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Dharamsala (India) - 19 December 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Offers His Condolences at the Passing Away of President Václav Havel

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Vaclav Havel in Prague on 10 December 2011

Dharamsala, HP, India, 18 December 2011 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his deep sadness at learning of the passing away of his dear friend President Václav Havel. In a letter to his wife Mrs. Dagmar Havlova, His Holiness wrote that in his death, the world has lost a great statesman whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in bringing freedom and democracy to the then Czechoslovakia. He was an unassuming and a courageous leader whom His Holiness personally had the greatest admiration and respect and will miss him.

His Holiness recalled that he had the privilege of meeting President Václav Havel in February 1990 – months after he became President following the Velvet Revolution, which he led with an extraordinary display of people power. Over the ensuing two decades he had the opportunity to meet with him regularly, most recently in Prague on 10 December 2011. His Holiness concluded by offering his heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Dagmar Havlova and other members of their family and those who were closely associated with him.

He stated that perhaps the best tribute we could honour and remember President Václav Havel is to work as best we can towards building a more peaceful, open and just world.

 


 

Prague (Czech Republic) - 12 December 2011

Open, free and democratic China is of great importance for Asia

“A more open, free and democratic China is of great importance for Asia and the world as a whole”, said the Prague Declaration signed by the six speakers of the Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: One Year after an Empty Chair in Oslo yesterday.

“China needs human rights, democracy and the rule of law because these values are the foundation of a free and dynamic society. They are also the source of true unity and stability. It is clear and obvious that many Chinese have been carrying on a life and death struggle for democracy in China,” said the signatories.

The Declaration was signed by former President Havel, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Mr. Stéphane Hessel, Co-drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Dr. Jianli Yang Dissident, of Initiatives for China based in Boston, USA.

They called for international efforts to promote awareness and improve progress in human rights across the globe. The Declaration affirms that all human beings have the right to freedom from want and freedom from fear. These rights are indivisible and universal.

With this spirit they said, we have come together to mark the first anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, who – together with many other prisoners of conscience – remains imprisoned by the Chinese authorities.

The declarations said expressions of concern, support and solidarity are of immense importance in sustaining and strengthening the spirit and hope of the people who are engaged in the struggle for human rights and democracy even at the risk of imprisonment and endangering their own lives. It is these people who represent the forces that ultimately will achieve freedom, democracy and human rights.

During the meeting with the media today in Prague, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that it was his moral responsibility to promote human rights and freedom.

His Holiness spoke about his first two commitments in life – inner value and religious harmony. Speaking on religious harmony, he unity and harmony amongst all religion was important. He called on the media to play a greater role in promoting religious harmony and inner value. People must get more information that would lead to greater awareness.

In response to a question about dialogue between the Chinese and the Tibetans, His Holiness said that the Chinese say that there is no Tibetan issue but the issue of the Dalai Lama. However, he emphasized that the issue is not about the Dalai Lama but the future of six million Tibetans.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said the Tibetan people in Tibet are our boss. “We are their free spokesperson. They have no freedom to express themselves so we have to act on their behalf,” he said.

Peoples’ Republic of China he said, belongs to the Chinese people. The 1.3 Billion people of China are the real rulers of China. They have every right to know the reality and judge what is right and wrong. Censorship of the media is wrong,

Recently, he said he received a letter from a Chinese individual who had met a Tibetan on a pilgrimage in China. The Chinese individual had told the Tibetan that the Dalai Lama was a good Buddhist but a splitist.

However, when the Tibetan explained the Tibetan issue, the Chinese individual wrote that he fully supports the Middle Way Approach which does not seek separation from China but calls for genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people. The writer said that if all Chinese citizens knew about the Middle Way Approach, 100 percent of the Chinese would support the Dalai Lama.

 


 

Prague (Czech Republic) - 11 December 2011

Czech Foreign Minister calls on His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Czech Foreign Minister Mr. Karel Schwarzenberg called on His Holiness the Dalai Lama this evening at his hotel in Prague.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the Tibetan spirit especially among the younger generation in Tibet was extremely strong. He called on governments and parliaments to send fact finding missions to Tibet to find out the actual situation in there.

He expressed his deep concern about Tibet’s environment. Environment is not a political issue he said. Tibet’s environment is important for China as many rivers that start in Tibet flow through China.

He said international environmental experts including from China should investigate what damages has been done and what can be done to prevent further damage.

Earlier in the morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed the roundtable conference on Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: One Year After an Empty Chair in Oslo at Charles University in Prague.

Former President Havel who couldn’t attend the conference due to ill health said in his message that we are entering a rather dangerous period where human rights and civic freedoms were being sacrificed for material growth.

“Human rights issues faced with ever growing economic might of a country like China are being trivialized and economic interests are being deliberately separated from those dealing with basic freedoms. And this is very dangerous, not only because solidarity with those pursuing freedom in different parts of the world is fading but also for Euro-Atlantic area whose original identity is thus being lost,” said President Havel.

“We felt very intensely how important aid from abroad was for us, as well as the support and solidarity of people from various corners of the world who took interest in out activities,” he said.

“It was a great encouragement when we saw that there are many people –often from very far away – who feel a similar responsibility for the world as we felt. We have been attempting now, for more than twenty years already, to return that solidarity that we received and to express support to all those who are fighting for human rights and basic freedoms in Asia and elsewhere. For people like Liu Xiabo and the likes of him all over the world,” the message said.

In his address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the 7 billion people share one home and the survival of this planet depends on us. We have to think about others’ wellbeing.

The Tibetan leader praised India for its democratic principles and said there is accountability of governance.

