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to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by André Brie, Vittorio Agnoletto and Jens Holm
on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
on Tibet

European Parliament resolution on Tibet 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its previous resolutions on the People's Republic of China, and those more specifically on the situation in Tibet,

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

A.  whereas protests recently broke out in Tibet at three monasteries, with Buddhist monks demonstrating against the political, social, cultural and religious policy of the People's Republic of China vis-à-vis Tibet,

B.  whereas during those protests groups of demonstrators committed acts of violence, including attacks on individuals, which were followed by the mass intervention of the Chinese police and military forces,

C.  whereas, according to the Chinese authorities, 20 people died; whereas, according to other sources, more than 140 Tibetans died in those clashes, and dozens of others have been arrested,

D.  whereas foreign journalists have been denied access to Tibet; whereas the Chinese authorities accuse the foreign media of misrepresenting the events; whereas the 'fact-find missions' organised by the Chinese authorities and so far reserved for Western diplomats, have not allowed free and independent access to Tibetan prisoners,

E.  convinced that the Beijing Olympic Games are an extraordinary opportunity for China to open itself to the world and vice versa, and to demonstrate that it can honour its undertakings as regards the promotion of fundamental rights for all Chinese people, without distinction,

F.  convinced that it is in the mutual interests of the European Union and the People's Republic of China to find international political and geostrategic common ground going beyond trading relations, which includes respect for and the promotion of fundamental rights and democratic values to which nations around the world aspire,

G.  having regard this connection to the structured human rights dialogue between the EU and China, initiated in 2000,

1.  Condemns all the acts of violence that took place in Lhasa and in Tibet and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, of whatever origin;

2.  Reaffirms its attachment to the territorial integrity of the People's Republic of China and EU respect for the 'One China Policy' principle;

3.  Expresses its deep concern at the People's Republic of China's policy of assimilation vis-à-vis Tibet; calls for the identity of the Tibetan people to be safeguarded through the promotion of a policy that takes due account of its specific social and cultural features;

4.  Believes that dialogue between the parties is the sole means of appeasing the situation and relaunching a political process that will meet the expectations of Tibetans in the long term;

5.  Regrets that the six rounds of unofficial talks between the PRC's government and the representatives of the Dalai Lama were inconclusive; supports the international calls for a resumption of negotiations between the two sides; expects the negotiations to be brought back on track before the Olympic Games;

6.  Calls on China to respect its own public commitments to human and minority rights, democracy and the rule of law announced during the International Olympic Committee (OIC) decision to allow China to organise the Games;

7.  Calls on the People's Republic of China – in the framework of its human rights dialogue with the European Union – to discuss common proposals to improve the situation in that region;

8.  Urges the People's Republic of China to allow the international press to enter Tibet again;

9.  Urges China, as promised by its government officials, to ratify the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and hopes that this can be done before the Olympic Games; calls on China to fully respect and implement all the other international agreements and conventions that it is a party to, namely those on human rights;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the President, Government and Parliament of the People's Republic of China, and the International Olympic Committee.

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