2004 ICT Annual Report - International Campaign for Tibet

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2004 ICT Annual Report - International Campaign for Tibet

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Message from the PresidentTibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama havebecome worldwide symbols of peace at atime of relentless global conflict and a widespreadfear of terrorism. Although China hasoccupied Tibet for more than half a century, the DalaiLama is increasingly respected for his position of nonviolencein the movement for Tibet’s autonomy, in thespirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.And while extremism is on the rise around the globe—evident in the many wars, terrorist attacks, and hatefulideologies—the Dalai Lama is a passionate advocate oftolerance and reconciliation, who urges us to appreciatethe inter-dependence of every living being.At ICT, we believe that there must be a political solutionfor Tibet based on direct dialogue between the DalaiLama and his representatives and the People’s Republicof China. Just as leaders from virtually all the protractedstruggles on this planet have met to talk about theirdifferences, so too can the Chinese leadership meet theDalai Lama. Without a negotiated solution for Tibet,China will never legitimize its role there. Moreover, toensure peace and stability in the region, Tibetans mustfeel that their rights as a people have been acknowledgedand understood. They must be able to participate in theeconomic and social development of their country.We strive to mobilize international goodwill in supportof the Tibetan people. Our focus today is centered onworking with governments to demonstrate meaningfulsupport for Tibet, raising international public awarenessof Tibet issues, reaching out to Chinese all over theworld, and monitoring conditions inside Tibet.And our message to Tibetans in Tibet, who work forthe government or in private life, is to encourage evenmore dialogue about how foreign governments, NGOs,news outlets and others can better improve conditionsin Tibet. Political change emerges from within a country,but outside support is essential. While our focus ison the shifting perspectives that emerge from insideTibet, at the same time it is vital that we work on invigoratingand sustaining international diplomatic effortsfor Tibet.In 2004 we recruited new, talented staff with expertisethat ICT has never had in-house before. And as each ICToffice expands – in Washington, Amsterdam and Berlin– information, resource and skill sharing enhances theeffectiveness of all offices. Our next goal is to hire asenior advocacy director based in Brussels to focus onEuropean Union institutions.ICT aspires to provide political, social and economic supportfor Tibetans, through encouraging funding for education,seeking the inclusion of Tibetans in the developmentof their economy, protecting their human rights,and ensuring the profile of their cause. By partneringwith scholars, activists, politicians, and environmentalists,ICT is continually working on ways of improvingconditions in Tibet and building bridges throughmutual understanding with Chinese people.This annual report outlines major accomplishmentsin 2004 and the practical, can-do spirit that our staff,Board, and membership embodies.John Ackerly.President1


Lodi Gyari, Special Envoyof His Holiness the DalaiLama and ExecutiveChairman of the ICT Board,with the head of the UnitedFront, Liu Yandong, in theGreat Hall of the Peopleduring their meeting inBeijing in October 2004.GOVERNMENT OUTREACHIn 2004, ICT continued to advance support for Tibetanpolicies and programs through its work with the USCongress and White House, UN agencies and the broaderforeign policy community both domestically andinternationally. Specifically, ICT worked to strengthengovernmental support for the Dalai Lama’s efforts toreach a negotiated settlement of the Tibet issue. In animportant Presidential election year, ICT remainedengaged through sustained bipartisan efforts to workwith advisors to both presidential campaigns.Since the passage of the Tibetan Policy Act in 2002,ICT’s government relations work has focused on effortsto institutionalize the Tibet issue within the USgovernment’s foreign policy. This year was no exceptionand marked some solid gains in terms of the qualityof US reporting on human rights abuses in Tibetand consistent efforts by the Special Coordinator forTibetan Issues, Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky,to keep Tibet as a key agenda point in the bilateralrelationship between the US and China.Consistent, high-level US engagement with China hasbeen essential in ensuring the momentum of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue. Through the leadership of UnderSecretary Dobriansky, issues related to Sino-Tibetandialogue and/or Tibetan human rights were raised byall senior Administration officials when they met withChinese leaders. In November 2004, President Bushadvocated both negotiations and religious freedom inTibet when he met with Chinese President Hu Jintaoon the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) forum in Santiago, Chile. Vice PresidentDick Cheney explicitly raised US support for the dialogueduring his April 2004 trip to China, and Secretaryof State Powell and other Administration officialsrepeatedly engaged with their Chinese counterpartsabout these issues at meetings throughout 2004.2