China he said, with its recent economic developments have great potential to make constructive contribution on the global stage. However, he expressed concern about the present system of government.

He said China needs respect from rest of the world. Respect comes from trust, trust needs transparency. This he said was lacking in China. The Tibetan spiritual leader said China needs political reform. The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had also called for such reforms in China.

His Holiness expressed his concern about the growing gap between the rich and the poor, as well as the high level of corruption.

Mr. Bernard Kouchner (Photo below), former French Foreign Minister said that China is economically doing well but at the same time, there are lots of people imprisoned. Arab Spring has worried the Chinese leadership, as they fear it will come to them.

Dr. Jianli Yang, President and Founder of the Initiatives for China based in Boston said that China is afraid of Liu Xiaobo, a key author of Charter 08. The Charter 08 called for democratic changes in China. Over 350 Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists signed the charter.

The conference commemorated the first anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and focused on the current state of democracy and human rights in Asia.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited to the Czech Republic by former Czech president Vaclav Havel and Forum2000 who organised the conference.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi (below: center) and Mr. Stéphane Hessel (below: left), Co-drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also spoke at the conference.

In the afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke about his three commitments in life during the public talk on Searching for Happiness in a Troubled World at the Prague Congress Centre.

He said he has always tried to promote secular ethnics which he said must be promoted through education starting from kindergarten.

Ultimate source of happiness is within ourselves. A calm mind and concern for others welfare will help towards happiness. Compassion he said, is not about having pity for others, but sense of respect for others.

Public Talk Photos:

 


 

Prague (Czech Republic) - 10 December 2011

Friendship between a spiritual leader and a playwright

The meeting of two old friends, a spiritual leader and a playwright took place today in Prague on the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights day. His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited his old friend former President Václav Havel at his office.

Few hours earlier, His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Prague on a three days visit.

President Havel who hadn’t been keeping well looked fragile but determine to keep his appointment with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He had travelled from his country retreat to Prague. The meeting between the two personal friends lasted over an hour.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that he was indeed very happy and greatly honoured to see President Havel again. His Holiness expressed his deep appreciation for President Havel’s firm stand and principles on democracy and human rights including on Tibet.

“You have become a source of inspiration,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan spiritual leader asked President Havel that he must live another 10 years.

President Havel thanked His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his kind words. He said that he had been following the changes in the Tibetan political leadership and it was done at the right moment.

In response, His Holiness said that this change was done voluntarily. Not out of pressure but with pride and happiness.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolved his political authority to the newly elected Tibetan leadership. The new Tibetan political leader Dr. Lobsang Sangay took his oath of office on 8 August 2011.

Speaking about the situation in Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that the Tibetans inside Tibet even among the young people, the spirit of Tibet was very strong.

Tomorrow His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: One Year After an Empty Chair in Oslo roundtable conference in Prague.

The conference will commemorate the first anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The conference will focus on the current state of democracy and human rights in Asia.

The Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Mr. Stéphane Hessel, Co-drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Dr. Jianli Yang Dissident, President and Founder, Initiatives for China based in Boston, USA will also address the conference.

The conference is organised by Forum2000 will be held at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. The Forum2000 also organised Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Asia conference in September 2009.

On Sunday afternoon, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a public talk on Searching for Happiness in a Troubled World. The talk will be held at the Prague Congress Centre and the tickets were sold out in one day.

The roundtable conference and the public talk will be live broadcasted on http://www.forum2000.cz/en/web-tv/

His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited Prague at the official invitation of President Havel soon after the Velvet Revolution in January 1990. President Havel became the first President after the communist rule. This will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 9th visit to the Czech Republic.

 


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 9 December 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Prague at the invitation of Former President Václav Havel

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Václav Havel and Former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner will address on Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: One Year After an Empty Chair in Oslo roundtable conference in Prague on 11 December. His Holiness the Dalai Lama will arrive in Prague on 10 December.

The roundtable conference will commemorate the first anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The conference will focus on the current state of democracy and human rights in Asia.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Mr. Stéphane Hessel, Diplomat, Co-drafter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Dr. Jianli Yang Dissident, President and Founder, Initiatives for China based in Boston, USA will also address the conference.

“Human rights are universal. China, Myanmar (Burma) and other Asian countries are members of the United Nations and are therefore bound by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Forum2000 the organisers of the roundtable. “In fact, one of the declaration’s authors, Peng Chun Chang from China, based many of the declaration’s principles on Confucian and other Eastern teachings. Nonetheless, the human rights situation in parts of the region is a cause for grave concern. The empty chair at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony remains a sad symbol of this.”

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. Forum 2000 Foundation also organised Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Asia conference in September 2009.

On Sunday afternoon His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a public talk on Searching for Happiness in a Troubled World. The talk will be held at the Prague Congress Centre and the tickets were sold out in one day.

The roundtable conference and the public talk will be live broadcasted on http://www.forum2000.cz/en/web-tv/

His Holiness the Dalai Lama first visited Prague at the official invitation of President Havel soon after the Velvet Revolution in January 1990. President Havel became the first President after the communist rule. This will be His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 9th visit to the Czech Republic.

 


 

Zurich (Switzerland) - 20 November 2011

Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay addresses the Tibetan community in Zurich

We must keep in mind the interest of fellow Tibetans in Tibet, said Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay during his address to the Tibetan community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Over 600 Tibetans attended the address by their new political leader this morning (Sunday) in Zurich

He spoke at length with sadness the self-immolation by 12 Tibetans in Tibet – their individual sacrifice to highlight the struggle for the survival of Tibetan’s culture and identity under China brutal rule. He stressed that the 12 are not just number but 12 individual human beings and Tibetans. The situation in Tibet is most urgent and he appealed to the Tibetans to continue their support.

