Wednesday, 06 December 2017 10:23

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet

 

ABOUT THE APPG FOR TIBET
The purpose of the APPG for Tibet is to put pressure on Her Majesty’s Government to encourage negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile, whilst recognising that Tibet is an occupied country which had independent links with Britain.

 

SECRETARIAT
Tibet Society provides the secretariat for the APPG, it supports the Chair and Officers in carrying out the work of the group. This includes managing enquiries and day-to-day administration, as well as the organisation of meetings and events.

EVENTS
All APPG meetings and events will be advertised on the All-Party Notices, those which are open to non-parliamentary members or the public will also be listed on the Tibet Society website.

APPG OFFICERS
Co-Chair: Tim Loughton MP
Co-Chair: Chris Law MP
Vice Chair: Patrick Grady MP

Officers: Nic Dakin MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Lord Alton of Liverpool, James Gray MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, Kate Hoey MP, Lord Steel of Aikwood, Mark Pritchard MP, Catherine West MP

CONTACT
If you would like to know more about the APPG on Tibet and its work please get in touch with Gloria Montgomery, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Following the UK general election, Tibet Society lobbied Members of Parliament (MPs) to join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet. We pleased to announce that we were able to re-register the group and secure cross-party support, including from the Conservatives, Labour, the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats. This group is a crucial forum for building parliamentary awareness and coordination on Tibet and for ensuring that Tibetan voices continue to be represented in Westminster.

Yesterday, the House of Commons returned after its summer recess and we need your help in pressuring other recently elected MPs to take up the Tibetan cause and build a strong following in this new Parliament.

We need you to get in touch with your local MP, and inform them of the situation in Tibet. It is best to try and organise a face-to-face meeting with your MP, but you can also explain your concerns over email. Below we set out some areas you can raise with your MP, and provide you with a template letter for contacting them.

We want to encourage MPs to:

- Join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet, which meets a few times a year to discuss developments in Tibet, or to attend the APPG’s meetings without being a member. The group will be meeting again in November following the Parliamentary recess.

- Raise the issue of Tibet with the UK government, particularly concerning the continued occupation of the country, the demolition of Larung Gar, Tibetan political prisoners and the exploitation of Tibet’s environment by China.

- Sign our petition calling on Liverpool FC to terminate it’s recent deal with Chinese Company Tibet Water Resources Limited, which is profiting from the occupation of Tibet.

Recent major issues to raise with your MP include:

- Demolitions at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in eastern Tibet by the Chinese authorities, the largest and one of the most significant sites in Tibetan Buddhism.

- The release of Tibetan political prisoners, including Tibetan shopkeeper, Tashi Wangchuk and Tibetan writer Druklo.

- Continued reports that Tibetans are arrested for carrying and sharing pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

- Tibet’s Rivers: ensuring Tibet’s environment is protected from exploitation by Chinese companies.

You can find a template email to send to your local representative here at the bottom of this email. Please make sure you edit the highlighted sections to suit your own individual case, and feel free to change the text as you see fit. You can find out how to contact your local MP here.

If you want more resources or general assistance in lobbying your MP, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SAMPLE LETTER FOR MPS
Send a letter to lobby your MP to join the APPG for Tibet

TEMPLATE LETTER

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