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Dharamsala (India) - 10 December 2010

The Statement of the Kashag on the Twenty-first Anniversary of the Conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On this occasion of the twenty-first anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Kashag, on behalf of the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet, would like to pay our utmost respect and greetings to His Holiness.

His Holiness, who besides being the foremost proponent of the principle of non-violence around the globe by applying the philosophy of dependent origination and non-violence as shown in the teachings of the Buddha, has guided the Tibetan struggle for justice onto to the path of non-violence making it different from other national struggles in the world. His Holiness has also shown, both in principle and in practice, that all global conflicts can be solved through a non-violent approach. These qualities made His Holiness the most suitable recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Dharamsala (India) - 12 November 2010

Election Commission declares Preliminary Election Results for Tibetan Parliament and Kalon Tripa

  All Results: Kalon Tripa & Chitue Pre-Election (pdf, tibetan)

  Kalon Tripa Pre-Election Results (english)

  Europe Chitue Pre-Election Results (pdf, english)

The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration today declared the results of the first round of general election of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the 3rd election of Kalon Tripa.

As per Article 49 enshrined in the Election Regulation, the Election Commission has shortlisted a list of 50 candidates each from the three traditional provinces of Tibet and 10 candidates each from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon religion, North America and Europe as the final candidates for the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

In accordance with Article 67 in the Election Regulation, a total of 6 candidates are shortlisted for the final round of Kalon Tripa election.

The final round of election is scheduled on 20 March 2011.

Fresh Date of Voters' Registration

In view of the many eligible voters who have failed to register, the election commission has announced fresh date of registration from 30 November 2010 to 17 January 2011. The list of voter registration should reach the Office of Election Commission in Dharamsala on 24 January 2011.

Speaking of the election process in Nepal, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Jampel Choesang said more than 1,000 votes were wasted on account of 18 ballot boxes seized by the Nepalese police at polling booths in two areas in Kathmandu.

The CEC said the Bhutanese government had ordered the Tibetan authorities not to send the voting lists and ballot papers to the election commission in Dharamsala. All 613 votes cast in Bhutan were wasted, he said.

 


 

Surajkund (India) - 5-7 November 2010

The Surajkund Statement and Action Plan on Tibet

Adopted by the Sixth International Conference of Tibet Support Groups

he Sixth International Conference of Tibet Support Groups was held at Surajkund in the north Indian state of Haryana from 5 to 7 November 2010. It was convened by the Core Group for Tibetan Cause - India, the apex coordinating body of the Tibet supporters in India, and facilitated by the Department of Information & International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration.

The conference was attended by 258 participants from 57 countries and consisted of an opening ceremony, five plenary sessions and working groups on political support, outreach to Chinese, human rights, and environment and development issues.

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Surajkund (India) - 5 November 2010

The Statement of Kalon Tripa, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, at the 6th International Tibet Support Group Conference 5 – 7 November 2010 Surajkund, Haryana

It is my great honour and privilege to welcome you to the 6th International Tibet Support Group Conference. On behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the Tibetan community in exile and the long-suffering people of Tibet, I thank you for setting aside your precious time to attend this important conference.

First of all, I would like to pay the Kashag's sincere tribute to the Tibet Support Group (TSG) movement and its outstanding work. The worldwide Tibet movement is one of the longest running, most sustained and widespread movements in the world. This movement is propelled forward by the energy and enthusiasm of all of you involved in advancing the just cause of the Tibetan people. Your sustained and concerted campaigns over the years have resulted in promoting the awareness of the Tibetan issue all over the world and kept it as a burning topic and mobilised governments and parliaments around the world to speak up for the people of Tibet.

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Dharamsala (India) - 8. Oktober 2010

Presseerklärung Seiner Heiligkeit des Dalai Lama zur Verleihung des Friedensnobelpreises 2010 an Liu Xiaobo

Ich möchte Liu Xiaobo aus ganzen Herzen zur Verleihung des diesjährigen Friedensnobelpreises gratulieren.

Ihm diesen Friedenspreis zuzuerkennen bedeutet, dass die internationale Gemeinschaft die sich mehrenden Stimmen im chinesischen Volk anerkennt, die China in Richtung politischer, gesetzlicher und verfassungsmäßiger Reformen drängen.

Der Einsatz von Hunderten von chinesischen Intellektuellen und engagierten Bürgern, darunter auch Liu Xiaobo, welche die Charta 08 unterzeichnet haben, die zu Demokratie und Freiheit in China aufruft, hat mich persönlich sowohl bewegt wie auch ermutigt. Meine Bewunderung darüber habe ich zwei Tage nach ihrer Bekanntgabe in einer öffentlichen Erklärung am 12. Dezember 2008 kundgetan, als ich zu einem Besuch in Polen weilte. Ich bin überzeugt, dass in den kommenden Jahren künftige Generationen von Chinesen die Früchte dieser Bemühungen werden ernten können, die chinesische Bürger heute im Hinblick auf eine verantwortungsvolle Staatsführung unternehmen.

Ich glaube, dass die kürzlich gemachten Äußerungen des chinesischen Premierministers Wen Jiabao, dass das Recht auf freie Rede für ein jedes Land unverzichtbar und der Wunsch des Volkes nach Demokratie und Freiheit unwiderstehlich seien, als Ausdruck wachsenden Verlangens nach einem offeneren China zu werten sind. Solche Reformen können nur zu einem harmonischeren, stabileren und blühenderem China führen, das in bedeutendem Maße zu einer friedlicheren Welt beitragen kann.

Ich möchte diese Gelegenheit ergreifen, um die Regierung von China ein weiteres Mal aufzurufen, Liu Xiaobo und andere politische Gefangene freizulassen, die im Gefängnis sitzen, weil sie ihr Recht auf freie Rede ausgeübt haben.

8. Oktober 2010

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 8. Oktober 2010

Presseerklärung des Kashag zur Verleihung des diesjährigen Friedensnobelpreises an Liu Xiaobo

Der Kashag [Ministerrat] möchte Liu Xiaobo anlässlich der Auszeichnung mit dem diesjährigen Friedensnobelpreis seine herzlichen Glückwünsche übermitteln. Ganz China sollte stolz darauf sein, dass einer seiner Söhne mit dieser einzigartigen Ehre ausgezeichnet wurde.

Der diesjährige Friedensnobelpreis, der an Liu Xiaobo verliehen wurde, ist die Anerkennung seitens der internationalen Gemeinschaft für die außergewöhnlichen Verdienste, die sich Liu Xiaobo bei der Förderung von Freiheit und bürgerlichen Rechten in China erworben hat. Sein Mitwirken beim Abfassen der Charta 08, die zu Freiheit und Demokratie in China aufruft, ist ein Akt von beispiellosem Mut und Opferbereitschaft. Seine Unterstützung für die tibetische Sache und für die Politik des Mittleren Wegs ist allgemein bekannt.

Wir Tibeter beten dafür, dass Liu Xiaobo in der Lage sein wird, den wohlverdienten Friedensnobelpreis am 10. Dezember persönlich in Empfang zu nehmen.

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche
Kalon Tripa [Premierminister]

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 8 October 2010

Press Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Liu Xiabao being awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

I would like to offer my heart-felt congratulations to Mr. Liu Xiaobo for being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Awarding the Peace Prize to him is the international community’s recognition of the increasing voices among the Chinese people in pushing China towards political, legal and constitutional reforms.