In emphasizing the importance of unity, he said our achievements have been the best and strongest when we have stood united. What we have achieved during the last 50 years in various fields is due to the hard work of the elder generation he said. Now we must focus on professionalism.

The present political leadership by the Kalon Tripa is the continuity of the historic and legitimate political leadership of the Tibetan people said Dr. Lobsang Sangay.

The unanimous support by the Tibetan Parliament members in approving the nomination of the six Kalons sent a good message to the Tibetan people in Tibet that both the Kashag and Chithu can work together for the common interest of Tibet.

Before the start of Kalon Tripa’s address, the Tibetan community’s cultural group sung the Tibetan national anthem. This was immediately followed by one minute silence in memory of the Tibetans who self-immolated in Tibet to highlight the present desperate situation in Tibet.

During the two and half hour address followed by questions and answers, Kalon Tripa said, “We are most grateful to India. We must never forget India’s kindness.”

The Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association hosted a lunch in host of Kalon Tripa. In his brief address to the group’s board members and section leaders he extended Kashag’s “heart felt gratitude and appreciation for” their support.”

In the afternoon, the Tibetan Youth Association of Switzerland organized a town-house-style-meeting. The meeting hall was completely packed with many Tibetans waiting outside the hall.

The recent change in the Tibetan community witnessed the hand-over of responsibility by the older Tibetan generation to the younger generation. “We must fulfil His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wishes and ensure that the hard work done by the older generation is accomplished,” he said.

Kalon Tripa said all young Tibetans should feel proud to be a Tibetans and must endeavour to service the Tibetan community.

He once again emphasized his key message of better education for the younger generation.

“We need to improve the foundation and environment in our schools,” he said.

His education policy and the recent meetings with Tibetan school principles and administrators have started a debated on this important issue.

He told that the Tibetan youth in Switzerland that they must endeavour to become more professional in their educational studies. While elaborating his Tibet Core program and he encouraged the youth to volunteer their service to the Central Tibetan Administration as well as join the Swiss government services.

Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay arrived early Sunday morning at Zurich airport from New Delhi. Rikon Tibetan Monastery’s Abbot, Mr. Tseten S Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Vice President of the Tibetan Community, Presidents of the Tibetan Women’s Association and Tibetan Youth Association in Europe and 50 Tibetans welcomed Kalon Tripa during his first European tour.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 3 November 2011

Immediate Release: Self-Immolation in Tibet

The Latest Case of Self-Immolation Makes the Kashag to Urge China to Solve Problems and Stop Baseless Allegations

The Kashag is deeply saddened by the latest case of self-immolation by Palden Choetso (Choesang), a nun from Tawu Gaden Choeling nunnery, near Nyitso monastery in eastern Tibet. She was 35 years old.

On behalf of the Tibetans-in-exile, the Kashag would like to offer it's heartfelt condolences to her family members. As a mark of respect, the Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile will jointly organise a prayer ceremony for all those departed souls at 9:00 am tomorrow at Tsuklakhang.

The Kashag would like to make it clear that it stands in solidarity with the Tibetan people in Tibet who endure continued suppression under the Chinese authorities, whose short-sighted policies have driven till now eleven Tibetans to set themselves on fire.

Instead of addressing the real problems that drive Tibetans to commit self-immolations, Xinhua, the official news organ of the Chinese government, blames the Tibetans-in-exile for instigating such desperate and despairing acts. The Kashag strongly urges the Chinese government to stop hurling baseless allegations and to start solving the real problems. People's Republic of China can do this by stopping it's repressive policy on Tibetan and allowing more freedom of religion and speech.

Kashag reiterates its earlier appeal that China should accept independent delegations and media to travel to examine the situation and allow medical teams to give treatment to those hurt.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 12 October 2011

Press Release: Task Force Meeting held in Dharamsala

The recent changes in the political leadership of the Tibetan people have been historic. But the central task of the Tibetan movement to restore basic freedoms and dignity of the Tibetan people remains unchanged. As a result I have consistently stated that one of my foremost priorities as the Kalon Tripa is to make every possible effort to find a peaceful and negotiated resolution to the issue of Tibet. Even during my election campaign I made clear my commitment to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle-Way Approach and to the ongoing dialogue process re-started in 2002.

In line with this spirit I met on 9 October 2011 the two envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Lodi G. Gyari and Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen, who have to date conducted talks with the representatives of the Chinese leadership. They gave me a comprehensive briefing on the status of the dialogue process. The Task Force meeting was held the following day during which the status and prospects of the dialogue was discussed in depth.

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Dharamsala (India) - 12 October 2011

Joint Press Statement by Tibetan Parliament and Kashag on Critical Situation in Tibet

Since the 2008 uprising in Tibet, the situation in Tibet has been deteriorating. Particularly, as of March this year, it has become ever more tense and urgent with the increasing cases of self-immolation by young Tibetans who find China’s occupation and repression of Tibet intolerable.

Tibetans in Tibet are driven to these drastic acts to resist political repression, cultural assimilation, economic marginalization and environmental destruction.

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Dharamsala (India) - 24 September 2011

Statement of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on the Issue of His Reincarnation

Introduction

My fellow Tibetans, both in and outside Tibet, all those who follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, and everyone who has a connection to Tibet and Tibetans: due to the foresight of our ancient kings, ministers and scholar-adepts, the complete teaching of the Buddha, comprising the scriptural and experiential teachings of the Three Vehicles and the Four Sets of Tantra and their related subjects and disciplines flourished widely in the Land of Snow. Tibet has served as a source of Buddhist and related cultural traditions for the world. In particular, it has contributed significantly to the happiness of countless beings in Asia, including those in China, Tibet and Mongolia.

