Solidarity message from the global Tibet movement: We stand with Hong Kong

25th May 2020

We, International Tibet Network Members, a coalition of over 100 Tibet-related campaign organisations, stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong as they confront an imminent threat to their freedoms and autonomy with the imposition of new draconian national security legislation.  

Beijing’s proposed national security legislation would, if enacted, be an assault on freedom in Hong Kong as the Chinese Communist Party attempts to take full control over the territory. The legislation would ban acts of “splittism, subversion, foreign intervention, and terrorism” - vague terms that are frequently used to crackdown on peaceful dissent in Tibet, East Turkestan, Southern Mongolia and mainland China  - and bypass the territory’s elected Legislative Council, dismantling the current ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in Hong Kong. 

The human rights situation in Hong Kong has significantly deteriorated in recent years as the Chinese authorities have steadily chipped away at the territory’s autonomy and increased the Party’s influence over the Hong Kong Government. For the past year, Hong Kong has been gripped by pro-democracy protests, and now, as much of the rest of the world struggles to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Beijing is pushing forward this new law in an attempt to quell any future opposition.

Beijing cannot be allowed to erode Hong Kong’s precious rights, rather they must protect the legally guaranteed freedoms of the people. We urge world governments to take immediate multilateral action to defend the rights of the people of Hong Kong, take collective meaningful action to defend Hong Kong and use all powers to desist China’s take over. We especially urge the British Government to immediately strengthen its call on China to honour the Sino-British Joint Declaration obligations.

We send our solidarity support to all those protesting in Hong Kong right now. Xi Jinping, and leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, have failed to quash the aspirations of the people of Hong Kong, Tibet, East Turkestan, Southern Mongolia and China for democracy and liberty. We share a common desire for basic human rights; a desire shared with millions around the world and our collective resistance will endure until we all experience the sweet taste of freedom.

 

Protesters in Hong Kong
Protesters in Hong Kong

We, the undersigned, call on world governments to immediately:

  • Make formal démarches to the Chinese Authorities, and Hong Kong SAR authorities.
  • Call upon Beijing to respect all obligations under international law, in particular, the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
  • The UK government specifically, as the co-signatory to the Joint Declaration, must take concrete steps to ensure the effective implementation of treaty obligations, including invoking any remedies under international treaty law.
  • The U.S. government must execute the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act with immediate effect.
  • Implementation of existing legislation to take measures against officials and others in the central and Hong Kong SAR governments who are complicit in ongoing human rights infringement.
  • Include human rights terms into all trade agreements that are in negotiation with China, and implement carefully considered multilateral economic sanctions or measures, ensuring the implications for and scope of economic impacts on the people of Hong Kong have been fully analysed.
  • Use all relevant multilateral and bilateral forums (e.g UN Human Rights Council and Third Committee, Security Council, EU/China Dialogue) to subject China’s human rights record to the utmost scrutiny and critical engagement.  

Signed by Member Groups of International Tibet Network:

 

Asia: 

Anterrashtriya Bharat – Tibbet Sahyog Samiti

Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India

Circle of Friends (Philippines)

Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India

Dream for Children, Japan

Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. H. the Dalai Lama

Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan

India Tibet Friendship Society

Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)

National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India

National Democratic Party of Tibet

Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia

Students for a Free Tibet Japan

Students for a Free Tibet India

Taiwan Friends of Tibet

The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan

Tibet Lives, India

Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan

Tibetan Women’s Association (Central)

 

Australasia: 

Australia Tibet Council

Friends of Tibet New Zealand

Sakya Trinley Ling

Tibet Action Group of Western Australia

Tibet Support Group Adelaide

Tibetan Community of Victoria

Tibetan Community, Queensland

 

Africa and Middle East: 

Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People

Tibet Support Group Kenya

Tibet Society of South Africa

 

North America: 

Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina

Bay Area Friends of Tibet

Boston Tibet Network

Canada Tibet Committee

Committee of 100 for Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet

International Tibet Independence Movement

Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet

Sierra Friends of Tibet

Students for a Free Tibet

Students for a Free Tibet – Canada

Tibet Action Institute

Tibet Committee of Fairbanks

Tibet Justice Center

Tibetan Association of Ithaca

Tibetan Association of Northern California

Tibetan Association of Philadelphia

Tibetan Cultural Association – Quebec

Tibetans of Mixed Heritage

TIBETmichigan

U.S. Tibet Committee

United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)

 

Latin America:

Amigos del Tíbet Chile 

Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador

Asociación Cultural Peruano Tibetana 

Asociación Cultural Tibetano Costarricense

Casa Tibet Mexico

Centro De Cultura Tibetana – Brazil 

Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica

Le Club Francais – Paraguay

RangZen:Movimento Tibete Livre - Brazil

Tibet Mx 

Tibet Group, Panama

Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay

World League for Freedom and Democracy

 

Western Europe: 

Aide aux Refugies Tibetains

Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet

Associazione Italia-Tibet

Briancon05 Urgence Tibet

Casa del Tibet – Spain

Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)

EcoTibet Ireland

France-Tibet

Free Tibet

Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal

International Campaign for Tibet, Brussels

International Campaign for Tibet, Germany

International Campaign for Tibet, Netherlands

International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter (IGFM)

Les Amis du Tibet – Belgium

Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg

Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, France

Maison des Himalayas

Maison du Tibet – Tibet Info

Objectif Tibet

Passeport Tibetain

Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara

Save Tibet, Austria

Society for Threatened Peoples International

Students for a Free Tibet – France

Students for a Free Tibet – UK

Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)

Tashi Delek Bordeaux

Tibet Initiative Deutschland

Tibet Society, U.K.

Tibet Support Group – Netherlands

Tibetan Association of Germany

Tibetan Community Austria

Tibetan Community in Britain

Tibetan Community in Ireland

Tibetan Youth Association in Europe

Tibetan Community of Italy

Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg

Lungta Association Belgium

Northern Europe

Friends of Tibet in Finland

Swedish Tibet Committee

The Norwegian Tibet Committee

Tibet Support Committee Denmark

Tibetan Community in Denmark

Tibetan Community Sweden

Students for a Free Tibet Denmark

 

Central & Eastern Europe 

Czechs Support Tibet

Save Tibet Foundation

Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)

Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation

TSG – Slovenia