I have been personally moved as well as encouraged by the efforts of hundreds of Chinese intellectuals and concerned citizens, including Mr. Liu Xiaobo in signing the Charter 08, which calls for democracy and freedom in China. I expressed my admiration in a public statement on 12 December 2008, two days after it was released and while I was on a visit to Poland. I believe in the years ahead, future generations of Chinese will be able to enjoy the fruits of the efforts that the current Chinese citizens are making towards responsible governance.

I believe that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s recent comments on freedom of speech being indispensable for any country and people’s wish for democracy and freedom being irresistible are a reflection of the growing yearning for a more open China. Such reforms can only lead to a harmonious, stable and prosperous China, which can contribute greatly to a more peaceful world.

I would like to take this opportunity to renew my call to the government of China to release Mr. Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience who have been imprisoned for exercising their freedom of expression.

October 8, 2010

 


 

Carrara (Italy) - 30 October 2010

Tibetan exhibition in Tuscany province of Italy

“Support us to save and preserve Tibet’s culture,” said Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative based in Geneva at the Oriental exhibition at Carrara in the Tuscany province of Italy.

Mr. Chhoekyapa said that the Chinese government was destroying the Tibetan culture in Tibet. Two weeks ago in Eastern Tibetan, thousands of Tibetan students staged demonstrations against the introduction of Chinese language as a medium of instruction in place of Tibetan in the schools.

The Tibetan cultural exhibition represents an ancient culture that is flourishing in exile while systematically being destroyed in Tibet by the Chinese, he said.

In a special ceremony, the Mayor of Carrara Mr. Angelo Zubbani especially arrived at the exhibition to greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative. The mayor presented Mr. Chhoekyapa, a marble plate to mark the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative.

Mr. Chhoekyapa said that he was honoured to address the cultural exhibition of ten countries that share a common Buddhist culture based on compassion and love.

The three days Oriental Cultural exhibition started on 29 October. The exhibition is organized by the government of Carrara, famous for the white Italian marble. The Tibetan exhibition, the largest of the exhibitions was organized by Mr. Tamding Choephel of Milan based Tibet Culture House. Other countries represented were India, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Vietnam and Tibet.

 


 

Brussels (Belgium) - 28 October 2010

Tibetan Children Appeal To European Parliament Over China Language Policy

About 40 children of Tibetan descent delivered a petition to the European Parliament on Wednesday, protesting against Chinese government plans to extend the use of Mandarin in schools.

Calling for freedom of language to be respected, the children presented a letter listing signatures of Tibetan children living in Europe.

One Tibetan boy read the letter aloud in English, calling on European lawmakers to preserve Tibet's cultural heritage.

[Tibetan Child]:

“Please speak for us, for the voiceless. Don't let Tibet die!

European Parliament Vice President Roberta Angelilli says language is a critical part of a child's education.

[Roberta Angelilli, European Parliament Vice President]:

"It's a fundamental right. It's a question of democracy. A question of human rights. So the European Parliament must guarantee this opportunity.”

Authorities in China say Tibetans should become fluent in Chinese to benefit from wider education and job opportunities.

But critics say the policy threatens Tibetan culture, and will leave students fluent in neither Tibetan nor Mandarin.

[Tsering Lhamo, Spokesperson, Tibetan Children in Belgium]:

"It is very important for us to keep preserving our language for the next generations to come. So I think that the Chinese government what they are trying to do is totally delete everything which is related to our own tradition.”

The children closed the gathering by singing the Tibetan national hymn.

According to the London-based campaign group "Free Tibet," student protests have taken place in Tibet and western China.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 26 October 2010

His Holiness Joins Nobel Laureates' Call to Free Liu Xiaobo

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is among the 15 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates who signed a letter urging G-20 to ask China to release human rights advocate and Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo from imprisonment.

“The Chinese government’s release of Dr. Liu would be an extraordinary recognition of the remarkable transformation China has undergone in recent decades,” said a letter initiated by Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, signed by 15 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and sent to the leaders of the G-20 on 25 October.

We strongly and respectfully urge that your respective governments request the Chinese government immediately release Liu Xiaobo's wife Liu Xia from house arrest and enable her to communicate freely with whomever she wishes, the letter noted.

“In addition, as part of the upcoming G-20 Summit, each of you will see Chinese President Hu Jintao in Seoul, South Korea on November 10-11. The Summit provides time and opportunity to address Dr. Liu's imprisonment. We strongly urge you to personally impress upon Chinese President Hu Jintao that the release of Dr. Liu would not only be welcome, but is necessary,” it said.

Other signatories were Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo, Jimmy Carter, F.W. de Klerk, Shirin Ebadi, John Hume, Mairead Maguire, Wangari Maathai, David Trimble, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Lech Walesa, Elie Wiesel, Betty Williams and Jody Williams.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 8 October 2010

Kashag's Press Statement on Liu Xiaobo Winning This Year's Nobel Peace Prize

The Kashag would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Mr Liu Xiaobo for being awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The whole of China should be proud of this singular honour bestowed on one of her sons.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize that is conferred on Mr Liu Xiaobo is the international community's recognition of the outstanding contributions Mr Liu Xiaobo has made to the advancement of freedom and personal liberties in China. His involvement in organizing Charter 08, which calls for freedom and democracy in China, is an act of unparalleled courage and sacrifice. His support for the Tibet cause and the Middle-Way policy is well known to everyone.

We Tibetans pray that Mr Liu Xiaobo will be able to receive the well-deserved Nobel Peace Prize in person on December 10.

Prof Samdhong Rinpoche
Kalon Tripa

8 October 2010, Dharamsala

 


 

Budapest (Hungary) - 28 September 2010

Pull up your socks: Dalai Lama

Budapest Times - Written by Ágnes Lukács

Tendzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, left Hungarians with a message of peace when he departed from Budapest last Tuesday. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spent four days in Hungary teaching about the path to inner calm and happiness. In his lectures and discussions he also spoke about the common ground between the world’s religions and even addressed the economic crisis, which he attributes to human weaknesses.

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Passau (Germany) - 21 September 2010

China must not miss this opportunity to talk to the Dalai Lama

"China must not miss this opportunity to talk to the Dalai Lama to resolve the Tibetan issue," said Mr. Roland Koch, the former Minister President of the German state of Hesse. "I believe it is in the Chinese own interest to make peace with the Dalai Lama."

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 15 September 2010

UNHRC: China Urged to End Harassment of Tibetan Intellectuals and Rights Advocates

Dharamshala: The issues of human rights abuses perpetrated against the Tibetan intellectuals and human rights defenders in Tibet have been raised at the 15th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, which opened on 13 September and is due to last until 1 October.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, stressed the "pressing need for protection of human rights defenders", pointing out that "some countries use restrictive measures and ad hoc laws to curtail and violently attack peaceful dissidents, human rights advocates, journalists, lawyers, civil society’s scope of action and social activism."

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Budapest (Hungary) - 6 September 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s two days event in Budapest sold out – Free webcast of the teaching and public talk Translation from Hungarian

The Organizing Committee of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Budapest is very happy to announce that the tickets for the two days Buddhist teachings and public talk by His Holiness the Dalai Lama are completely sold out. We are exited by the tremendous public interest and support in His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his message of love, kindness and compassion.

For the 18 and 19 September weekend event, about 22,400 tickets have been sold (the venue’s daily seating capacity are 11,200 people). Daily we continue to receive request for tickets. People from 32 countries have purchase tickets. Large numbers of people are arriving from Russia, Romanian and Transylvania. As it is impossible to accommodate more seats in the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena, the visit’s Organising Committee will provide live webcast of the two days event free of charge. For details kindly visit the official visit’s website http://www.dalailama-budapest.hu

We are extremely happy that the General Assembly of the City of Budapest has unanimously voted on 26 August to award His Holiness the Dalai Lama the prestigious Honorary Citizenship Award. We the Hungarian Buddhist Communities would like to express our gratitude to the General Assembly of the City of Budapest.

