For Immediate Release, 27 June 2014

Alison Reynolds, International Tibet Network Secretariat, + 44 7711 843884.
To contact Alan Cantos, Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet, please email


The International Tibet Network [1] is deeply disappointed that Spain has dropped a judicial investigation into alleged genocide and human rights violations against a number of Chinese leaders in Tibet. [2]

On 23 June 2014, Spain’s Audiencia National appeals court decided, by a very narrow vote [3], to shelve the historic Tibet case, under which two of China’s former Presidents had been indicted to answer charges of genocide in Tibet. This decision followed a change in Spanish law approved in March 2014, limiting the application of its universal jurisdiction law to cases against a Spaniard or foreign citizen who is on Spanish soil. [4] Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet, the group that filed the original lawsuit, plan to appeal the decision, whilst Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE), on 12 June have also lodged a Congressional appeal, signed by 50 MPs, against the “unconstitutionality” of the legal ‘reforms’ with the Constitutional Court.

With these appeals in view, the International Tibet Network disdains China’s premature thanks to the Spanish government for its “efforts” in improving bilateral relations. News outlets quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying as telling reporters, “We receive with gratitude the efforts of the government and its respective departments”. [5]

Alison Reynolds of the International Tibet Network said, “This is a hugely disappointing decision, but Spain’s shameless kowtowing to China cannot change the facts that arrest warrants were ordered for former leaders including Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao has been indicted and an impartial court has found that acts of genocide were committed in Tibet.” [6]

Tenzin Jigdal, International Coordinator added, “We stand with our colleagues in Spain as they prepare to appeal against this decision, in support of the internationally recognized human rights standards that these Tibet lawsuits are investigating. But whatever the outcome, history has already been made and we salute everyone who has been involved in bringing these cases.”

Meanwhile the situation in Tibet remains critical, with the grim total of Tibetans in Tibet having set fire to their bodies in acts of protest against China’s harsh rule now exceeding 130. Most recently, on 15 April 2014, Thinley Namgyal, set himself ablaze and died in Kardze, eastern Tibet. [7]



1. International Tibet Network is a global coalition of 190 Tibet-related campaign groups, see

2. See

3. By 9 votes to 7, according to an El Pais report, see

4. Investigations into crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity in Spain are – subject to appeals – limited to cases where “the proceedings are directed against a Spaniard or foreign citizen who habitually resides in Spain or is on Spanish soil and whose extradition would be denied by the Spanish authorities”. The victim must have Spanish nationality at the time the crime was committed, which Tibet lawsuit co-plaintiff Thubten Wangchen did not.


6. In February 2014 Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno ordered arrest warrants for;

– Jiang Zemin, former President and Party Secretary;

– Li Peng, Prime Minister during the repression in Tibet in late 1980s and early 1990s (and the crackdown in Tiananmen);

– Qiao Shi, former head of Chinese security and responsible for the People¹s Armed Police during the martial law period in Tibet in the late 1980s;

– Chen Kuiyuan, Party secretary in the Tibet Autonomous Region from 1992 to 2001 (who was known for his hardline position against Tibetan religion and culture),

– Deng Delyun (also known as Peng Pelyun), minister of family planning in the 1990s.

See On 9 October 2013, Spain’s National Court indicted China’s former President and Party Secretary Hu Jintao for genocide and other grave crimes in Tibet, relating both to the period Hu was Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (1988 – 1992), when he presided over martial law in 1989, and his responsibility for Tibet policy as Party Secretary and President of China (2002/03 – 2012/13). Hu lost immunity when he retired as China’s President in March 2013. On 18 November 2013, the Spanish National Court ordered that Hu be informed of his indictment and sent questions via the Chinese embassy. See

7. See


Signed by Member Groups of the International Tibet Network:

