Tibetans are feeling there is glimmer of hope for some positive action to deal with the tragic situation in Tibet due to news the EU is planning to raise the issue of human rights in Tibet with China. In an article published on September 8 The Tibet Post International has reported: "EU To Raise Human Rights During The Upcoming EU-China Summit."
European Union officials have expressed their deep concern about the current situation in Tibet and have promised to continue raising the EU's voice over Tibet's human rights issue with China. While on a 5-day visit to Brussels and Amsterdam, Mr Penpa Tsering, who is the Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, met with Dr Gerhard Sabathil, Director East Asia, Pacific and Australia, of EU's European External Action Service (EEAS). Tsering was accompanied by Representative Mr Ngodup Dorjee and Secretary, Bureau du Tibet, Brussels.
Tsering briefed Dr Sabathil on the current human rights situation inside Tibet, and particularly on the series of self-immolations taking place in Tibet. Tsering also raised the problem of the repercussions of the repressive and discriminatory Chinese government policies on political, social, economic and environmental rights of the Tibetans in Tibet. Tsering encouraged the European External Action Service to continuously engage the Chinese government to end the crisis in Tibet. Dr Sabathil was very receptive to Tsrering and promised that EEAS will raise Tibet's human rights issues with China and particularly during the upcoming EU-China summit.