The forthcoming visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Hungary will be the seventh time. The first visit was nearly thirty years ago in 1982. His Holiness the Dalia Lama will arrive in Budapest on 17 September evening and leave on 21 September morning.

Organising Committee

  The Dalai Lama live on the web via live interactive free broadcast at EsoGuru.com

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 31 August 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Addresses Tibetan National General Meeting

His Holiness the Dalai lama today addressed the delegates of the first National General Meeting, underlining the need for unity and a robust democratic administration in exile to keep alive the hopes and aspirations of Tibetans living inside Tibet.

Speaking on the closing day of the 6-day meeting, His Holiness emphasised that unity has to be developed through trust and transparency between the administration and public which in turn will strengthen our efforts.

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 Wiesbaden (Germany) - 31 August 2010

Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche thanks to Mr. Roland Koch for support and friendship

Wiesbaden, Germany, 31 August: Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche arrived yesterday in Wiesbaden, the capital of Hasse State in Germany as a special guest of the State Government. In the evening he attended the farewell reception for the outgoing State Minister President Mr. Roland Koch.

For eleven and a half years, Mr. Koch was the premier of the German state of Hesse and in May this year he announced his resignation from political life. During this period a special relationship between the Hesse State and Tibet has been developed. Mr. Koch is a long time friend and supporter of the Tibetan issue. He has often met His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Dharamsala (India) - 23 August 2010

Tibet online TV to host webcast of First National General Meeting

Tibet online TV of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) will webcast the first National General Meeting of Tibetans in exile due at Bylakuppee Tibetan Settlement from 26-31 August. The viewers can watch the webcast on www.tibetonline.tv from 8:30 a.m. (IST) on 26 August.

For details click www.tibetonline.tv.

Following functions will also be webcast on the site.

The CTA and the Tibetan people will offer long life prayer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 1 September. On 2 September, on the special occasion marking the 50th anniversary of Tibetan Democracy, Tibetan people and the administration will present His Holiness the Dalai Lama with a golden seal to express their gratitude.

  


 

Wiesbaden (Germany) - 19 August 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 75th Birthday Celebrated In Hesse State of Germany

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 75th birthday was celebrated yesterday at Wiesbaden, the capital of Hesse State in Germany. Hesse State Minister President Mr Roland Koch and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative Mr Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa were the guests of honour. The celebration was organised by Frende Fur Einen Frrund (Friends for a Friend) and attended by foreign consulates and important German captain of industries.

The celebration started with the singing of the Tibetan national anthem and prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life by the members of the Tibetan community in Germany.

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 17 August 2010

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok Attends Maha Guru Boomtsok in Switzerland

Geneva: The first-ever Maha Guru Boomtsok, an important Tibetan prayer congregation, is being organised in Switzerland. At the invitation from the organisers, Kalon Tsering Phuntsok, Kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture, attended the prayer service which began on 13 August.

His Eminence Sakya Trizin Rinpoche gave the Guru empowerment on the morning of 13 August. Sakya Trizin said that it was a very auspicious occasion that a Maha Guru Boomtsok is being held in Switzerland.

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Dharamsala (India) - 14 August 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Prays for the Loss of Lives in the Floods

I have been deeply saddened by the loss of many lives and the destruction of property caused by the floods in Pakistan and India. I have offered my condolences and prayers as well as token donations towards relief and rescue work.

I am also very sad that there has been a massive landslide in Drugchu (Chinese: Zhouqu) in the south-east of Kanlho, (Chinese: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu province in which many people have lost their lives. It is reported that this is one of the deadliest incidents in decades. I understand that Premier Wen Jiabao visited Zhouqu to oversee relief and rescue work.

I pray for all those who have lost their lives and offer my sympathy and heart-felt condolences to the bereaved and all those who have been affected by this natural calamity.

According to experts these very unusual floods and the devastating fires in Russia are symptoms of a deeper malaise occurring due to unprecedented global warming and other environmental causes. Therefore, a concerted international effort is needed to think about measures to preserve our common and delicate ecology.

Special public prayer services have been conducted. This morning I joined another prayer service here at the main Temple (Tsuglakhang) in McLeod Ganj to pray for those who have died and been affected in these tragedies.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 9 August 2010

The Kashag Offers Condolence to Tibet Flood Victims

The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration is deeply saddened by the ongoing floods in Drugchu, near Labrang Tashikhyil in northeastern Amdo Province in Tibet, which has claimed at least 127 lives with more than thousand missing.

The Kashag offers its deep condolence to the surviving relatives and pray for their quick emotional and physical recovery both in terms of health and reconstruction. In this context, the Kashag is organising a special prayer session tomorrow early morning (10 August 2010) at Tsuglagkhang, to pray for the deceased and early recovery of those injured. This will be attended by entire staff of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Around 300 houses have been buried after heavy rains on early Sunday triggered devastating floods and mudslides in Drugchu which has about 40,000 Tibetan residents.

According to media reports, nearly 45,000 affected people have been relocated with the help of rescue operation by the PRC government.

The local Tibetans in the area said the disaster was caused by rampant mining and deforestation, and damming of Drugchu river as well as the unprecedented spell of heavy rain.

  


  

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tweets with the Chinese People

His Holiness during his interview with Wang Lixiong, May 2010. Photo/Office of Tibet NY

1558 Chinese people submitted 317 questions to His Holiness the Dalai Lama through the renowned Chinese writer, Wang Lixiong. 11705 Chinese netizens voted for the following 10 most important questions, to which Holiness the Dalai Lama responded from his residence in Dharamsala on 16 July 2010.

The responses were released on the Chinese-language website of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 19 July 2010.

Question One: Looking at the current situation, it seems difficult that a reconciliation with the Chinese government will come about in your lifetime. After your passing away, you will have no control over the Tibetan youth organisation which holds on firmly to their ideology [of seeking Tibetan independence]. Is it not possible that they will engage in large-scale terrorist activities then? Are there ways by which they can be prevented from taking such a course?

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Jelsi (Italy) - 27 July 2010

Italian town honours His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Jelsi, Italy - 27 July: A small town in central Italy presented their annual International Prize - The Traglia – to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in recognition of His Holiness’ message of kindness, love and compassion. The award was received by Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based in Geneva on 27 July in Jelsi, Italy. The ceremony was organized as part of the celebrations of Festa del Grano by Jesli town and supported by the Regional government.

Receiving the The Traglia award

In receiving the award, Mr. Chhoekyapa said that he was grateful and encouraged that a small town in central Italy recognised the work of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and expressed concern for the plight of the Tibetan people. Over 20,000 people came from all over the region on the first day of the annual festival.

Praying for world peace by Gaden Jangste monks

Four monks from the Gaden Jangtse Monastery in South India constructed a Sand Mandala and prayed for world peace. After the Sand Mandala was dismantled, there was large line of people waiting to receive a small portion of the sand from the Mandala.

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message of peace and nonviolence is very important for the growth of civilizations”, said Mr. Michele Iorio, President of the Regional Government, Italy. He made this statement during his meeting with Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa on 28 July morning Molise Region head office. Mr. Iorio also said that he support His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s called for autonomy for the Tibetan People.

