Tibet Advocacy Coalition is a project established in 2013 by International Tibet Network, Tibet Justice Center and Students for a Free Tibet to develop coordinated strategies, monitoring tools, and reports to highlight the situation in Tibet at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Coalition core members are International Tibet Network Secretariat, Tibet Justice Center, Students for a Free Tibet, Tibetan Youth Association Europe and Tibet Initiative Deutschland, who work together with support and advice from Boston University’s Asylum & Human Rights Program. The Coalition also offers support to other Tibet groups engaging in UN mechanisms and strengthen the global Tibet movement’s advocacy work and lead an on-the-ground team of Tibet advocates.
Tibet Advocacy Coalition provides information to UN Missions in Geneva, encouraging strong monitoring of the human rights situation in Tibet via the UN mechanisms available e.g Universal Periodic Review, Committee for Economic, Social, Culture and Economic Rights.
Key Reports and Actions to date:
– Universal Periodic Review Mid-Term Assessment Report: a report looking at China’s implementation of accepted recommendations with recommendations aimed at improving the HRC’s follow-up to the UPR on China. Read the full report
– Committee on Torture Review of China: The Coalition submitted a ‘List of Issues’ and a full joint report. A Coalition team will be attending the Review in November.
– Side Events: The Coalition has organised and taken part in a number of side events in Geneva including ‘Torture and the Chinese Government’, a panel event with Tibetan and Uyghur speakers, and UN and human rights defenders experts.
– Meetings and discussions with Special Rapporteurs: We hold timely key meetings with Special Rapporteurs, UN official officers and diplomats.
– Training: We have held four trainings in Geneva and further trainings in Dharamsala and Taiwan. Participants included Tibetans and Tibet activist from around the globe and aim to further knowledge of how UN mechanisms work and how to build a strategy for solid, coordinated UN work.
– Reports: We have drafted and submitted a number of reports and briefings to UNHRC bodies and mechanisms including our ‘Human Rights Action Plan for Tibet’ (HRAP-T), a tool devised to enable governments, international human rights monitoring mechanisms and civil society organisations to monitor, and evaluate China’s compliance with, and progress towards, the implementation of accepted recommendations and international human rights promises made to the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Treaty Bodies and UN Special Procedures.
2nd Universal Periodic Review of China 2013: