the EU High Representative, Mr Javier Solana, not to attend the opening ceremony unless there are substantial and concrete improvements in the human rights situation in China, including resuming the dialogue with HH the Dalai Lama;

12.  Reiterates its call on the Council to appoint a special envoy for Tibetan issues in order to facilitate the dialogue between the parties and closely follow the negotiations once they are resumed;

13.  Decides to establish a consultation mechanism between the EP Delegation for relations with the People's Republic of China and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile;

14.  Reaffirms the importance of full respect for the Tibetan people and their languages, culture and religions and calls on China to honour its commitment that the Chinese Government would not alter the existing political system in Tibet and the establishment, status, function and power of the Dalai Lama;

15.  Calls on the People's Republic of China to allow injured Tibetans to receive adequate medical attention and arrested Tibetans to receive legal assistance;

16.  Calls on China to allow an independent body to have access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Panchen Lama of Tibet, and his parents, as requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and to stop interfering with religious affairs;

17.  Deplores the fact that, despite the IOC's and the world community's expectations, the People's Republic of China nevertheless continues to commit serious human and minority rights violations;

18.  Urges the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva (3-28 March 2008) to condemn human rights violations in the People's Republic of China;

19.  Calls on the People's Republic of China, in the framework of its human rights dialogue with the European Union, to secure EU monitors to enter Tibet in order to obtain an objective picture; urges the Commission, in this regard, to take the initiative;

20.  Urges the People's Republic of China to stop scrutinising and judging Olympic athletes on the basis of their political views and considering banning them from the Olympic Games if they dissent from the Chinese Government's official position;

21  Expresses concern at the lack of coherent and effective European policy on Tibet to ensure respect for the rights of the Tibetan people and to promote a political resolution of the Sino-Tibetan issue;

22.  Urges China to ratify without any further delay and in any case before the Olympic Games the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; calls on Beijing to establish a moratorium on the death penalty, as called for by the UN resolution adopted on 18 December 2007;

23.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the parliaments of the Member States, the Parliament of China, the Tibetan Parliament- in- Exile, the President and Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China and the International Olympic Committee.

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