Plate card at the peace tree in Jelsi

  


 

New York (US) - 21 July 2010

China: Witnesses Lift Veil on Abuses by Security Forces in Tibet

Scale and Severity of Violations Warrants International Investigation

(New York) - Eyewitness accounts confirm that Chinese security forces used disproportionate force and acted with deliberate brutality during and after unprecedented Tibetan protests beginning on March 10, 2008, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Many violations continue today, including disappearances, wrongful convictions and imprisonment, persecution of families, and the targeting of Tibetans suspected of sympathizing with the protest movement.

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Dharamsala (India) - 20 July 2010

Training on United Nations and its Human Rights Systems begins in Dharamsala

Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla (C) with Mr Urgen Tenzin (L), Execuive Head of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and Mr Ardrian Claude Zoller , President of Geneva for Human Rights - Global Training during opening of the training, in Dharamsala, 20 July 2010. Photos / Choeyang Tharchin / Tibet.Net

Dharamshala: A three-day workshop on 'United Nations and its Human Rights Systems' began this morning at Gangkyi, Dharamshala. This workshop is organised by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), Geneva for Human Rights - Global Training, and Tibet Bureau, Geneva.

Kesang Yangkyi Takla, Kalon for the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) arrived in the opening of the training. The Kalon in her speech talked about the importance of the human rights training to benefit the Tibetan people.

Participants attending the training

There are 20 participants in the training from human rights section of the DIIR, Supreme Justice Commission, Department of Security of the Central Tibetan Administration, various Tibetan NGOs, Tibetan schools, college students from Chennai, and one participant from California.

Main resource person for the training is Mr Ardrian Claude Zoller, president of the Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training (GHR). Mr Zoller has been working as an advocator of human rights for thirty years and since 1985 he has been involved with the campaign for Tibet. GHR is a training organization which supports human rights to empower human rights organisations throughout the world.

The training will go on till Thursday, 22 July.

  


  

Dharamsala (India) - 7 July 2010

In Conversation with the Dalai Lama

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 6 July 2010

The Statement of the Kashag on the Occasion of the Seventy-Fifth Birthday Celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On this auspicious occasion of the seventy-fifth birthday celebration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, the Kashag, on behalf of the Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, as well as all of his disciples and well-wishers across the globe, makes obeisance to him and prays that he may live for hundreds of years.

Since his childhood until now, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while developing a great sense of empathy and compassion for all sentient beings, has provided enormous service to humanity by catering to the needs of people with different mental dispositions while, at the same time, contributing to the maintenance and promotion of the entire teachings of the Buddha Sakyamuni, known in the Buddhist world as the "Fourth Guide". Particularly in this post-modern era, His Holiness has provided inspirational guidance to the believers (in all religions of the world) and non-believers alike. Transcending the bounds of religion, His Holiness has also given unprecedented and timely advice of what he calls "secular ethics", emphasising on the need to develop universal responsibility through the promotion of basic human values and inter-religious harmony and co-existence for the common good of the world we live in. Moreover, for resolving the issue of Tibet, His Holiness has come out with the mutually-beneficial Middle-Way policy and non-violent means to realise it. His Holiness has further transformed the nature of the exile Tibetan polity into a genuine democracy. There is no way we can repay our debts of gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. However, with a strong sense of the realisation of all that he has done for us, we would like to re-pledge ourselves today that we shall put into real practice the many valuable advice that he has given to us.

That nothing untoward has happened to the person of His Holiness the Dalai Lama thus far is mainly due to his altruistic feelings and karmic merits, the protection given by the guardian deities of Tibet, the collective merit of the Tibetan people, and particularly due to the assistance and co-operation extended by the central and state governments of India and its great people. While expressing our heart-felt thanks to all of them, and especially to those overseeing the security of His Holiness, we would like to urge them to further intensify their assistance and co-operation in this respect.

With great compassion, His Holiness labours day in and day out for the benefit of all humanity. Inspired by this verse of Shantideva, the great Bodhisattva: "Like the earth and the other great elements [of nature] as well as the sky [above]//May [I] also remain eternally to serve as one who solves the infinite sentient beings' myriad problems," His Holiness immerses himself in their service. We have nothing but admiration for all his endeavours, but these are certainly taking a great toll on His Holiness' health. The physical wellbeing of His Holiness is very important for humanity in general, and for the short and long-term benefits of the Tibetan people in particular. Therefore, we would like to implore him to kindly see to it that his daily programmes do not come in the way of his good health.

A few leaders of the People's Republic of China, who are blind to choosing between right and wrong and who lack foresight due to their preoccupation with short-term personal and political power gains, are liberally spending both human and financial resources to issue baseless accusations against and to slander His Holiness. This is because of the jealousy arising out of their inability to match His Holiness' meritorious deeds all over the world. Their actions, which resemble spitting in the air that will fall back on themselves, has become a source for the people of the world to view the autocratic Chinese leaders as the ones who are unable to accept the truth and who rely only on lies and violence rather than seeking truth from facts. This has also become a condition for the Tibetans to remain more united. However, as stated in the Indian and Tibetan treatises on worldly affairs that the power of the opposition should not be underestimated or neglected, the Kashag would like to make some important appeals to the Tibetans in and outside Tibet at this critical period.

As a result of the clear display of the united Tibetan spirit in 2008, the sympathy and support to the Tibetan cause by the people of the world, and due especially to His Holiness' achievements and great deeds, the other side is using all its political, financial and human powers to create discord among Tibetans and between Tibetans and the local communities where Tibetans live in exile. It is particularly using many deceitful means to erect obstacles on the way of Holiness' activities and deeds globally. The Kashag would like to make an emphatic appeal to the Tibetans in and outside Tibet that they should remain alert to these Chinese manipulations and always be careful in maintaining unity among ourselves and keeping good relations with the local communities.

Since the upcoming elections for the fifteenth Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the third directly-elected Kalon Tripa are crucially important, the people at large are currently engaged in serious discussions and debates as to whom they should vote. At such a time, the people should be careful about the other side's evil designs and infiltrations. Moreover, each Tibetan must sincerely and courageously take part in the election processes by not shirking their democratic responsibilities and rights. It is very important to use one's own intelligence, rather than following what others say, in making the right choice of candidates in the ensuing elections. The Kashag would like to appeal to all the Tibetan people to give a serious thought over these.

For over fifty years, the Tibetans in and outside Tibet have been able to withstand the unbearable circumstances and emergencies with great courage and strength, and for over four generations the Tibetans have been able to maintain their religion, culture and tradition. This is solely due to the grace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Furthermore, the fact that Tibetans have, in un-diminishing spirit, been able to continue our non-violent movement is a matter of great pride for us. Looking at the changes that are taking in the world and within the country, the issue of Tibet is heading towards finding a solution. Nevertheless, His Holiness often states that one must hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Hence if the issue of Tibet takes time to resolve, then it is important for the Tibetans in and outside Tibet to preserve their unique character of good moral conduct without losing their spirit. Good moral conduct is not only a symbol of the Tibetans but also a source for the Chinese and the people around the world to have affection for and to support our cause. Likewise, the young Tibetans must make efforts towards their general studies, and particularly towards becoming professionals well-versed in both traditional and modern education.

The mutually beneficial Middle-Way policy, which has been adopted by the overwhelming majority of the Tibetans under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the sole way to resolve the issue of Tibet. The Kashag is currently pursuing this policy, based on the fact that it enjoys the overwhelming majority support of the Tibetans and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has endorsed it unanimously. We believe that all of the Tibetan people will, after having relied on their respective intelligence to ascertain the merit of this policy, support it whole-heartedly.

Finally, the Kashag prays that His Holiness may live long and all his wishes be spontaneously fulfilled. May the truth of the issue of Tibet prevail soon!

