2000 ICT Annual Report - International Campaign for Tibet

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2000 ICT Annual Report - International Campaign for Tibet

Message from the President & DirectorThe millennial year of 2000 was eventful in manyways for Tibet, yet it was also marked by a deep freeze in the process toward a genuine dialogue toresolve the occupation of Tibet.The year began with the arrival of the Karmapa in India, a historic event highlighting religiousrepression in Tibet and China’s uphill battle to gain legitimacy in Tibet. In the summer, Chinese authoritiesin Tibet began to search people’s homes for images of the Dalai Lama on altars, a tactic notseen since the Cultural Revolution. In the fall, the top official of the Tibet Autonomous Region, ChenKuiyuan was replaced by another Chinese official, Guo Jinlong, continuing China’s colonialist traditionof governing Tibetan areas with non-Tibetans. The year ended on an ominous note, with the announcementthat construction on a railway from Golmud to Lhasa would begin in 2001.Outside of Tibet, the Tibet movement showed its depth and strength in numerous successful campaigns.The most remarkable of these was an international campaign, led by ICT and others, cancelinga World Bank project which would have moved tens of thousands of Chinese into Tibetan areas. Inanother, ICT worked aggressively to convince scores of large institutional investors not to buy into thePetroChina IPO based on PetroChina’s construction of a gas pipeline across Tibet, proving that China’saccess to U.S. capital markets could be vulnerable when connected to Tibet. Later in the summer ahigh-profile protest campaign against the Dalai Lama’s exclusion from a summit of world religiousleaders at the United Nations shamed China and the UN and brought unprecedented media attentionto the plight of Tibet.ict annualpage 2

Environmental Rights CampaignLaunched in September 2000,ICT’s Environmental RightsCampaign is based on rights ofTibetans to be decision-makersover a range of issues critical toTibet’s environment including population transfer,natural resource extraction, environmentalstewardship and sustainable development.WORLD BANK VICTORYThe campaign to stop the World Bank fromfunding a major population transfer project ontothe Tibetan plateau was ICT’s most importantcampaign in the end of 1999 and beginning of2000. It ended on July 7 when China withdrewthe project after losing critical support from theBank’s Board of Directors.The campaign to cancel the project pickedup steam in April 2000 when the World Bank’sInspection Panel released its report based on theirtrip to the region. It was the most in-depth andprobably the most critical report the InspectionPanel had ever released. The report was the resultof a claim filed by ICT in 1999 alleging numerousviolations in World Bank policy inpreparing this project.Bank Management, led by its President,James Wolfensohn, continued to defend theproject and in June formally recommended thatthe Board of Directors release funding for it. ICTand a large coalition of Tibetan, environmentaland human rights organizations from all over theworld aggressively campaigned against the recommendationof Bank management. On July 1nearly 8,000 Tibetans and supporters marchedaround the World Bank building demanding thatthe World Bank cancel the resettlement project.The march, organized by ICT and led by NobelPeace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, activistSulak Sivaraksa, Tibetan leader SamdhongRinpoche, former political prisoners PaldenGyatso and Ani Pachen, and ICT Board ChairRichard Gere, was the largest March for Tibetever in North America.The World Bank was expected to approve theproject right up until the last minute. Never beforehad a project been canceled at this stageof the process when management and a largehost country strongly endorsed it. At the 11thhour, the United States and Japan with someEuropean support, forced China to withdraw.What may have become a terrible precedent ofinternational funding for population transferinto Tibet, had become a landmark victory forTibetans.OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT IN TIBETFor the first time, western corporations havebecome involved in a major resource extractionproject in Tibet. BP and the Italian firm of ENI/Agip are both assisting PetroChina in drilling foroil & gas on the Tibetan plateau and the constructionof the Sebei-Lanzhou gas pipeline.ICT, as part of a diverse and powerful coalitionof Tibetan, human rights, national security,and environmental groups called on BP Amoco,to divest from PetroChina or use its influence tostop a controversial natural gas pipeline currentlyict annualpage 6

