Amplifying the Tibetan voice in Canberra
Tibet Lobby Day – 18 & 19 June 2018
Over one and a half days, 15 Tibetan community leaders, youth activists and former political prisoners had one-on-one meetings with 33 Members of Parliament.
The delegation also met with senior officers from the China and Human Rights sections at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Tibet Lobby Day is about ensuring our political leaders hear the real voices of the Tibetans and strengthening Australian political support for Tibet.
The Tibet Lobby Day 2018 was co-organised by Australia Tibet Council and Australian Tibetan Community Association.
Our visit to Canberra took place in the backdrop of a recent spate of dramatic revelations over the extent of Chinese influence in Australia and unprecedented level of scrutiny over the Australia-China relationship.
This year, we are calling on the Australian Parliament and Government to:
- Secure Reciprocal Access to Tibet and enable Australian Parliamentarians to visit Tibet just as Chinese leaders can freely travel to Australia
- Call for the release of Tibetan political prisoners the Panchen Lama and language activist Tashi Wangchuk
- Speak up for Tibet at the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council and China’s Universal Periodic Review in November
Here are a few examples of how our lobbying is having an impact on Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum.
- Following our meeting, George Christensen MP has spoken to the media, echoing our concerns about China’s influence in Australia and calling for the release of the Panchen Lama.
- Andrew Wilkie MP has sent the letter below to Foreign Minister, outlining all our key recommendations