March 19, 2004
" In the case of some countries where we have serious concerns, we have developed relations with the Governments concerned that allow us to aim for a policy of critical engagement. ...But we believe that critical engagement, including working in partnership with the Chinese to promote better human rights, is a productive way to tackle these issues", Mr. Rammell said.
He further said, "But, there are times when the level of violations so high, when the consequences for the victims, the region and the world are so great, and when the political will to tackle the problems, alone or in cooperation, is so manifestly absent, that we have to take more immediate action. In these situations, we must sometimes rely on pressure - peer pressure - as the only means left by which to promote and protect those human rights which underpin the freedom, justice and peace to which we all aspire."
Mr. Chime Rinzin Choekyapa, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Switzerland thanked him for his statement on the situation of human rights in Tibet. Mr. Rammell said he and his ministerial colleagues will be meeting with His Holiness during the upcoming visit to U.K. this summer.
So far, Germany, USA and Britain referred to Tibet in their statements as part of the high level segment, and the British statement is by far the most extensive one. (TibetNet)