under construction in Tibet. BP is the largestforeign shareholder in PetroChina, which is thecompany building the pipeline, and the top investorin the Chinese oil industry.Development of the 953-km pipeline and thegas fields to supply it are a significant escalationof China’s ongoing strategy of developingTibet into a resource extraction colony. If allowedto continue, this project will remove petroleumfrom Tibet without benefit for Tibetans.Reportedly begun in March 2000, this projectcould implicate western corporations in ongoinghuman rights violations in Tibet. It wouldalso increase Chinese presence in these areasand further consolidate China’s control of theregion while marginalizing Tibetans in their ownland.In another coordinated campaign, this diversecoalition opposed PetroChina’s listing onthe New York Stock Exchange. ICT coordinateda mailing to pension funds and Wall Street firmsto dissuade them from buying PetroChina’sshares. Many of them responded positively. ICTalso organized a well-attended press conference.Partially as a result of these concerted efforts,PetroChina only managed to raise $3 billion,far short of the $7-10 billion the underwritershad originally expected.ICT’s president, JohnAckerly, gives the “thumb’sup” at a press conferenceoutside the World Bank. BehindMr. Ackerly is a map ofTibet to illustrate the Tibetanareas where Chinawould resettle farmers withthe World Bank’s funding.Bradford Schmonseespage 7rep ort 2000

Political PrisonersICT worked to promote awareness andaction about scores of political prisoners in 2000 and ran intensive campaignson two of them: the Panchen Lama andNgawang Choephel.NGAWANG CHOEPHELIn August following high-level internationalappeals, Chinese authorities granted SonamDekyi permission to visit her son and formerMiddlebury College Fulbright scholar, NgawangChoephel, in prison. Together with the office ofSenator James Jeffords (D-VT) and the Office ofTibet in Nepal, ICT worked quietly on the arrangementsof Sonam Dekyi and her brotherTsering Wangdu to see Ngawang. It was believedthat the meeting would take place in Tibet, butupon their arrival at the airport outside Lhasa,they were quickly transferred to Chengdu, thecapital of Sichuan Province, where they met withNgawang in a nearby prison. Upon returning,Sonam Dekyi informed ICT that Ngawang wasin extremely poor health. He looked “weak anddid not seem strong mentally” and that “he wasjust skin and bones and his face was yellow.” Adoctor had informed Ngawang that he is sufferingfrom liver, lung, and stomach ailments, andpossibly also a urinary tract infection. Previousreports from Chinese authorities indicated thathe was also suffering from tuberculosis andhepatitis. Since then, ICT has stepped upits campaign to have Ngawang released on medicalparole.PANCHEN LAMAAt gatherings ranging in size from a few dozenpeople to tens of thousands, ICT continued toshow its film Tibet’s Stolen Child and distributePanchen Lama Kits which call for the immediaterelease of Gendhun Choekyi Nyima. ICTheld screenings of the film during the visit of HisHoliness the Dalai Lama to the United States inLos Angeles and Washington, D.C. ICT Europescreened the film at His Holiness’ teachings atLerab Ling in France and distributed a Pan-European version of the kit.In 2000 ICT distributed morethan 70,000 of Panchen LamaKits which included 8 postcardsto government officials.The project involved partnershipswith Students for a FreeTibet, Drepung Loseling Institute,Los Angeles Friends of Tibet,U.S. Tibet Committee andThubten Dhargye Ling.ict annualpage 8

ICT EuropeIn its one year of existence ICT-Europehas obtained a significant degree of recognitionand support for its work inEurope. It has been effective in establishingworking relationships with parliamentarians,various governments, NGOs andbuilt a foundation of popular support in Europe.One of the main aims of ICT-Europe is tofoster better coordination between members ofparliaments in Europe. In order to achieve thisICT-E organised a first-of-its-kind conferenceon Tibet with the European Parliamentariansin which 15 countries participated. ICT-E hasbeen instrumental in the coordination andmobilisation of members of parliaments for theWorld Bank campaign. ICT-E continues to briefparliamentarians in Europe on issues in Tibetand encourages them to take appropriate action.ICT-Europe also closely monitors the EU-China Human Rights dialogue. Due to a lack ofresults, ICT-E in cooperation with other NGOshas urged the EU Commission to suspend thedialogue and conduct a thorough review of itseffectiveness. In addition, ICT-E has appealedto the European parliament to ensure scrutinyof the impact of the dialogue and to initiate adebate on the progress of the dialogue.During 2000, ICT-Europe built a strong membershipbase of more than 12,000 dues-payingmembers. This effective membership programprovides stable funding and an excellent meansto mobilise members to take action. To informand strengthen our relationship with our Dutchdonors, ICT-E publishes several Dutch languagenewsletters a year. The first issue was in the autumnof 2000.ICT Board Chair Richard Gereintroducing the Panchen Lamafilm, “Tibet’s Stolen Child,” duringHis Holiness the DalaiLama’s teachings at Lerab Lingin Southern France in September,2000. Other speakers includeVen. Sogyal Rimpoche,founder of RIGPA and Boardmember of ICT; ICT-Europe DirectorTsering Jampa; and ICT’sExecutive Chair, Lodi Gyari.(ICT)page 9rep ort 2000

