Championing Tibet in 2021: What Can Be Done?

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Championing Tibet in 2021: What Can Be Done?

9th March 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The crimes of the Chinese Communist Party in Tibet are well known as too is the failure of governments around to world to say, let alone do, anything in response. For years Freedom House placed Tibet as the second least free place in the world and since the 2008 Tibetan uprising suppression there has intensified. Alongside the construction of a vast surveillance networks efforts have been heightened to erase Tibetan traditions and cultures. The CCP is trying to incorporate its own ideological doctrines in Tibetan Buddhism.

Meeting the Dalai Lama was the most visible statement governments could make to show their resolve on Tibet, even though many of them tried to present such visits as purely religious in nature. Yet even these visits have stopped. While David Cameron did meet the Dalai Lama when Prime Minister soon after the visit he publicly ruled out a future meetings. The UK government insisted that it had “turned a page on that issue”.

Yet there is more to Tibet policy than this. Over the past few years’ advances in promoting action on Tibet have been made in the United States. Some of which, notably the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, advocates here in the UK seek to emulate. What more can Washington do and how can others follow?

The Henry Jackson Society invites you to discuss these questions with two leading advocates for the Tibetan cause.


Tim Loughton is the Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham. He is a leading voice for Tibet in the House of Commons and is currently the Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. He is the sponsor of the Tibet Reciprocal Access Bill which would require annual reporting on restrictions imposed on British nationals who try to enter Tibet, and deny the officials responsible for these restrictions access to the UK.


Ellen Bork is a prominent writer on human rights and American foreign policy in Asia. She currently a visiting fellow at the Project 2049 Institute and was, from 2009-2017, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative, where she completed a manuscript on Tibet as a strategic interest. Ellen also currently sits on the board of the International Campaign for Tibet.


Gray Sergeant is a Research Fellow in the Asia Studies Centre. He studied International Relations and History at the London School of Economics and went on to complete a Master’s in Chinese Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Most recently, he completed a one year Mandarin language programme at National Taiwan University. Prior to joining HJS, Gray held various positions including campaign roles for the Labour Party in, as well as working in the UK Parliament. In addition, he spent several years in human right advocacy, with a specific focus on Tibet. In 2017 he co-founded Hong Kong Watch, which monitors freedoms and the rule of law in Hong Kong, and is currently the organisation’s Chair.


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9th March 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Tim Loughton MP, Ellen Bork, Gray Sergeant


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