SPOTLIGHT

October 10, 2013 : Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Washington, DC—The bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China has released its 2013 Annual Report on human rights and rule of law developments in China, which it is required to do by October 10 of each year.

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OSCE Assembly Participants Concerned at South Africa's Denial of Visa to the Dalai Lama

11 October, Amsterdam - More than 30 parliamentarians attending the fall session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) signed a letter to the Government of South Africa to express their diappointment over the denial a visa to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The parliamentarians attending the meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia called upon the South African government that its decision "compromises the upholding of the principles of democracy, justice, peace and the freedom of expression, association and movement."

 

The parliamentarains who signed the letter were from Albania, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Ukraine.

 

On 6 October, the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) in a statement expressed  "deep concerns that post-Aparthied South Africa has now denied a visa for the second time to the 1989 Noble Peace Prize Laureate."

 

Matteo Mecacci, Co-Chair

Thomas Mann, Co-Chair