United NationsICT worked intensively on the 56thUnited Nations Commission on HumanRights in Geneva and believes thatthe Commission continues to be a vitalforum for interacting with governmentsfrom all over the world. During the 56th UNCommission of Human Rights, ICT worked closelywith the Tibetan Government in Exile’s UN teamto build support and relationships with the delegatesof the Commission’s members. In addition, ICTEurope organised major activities, including bringingRichard Gere to give briefings and meet withCommission members. ICT also hosted a screeningof ‘Tibet’s Stolen Child.’ Tsering Jampa of ICT-Europe coordinated ICT’s efforts in Geneva, withLodi Gyari, John Ackerly and Mary Beth Markeycoming to Geneva for parts of the Commission.In another UN fora, ICT Europe participatedin the European Preparatory Conference on Racismand Xenophobia. This conference is a preparatorymeeting of the UN Conference onRacism, which will take place in September 2001in South Africa.Chinese OutreachICT continued its outreach to the Chinesecommunity in numerous ways in2000, including assisting with the organizationof an Interethnic LeadershipConference in Weston, Massachusetts.This conference was put together by the Foundationfor China in the 21st Century, based inBoston. During this conference ICT built rela-Assistant Secretary ofState for Human Rights,Labor and Democracy,Harold Koh talks withICT Board Chair RichardGere at the 56thmeeting of the UN HumanRights Commissionin Geneva inMarch 2000. (ICT)ict annualpage 10

tionships with many Chinese from the mainland,Hong Kong and Macao, as well as with Taiwanese.In preparation of a full-fledged Chinese languagewebsite, ICT began including Chineselanguage pages on our current site,www.savetibet.org. With the internet having asignificant presence inside China, ICT expectsits site should be able to attract a sizable numberof Chinese visitors. At ICT’s Board meetingin November, the Board approved the hiring of aTibetan who speaks Chinese to greatly expandthis program.Folklife FestivalThe highlight of raising awarenessabout Tibet in Washington D.C.in 2000 was the Smithsonian’sFolklife Festival on the Mall featuring“Tibetan Culture Beyondthe Land of Snows,” the largest Tibetan culturalcelebration ever held in the West. The primaryorganizer was the Conservancy for Tibetan Artand Culture (CTAC). ICT played a supportingrole in numerous ways - helping to raise funds,publicizing events and organizing off-site, morepolitical activities. ICT also coordinated the participationof His Holiness the Dalai Lama. TheFestival featured a public address by His Holinessthe Dalai Lama on the National Mall attendedby an estimated 50,000 people.His Holiness the Dalai Lama greets the crowd of more than 50,000 at the Smithsonian annualFolklife Festival on the mall in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 2000. (Sonam Zoksang)page 11rep ort 2000

MembershipICT worked as a strong and effectivevoice for Tibetans in 2000 through our75,000 members and 50,000 supporters in the United States. The majorityof ICT’s revenue (85%) was receiveddirectly from individual donors and members.ICT received no funding from corporations in2000. ICT started a new monthly giving programcalled Friends of Tibet, which has more than 200donors. This program will allow ICT to handlethe emergencies that cannot be planned and budgeted.The major member event last year was atalk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington,D.C. where he answered questions fromICT members.Planned Giving CampaignIn 2000, ICT began developing a plannedgiving program. ICT’s first significantbequest was from the estate of ThomasLundstrom to be used to establish a trustfor the reconstruction of Tibet whensuch investments become politically feasible. Mr.Lundstrom was an ICT member from Californiawho attended an ICT sponsored conference andtraveled to both India and Tibet in pursuit of hisinterest and support of the Tibetan people.www.savetibet.orgThe goal of ICT’s website is to efficientlyprovide ICT resources toits members and the public on theweb. Outreach capabilitiesthrough ICT’s website,www.savetibet.org improved greatly in 2000.Moreover, ICT built a list-serve of more than17,000 e-mail addresses and aggressively used itto further ICT campaigns. The website now hasa Support ICT section, which included ICT’sonline join form, financial statements, andmonthly giving information.ICT In The NewsICT enjoys a prominent standing in thenational media on Tibetan issues. During2000, ICT staff or ICT campaignswere quoted or covered more than 100times. ICT’s role during the World Bankcampaign was particularly well-covered in prominentnational and international media, includingthe Washington Post, the New York Times,Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, National Public Radio and CNN. ICT’swork is also being increasingly covered in Chinese-languagemedia, mainly in Taiwan, HongKong and overseas Chinese communities. Additionally,Bhuchung Tsering wrote a monthly columnfor the Tibetan Review.ict annualpage 12