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Discorso di Sua Santità Tenzin Gyatso il Quattordicesimo Dalai Lama, sulla questione della sua reincarnazione.

Ai miei cari compatrioti Tibetani che vivono in Tibet e quelli che vivono fuori dal Tibet, a tutti coloro che seguono la tradizione Buddhista Tibetana e anche a tutti coloro che hanno una connessione con il Tibet e i Tibetani.

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Dharamsala (India) - 19 September 2011

Kalon Tripa Announces Portfolios Of New Kalons

Kalon Tripa gibt die Portfolio-Aufteilung des neuen Kabinetts bekannt

 

from left / von links:

Name Department Departement
Dr. Tsering Wangchuk Health Gesundheit
Dolma Gyari Home Innenministerium
Pema Chhinjor Religion & Culture Religion & Kultur
Dr. Lobsang Sangay Kalon Tripa / Education Kalon Tripa / Bildung
Tsering Dhundup Finanzen Finance
Ngodup Dongchung Security Sicherheit
Dicki Chhoyang Information & International Relations Information & Internationale Beziehungen

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 16 September 2011

New Kashag formed / Das neue Kabinett gewählt

Kalons Take Oath of Office

Kalon Tripa, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, introduced six nominees of his Kashag (cabinet) on the floor of the Parliament this morning, the first day of the inaugural session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The six nominees were found to be in compliance with the requirements stipulated in Article 21 of the Charter of the Tibetans in Exile. The Parliament approved all six nominees as Kalons (Ministers).

The new Kalons will be sworn in by Chief Justice Commissioner Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen at the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission office at 3:15pm this afternoon.

The six new Kalons are Mr. Dongchung Ngodup, Mr. Tsering Dhundup, Mr. Pema Chhinjor, Ms. Dolma Gyari, Ms. Dicki Chhoyang and Mr. Tsering Wangchuk. Brief biographies of the new Kalons are attached.

The Kalon Tripa, who is also the Chairman of the Kashag, will announce the portfolios of the new Kalons at the Press Conference on Monday, 12:30PM.

[ Biographies of the new Kalons ]

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 2 September 2011

The Statement of Kalon Tripa on the Occasion of the Fifty-first Tibetan Democracy Day

Today, we celebrate the fifty-first anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day. On this auspicious occasion, in which we celebrate our shared aspiration for human freedom, I extend my warm greetings to fellow Tibetans around the world particularly to those in occupied Tibet.

I pay my sincere and heart-felt tribute to our most revered leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, whose vision of a democratic and secular Tibetan society I am fully committed to realizing. Let me begin by acknowledging and celebrating the pivotal role of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is a true democrat and a magnanimous people’s leader.

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Wiesbaden (Germany) - 23 August 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Address to the Plenary Session of the Hesse Parliament

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 16 August 2011

Dharamsala Saddened by Fiery Death in Tibet: Urges China for Restraint

The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply saddened by the death of Tsewang Norbu (Photo: freetibet.org) who died because he had set himself on fire to draw the international community's attention to the worsening crisis in Tibet. This act of desperation is another indication of the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet.

Just as the whole of India was celebrating its freedom and independence from British colonial rule, in mid-noon on 15 August, Tsewang Norbu called the world's attention to the lack of freedom to the Tibetan people. Before setting himself ablaze, Tsewang Norbu distributed leaflets calling for freedom for Tibet and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his people.

Reports coming out of Tibet say that Tsewang Norbu was a monk at the Nyatso Monastery in the county of Tawu in Kardze in Kham in eastern Tibet. At the time of his tragic and fiery death he was 29 years old.

The China's official news agency, Xinhua, confirmed the death on Monday itself. Reports from Tibet say that Chinese armed police have now surrounded Nyatso Monastery. The police have also demanded that the body of Tsewang Norbu be handed over to them.

In view of the Tibetan people's strong feelings of such untimely and tragic death of someone in the prime of life, the CTA urges the Chinese authorities to act with restraint and caution. We feel that any disproportionate reaction to someone who sacrificed himself for his conviction will only inflame an already tense situation. In this connection, the local Chinese authorities restoring the power and water supply to the monastery which have been cut since 6th July the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will help ease the tension.

The Chinese government a month ago issued a white paper on Tibet that outlined China's benefits to the Tibetan people. We strongly urge the Chinese Central authorities that instead of issuing white papers that distort the grim reality in Tibet to review its current disastrous Tibet policy and opt for a policy based on the aspiration of the Tibetan people.

In conclusion, the CTA prays for the soul of the deceased and sends its condolence to the family members of Tsewang Norbu. We strongly urge all Tibetans and especially those in Tawu to follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and teachings on the importance of non-violence.

 


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 12 August 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama consecrates Shedrub Choekhorling at Mont Saléve, France

Hundreds of Tibetans, Mongolians, Swiss and French welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the newly constructed Sherdurb Choekhorling – a Tibetan Buddhist Centre at Mont Saléve, France.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama stopped the car at the beginning of the long line of people. He walked slowly greeting people, and every now and then shaking well wisher’s hands.

Russian Buddhist guest had especially come from Russia for this auspicious event.

Before entering Shedrub Choekhorling’s prayer hall His Holiness, Drepung Gomang Abbot, Chant Master and monks began the consecration prayers.

Sherdurb Choekorling’s name was given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Mr. Raefel Gimalov, member of the Russian Parliament and a businessman built it. The centre is situated in France but just across Geneva border.

