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French and Germans are concerned about human rights and Tibet

The French and Germans have seized upon the opportunity of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Europe to highlight their concerns about human rights and Tibet. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on March 25, 2014 that a new opinion poll which has been commissioned by the International Campaign for Tibet has found a majority of the French and Germans want their leaders to prioritize human rights and Tibet during their meetings with Xi Jinping.

French President Francois Hollande welcomes the Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the Elysee Palace for an official dinner in Paris, France
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The International Campaign for Tibet is a Washington, DC based Tibet advocacy group. This group has released a statement saying: “An overwhelming majority of French and German citizens express solidarity and concern for the lack of respect for human rights and civil liberties of Tibetans; have a favorable opinion of the Dalai Lama and call on French President Hollande and German Chancellor Merkel to officially invite the Dalai Lama to their capitals.” This statement was based on an opinion poll conducted from 10-14 March 10-14.

The poll showed that 90 percent of citizens in France and 92 percent of citizens in Germany have expressed their support for a meeting between China’s Party Secretary Xi Jinping and the Dalai Lama, aimed at finding a negotiated solution to the Tibetan issue. In each of these European nations a majority of citizens give greater priority to their leaders raising the Tibet issue and human rights with Xi Jinping, than pressing for commercial contracts. This is a promising sign which could have a positive impact on Chinese policies in dealing with Tibet.

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