People At ICTBOARD CHAIRSRichard Gere, ChairmanLodi G. Gyari, Executive ChairmanSTAFFJohn Ackerly, PresidentBhuchung Tsering, DirectorMary Beth Markey, Director of Governmental RelationsLesley Friedell, Development CoordinatorMoj Azemun, Campaign CoordinatorJoel Gysan, Membership CoordinatorTenzin Dhongthog, Office ManagerVan Ly, Program AssociateMelissa Carlson, Program AssociateSTAFF, ICT-EUROPETsering Jampa, DirectorCaroline Lindner, Program AssistantCONSULTANTSRoger Craver, Carol Faulb, Steve Kretzmann,Craig Lamb, Rachel Lostumbo, Julie Meling,Wangchuk Meston, Maureen Nelson,Richard Nishimura, Lobsang Rabgey andMichael van Walt.INTERNSNorzin Dagyab, Michel Lee, Lia Lindsey,Ayako Okada and Lisa de SaxeICT staff, former staff,consultants, internsand volunteers withHis Holiness the DalaiLama during his July2000 visit to Washington,D.C. (Not picturedis Lesley Friedell, DevelopmentCoordinator.)(ICT)page 13rep ort 2000

Financial ConditionIn 2000 ICT raised $5,417,426, a significant increase over 1999 because of a very generousand unexpected bequest. ICT’s expenses in 2000 were $2,697,874. ICT is proud to reportthat 85% of our expenses were for programming, 8% for fundraising and 7% for administrativeexpenses. $183,375 or 3% of ICT’s budget was spent on direct and indirect lobbying, wellbelow the 20% allowable by law for ICT as a 501(c)(3) organization.2000 Expenses2000 Incomeict annualpage 14

Statement of ActivitiesYEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2000TemporarilyUnrestricted RestrictedTotalREVENUEContributions and special fundraising revenue 2,898,160 2,898,160Legacies and Bequests 2,050,000 2,050,000Grants 30,000 225,092 255,092Events 95,422 95,422Investment Income 91,359 91,359Sales 27,016 27,016Other Income 377 377Net Assets released from restrictions: 255,092 (255,092) —Total Revenue: 5,417,426 —. 5,417,426EXPENSESProgram ServiceTibet Awareness 2,778,193 — 2,778,193Supporting servicesGeneral and administrative 221,878 221,878Fundraising 254,043 254,043Total expenses 3,254,114 3,254,114CHANGE IN NET ASSETS 2,163,312 2,163,312NET ASSETS, beginning of year 534,562 534,652NET ASSETS, end of year $2,697,874 $2,697,874page 15rep ort 2000

Board of DirectorsMr. Reed BrodyMr. Harrison FordMs. Melissa MathisonMr. Richard GereDr. Gail GrossVen. Geshe GyaltsenMr. Lodi GyariMr. Marvin HamlischMr. Mark HandelmanMrs. Bette Bao LordMr. Joel McClearyMr. Amit PandyaMr. Keith PittsVen. Sogyal RimpocheMr. Mark RovnerMr. Steve SchroederMr. Gare SmithMs. Grace SpringMs. Erica StoneMr. Paljor ThondupMr. Adam YauchBoard of AdvisorsMs. Michele BohanaMr. David BreashearsMs. Alex ButlerMr. Victor ChenMr. Rinchen DharloMs. Lia DiskinMr. Peter KedgeDr. Blake KerrMs. Nancy NashGeshe Lobsang Tenzin NegiMr. Abdullah OmmidvarMs. Alison ReynoldsVen. Gelek RinpocheMr. Galen RowellMs. Lynn RussellMr. Thubten SamdupVen. Geshe SopaLama SopaMr. William SterlingBro. Wayne TeasdaleMr. Tenzin TethongProf. Robert ThurmanDr. Michael van WaltMr. Sonam WangduMr. Harry WuMr. Xiao QiangMs. Kunzang YuthokInternational Councilof AdvisorsThe Honorable Rodrigo Carazo OdioThe Honorable Hideaki KaseMrs. Kerry Kennedy CuomoDr. Jeane KirkpatrickThe Honorable Bernard KouchnerThe Honorable Vytauas LandsbergisDr. Fang LizhiMrs. Mairead MaguireMr. Aryeh NeierMrs. Jetsun PemaThe Honorable Adolfo Perez EsquivelDr. Jose Ramos-HortaThe Honorable Rabi RayProfessor Samdong RinpocheThe Venerable Sulak SivaraskaMrs. Yukita SohmaBishop Desmond TutuThe Right Honorable Lord WeatherillDr. Elie Wieselict annualpage 16

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