In his welcome address, Mr. Gimalov thanked His Holiness for his personal involvement in the construction of the centre. He said one of the main aims of the centre was to help people to get a better understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that he was very happy to be at the centre. Since several centuries ago, some parts of Russia have very close connection with Tibetan tradition. The 13th Dalai Lama further developed this close relationship.

His Holiness said in spite of lots of materialistic development in the 21 Century, yet number of people who are materially very rich and highly educated were not very happy.

Short sightedness and self-centered attitude with the lack of awareness of the destructive nature of certain emotions (anger, hate and jealousy) were the main creators of unhappiness.

He said as human beings we all have the ability to reduce these destructive emotions.

Commenting on the centre’s Shedrub Choekhorling name, His Holiness said Sheba means explanation and knowledge, and Drub means practice. So even a non-believer who has interest about mind or emotion should be able to study to this centre to improve their understanding of the mind and then put it into practice.

During lunch His Holiness the Dalai Lama said faith must be developed on the basis of conviction and thorough reasoning. Otherwise faith is not stable.

The Abbot and five monks from Drepung Monastery had especially come from India for the inauguration and consecration of Shedrub Choekhorling.

Last year, the centre signed an agreement with Drepung Gomang monastery in South India to be associated with the great Tibetan monastery for Buddhist studies. Drepung Gomang has centuries old tradition of association with Mongolian and Russian Buddhist. Today there are over 200 Mongolian and Russian Buddhist monks at the monastery in South India.

 


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 11 August 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrives in Geneva, Switzerland

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Geneva, Switzerland early this morning. The visit’s main program is to inaugurate and consecrate the newly constructed Tibetan Buddhist Centre - Sherdurb Choekorling at Mont Saléve, France tomorrow morning.

Tibetan Community in Geneva, Switzerland welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On arrival in Zurich airport from New Delhi, Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. T.V. Nagendra Prasad, Counsellor from Indian Embassy and Mr. Raefel Gimalov, member of the Russian Parliament and a businessman host of the visit along with Abbot of Tibetan Institute Rikon, Presidents of the Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and Tibetan Women Association, representatives from the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe and Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama while addressing the leaders of the Tibetan community, he extended his greetings to the Tibetan community in Switzerland. He said that Switzerland is the first Tibetan settlement (outside India). His Holiness complimented the Tibetans in Switzerland for their dedication to the Tibetan issue as well as integration into the Swiss Community.

His Holiness said that the present situation in Tibet is very urgent but he was confident that a change for the better would definitely take place.

Over one hundred Tibetans welcomed His Holiness at the hotel in Geneva and offered Droso Chemar to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke about his decision to devolve his formal authority to the elected Tibetan leadership for the long-term benefit of the Tibetan people in a short interview with “TSR” Swiss TV French language channel. He also thanked the people and government of Switzerland for providing refuge to over 4000 Tibetans.

Interview by TSR Swiss TV French language channel

His Holinss the Dalai Lama and Abbot of Drepung Gomang in Geneva

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 8 August 2011

Inaugural Speech Of Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay

My fellow Tibetans:

Today on this auspicious day when Guru Rinpoche, the great Indian yogi who spread Buddhism in Tibet, was born, and in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, our most revered leader, I accept, with deep humility, the post of the Kalon Tripa.

We invoke the spirit and call on the Gods and Goddesses of Tibet to watch over and guide us. My profound gratitude goes out to the overwhelming support of brave men and women in exile, and the enduring solidarity and support of our brave brothers and sisters in occupied Tibet. We are motivated by their support and sustained by their prayers.

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Dharamsala (India) - 6 August 2011

Interview: Test begins for new Tibetan PM in exile

Newly-elected prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, is preparing to officially assume the role on August 8 amid high expectations in the Tibetan exile community - Sangay will be the first premier to take charge since the Dalai Lama's retirement from politics in March.

Sangay, 42, will be sworn in as kalon tripa or chief minister in Dharamsala, India, the seat of the government in exile. The former Harvard law scholar won a massive victory in elections held in March.

Sangay's return to India comes after 16 years spent living in the United States. He was born in a small Tibetan settlement in

Darjeeling, in India's northeast, and later studied in the capital, New Delhi.

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New York (US) - 19 July 2011

Recognize the Kalon Tripa

Granting recognition to Tibet's secular leader could lower tension when the Dalai Lama dies.

By ELLEN BORK

The Chinese government reacted to the Dalai Lama's visit to the White House last Saturday with anger. A spokesman lashed out at the exiled Tibetan leader for his supposedly "anti-China splittist activities." Barack Obama deserves credit for continuing the tradition of U.S. presidents meeting with the Dalai Lama. But maintaining American policy on Tibet will also require Mr. Obama to acknowledge new realities in the Tibetan exile community.

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Dharamsala (India) - 6 July 2011

Kashag's Statement on the Occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Seventy-Sixth Birthday Celebration

On this very auspicious occasion of the seventy-sixth birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Kashag, on behalf of all Tibetans in and outside Tibet, would like to offer our heartfelt greetings and at the same time single-mindedly beseech Your Holiness to remain with us to dispel the suffering of all human beings and especially to guide the Tibetans as long as possible.

Today is a special day not only for the Tibetans but for people all over the world for whom a new champion of world peace was discovered. Taking this opportunity, the Kashag would like to offer our warm greetings to people all over world in general and particularly those who offer their support and stand in solidarity with Tibet and Tibetans.

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 15 June 2011

Governments concerned at the situation in Kirti Monastery

Tenzin Samphel Kayta, speaking on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples, Non-violent Radical Party and International Educational Development, apprises the UNHRC on the grave human rights situation in Tibet

Several governments expressed their concern about the current situation in Kirti Monastery in Ngaba Eastern Tibet during the UN Human Rights Council held discussion under agenda Item 4 which deals with Human rights situations that requires the Council's attention.