For the first time, the annual Department of State countryreport on human rights contained comprehensivereporting on all Tibetan areas, including Tibetan autonomousareas outside the Tibet Autonomous Region.This significant change was a direct result of ICT interventionswith the Congress and the Administration.On Capitol Hill, ICT facilitated the passage of two Tibet-specifichuman rights resolutions: a House resolutioncalling for the release of Phuntsog Nyidron,which passed two weeks before her February 2004 release;and a Senate resolution calling for the releaseof Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Rinpoche, which passed inthe final days of the 2004 congressional session. ICTalso worked with supporters in the Congress to ensurethat US foreign assistance programs for Tibetans werefully funded for the 2005 fiscal year. These programsinclude: assistance to Tibetan refugees in Nepal andIndia; Fulbright scholarships and exchange programsspecifically targeted to Tibetans; funds for humanrights documentation and democracy promotion forTibetan NGOs; and activities to promote sustainabledevelopment, environmental protection, and culturalpreservation inside Tibet.ICT also worked to ensure that Members of Congressand their staff were kept up-to-date on developmentsinside Tibet, as well as with the Tibetan refugee situationin Nepal and India. ICT sponsored a congressionalstaff trip to India and Nepal in January 2004, and accompaniedan official House International RelationsCommittee staff trip to Dharamsala, India and Kathmandu,Nepal in August 2004.ICT reached out to both the Senator John Kerry’s andPresident George W Bush’s presidential campaigns toensure they were briefed on Tibet policy issues and tourge them to adequately address Tibet in their foreignpolicy positions.The railway bridge in construction across theKyichu River, linking the township where the trainstation is to be built with central Lhasa (October2004). The Golmud-Lhasa railway will cross theTibetan Plateau and will likely lead to increasedexploitation of Tibet’s natural resources andincreased Chinese migration, further endangeringthe survival of the Tibetan identity.3


ICT 2004 report onreligious persecutionin Tibet, “When theSky Fell to Earth.”POLITICAL PRISONERSIn 2004, ICT continued to press for the release of allTibetan political prisoners by crafting campaigns thatcarefully target Beijing and providing source materialto governments involved in dialogue with Chinaon human rights and international bodies such as UNhuman rights mechanisms working together with otherhuman rights organizations. This work is essential– the lives and well-being of prisoners can be protectedthrough an international profile. ICT has monitoredcases where Tibetans in prison have not been tortureddue to concerns about their case being raised by the internationalcommunity. The last few years has seen anumber of important and unprecedented early releasesof Tibetan political prisoners, and in 2004 Beijing finallyreleased the ‘singing nun’, Phuntsog Nyidron.Phuntsog Nyidron had been arrested in 1989 andcharged with ‘counter-revolutionary’ crimes aftershe and other nuns demonstrated to celebrate the announcementthat the Dalai Lama had been awarded theNobel Peace Prize. Her sentence was extended after recordingsongs with 13 other nuns about their devotionto Tibet and the Dalai Lama. With ICT support, the USHouse of Representatives had passed a resolution callingfor Phuntsog Nyidron’s release just two weeks beforeshe was set free.ICT campaigned vigorously on behalf of Tenzin DelekRinpoche, a senior Tibetan religious teacher imprisonedon charges of inciting separatism, and sentencedto death with a two-year reprieve (commuted to life imprisonmentin January 2005). Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’sinfluence in the local community and activities preservingTibetan culture and religion made him a politicaltarget of the Chinese authorities. ICT’s campaignreflected the strong support for Tenzin DelekRinpoche among Tibetans in Tibet and widespreaddismay at his arrest.With ICT support, the US Senate passed a resolutioncalling for his release by unanimous consent. ICT’s‘Wall of Hope’ campaign allowed tens of thousands ofpeople to display messages of support for Tenzin DelekRinpoche, including in Geneva during the 2004 sessionof the UN Commission on Human Rights.ICT continued to ensure that the names and stories ofTibetans held in even the most remote prisons in Tibetwere not forgotten. Former Tibetan political prisonerNgawang Sangdrol, who became a symbol of Tibetans’peaceful resistance to Chinese rule during her 11 yearsin prison, now works for ICT and brings a new dimensionto our work in understanding the realities of po-4


ICT Board Member JoelMcCleary welcoming theDalai Lama to an ICTbriefing during the DalaiLama’s September, 2004visit to Miami.litical protest in Tibet today. Ngawang Sangdrol workswith an international network of contacts to monitorthe cases of Tibetan political prisoners and their welfareand to ensure that news, for instance, of a prisoner’sdeclining health, is passed on at the highest levelsto governments dealing directly with Beijing.RELIGIOUS FREEDOMThe measures used to implement state religious policyhave been particularly harsh in Tibet because of theclose link between religion and Tibetan identity. In2004, ICT published a unique collection of source documentsand analysis on the impact of Chinese policy oncontemporary Tibetan Buddhist culture. The major report,‘When the Sky Fell to Earth: The New Crackdownon Buddhism in Tibet’ included rare and previously unpublishedinternal government documents and eyewitnessreportage. ICT also produced a film, ‘Devotion andDefiance’, to accompany the report, which has beenshown in film festivals all over the world, from Polandto India and the USA.There was unprecedented media coverage of ‘When theSky Fell To Earth’, indicating the importance of the issueand the interest in ICT as a source in monitoringthe situation inside Tibet. The report was featured ina range of publications worldwide including the NewYork Review of Books and the Far Eastern EconomicReview. International press correspondents on an officialtrip to Tibet, which coincided with the publicationof the report, asked senior Chinese officials questionsabout the issues raised. The report’s findings were alsotaken up by the US and UK governments among others,who used them to challenge Beijing directly on itsrepression of religion in Tibet.Thousands of ICT members sent affirmations of religiousfreedom to the U.S. government urging them topressure Beijing to free the Panchen Lama. The Chineseauthorities have so far denied access to internationalobservers to the Panchen Lama, who was ‘disappeared’by China at the age of six and is being held in custodywith his parents at an unknown location. Despite increasingChinese propaganda the Tibetan people donot recognize the boy the Chinese have enthroned asthe 11th Panchen Lama, describing him as ‘PanchenZuma’ (fake Panchen).5