The Kashag

NB This is an English translation of the statement issued in Tibetan. If there is any discrepancy between this and the Tibetan version, please treat the latter as authoritative and final.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 21 April 2010

His Holiness Meets Relatives of Earthquake Victims

His Holiness offered his condolences and prayers to a group of students whose parents and relatives live in the earthquake affected area of Kyigudo at his residence in Dharamsala on April 18th, 2010. He advised them not to lose hope, to keep up their courage, and to continue to study hard.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 20 April 2010

The Kashag appeals Exile Tibetans to contribute to "4-14 Yushu Earthquake Charity Committee"

Dharamshala: The Kashag, the executive body of Central Tibetan Administration, through a circular yesterday has urged the exile Tibetans to contribute to the relief of Tibetans in Kyigudo, Kham, Tibet, hit by the 6.9 Richter scale earthquake on April 14,2010.

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Dharamsala (India) - 14 April 2010

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Eager to Visit Earthquake Affected Area

Press Release - April 17th 2010

As I mentioned briefly soon after I heard the news, I was deeply saddened by the effects of the devastating earthquake in the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Tibetan:Kyigudo) of Qinghai Province which resulted in the tragic loss of many lives, a great number of injured and severe loss of property. Because of the physical distance between us, at present I am unable to comfort those directly affected,but I would like them to know I am praying for them.

I commend the monastic community, young people and many other individuals from nearby areas for their good neighbourly support and assistance to the families of those who have lost everything. May your exemplary compassion continue to grow. This kind of voluntary work in the service of others really puts the bodhisattva aspiration into practice.

I also applaud the Chinese authorities for visiting the affected areas, especially Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who has not only personally offered comfort to the affected communities, but has also overseen the relief work. I am very appreciative too that the media have been free to report on the tragedy and its aftermath.

In 2008, when a similar earthquake struck Sichuan, Chinese central and local government leaders and auxiliary authorities took great pains to provide relief, allow free access to the media, as well as clearing the way for international relief agencies to provide assistance as required. I applauded these positive moves then and appeal for such ease of access on this occasion too.

The Tibetan community in exile would like to offer whatever support and assistance it can towards the relief work. We hope to be able to do this through the proper and appropriate channels as soon as possible.

When Sichuan was rocked by an earthquake two years ago, I wished to visit the affected areas to pray and comfort the people there, but I was unable to do so. However, when Taiwan was struck by a typhoon last year, I was able to visit the affected families and pray with them for those who had perished in that disaster. In providing some solace to the people concerned, I was happy to be able to do something useful.

This time the location of the earthquake, Kyigudo (Chinese: Yushu), lies in Qinghai Province,which happens to be where both the late Panchen Lama and I were born. To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort.

In conclusion, I appeal to governments, international aid organisations and other agencies to extend whatever assistance they can to enable the families of those devastated by this tragedy to rebuild their lives. At the same time, I also call on the survivors of this catastrophe to recognise what has happened as the workings of karma and to transform this adversity into something positive, keeping their hopes up and meeting setbacks with courage as they struggle to restore what they have lost. Once again, I pray for those who have lost their lives as well as for the well being of those who have survived.

DALAI LAMA

17 April 2010

Contacts:
Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, Secretary
Tenzin Taklha, Joint Secretary

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 14 April 2010

His Holiness Offers his Condolences to the Victims of the Earthquake in Kyigudo

MESSAGE

I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and property as a result of the earthquake that struck Kyigudo (Chinese - Yushu) this morning.

We pray for those who have lost their lives in this tragedy and their families and others who have been affected. A special prayer service is being held at the main temple (Tsuglagkhang) here at Dharamsala on their behalf.

It is my hope that all possible assistance and relief work will reach these people. I am also exploring how I, too, can contribute to these efforts.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 14 April 2010

Kashag Offers Condolence to Earthquake Victims in Tibet

We are deeply saddened by news reports which says that an earthquake has struck north-eastern Tibet with its epicentre in Kyigudo (Chinese-Yushu).

The Kashag would like to offer its sincere condolence to the families of those who lost their lives. We pray that people affected by the earthquake will receive timely rescue effort and assistance and will face this tragedy with fortitude.

The Kashag

 


 

 


 

Note zum Memorandum über echte Autonomie für das tibetische Volk

Einführung Diese Note geht auf die prinzipiellen Bedenken und Einwände ein, die von der chinesischen Zentral-regierung in Bezug auf den Inhalt des am 31. Oktober 2008 bei der achten Gesprächsrunde in Peking an die Regierung der Volksrepublik China (VR China) übergebenen Memorandums über echte Au-tonomie für das tibetische Volk (hinfort „Memorandum“) erhoben worden sind.

Die im Verlauf der Gespräche gegebenen Erwiderungen und Reaktionen von Minister Du Qinglin und dem geschäftsführenden Vize-Minister Zhu Weiqun, einschließlich der schriftlichen Note, sowie die Verlautbarungen der chinesischen Zentralregierung nach den Gesprächen sind von uns sorgfältig analysiert worden. Danach hat es den Anschein, dass manche der in dem Memorandum angespro-chen Fragen von der chinesischen Zentralregierung missverstanden und andere gar nicht verstanden worden sind.

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Botschaft Seiner Heiligkeit des Dalai Lama zum 51. Jahrestag des tibetischen Nationalaufstands

Heute begehen wir den 51. Jahrestag des friedlichen Aufstand, mit dem sich das tibetische Volk im Jahre 1959 gegen die Unterdrückung Tibets durch das kommunistische China erhob, und zugleich den zweiten Jahrestag der friedlichen Proteste, die im März 2008 überall in Tibet ausbrachen. Ich zolle den heroischen Tibetern und Tibeterinnen, die ihr Leben für die Sache Tibets geopfert haben, meine Hochachtung und bete für ein baldiges Ende der Leiden aller, die noch immer in Tibet unterdrückt werden.

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Tibet’s human rights issues raised at the 13th session of UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 16 March 2010

The 13th session of UN Human Rights Council has entered its third week in Geneva to address human rights violations happening around the globe. Members of Tibetan delegation have been monitoring and following this session. Tibetan delegates made two statements yesterday and one this morning raising issues on torture, religious freedom, disappearances and forced resettlement of nomads.

from left:
Mr. Ngawang C. Drakmargyapon, Ms. Tsering Jampa and Mr. Tenzin Samphel Kayta

Mr. Tenzin Samphel KAYTA on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples drew the Council’s attention about Chinese government’s repeatedly failure to provide a clear picture of situation on many Tibetan detainees who were subjected to routine torture and senseless beatings following the 2008 Uprisings. He said Chinese authorities even refuted the tortured victim’s footage shown all over the world on Youtube website as fabricated. However, the original source fervently maintained its authenticity.

Despite the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s recommendations to China following the fact-finding mission in 2005, China is still practicing consistent patterns of torture against Tibetan detainees including monks and nuns, which emerged during the past two years with impunity.

In another statement, Mr. KAYTA said, Chinese authorities’ brutal crackdown is still continuing in Tibet with thousands of Tibetans detained for their non-violent freedom struggle. He informed the Council that “On the 51st Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of 10 March 1959, the Dalai Lama said that there is a serious problem in Tibet yet advocated "to enter into talks with the People's Republic of China to resolve the issue of Tibet through the Middle-Way Approach …" He further said that since 10 March 2008, Tibetan sources[1] document that 228 Tibetans have died under the crackdown, 1,294 injured, 4,657 arbitrarily detained, 371 sentenced with 990 disappeared. Four Tibetans were executed in Lhasa on 20 October 2009 (China confirmed only two). 11 Tibetans were sentenced to life imprisonment. In majority of the cases the defendants had no independent legal counsel and when a lawyer of choice represented the defendants, the authorities either blocked representations through intimidation or procedural grounds.