A Hungarian delegate on behalf of the European Union said EU is deeply concerned at the deterioration in the human rights situation in China. The EU calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately end arbitrary arrests and disappearances, to clarify the whereabouts of all disappeared persons and to release all of those who have been detained for exercising their right to freedom of expression. The EU also calls on the Chinese authorities to refrain from the use of force in dealing with the situation at the Kirti monastery, and to allow independent observers to the site.

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Dharamsala (India) - 14 June 2011

Kashag Re-appoints Envoys and Representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Secretaries

The Kashag has announced the re-appointment of the incumbent special envoy, envoy and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and secretaries of the departments, as their terms naturally ended with the ratification of the amendment to the charter by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 29 May.

With the complete devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's formal authority to the elected leadership, the constitutional authority to appoint these officials earlier vested with His Holiness is now delegated to the Kashag.

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Wiesbaden (Germany) - 9 June 2011

Pressemitteilung

Besuch des Dalai Lamas vom 22. bis 24. August 2011 in Hessen

Wie der Sprecher der Hessischen Landesregierung, Staatssekretär Michael Bußer, heute mitteilte, wird der Dalai Lama, das geistliche Oberhaupt der Tibeter, auf Einladung des Hessischen Ministerpräsidenten Volker Bouffier und des Präsidenten des Hessischen Landtags, Norbert Kartmann, vom 22. bis 24. August 2011 zu Gast in Hessen sein.

Derzeit ist zunächst ein Besuch im Kloster Seligenstadt vorgesehen. Hier wird der Dalai Lama mit unter anderem Mitgliedern des Hessischen Kabinetts ein Essen einnehmen. Im Anschluss ist eine Fahrt nach Frankfurt geplant, wo er die Goethe-Universität besuchen und dort eine Ansprache halten wird.

Am darauffolgenden Tag besucht der Dalai Lama in Wiesbaden den Hessischen Landtag. Nach einer Begrüßung durch den Landtagspräsidenten wird das geistliche Oberhaupt vor Beginn der Plenarsitzung im Hessischen Landtag eine Rede halten. Ferner steht der Besuch der Johann-Peter-Schäfer-Schule (Schule für Blinde und Sehbehinderte) in Friedberg auf dem offiziellen Programm.

Pressestelle: Staatskanzlei Pressesprecher: Staatssekretär Michael Bußer, Sprecher der Landesregierung Telefon: (0611) 32 39 18, Fax: (0611) 32 38 00 E-Mail: presse@stk.hessen.de

 


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 8 June 2011

China: UN expert body seriously concerned about Tibetan monks reportedly subjected to enforced disappearance

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* on Wednesday voiced its serious concern and urged the Chinese authorities to disclose the fate and whereabouts of all those who have been subject to enforced disappearances in China, including a group of Tibetan monks whose fate or whereabouts still remain unknown.

On 21 April 2011, more than 300 monks of the Ngaba Kirti Monastery, located in Ngaba County, Sichuan Province, were allegedly arrested and taken to unknown destinations in ten military trucks. The arrests were reportedly carried out by agents from the People’s Armed Police, the Public Security Bureau and the People’s Liberation Army.

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 31 May 2011

Kirti situation raised at UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council begun its 17th regular session on 30 May and will continue till 17 June to discuss and address human rights situation around the globe. The UN human rights chief Ms. Navi Pillay presented an annual report updating her office’s activities and then held general debate.

In her statement, High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Pillay, noted the rising demand for fundamental human rights across North Africa and the Middle East. She cited it as a result of the decades of denial of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights as well as right to development. On human rights situation in China, she expressed concern at the increased restriction on freedom of expression and opinion.

During the interactive dialogue on Ms. Pillay's statement, speaking on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples, Mr. Tenzin Samphel KAYTA (Photo) welcomed UN Human Rights chief’s report.

He informed the Council that Chinese authorities is currently cracking down on peaceful protestors in Inner Mongolia. He also updated the UN Human Rights Council the severe clamp down on Ngaba Kirti Monastery since 16 March 2011.

In the plenary session, Mr. Kayta drew attention of the member States and international community on the disappearance of 300 Kirti Monastery monks who had been taken away by the Chinese People Armed Force on the night of 21 April - Easter eve to an undisclosed location. He called upon the UN High Commissioner Ms. Navi Pillay to conduct a fact-finding mission to China including all affected Tibetan areas by seizing upon the invitation she has received from the Chinese Government.

In the run up to the 17th UN Human Rights Council session, the Tibet Bureau has met with over 10 Foreign Mission diplomats based in Geneva, Switzerland to update the latest human rights situation in Tibet particularly in Ngaba Kirti Monastery.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 29 May 2011

Parliament Amends Charter on Devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Formal Authority

The 14th Tibetan Parliament-Exile, after three days of intense deliberation during its additional session, gave its stamp of approval for the devolution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s administrative and political powers to the democratically elected Tibetan leaders.

The Parliament today presented the amendments to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his ratification. After giving his approval, His Holiness will fully vest the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and in particular its democratic leadership organs with the powers and responsibilities formerly held jointly by him and the CTA to represent and serve the whole people of Tibet.

During the additional session from 26 – 28 May, the Parliament approved a new preamble and inherent rights and responsibilities to be assigned to His Holiness the Dalai Lama under Article 1 of the charter.