A caravan of yakscrossing the Nangpapass through theHimalayas, one ofthe escape routes forTibetans fleeing intoexile (winter, 2004).“Dangerous Crossing,”ICT’s annual report on conditionsimpacting the flightof Tibetan refugees (2004).REFUGEESICT released its annual report “Dangerous Crossing:Conditions Impacting the Flight of Tibetan Refugees”documenting the dangers for Tibetans of escapinginto exile during the calendar year 2003. The reportwas primarily based on first-hand observations andresearch conducted by ICT field staff on both sides ofthe Tibet/Nepal border and in India, and from visits tothe region conducted by ICT’s Washington staff. Thisextensive and detailed information-gathering was notbeing carried out by any other organization, and it wasessential to inform the process of ensuring the safetransit of Tibetans through Nepal to India. The reportand its recommendations reflects the principles enshrinedin international refugee covenants, includingthe fundamental principle that no refugee can be forciblyreturned to his or her country of origin or to anycountry where his or her life or freedom is under threat.Through this report and our governmental work ICTalso helped to provide emergency and humanitarianassistance to the approximately 2,500 Tibetan refugeeswho make the dangerous crossing each year.6


ICT-EUROPEIn 2004, the expansion of the European Union to include10 new member states from central and EasternEurope brought challenges and opportunities to broadenICT-Europe’s political support for Tibet within theEU. ICT-Europe secured the re-establishment of theinfluential Tibet Inter-group in the new EuropeanParliament, which came into effect in December, withthe support of a sizeable number of new members ofthe European Parliament. As part of our ongoing campaignfor the EU to appoint a Special Representativefor Tibet in Europe, ICT-Europe organized a roundtableat the European Parliament in January at whichUS Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky, the US SpecialCoordinator for Tibetan Issues, spoke about the importanceof a multilateral approach to resolving theTibet issue. In September, ICT-Europe submitted recommendationsfor the first official EU visit to Tibetsince 1998, undertaken by a 12-member EU delegation,which included members from The Netherlands andLuxembourg. The Dutch Human Rights Ambassador,who led the EU Troika delegation visit to Tibet andChina in 2004, gave a full debriefing to ICT after thevisit and informed that the cases of numerous politicalprisoners had been raised with the Chinese delegation,including those of Chadrel Rinpoche, the Abbot of thePanchen Lama’s traditional seat Tashilhunpo monastery,and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.ICT-Europe was an active participant in a majorEuropean demonstration coinciding with the EU-China summit in The Hague, and joined a coalition ofNGOs in submitting a memorandum to the EU againstlifting the arms embargo against China. There has recentlybeen a shift in position by the EU on the armsembargo following international pressure and “antisecession”legislation enacted in China, and Europeancountries have delayed making an immediate decisionon lifting the embargo. ICT-Europe disseminated criticalinformation to Special Rapporteurs and WorkingGroups at the 60th session of the UN Commission onHuman Rights in Geneva.In 2004, ICT-Europe’s membership increased to 35,000;member donations continue to be the bedrock of ourrevenue.ICT-Europe’s members sent thousands of postcardsand petitions to register their outrage over the continuedrefusal of Beijing to allow access to the PanchenLama. Similarly, in an urgent coalition campaign,thousands of postcards were sent by ICT-Europe’smembers to the Chinese Foreign Minister on behalf ofthe respected Tibetan religious teacher Tenzin DelekRinpoche Rinpoche, who was sentenced to death witha two year reprieve (commuted to life imprisonment inJanuary 2005).Tibetans with theTibetan nationalflag at a rally inThe Netherlands.7