With regard to situation of religious freedom in Tibet, he referred to the 10th March statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who said "the Chinese authorities are conducting various political campaigns, including patriotic re-education campaign, in many monasteries in Tibet. They are putting the monks and nuns in prison-like conditions, depriving them the opportunity to study and practice in peace. These conditions make the monasteries function more like museums and are intended to deliberately annihilate Buddhism."

Recently a Chinese official reported on 4 March that the police raided a total of 4,115 rented accommodations …more than 70 guest houses, internet cafes, entertainment Center and bars detaining "a total of 435 people." Moreover, a few foreign journalists who were invited by the government during the period witnessed Chinese security forces with automatic rifles patrolling the streets of Lhasa.

Since Beijing claims the situation is “normal” on the Tibetan Plateau, he asked, “Why these severe crackdowns upon the Tibetan people by Chinese authorities. He urged the Chinese authorities to fully implement the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur and also that of the Committee against Torture and Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and provide a credible clarification on the use of torture against Tibetan detainees who today number in thousands. He also urged the Chinese authorities to fulfil its pledge by receiving the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct an independent mission to all affected Tibetan areas and Xinjiang.

Today Mrs. Tsering Jampa on behalf of Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights drew the Council’s attention about China’s failure to respond positively to the Press Statement of 10 April 2008 issued by seven the UN Special Procedures mandate holders calling for visit to Tibetan Autonomous Region. Concerning disappearance cases, she said the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances’s report indicated 28 unresolved cases with China including Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, XIth Panchen Lama of Tibet who disappeared at the age of 6 since May 1995. She said since 1997, China failed to provide document as requested by the WGEID to support China’s eclaim that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family wished not be disturbed by outsiders. Similarly, China also ignored call by the UN Committee on Rights of the Child that independent expert be allowed to visit the Panchen Lama to confirm his well-being”. She also informed that the Council that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is turning 21 next month. Thus, she urged Chinese authorities to provide full evidence to support its claim including the recent remarks by Chinese official saying “Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is living in Tibet”. She brought to attention of the Council that Chinese government is implementing the resettlement policy which forcibly relocates thousands of Tibetan nomads from its ancestral land without consent of the Tibetan people. As this misguided policy wipes out the nomadic way of Tibetan people’s life, she urged Chinese government to immediately impose a moratorium on all resettlement programmes until independent experts carry out a review of policies that require or produce displacement and resettlement of Tibetan herders and other rural Tibetan population in all Tibetan areas.

Chinese delegation in the plenary session made rhetoric statement by saying that Tibet witnessed the growth of 12.3% GDP and respecting rights of ethnic minorities.

Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights welcomed China’s announcement at this Council session that the Chinese authorities will receive the Special Rapporteur on the right to Food for an official mission which we hope will include visits to Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia. The statement said: "But we do recall that China failed to fulfil its pledge made at the UPR of China that it will receive one Special Procedure mandate-holder in 2009 and this reminds us that while having invited the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of religion or belief in 2004, China refused to confirm dates when requested by the Special Rapporteur."

Despite limited time slot officially allocated for NGOs, Tibetan delegates were able to raise some of the key human rights issues of our concern at this session.

 


 

Newly formed friends of Tibet in the Slowak Parliament

Press Release

His Holiness XIV. Dalai Lama visited Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, in September 2009 in order to accept an award of Jan Langos Foundation for his tireless mission for freedom of Tibet and initiatives improving the world. During the meeting of the administration board of Jan Langos Foundation with his Holiness an idea of establishing the Parliamentary group „Friends of Tibet“ was born.

Similar groups exist all around the world. The group of the Friends of Tibet was established in the National Council of the Slovak Republic on the symbolic date. Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the world will take to the streets to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising against China’s illegal occupation. The evening before on the 9th March 2010, the members the Slovak parliament established a group “Friends of Tibet” with the aim to create a platform for informal discussions of the parliamentary members and public and for spreading awareness about what´s happening in Tibet.

Parliamentary group had on the day of establishment these members:

Andruskó Imre, SMK
Berényi József, SMK
Cibulková Katarína, SDKU-DS
Damborská Marta, SNS
Farkas Iván, SMK
Fronc Martin, KDH
Ivančo Jaroslav, SDKU-DS
Kuruc Martin, Nezaradený
Mikloš Ivan, SDKU-DS
Nagy László, Nezaradený
Rosová Tatian,a SDKU-DS
Rusnák Ján, SDKU-DS

Declaration of the Slovak Parliamentary group „Friends of Tibet“ adopted on March 9th , 2010

Tomorrow, On March 10th, 2010 Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the world will take to the streets to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising against China’s illegal occupation. On this date, thousands of Tibetans gathered to protect their leader and to demand that Chinese troops leave Tibet. Chinese troops responded with fatal force and a full-scale uprising ensued in the streets of Lhasa. The cause of the Uprising and the mass protests in 2008 is the reluctance of the Chinese government to lead dialogue with the Tibetan delegates and the aspiration of the assimilation of Tibetan nation and attempts to liquidate culture and religion of Tibet.

The Slovak parliamentary group “Friends of Tibet” was established with the goal to support the rightful interests of the Tibetan nation. We understand the importance of the

Cooperation between Slovak Republic and the Peoples Republic of China and we are not questioning the territorial integrity of China together with Tibet. On the other hand we are fully aware of our commitment to values, which is overlapping the bilateral partnership and has a universal character. This commitment to respecting and observance of human rights, legal state and the freedom of conscience cannot be detached from the partnership with China.

The Slovak parliamentary group “Friends of Tibet” is appealing to the government of the Peoples Republic of China to start a real dialogue with His Holiness XIV. Dalai Lama about the peaceful solving of the situation in Tibet and suspension of further assimilation of the authentic population of Tibet.

On the March 10th we raised the Tibetan flag in the window of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

On behalf of the Slovak parliamentary group “Friends of Tibet”

Ivan Mikloš
March 10th, 2010

 


 

ISSUES RAISED BY ENVOYS OF H. H. THE DALAI  LAMA DURING THE NINTH ROUND OF DIALOGUE WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CHINESE LEADERSHIP

The Envoys conveyed a three-point message to the representatives of the Chinese leadership.

Firstly, a seven-point Note was presented that expanded on the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans that was presented during the eighth round of talks. The Envoys reiterated our hope that the Chinese Central Government will give due consideration and have meaningful dialogue on this. The Chinese Central Government has made different comments and expression of concerns concerning the Memorandum and the Note was intended to address these and to offer some constructive suggestions for a way forward in the dialogue process. The Note was also intended to prevent the chance of misinterpretation and misconception by the general public. The seven points in the Note include respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of the PRC, respecting the Constitution of the PRC, respecting the "Three Adherences," respecting the hierarchy and authority of the Chinese Central Government, Concerns raised by the Central Government on specific competencies referred to the Memorandum, recognising the core issue, and offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama's cooperation for a mutually beneficial solution.

The Envoys suggested that through consultation if some of the issues in the Memorandum that are easier to be implemented are taken up in stages, it would certainly help in the gradual implementation of the basic issues.

Secondly, the Envoys emphasised that His Holiness' sole concern is the wellbeing of the six million Tibetans in Tibet. They stated that we have never raised any personal issues of His Holiness the Dalai Lama or the welfare of the few people around him.