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Dharamsala (India) - 27 April 2011

Election Commission Announces Final Results of Elections

The Election Commission of the Central Tibetan Administration today declared the final results of the elections of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the third Kalon Tripa directly elected by the Tibetan people in exile.

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Dharmasala (India) - April 2011

Charter Drafting Committee Issues Draft Preamble and Related Article

PREAMBLE

From the time of its founding, commonly placed in the early 2nd Century BC, Tibet has existed as a sovereign nation for almost its entire history. When the Great Fifth Dalai Lama assumed the supreme spiritual and temporal leadership of Tibet in 1642, the Gaden Phodrang government he established became the legitimate government of the whole Tibetan people in the three regions of Tibet. Since then successive Dalai Lamas maintained the spiritual and temporal leadership of Tibet in this manner.

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  read the full draft (in Tibetan)

 


 

Stockholm (Sweden) - 15 April 2011

Appeal by H. H. the Dalai Lama

The current situation prevailing at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet is extremely grim because of the stand-off between the Chinese military forces and the local Tibetans. The monastery, housing approximately 2500 monks, is completely surrounded by Chinese armed forces, who at one point prevented vital food and other supplies from entering the monastic compound.

The local Tibetans fearing that this siege on Kirti Monastery is a prelude to large scale detention of the monks have surrounded the soldiers blockading the monastery and have filled the roads so as to prevent Chinese trucks and vehicles either entering or leaving Kirti.

The local Chinese blockade of Kirti Monastery began on 16 March 2011, when a young Tibetan monk at the monastery tragically set himself on fire as a way of observing the third anniversary of the widespread peaceful protests that shook Tibet in 2008. Instead of putting out the flames, the police beat the young monk which was one of the causes of his tragic death. This act created huge resentment among the monks, which resulted in this massive blockade of Kirti Monastery.

I am very concerned that this situation if allowed to go on may become explosive with catastrophic consequences for the Tibetans in Ngaba.

In view of this I urge both the monks and the lay Tibetans of the area not to do anything that might be used as a pretext by the local authorities to massively crackdown on them.

I also strongly urge the international community, the governments around the world, and the international non-governmental organizations, to persuade the Chinese leadership to exercise restraint in handling this situation.

For the past six decades, using force as the principle means in dealing with the problems in Tibet has only deepened the grievances and resentment of the Tibetan people. I, therefore, appeal to the Chinese leadership to adopt a realistic approach and to address the genuine grievances of the Tibetans with courage and wisdom and to restrain from using force in handling this situation.

The Dalai Lama

April 15, 2011

 


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 11 April 2011

UN expert body expresses concern about the case of the Panchen Lama and arrests in China

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances last Friday expressed its concern on the recent waves of arrest made in China including the case of Panchen Lama.

Highlighting the case of Panchen Lama, the UN press statement said, “A case going back 16 years is that concerning Gedhun Choekyi Nyima known as the 11th Panchen Lama. He disappeared in 1995 when he was six years old. While the Chinese authorities have admitted taking him, they have continually refused to divulge any information about him or his whereabouts, making his case an enforced disappearance. A number of human rights mechanisms including the UN Committee Against Torture, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as well as Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, have all called for his whereabouts to be revealed, to no avail.”

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Dharamsala (India) - 28 March 2011

The Final Outcome of the 11th Session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament held from 14 - 25 March 2011

In his message to the 11th Session of the 14th Assembly of the Tibetan People's Deputies, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, presenting a letter based on sound reason and Tibet's history and reality, said “... amendments to the Charter on this occasion must conform to the framework of a democratic system in which the political leadership is elected by the people for a specific term.” This message was read out on the opening day of the Parliament session on 14 March 2011.

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 9 March 2011

Forced eviction of Tibetans from traditional homes results in urban poverty, says expert

“As people (Tibetan nomads) are moved to urban areas, there is very little primary source of employment resulting in urban poverty,” said Prof. Andrew Fisher, a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague. He is a specialist on issues of population, poverty and social policy, and development economic.

Prof. Fisher (Photo: center) expressed concern for the uprooted nomadic communities from their tradition homes and moved to urban areas during a briefing on the Human Rights Situation in China: Impact of policies on Tibetan Nomads organized by two NGOs at the 16th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday.

“There is also Han Chinese migrants moving to urban areas (in Tibet) where the economic is dominated by the Chinese,” he said. “There is a competition between the two groups for urban employment. The Tibetans have to compete with Chinese migrants.”

Mr. Jamyang Tsetrin Gyaljong (Photo: left on panel), a former political prison from Amdo province in Eastern Tibet said, “The Chinese are forcing a change on traditional way of life of Tibetan nomads without any proper planning for both the older and younger generation.”

The former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Mr. Miloon Kothari said that the forced eviction leads to marginalization especially of children and women. He questioned as to why one particular community suffers more.

On 8 March, the UN Human Rights Council discussed Olivier de Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food's preliminary report issued after visiting China from 15 to 23 December 2010.

The Special Rapporteur report said, “Nomadic herders in the western provinces and autonomous regions, especially in Tibet (Xizang) and Inner Mongolian Autonomous Regions, also face increasing pressure on their access to land.”

The report said that herders should not, as a result of the measures adopted under the tuimu huancao (restore grassland) policy, be put in a situation where they have no other options than to sell their herd and resettle.

During the debate, the European Union expressed its support for the Special Rapporteur's recommendations to the Chinese authorities to engage in meaningful consultations with herding communities, including in order to assess the results of past and current policies, to examine all available options in order to combine the knowledge of the nomadic herders of their territories.