ICT member action,“The Wall of Hope” inGermany (November2004). Part of theinternational TenzinDelek Rinpochecampaign.ICT-DEUTSCHLANDDuring its first full year in operation ICT-Deutschlandworked to develop an extensive network of influentialcontacts in the German government and Bundestag,its parliament. ICT-Deutschland arranged for the KalonTripa, Prof Samdhong Rinpoche, and other seniorTibetan officials, to visit Berlin. The Kalon Tripa metthe Committee on Human Rights and HumanitarianAid and the Commissioner on Human Rights in thegovernment of Germany, as well as the Minister forForeign Affairs. ICT-D prioritized a critical campaignfor the EU to maintain its arms embargo on China, imposedafter the Tiananmen Square massacres in 1989,arguing that the human rights situation in China andTibet has not improved sufficiently for this to be lifted.Although German Chancellor Gerhard Shroeder statedin December 2003 that he planned to support a liftingof the embargo, by the end of 2004 this had not happenedand campaign efforts continue.ICT-Deutschland’s Campaign Coordinator carried outan awareness-raising tour to seven German cities withGeshe Lobsang Tenpa, a former student of the seniorTibetan religious teacher Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, whois serving life imprisonment in Tibet. They collectedmore than 10,000 postcards in support of Tenzin DelekRinpoche Rinpoche’s release, which were presented tothe German Secretary of State in Berlin in November2004. In conjunction with other German Tibet organizations,ICT-Deutschland organized a major Europeandemonstration in Berlin to commemorate Tibetan UprisingDay on March 10, and a three-day long vigil outsidea hotel in the heart of Berlin where China’s PrimeMinister Wen Jiabao was staying during his state visitto Germany. Tibetan supporters greeted Wen by wavingthe Tibetan flag whenever he left the hotel, remindinghim that Tibet is a country occupied by China.By the end of 2004, ICT-Deutschland had two full timeand two part time staff and a membership of 5,000.8


The ICT-Deutschland team withProf. Samdhong Rinpoche, theKalon Tripa, in Berlin (fromleft to right, Executive DirectorGudrun Henne, Jigmey Namgyal,Samdhong Rinpoche, BirgitGangl, Daniela Mieritz, DechenPemba, Chhime R. Chhoekyapa).UNITED NATIONSICT ensured that the key human rights concerns onTibet were raised in government and NGO statementsat the annual session of the UN Human RightsCommission in Geneva in 2004. ICT worked closelywith the US Congress and White House to encouragethe US to sponsor a resolution censuring China, andhelped to draft the language on Tibet that was includedin that resolution. ICT worked with other NGOs inGeneva to lobby Commission members in support ofthe resolution, which ultimately was defeated on aprocedural motion.ICT also provided background information to the UNSpecial Rapporteur on Education while she preparedher report on her trip to China and, with the Officeof Tibet in Geneva, ICT sponsored an NGO briefing bythe Rapporteur during the Commission session. TheSpecial Rapporteur, Katarina Tomasevski, produced ahard-hitting report that expressed particular concernabout education that is imposed upon ‘minorities’ anddenies religious or linguistic identity, as well as thehigh level of illiteracy in Tibet. Several governmentsspecifically referred to Tibet in their statements tothe Commission. For the second year, ICT, Society forThreatened Peoples, Free Tibet Campaign and HumanRights in China convened a roundtable discussionwhere government representatives from most countriesthat hold bilateral human rights dialogues withChina – including the US and the EU – and representativesof UN offices discussed the effectiveness ofdialogues. This unique forum focused on both how thebilateral dialogues impact multilateral mechanisms,such as the Human Rights Commission, and whichcountries’ dialogues with the Chinese are most effectivein ameliorating human rights abuses.When members of the Tibetan Youth Congress staged ahunger strike in front of UN headquarters in New York,ICT worked with concerned UN member states and UNoffices to facilitate appropriate interventions to helpbring the hunger strike to a positive ending. ICT encouragedthe Office of the High Commissioner for HumanRights to become involved, which resulted in aletter from three UN Special Rapporteurs on the caseof Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Rinpoche. ICT also workedwith the US mission at the UN to arrange visits byhigh-level UN and US officials, and arranged for ICTChairman Richard Gere to visit the hunger strikers.9


CHINESE OUTREACHBeijing has developed an intensive state-directed propagandacampaign on Tibet which seeks to justifyChina’s control of Tibet by stressing the ‘backwardness’of Tibet prior to the invasion in 1949-50 and theneed for Chinese ‘liberation’. Increasingly, the statecontrolledmedia focuses on the authorities’ work topromote Tibet’s religion and culture – these representationsdo not reflect the reality in Tibet.ICT’s Chinese Outreach Program is aimed at providingChinese and Chinese language speakers with greateraccess to accurate information about Tibet, Tibetansand the situation in Tibet, with the aim of furtheringunderstanding between Tibetans and Chinese, andthus ultimately strengthening the Sino-Tibetan dialogueprocess by building links with civil society andencouraging debate.Liaowang Xizang, ICT’sChinese language newsletter.In 2004, ICT published six issues of the Chinese languagejournal Liaowang Xizang (Tibet Observer),which featured provocative and timely analysis byTibetan and Chinese writers on issues such as Chinesenationalism, autonomy and Tibetan culture. ICT sentthousands of emails featuring reports, press releasesand essays on Tibet issues into China and Tibet on amonthly basis. ICT also strengthened its presence onthe Chinese and Tibetan-language internet throughthe Chinese-language section of ICT’s website and bygenerating content for other Chinese websites. ICTparticipated in or co-sponsored several meetings forthe exchange of information and to foster trust amongChinese and Tibetan scholars and intellectuals, andmet more privately with other scholars from China.As part of the Chinese Outreach Program, ICT providedsubstantial support to the Special Envoy of HisHoliness the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari, in the ongoing dialogueprocess with Beijing, begun in September 2002after a decade of diplomatic stalemate.10