With regard to this, the Chinese Central Government contends that most of the Tibetan people are in a happy and satisfactory situation, and that there is no Tibetan issue. Our perception is that most of the Tibetans are in a situation where they face limitless suffering and where they do not have a satisfactory religious, political, economic, language and culture, and social situation. In the light of these two differing perspectives, the Envoys suggested that there be a study by the two sides to determine the reality of the situation. This study needs to be undertaken under a situation where all the Tibetans can have the opportunity to participate without fear or suspicion. The two sides could mutually decide the practical ways to implement this. If the outcome of this study is that most of the Tibetans feel there is no problem and their present situation is satisfactory, that is what His Holiness the Dalai Lama is calling for. But if the outcome confirms that most of the Tibetan people are not in a satisfactory situation, the Chinese Central Government then needs to recognise that there is a problem in the spirit of seeking truth from facts, and both sides need to discuss and together find a solution.

Thirdly, the Envoys stated that during the informal session in Shenzhen in May 2008, we had rejected the allegation that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the leadership in exile have instigated the demonstrations throughout the Tibetan areas since March 10, 2008 as they were without basis. Therefore, during the seventh round of talks, the Chinese Central Government accepted the reality by altering the "Three Stops" (which include asking us to stop activities for independence or instigating Tibetans in Tibet) to "Four Not to Support".

However, in recent times we find that the same allegations are being repeated. Therefore, the Envoys conveyed our feeling that the Chinese Central Government needed to clarify whether its position is what that was stated to us in the seventh round of talks. If there is a change, then the Chinese Central Government needs to undertake a thorough scientific investigation, in Tibet as well as in the Tibetan community in exile, into the veracity of their charge. The Envoys stated our readiness to extend every support to this investigation. If it is confirmed that the Central leadership's charge has a basis, then we will confess for the past action and commit not do so in the future. If there is no confirmation then the Central Government should rectify and halt the leveling of these allegations.

 


 

Tibetans Participate In Human Rights Summit in Geneva

Geneva - March 8, 2010

Human Rights conference kicked off yesterday on the sidelines of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Phuntsok Nyidron, a former Tibetan political prisoner (2nd L) at the human rights conference in Geneva on 8 March 2010

The Second Geneva Summit on Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy is being organised jointly by over 25 human rights groups from across the globe.

The Tibetan Women's Association in Switzerland is one of the organisers of the two-day conference which started yesterday in Geneva. The conference features political dissidents and activists from Iran, China, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Burma and Vietnam.

John Suarez of the Cuban democracy group, Directorio, opened the session. Recalling the spirit of the summit's co-chairs, Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa, he urged human rights defenders to come together, brainstorm and collaborate.

Another Cuban dissident, Nestor Rodríguez Lobaina, has been barred by the Cuban government to attend the conference. "Yet, thanks to the mobilization of international organizations and civil society, you can contribute to making sure democracies fulfill their responsibility to humanity," said Isabel Rochat, Conseil d'Etat of Geneva. "We may forgive but we will never forget. That is the best response to indifference."

Speakers of the first panel titled “Rising Powers, Rising Rights Compliance? Case Study of China” included Ms. Rabi Kadeer, Uyghur activist, Ms. Phuntsog Nyidron, former Tibetan political prisoner and Mr.Yang Jianli, Chinese dissident who shared their personal stories of suffering and survival from brutal oppression of Chinese communist regime.

Called the "mother of the Uyghur nation," Rebiya Kadeer spent six years in a Chinese prison after standing up to the authoritarian Chinese government. Her own sons are serving decade long sentences in China without due process. She also told that the case of a young Uyghur protester, whose wounded, lifeless body was anonymously returned to his family. The Chinese government has cut internet and telephone communications," said Kadeer. Many other such cases exist and are not recorded.

Moderator Ambassador Alfred Moses underlined that "the repressive regime in China will not survive. Oppression cannot survive. “

The panel's second speaker, Mr. Yang Jianli, said that he was locked in solitary confinement for five years after taking part in the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. He pressed the importance of the Internet to push forward democracy in China. Mr. Jianli said, "The cost of censorship will outpace the cost of circumventing censorship. It will be impossible to maintain, China will not be able to control the will of a billion citizens."

Ms. Phuntsok Nyidron, former political prisoner and the recipient of 1996 Reebok Human Rights Award said that she was given total of 17 years sentence. Her crimes were secretly recording songs with inmates in praise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in prison and saying “Long Live Dalai Lama and “Free Tibet”.

She further said that "I want to tell you what a day was like in a Chinese prison. My right hand was stretched over my right shoulder and a guard stood on a table and pulled me up by my handcuffs. Electric batons were put in my mouth, my fingers were poked by shoe sewing machine needles and cigarettes burned on my face. I was shocked with electric wires until I fell unconscious. The prison guard poured cold water to wake me up and tortured me again. That day, I was neither given a single drop of water nor food."

She urged audiences to help protect and support rights of Tibetan people who have been struggling for their basic rights under brutal Chinese communist regime through non-violence.

According to organisers, over 800 participants had signed up to this conference from 50 countries. Yesterday's conference was attended by over 200 people including some diplomats.

 


 

Democracy Service Medal Presentation to the Dalai Lama

Feb 19,  2010 - National Endowment for Democracy (Washington, DC)

 


 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's New Year Speech to the Tibetan Community

On the occasion of the Tibetan New Year, His Holiness speaks to the Tibetans in Dharamsala, India. Webcast is in Tibetan language only.

 


 

Webcast of the press conference by the Envoys of
H. H. the Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, India - 2 February 2010

 

Photos of the 9th round of dialogue

between Envoys of H. H. the Dalai Lama and representatives of the Chinese Government

    


 

ERKLÄRUNG DES SONDERGESANDTEN SEINER HEILIGKEIT DES DALAI LAMA KASUR LODI GYARI

LEITER DER DELEGATION, DIE IM JANUAR 2010 CHINA BESUCHTE

Der Gesandte Kelsang Gyaltsen und ich haben in Begleitung von zwei Mitgliedern unserer Task Force, Tenzin P. Atisha und Bhuchung K. Tsering, sowie von Jigmey Passang vom Sekretariat der Task Force vom 26. bis 31. Januar 2010 China besucht, um die 9. Gesprächsrunde mit Vertretern der chinesischen Führung abzuhalten. Diese Runde fand nach einer fünfzehnmonatigen Unterbrechung statt. Wir kehrten am 1. Februar 2010 nach Dharamsala zurück und haben heute Seiner Heiligkeit dem Dalai Lama, Kalon Tripa [Premierminister, A.d.Ü.] Samdhong Rinpoche sowie dem Sprecher und dem stellvertretenden Sprecher des Tibetischen Parlaments im Exil förmlich Bericht erstattet.

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DÉCLARATION DE L’ÉMISSAIRE DE SA SAINTETÉ LE DALAÏ-LAMA, KASUR LODI GYARI, CHEF DE LA DÉLÉGATION ENVOYÉE EN CHINE EN JANVIER 2010

L’émissaire Kelsang Gyaltsen et moi-même, accompagnés de deux membres de notre Task Force, Tenzin P. Atisha et Bhuchung K. Tsering, ainsi que Jigmey Passang du secrétariat de Task Force, nous sommes rendus en Chine entre le 26 et le 31 janvier 2010, pour une neuvième série de pourparlers avec les représentants des autorités chinoises. Ces discussions ont eu lieu après une interruption de 15 mois. Nous sommes retournés à Dharamsala le 1er février 2010 et avons dressé notre rapport officiel à Sa Sainteté le Dalaï-Lama, au Premier ministre (Kalon Tripa) Samdhong Rinpoche, ainsi qu’au Président et à la Vice-présidente du Parlement tibétain en exil.