Western Europe
Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Association Dorje
Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet
Association Rencontres Tibetaines – C.S.P.T. Midi-Pyrenees
Associazione Italia -Tibet
Austrian Committee for Tibet
Autodétermination-Tibet 09/31
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Caisse d’Aide aux Prisonniers Tibetains
Casa del Tibet – Spain
Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)
Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Les Lilas)
Corse – Tibet
Eco-Tibet France
EcoTibet Ireland
France Tibet
Free Tibet
Groupe Non-Violent Louis Lecoin, France
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter (IGFM)
Jamtse Thundel Association
La Porte du Tibet, Geneva
Les Amis du Tibet – Belgium
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, France
Lungta Association Belgium
Maison des Himalayas
Maison du Tibet – Tibet Info
Nice Tibet
Nos Amis de l’Himalaya
Objectif Tibet
Passeport Tibetain
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
Reseau International des Femmes pour le Tibet
Save Tibet, Austria
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Solidarite Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet – France
Students for a Free Tibet – UK
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)
Tibet 59 / 62
Tibet Democratie
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibets Kinder im Exile V.
Tibet Liberte Solidarite
Tibet Libertes, France
Tibet Society, U.K.
Tibet Support Group – Ireland
Tibet Support Group – Netherlands
Tibet Unterstutzung Liechtenstein
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
Tibetan Youth UK
TSG Free Tibet And You
Tso Pema Non-Profit
Tsowa-Maintenir la Vie, France
Vrienden Van Tibet
Tibetan Community of Italy
Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring vzw
Northern Europe
Association of Free Tibet
Friends of Tibet in Finland
Swedish Tibet Committee
SFT Denmark
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
Tibet Support Committee Denmark
Tibetan Community in Denmark
Tibetan Community Sweden
Central & Eastern Europe
Fair Society o.s.
Friends of Tibet Slovakia
Friends of Tibet Society St. Petersburg, Russia
International Youth Human Rights Group – Human Rights in Tibet
Lithuanian Tibet Culture Foundation
Polish Movement for a Free Tibet
Save Tibet Foundation
Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship
Students for a Free Tibet, Poland
The Foundation for Civil Society, Russia
Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet Support Association – Hungary
Tibet Support Group – Krasnodar Region, Russia
Tibet Support Group – Romania
Tibet Support Group – Sochi Region, Russia
Tibetan Community in Poland
Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation
TSG – Slovenia
Union Latvija Tibetai (Latvia for Tibet )
Zida Cels, Latvia
Tibetan Association of Slovakia
North America
Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Boston Tibet Network
Canada Tibet Committee
Colorado Friends of Tibet
Committee of 100 for Tibet
CTC – Calgary
Dhokam Chushi Gangdruk
International Tibet Independence Movement
Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
San Diego Friends of Tibet
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Snow Lion Foundation
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet – Canada
The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
The World Tibet Day Foundation
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
Tibet Justice Center
Tibetan Association of Ithaca
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Philadelphia
Tibetan Association of Santa Fe
Tibetan Association of Southern California
Tibetan Cultural Association – Quebec
Tibet Oral History Project
Toronto Tibet Youth Congress
United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)
U.S. Tibet Committee
Western Colorado Friends of Tibet
Wisconsin Tibetan Association
Central and South America
Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador
Asociación Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Asociación Cultural Tibetano – Costarricense
Casa Tibet Mexico
Centro De Cultura Tibetana – Brazil
Grupo De Apoyo a Tibet Chile
Grupo Pro-Cultura Tibetana, Chile
Le Club Francais – Paraguay
Pensando En Tibet – Mexico
Tibet Group-Panama
Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Fundación Pro Tibet – Argentina
Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica
World League for Freedom and Democracy
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. H. the Dalai Lama
Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet
India Tibet Friendship Society
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Lung-Ta Project
Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Raise Tibetan Flag Campaign
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
SFT Japan
SFT India
Students for a Free Tibet – Bangladesh
Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
Tibet Lives, India
Tibet Philippines Support Network
Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibet Support Network Japan
Tibetan Student Association, Madras (TSAM)
Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre
Tibetan Rights and Freedom Committee (TRFRC)
Tibetan Women’s Association (Central)
Tibetan Youth Congress
Japan Committee of 100 for TIbet
Ns3 Rigpa Community Builder’s Foundation
Anterrashtriya Bharat – Tibbet Sahyog Samiti
A.C.T. Tibet Support Group
Australia Tibet Council
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Students for a Free Tibet New Zealand