TIBETAN EMPOWERMENTICT is currently working with Tibetans in the fieldin exile, coordinated by ICT US, in order to gatherand analyse information about the situation in Tibet.Several of the Tibetans who work with ICT are froma new generation of young intellectuals now in exile,who speak Chinese as well as Tibetan and have an intimateunderstanding from their own experience of lifein Tibet. This generation of Tibetans has tremendouspotential at this point in Tibet’s history to communicatethis experience, help us to ensure our campaignsare focused and relevant to in-country concerns, andparticipate in evolving civil society dialogue betweenChinese and Tibetan people. ICT aims to equip theseindividuals with the skills and abilities they will needto fully develop this potential.Our team prioritizes research into what is beingwritten, published and discussed about the issuein Tibet and China, in the Tibetan and Chineselanguages, in order to fully understand developingpolicy, political undercurrents and in-country viewsand perspectives. In 2004, we brought exiled Tibetansborn in Tibet together with those born in India forshared discussions about Tibet’s future. ICT’s workin the field is highly practical – for instance, we helpout with welfare of former Tibetan political prisonerswherever necessary. ICT is currently developing atraining program for Tibetans in the field which weaim to advance further in 2005.TIBETAN YOUTH LEADERSHIPIn June 2004, ICT conducted its fourth Tibetan YouthLeadership Program in Washington, D.C. Eleven students,including two who were born in Tibet, from eightdifferent US states, attended. The program providesyoung participants with the opportunity to build advocacynetworks, enhance their skills and become familiarwith issues, important institutions and peoplewithin the Tibet movement. The five-day programconsisted of workshops and discussions on Tibet in internationallaw, including examining the principle ofself-determination, Tibetan history, including China’sperspective, and Tibet activism. This year’s programcoincided with the presidential election year and theparticipants got a close experience of democracy atwork through observing the forces that are brought tobear within the political process in the United States.Participants in theTibetan Youth LeadershipProgram in WashingtonDC in June 2004.11


Dekyi Dolma, a nun and 2004 RowellFund grantee for work with Tibetancolleagues on a series of books aboutTenzin Delek Rinpoche.LIGHT OF TRUTH ESSAY COMPETITIONICT’s Light of Truth essay contest recognizes talentedTibetans who can articulate innovative and practicalsolutions to pressing issues facing the Tibetan people.This year we received 49 entries – 39 in Tibetan, ninein English, and one in Chinese. Mansher Lotou (KirtiMonastery, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala) secured the highestpoints with Sherap Gyatso (Norbulingka Institute,Dharamsala) in second position and Kunchok Phelgye,(Drepung Loseling, Mundgod, India) in third position.The participants commented on the demographictransformation caused by Chinese migration intoTibetan areas, a critical issue facing Tibetans today asit relates to the survival of the Tibetan identity. Theyproposed actions to be taken by Tibetans, both insideand outside Tibet, to mitigate the negative impacts ofthis trend and harness whatever positive impacts thistrend may bring.This year’s judges include Mrs. Chungdak Koren, formerRepresentative of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Switzerland;Prof. Nawang Phuntsog of California StateUniversity at Fullerton; Mr. Baima Wangjie (PemaWangyal), a visiting instructor at Hsi Lai University inRosemead, California; and Mr. Gyatso Tsering, formerdirector of the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives(LTWA) in Dharamsala.ROWELL FUND FOR TIBETThe Rowell Fund for Tibet was established to honor Galenand Barbara Rowell’s legacy for Tibetans by providingsmall grants to Tibetans pursuing journalism, photography,film-making or environmental or women’sprojects. More than 50 Tibetans applied for the grantsin 2004, and 11 projects were selected by the AdvisoryBoard, totaling nearly $50,000. The Advisory Board,made up of friends and family of Galen and Barbara,who died in 2002, is made up of John Ackerly, ConradAnker, Justin Black, David Breashears, Jimmy Chin,Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik, Bob Palais, TonyRowell and Ray and Nicole Rowell Ryan.12


Tibetan childrenat the RefugeeReception Center inDharamsala, India,drawing pictures oftheir crossing intoexile, a project of“Art Refuge,” a 2004Rowell Fund grantee.Projects funded in 2004:Phukron Karpo Shidhye SungkyobAssociation, Dolma Ling nunnery,India. The publication of a seriesof three books in Tibetan about theimprisoned religious leader TenzinDelek Rinpoche Rinpoche. $2,300Ms. Dolma Tsering, Art Refuge, India.Art program for new refugeechildren in Dharamsala and Kathmandu.$4,992Tashi Tsering, Tibet Justice Center,USA. Youth training program forsustainable development. $5,000Dorjee Thinley, The Tibet Museum,India. Procure and set up an archivalsystem to protect and utilizehistoric photographic collectionsof Tibet. $2,184Ngawang Choephel, USA. Productionof a documentary film on traditionalTibetan music inside Tibet.$5,000Ms. Tsering Yangkey, India. Tesi EnvironmentalAwareness Movement,India. Educational campaign in exilecommunities on the importanceof wildlife protection. $5,000Wildlife Trust of India, India. Campaignto curtail the illegal wildlifetrade by Tibetans between India,Nepal, Tibet and China. $5,000Losang Gyatso, Gonkar Gyatso andKarma Phuntsok, US, UK and Australia.Promotion of contemporaryTibetan art by three accomplishedartists. $5,000Tenzin Dorjee, India. Photo documentationproject by an awardwinningTibetan photographer inexile. $5,000Thupten Tsering, USA. Filming testimoniesof Tibetan elders in orderto preserve stories about Tibet’spast. $5,00013


14THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF TIBETIn 2003, ICT had an extraordinary opportunity—andmade an extraordinary commitment to the future ofTibet—by acquiring a small building in WashingtonD.C. In 2004 we began major planning and constructionto build the first diplomatic and cultural center forTibet in our nation’s capital. In 2005, we will launch acapital campaign, The Campaign for the Future of Tibet,and plan to have the building completed by November2005, for the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington D.C. Ourgoals are to:3 Build a permanent, visible symbol of Tibet in theU.S. capital;3 Reduce operating costs and devote more fundsto program and advocacy work3 Establish appropriate representation on behalfof the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people;3 Create a vibrant center for cultural programs,meetings and political organizing;3 Expand ICT workspace, allowing us to developand enhance crucial programs for Tibet;


MEMBERSHIPICT membership remained strong in 2004 at about55,000 members in the United States. ICT-Europe’smembership grew to 35,000, and donors to ICT-Deutschland numbered 5,000. ICT members sentthousands of emails, postcards, petitions and lettersin 2004, making their involvement critical to the effectivenessof ICT initiatives. ICT member donationscontinue to be the bedrock of ICT’s revenue.In 2004, ICT placed an emphasis on involving membersin the work and vision of the organization through a seriesof special events in Washington, D.C. and other citieswhere members, staff, and Board could get to knowone another better and share ideas and strategies.ICT ONLINE - WWW.SAVETIBET.ORGIn 2004, ICT’s website (www.savetibet.org) had 12.5 millionhits from more than 115 countries. This translatesto roughly 8,500 page requests a day, a substantialjump from 2003. Visitors to the website were mostlyinterested in the news section (with 35% of the websitetraffic) but the Chinese outreach section (which in itselfis roughly 500 pages of content) was also very popular- it came in second with over 10% of all the trafficin 2004. We updated and improved our online systems,laying the groundwork for a 2005 migration to a newwebsite and new content management system. We expandedthe Campaigns and Programs sections of ourwebsite as well as the German and Chinese sections.15


FINANCES OF ICTIn 2004, ICT’s financial condition remained stable with both ICT’sincome and expenses growing at a modest rate. Contributions fromICT’s members and supporters made up more than three quarters ofICT’s income. 82% of ICT’s budget was spent directly on programs,and 18% was spent on fundraising and administrative expenses.2004ExpensesPrograms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82%Membership & Fundraising . . 14%General & Administrative . . . .4%16


2004Income2004Program ExpensesContributions . . . . . . . . . . .84%Grants & Foundations . . . . . . 13%Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2%Sales & events . . . . . . . . . . . 1%Refugee Programs . . . . . . . . 14%Religious Freedom . . . . . . . . 12%Education & Awareness . . . . . 12%ICT-Europe, ICT-Deutschland& India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%International Outreach . . . . . 10%Communications . . . . . . . . . 10%Political Prisoner Programs . . 9%Government Relations . . . . . .7%Chinese Outreach . . . . . . . . .5%Tibet Empowerment Programs .4%Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4%Panchen Lama Campaign . . . .3%17


STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITIONYear ended December 31, 2004AssetsCURRENT ASSETS 2004Cash and cash equivalents $513,340Accounts receivable 3,229Contributions receivable 72,126Grants receivable 32,814Prepaid expenses 33,399Total current assets 654,908PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENTLand 620,568Building 2,171,532Furniture and equipment 96,600Less accumulated depreciation (82,614)Total property and equipment 2,806,086OTHER ASSETSInvestments 443,015Deposit 6,743Total other assets 449,758TOTAL ASSETS $3,910,752Liabilities and Net AssetsCURRENT LIABILITIESAccounts payable and accrued expenses $83,687Total current liabilities $83,687LONG-TERM LIABILITIESTotal long-term liabilities 792,274Total liabilities 875,961NET ASSETSUnrestricted net assets 2,982,329Temporarily restricted net assets 52,462Total net assets 3,034,79118TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $3,910,752


STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIESYear ended December 31, 2004RevenueIndividual contributions 3,362,558Grants & Foundations 494,365Sales & Events 49,257Other income 90,327Total 3,996,507Expenses - ProgramsEducation & Awareness 400,673Political Prisoner Programs 293,992International Outreach 300,425Communcation 327,134ICT Europe, ICT Deutschland & India 350,992Refugee Programs 436,009Panchen Lama Campaign 107,135Government Relations 214,539Tibetan Empowerment Programs 123,889Religious Freedom 375,351Other Programs 115,578Chinese Outreach 167,307Total Program Services 3,213,024SUPPORTING SERVICESGeneral & Administrative 151,032Fundraising 576,057Total Expenses 3,940,113CHANGE IN NET ASSETS 56,394NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR 2,978,397NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $3,034,79119


2004 Honor RollTHU JE CHE! (Thank You!)ICT would like to thank all of our members and donors for their continuing support throughout the year.Your steadfast interest and financial support enables ICT to carry out its mandate on behalf of the Tibetan people.GIFTS OF $25,000 & ABOVEAnoymous (2) 3 Anand Algienne Amrita 3 Terri Baker and John Jancik 3 Gere Foundation 3 Melissa Mathison 3 Ruth ScottGIFTS OF $10,000 - $24,999Anonymous 3 Marna Broida 3 The Charles Engelhard Foundation 3 Michelle De Cou Landberg 3 Pat Godfrey 3 Terre Blair and Marvin Hamlisch 3Jennifer and Bucky Lasek 3 Dr. Nancy Martin 3 Dennis McGillicuddy 3 John Patton 3 The William H. Donner Foundation 3 The Shelley and DonaldRubin FoundationGIFTS OF $5,000 - $9,999William and Frances Ackerly 3 The Blue Waters Foundation 3 Dr. Nadarajah Balasubramaniam 3 Michael Becker and Tee Scatuorchio 3 Ann andAndy Evans 3 Matsuri Foundation 3 Seven Woods Foundation 3 Ron Moore 3 Mountain Light Photography 3 Lynda & Stewart Resnick 3 Marika andJonathan Schoolar 3 Ms. Emilie Welles 3 Cynthia and Brett YeagerGIFTS OF $2,500 - $4,999Anonymous (2) 3 Amber Foundation 3 Carl Frederick Buechner 3 Linda Lee Bukowski 3 Phil Crean 3 Catherine Crowel 3 Ann Down 3 Mary VadenEisenstadt 3 Priscilla Endicott 3 Freedom Forum 3 Grace Family Vineyards Foundation 3 Charles Herms 3 Nathanial Hornblower, Jr. 3 Jesse WinshipFreyer Fund of The Boston Foundation 3 Alice and Curt Jones 3 Kim M. Kaston 3 Estate of Thomas Lundstrom 3 Sarah McLean and Keith Copenhaver3 Dr. Ken Paulin 3 William Peabody 3 Nina and Steve Schroeder 3 Rita Shamban 3 Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Stetson III 3 Tomblin Family FoundationGIFTS OF $1,000 - $2,499Marjorie Abell 3 Nancy Accola 3 Ayudar Foundation 3 Stephen M. Badger 3 Fred K. Bailey 3 Foster Bam 3 Steve Baughman 3 Dr. John Benear II 3Michael A. Benoit 3 Locke Berkebile 3 Pedro Beroy 3 Jacqueline Bissett 3 April Bodman 3 Alan Boyd 3 Sally Boyer and Family 3 David Breashears3 Meredith Carson 3 Pam Cesak 3 Terry Chesser 3 Annie Christopher 3 Steve Chroniak 3 Ven. David Chutiko 3 Mark R. Clapp 3 Elizabeth Coker 3Compton Foundation Inc. 3 Grant Couch, Jr. 3 Peggy Cowles 3 Virginia Coyle 3 David Curley 3 Kevin P. Curran 3 James L. Currie 3 David E. Dodge 3Kenneth Dowling 3 Susan Durham 3 Angela Ferre 3 Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Foley 3 Joy Fox 3 Elise Frick 3 Barbara and Peter Friedell 3 Tara and DanielGoleman 3 George Gonzalez 3 Jane Gottesman and Geoffrey Biddle 3 James Grace 3 Barbara Grandolfo and Gordon Dexter 3 Leila Griffith 3 KatherineGrover 3 Ven. Geshe Gyaltsen 3 Diana Hadley 3 Elisa Gerarden and J. Gregory Hale 3 Jeannine Hallenbeck 3 Collier Hands 3 Connie and Barry Hershey3 Allen V. Heyl 3 Jo Hill 3 Sara Hinckley 3 Terry Huffington 3 Intermedia Communications 3 J. Paul Getty Trust 3 Janet A. Jacobs 3 Dr. and Mrs. John R.Jeanmaire 3 Patricia Johnson 3 Sara Jane Johnson 3 Joann and Charles Kaplan 3 Ellie and Miles Kierson 3 Mary Kirk 3 Charles M. Klein 3 