The human rights situation in Tibet, especially after the widespread protests in 2008, continues to be grim.
The Chinese authorities employ harsh measures to silence dissent and to curtail freedom of expression or the free flow of information. INPaT calls on the Chinese government to respect the legitimate rights of all Tibetans.
INPaT is convinced that any concrete and durable solution in Tibet can only be achieved through dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama who calls for a meaningful autonomy within the constitutional framework of the People’s Republic of China.
INPaT builds on strong parliamentary achievements in support of Tibet worldwide. National and international parliamentary bodies such as the European Parliament and the United States Congress have rendered important support by:
- introducing resolutions or motions in parliaments;
- requesting briefings on the Tibet policy advanced by their governments, including in multilateral fora, in the areas of human rights, environment, security, development and other economic assistance, and geopolitics;
- seeking tangible national and local governmental and private support for programmes that provide assistance to Tibetan communities, including inside Tibet and to long-staying and new refugees from Tibet;
- engaging in parliamentary exchanges with Chinese legislators and in outreach to Chinese constituents;
- visiting Tibet as part of a multi-national parliamentary delegation with the intent of determining the situation on the ground;
- organizing parliamentary hearings before foreign affairs and/or human rights committees.
INPaT seeks to strenghten this support for Tibet by coordinating international parliamentary efforts and by exchanging best practices and experiences.