On 15 March 15 1988, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) was established to support the Tibetan people’s struggle for human rights and democratic freedoms. From a handful of dedicated individuals, ICT has grown into an international organization empowered by the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
ICT maintains offices in Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels with a field office in Dharamsala, India. Richard Gere is the Chair of US and ICT-Europe Boards of Directors.
ICT works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet at different levels – national, European Union, United Nations – and in particular it:
- Monitors and reports on human rights, environmental and socio economic conditions in Tibet. ICT publishes reports, newsletters, briefings on a wide range of scope and topics.
- Advocates for Tibetans imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs;
- Works with governments to develop policies and programs to help Tibetans;
- Secures humanitarian and development assistance for Tibetans;
- Works with Chinese institutions and individuals to build understanding and trust, and explores relationships between Tibetans and Chinese;
- Mobilizes individuals and the international community to take action on behalf of Tibetans;
- Promotes self-determination for the Tibetan people through negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama.
The video messages below come from Members of the European Parliament Thomas Mann and Csaba Sogor, and ICT Europe staff members Vincent Metten and Elena Gaita, on the occasion of an exhibition in the European Parliament in honour of His Holiness’ 80th birthday.
Visit ICT’s websites to find out more about our activities and what you can do for Tibet: www.savetibet.org (US), www.savetibet.de (Germany), www.savetibet.nl (the Netherlands), and www.tibetpolicy.eu (EU)