Bruce Klein3 Todd Koons 3 Greg and Patti Kruglak 3 John C. Lawton 3 Robert Leach 3 Barbara and Joseph Lee 3 Nancy Loomis Eric 3 Julie Loosbrock 3 Bette BaoLord 3 Barbara W. MacLeod 3 James Mann 3 Janet McAlpin 3 Mr. and Mrs. George W. McClure 3 Penny McMorris 3 Carol Mendelsohn 3 Gerry Milliken3 Olga Munoz 3 Jossy and Ken Nebenzahl 3 Allan Newell 3 Hanh Vu Nguyen 3 Mai Nguyen 3 Michael Noone 3 Mr. and Mrs. Lowell E. Northrop III 3Susan Obayashi 3 Stephanie Odegard 3 Abdullah Ommidvar 3 Robert Oppenheimer 3 Paul Cameron Opperman 3 Eugene Patrick 3 Mirabel L. Petty 3Robert Prichard 3 R.E.M./Athens, Ltd. 3 Hans L. Raum, Jr. 3 Robert Rauschenberg 3 Matthew Riley 3 James Paul Rodell 3 San Francisco Foundation3 Barbara Schuck 3 Schwab Fund For Charitable Giving 3 Martin Scorsese 3 Raphael Sealey 3 Fred Segal 3 Garry Shandling 3 Ruth Sherer 3 DianeSimon 3 Ellynne Skove 3 Allen Smalling 3 Debra N. Smith 3 Joyce Solomon 3 Ven. Geshe Lhundub Sopa 3 Peter Spinelli 3 Doreen Spitzer 3 GraceSpring 3 Bettie J. Spurrier 3 Elizabeth Steele 3 Jeannette L. Stern 3 Anthony Stevens 3 Frances W. Stevenson 3 Valerie Stonor and Maurice Adshead3 Jana Sullivan 3 Gillian Teichert 3 Jean Louise Thacher 3 The Fatta Foundation 3 The Ruth Arnhold Endowment Fund 3 Lowell Thomas Jr. 3 Mr. andMrs. Stanley Tomchin 3 Amy Torres 3 Dr. Joann Tsoutsouris 3 Barbara C. Vallejo 3 Elsie Van Buren 3 Anne Vandenburgh 3 Alicia Vogel 3 Ashok Vora 3Wendy Walosoff-Hayes 3 Teresa and Tim Ward 3 Jeannette Watson Sanger 3 Dr. Phyllis Watts 3 Dr. Linda Wellner 3 Brad Woodbury3 John Wright 3 Sheila Wright 3 Lion Robin C. ZustTHE FOLLOWING DONORS HAVE INCLUDED ICT IN THEIR ESTATE PLANS:Diana Abrashkin 3 Susie Blakey 3 David Breashears 3 Janalee Denny 3 Kathy Duvall 3 Joel Gysan 3 Joyce and Steve Haydock 3 James Hopkins 3 Dr.Ruth Matilde Mesavage 3 Larry Morrow 3 Dr. Ken Paulin 3 Barbara Schuck 3 Nina Smith and John Ackerly 3 Iona StoreyGIFTS WERE MATCHED BY THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES/ORGANIZATIONS:AIG Matching Grants Program 3 Altria Employee Investment Programs 3 American Express Foundation 3 Anna Louise Reynolds Fund of TriangleCommunity Foundation 3 Aon Foundation 3 Art Technology Group Matching Gifts Program 3 BP Foundation Inc 3 Disney Worldwide Services Inc.3 Doris Duke Management Foundation 3 Harcourt Inc. 3 HP Employee Charitable Giving Program 3 J. Paul Getty Trust 3 Liz Clairborne Foundation3 Macy’s West Employee Giving Program 3 Microsoft Matching Gifts Program 3 Nokia INC 3 Pfizer Foundation Matching Gift Program 3 ReadersDigest Foundation 3 Sears 3 Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. 3 Sun Microsystems Foundation 3 T. Rowe Price Associates Foundation 3 The OpenSociety Institute 3 The Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts 3 Thomson Media 3 Verizon 3 Wellington Management Company LLP20


PEOPLE AT ICTJohn Ackerly, PresidentBhuchung Tsering, DirectorSTAFF, ICTMary Beth Markey, Executive DirectorKelley Currie, Director of Government RelationsDenise Clegg, Director of DevelopmentKate Saunders, Director of CommunicationsLesley Friedell, Associate Director for Special ProgramsSusan Mizrahi, Campaigns CoordinatorJoel Gysan, Associate Director of Development for MembershipPaul Kittredge, Technology CoordinatorRinchen Tashi, China AnalystNgawang Sangdrol, Human Rights AnalystBridget Pople, Membership AssociateDavid Pusins, Office ManagerSTAFF, ICT-EUROPETsering Jampa, Executive DirectorMyra de Rooy, Program CoordinatorRutger Brouwer, Membership CoordinatorStewart Watters, Campaign CoordinatorShiba Kumari Degenhart, Program AssistantSTAFF, ICT-DEUTSCHLANDDr. Gudrun Henne, Executive DirectorDechen Pemba, Campaigns CoordinatorBirgit Gangl, Membership CoordinatorDaniela Mieritz, Fundraising and Volunteers CoordinatorYuldon Gyanatshang, Associate21


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