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STATEMENT BY SPECIAL ENVOY OF HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA, KASUR LODI GYARI

HEAD OF THE DELEGATION WHICH VISITED CHINA IN JANUARY 2010

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and I, accompanied by two members of our Task Force, Tenzin P. Atisha and Bhuchung K. Tsering, and Jigmey Passang from the Task Force Secretariat, visited China from January 26 to 31, 2010, for the ninth round of discussions with representatives of the Chinese leadership. This round was held after a gap of 15 months. We returned to Dharamsala on February 1, 2010 and have formally reported today to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche, as well as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

In Beijing, we had a session with Mr. Du Qinglin, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference as well as Minister of the Central United Front Work Department, on January 30. We had a day-long discussion with Executive Vice Minister Zhu Weiqun and Vice Minister Sithar on January 31, 2010. Mr. Nyima Tsering, a Vice Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region People’s Congress, also participated in these meetings.

We first arrived in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, on January 26, 2010. Before beginning our programmes there, we formally presented to the Central United Front Work Department, a Note relating to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans that we had given during the previous eighth round of dialogue in November 2008. The Note contained seven points that addressed the fundamental issues raised by the Chinese leadership during the eighth round and some constructive suggestions for a way forward in the dialogue process. The seven points include respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of the PRC, respecting the Constitution of the PRC, respecting the “Three Adherences,” respecting the hierarchy and authority of the Chinese Central Government, Concerns raised by the Central Government on specific competencies referred to the Memorandum, recognising the core issue, and offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s cooperation for a mutually beneficial solution.

The Note made clear that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other members of the exiled leadership have no personal demands to make. His Holiness’ concern is with the rights and welfare of the Tibetan people. Therefore, the fundamental issue that needs to be resolved is the faithful implementation of genuine autonomy that will enable the Tibetan people to govern themselves in accordance with their own genius and needs.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on behalf of the Tibetan people, with whom he has a deep and historical relationship and one based on full trust. It cannot be disputed that His Holiness legitimately represents the Tibetan people, and he is certainly viewed as their true representative and spokesperson by them. It is indeed only by means of dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama that the Tibetan issue can be resolved. The recognition of this reality is important.

We emphasised the point that His Holiness’ engagement for the cause of Tibet is not for the purpose of claiming certain personal rights or political position for himself, nor attempting to stake claims for the Tibetan Administration in Exile.

We called upon the Chinese side to stop the baseless accusations against His Holiness and labeling him a separatist. Instead, we urge the Chinese leadership to work with him to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Tibetan problem based on the Memorandum. This will ensure stability, unity and the development of a harmonious society.

The Chinese side laid out “Four Not to Indulge In” points to outline their position. They also provided us with a detailed briefing on recent developments relating to Tibet, particularly on the important Fifth Tibet Work Forum. They said the Forum decided to further improve the livelihood of Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous Region and all Tibetan areas, specifically in public services, such as education, medical services, and environmental protection. Based on the initial reports that we had of the Forum, we welcomed the issues it has taken up to improve the lives of the Tibetan people specially in rural areas. We welcome the fact that the Fifth Tibet Work Forum has looked into the issues of development in all Tibetan areas – The Tibet Autonomous Region as well as other Tibetan areas. It is our strong belief that all the Tibetan areas must be under a uniform policy and a single administration. If we take away the political slogans, many of the issues that have been prioritised by the Forum are similar to the basic needs of the Tibetan people outlined in our Memorandum.

A major difference between the two sides is the conflicting perspectives on the current situation inside Tibet. So, in order to have a common understanding of the real situation, we suggested a common effort to study the actual reality on the ground, in the spirit of seeking truth from facts. This will help both the sides to move beyond each others’ contentions.

In the coming days we will be studying the issues raised by our counterparts, including the proceedings of the Fifth Tibet Work Forum and the “Four Not to Indulge In” points. As we had urged during our meeting, it is my sincere hope that the Chinese leadership will also seriously reflect on the issues raised by us. Since His Holiness the Dalai Lama has consistently made his position clear on the future of Tibet within the framework of the People’s Republic of China, given political will on the Chinese leadership’s side we do not see any reason why we cannot find a common ground on these issues. We would like to reiterate His Holiness’s continued willingness to work with the Chinese Central Government in this so that the Tibetan people can regain their pride and dignity and the People’s Republic of China’s stability and unity are ensured.

We thank our hosts, the Hunan United Front, Beijing United Front, and the Central United Front Work Department, for their hospitality during this visit.

February 2, 2010
Dharamsala

   


   

UK's Statement: Representatives of Dalai Lama meeting Chinese authorities

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/news/latest-news/?view=News&id=21623874#

25 Jan 2010

Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis welcomes the news that representatives of the Dalai Lama would meet the Chinese authorities.

On hearing that representatives of the Dalai Lama would meet the Chinese authorities on 26 January 2010, Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis said:

‘I welcome the announcement of the resumption of dialogue between the Chinese authorities and representatives of the Dalai Lama. I urge both sides to enter these talks in good faith and to make progress towards meaningful autonomy for Tibet. Peaceful dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama’s representatives is the only way to bring about a lasting and peaceful solution to the problems in Tibet. I made this clear during my own visit to Tibet and Beijing last year.’

    


    

Denmark's Statement on the dialogue process

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

http://www.um.dk/nr/exeres/71f2228a-3d5a-433d-a984-5174cf3c4a67

(Unofficial translation)

DIALOGUE BETWEEN TIBET AND CHINA

In connection with the resumption of negotiations between representatives of the Dalai Lama and China, the Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller states:

“I am very satisfied that the negotiations between representatives of the Dalai Lama and China have now been resumed after a 15 months break. I therefore again call on both parties to engage themselves constructively in the negotitions and hope that the dialogue will be carried through to a result which ensures that Tibetans attain genuine self-rule, with cultural and religious freedom and respect for human rights within the framework of the Chinese constitution. Dialogue is the only way forward to a peaceful solution to the question of Tibet.”

DIALOG MELLEM TIBET OG KINA

I forbindelse med genoptagelsen af forhandlinger mellem repræsentanter for Dalai Lama og Kina udtaler udenrigsminister Per Stig Møller:

”Jeg er meget tilfreds med at forhandlingerne mellem repræsentanter for Dalai Lama og Kina nu er blevet genoptaget efter 15 måneders pause. Jeg opfordrer derfor igen begge parter til at engagere sig konstruktivt i forhandlinger og håber at dialogen føres igennem til et resultat, der sikrer at tibetanerne opnår reelt selvstyre med kulturel og religiøs frihed og respekt for menneskerettighederne inden for rammerne af den kinesiske forfatning. Dialog er den eneste vej frem til en fredelig løsning på Tibet-spørgsmålet.”

   


 

Press Statement: His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Envoys leave for China for the 9th round of dialogue

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy Lodi G. Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen will arrive in China tomorrow for discussions with the representatives of the Chinese leadership. This is the ninth round of dialogue. The Envoys are visiting China after a gap of 15 months in the process that began in 2002.

They will be accompanied by senior assistants Tenzin P. Atisha, Bhuchung K. Tsering, both members of Tibetan Task Force on Negotiations, and Jigmey Passang from the Secretariat of the Tibetan Task Force.

At a two day meeting of the Tibetan Task Force in Dharamsala chaired by Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Tibetan delegation finalised their preparations for the discussions in Beijing. On January 22, 2010 the Kalon Tripa and the two Envoys briefed His Holiness the Dalai Lama and sought his guidance.

The delegation is expected to return to India at the beginning of next month.

Chhime R. Chhoekyapa
Secretary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

 

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