Mr. Tenzin Samphel Kayta speaking on behalf of the Society Threatened Peoples last week drew the attention of the Council about a China's Xinhua News agency report dated 17 January 2011 quoting Mr. Padma Choling, Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet saying that a total of about 300,000 families involving 1.43 million Tibetan nomads and farmers had been moved into new or fixed settlement homes. He further said that some 185,500 families were expected to move into new homes by 2013.

The Hungarian Ambassador Andras Dekany speaking on behalf of EU said on 14 March, “The rights of persons belonging to ethnic and religious minorities, notably in Tibet and Xinjiang, need to be fully respected in accordance with the Chinese constitution and international standards.”

Germany called on “China to guarantee freedom of opinion and express in its minority regions, in particular in Tibet and Xingiang, together with the protection of all human rights it has committed to as an international obligation.”

Mr. Jigme Norbu, an Environmental Researcher from the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala, India expressed Tibetans concern about Tibet’s fragile environment during the briefing.

“Glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau are melting at a rate of 7 per cent annually,” he said. “If the current rate continues 2/3 of the glaciers on the plateau will be gone by 2050. By 2100 all the glaciers will be gone.”

To highlight the concern, he showed pictures the Rongbuk glacier near Mount Everest receding dramatically over the years. Many international environment experts refer Tibet as the Third Pole because of the vast glacier. The Tibetan Plateau has more than 46,000 glaciers and all major 9 Asian rivers starts in Tibet.

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 14 March 2011

Message of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Fourteenth Assembly of the Tibetan People's Deputies

To the members of the Fourteenth Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies,

It is common knowledge that ancient Tibet, consisting of three provinces (Cholkha-sum) was ruled by a line of forty-two Tibetan kings beginning with Nyatri Tsenpo (127 BCE), and ending with Tri Ralpachen (838 CE). Their rule spanned almost one thousand years. During that time, Tibet was known throughout Inner Asia as a powerful nation, comparable in military power and political influence with Mongolia and China. With the development of Tibetan literature, the richness and breadth of the religion and culture of Tibet meant that its civilisation was considered second only to that of India.

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Dharamsala (India) - 10 March 2011

Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10th 2011

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising of 1959 against Communist China’s repression in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and the third anniversary of the non-violent demonstrations that took place across Tibet in 2008. On this occasion, I would like to pay tribute to and pray for those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for the just cause of Tibet. I express my solidarity with those who continue to suffer repression and pray for the well-being of all sentient beings.   [ read more ]

 

Erklärung Seiner Heiligkeit des Dalai Lama zum
52. Jahrestag des tibetischen Nationalaufstands

10. März 2011

Heute begehen wir den 52. Jahrestag des friedlichen Aufstands, mit dem sich das tibetische Volk im Jahre 1959 in der tibetischen Hauptstadt Lhasa gegen die Unterdrückung durch das kommunistische China erhob, und zugleich den dritten Jahrestag der gewaltfreien Demonstrationen, die 2008 überall in Tibet stattfanden. Ich möchte dies zum Anlass nehmen, den tapferen Männern und Frauen, die ihr Leben für die gerechte Sache Tibets geopfert haben, meine Hochachtung auszusprechen und für sie zu beten. Ich erkläre meine Solidarität mit all denen, die nach wie vor unterdrückt werden, und bete für das Wohlergehen aller fühlenden Wesen.  [ weiterlesen ]

 


 

Dharamsala (India) - 10 March 2011

The Statement of Kashag on the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan People’s National Uprising Day

Today is the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan people’s uprising against the Chinese authorities in 1959 and the third anniversary of the peaceful protests throughout Tibet in 2008. On this special occasion, the Kashag would like to pay homage to all the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet, those who are still suffering and particularly we would like to express our solidarity with Tibetan intellectuals such as writers, poets, musicians and environmentalists, who have been arrested and incarcerated in recent years. We praise their courage and conviction.

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Rome (Italy) - 10 March 2011

Rome’s Mayor support His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s call for fact finding missions to Tibet

Rome, 11 March: The Mayor of Rome Mr. Giovanni Alemanno endorsed His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s call for independent international fact finding missions to access the true situation in Tibet.

The Tibetan Community in Italy organised the 52nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day at Ara Pacis Auditorium in Rome yesterday. Over 20 Tibet related organisations including the Tibet Group in the Italian Parliament supported in organising the event. The City of Rome, Provincial and Regional Government of Rome were the Patrons of the event.

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 9 March 2011

There is no improvement of human rights in Tibet says ex-prisoner

“There is no improvement of human rights in Tibet,” said Mr. Jampa Monlam (Photo 1st right), Assistant Director, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy based in Dharamsala, India.

He gave a testimony on the human rights situation in Tibet at a briefing organised by Human Right Watch on the human rights situation in China. The briefing took place during the UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva. The other key speaker was Ms. Sophie Richardson, Advocacy Director Asia Division of Human Rights Watch

Ms. Richardson said China continues to violate the basic human rights. She said that top of the list was disappearance – denying individuals being held by security forces.

The Asian Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch said that the mass arrest that followed after the 2008 uprising in Tibet by the Chinese security forces had gone un-noticed. The Chinese authorities showed profound disrespect for Tibetans way of life.

Mr. Monlam said he was speaking as a former political prisoner who was tortured during five years and six months imprisonment. He was first arrested in 1987 and on two other occasions for taking part in demonstrations in Lhasa.

“To maintain stability, the Chinese authorities in Tibet are using every means of force to create stability,” he said. “In the monasteries, there is no religious freedom.”

Mr. Monlam said that while the Chinese prisoners are allowed to hire lawyers, the same right is denied to Tibetans. He said this shows nationality discrimination. Also while the Chinese people are allowed to listen to Radio Free Asia, Tibetans in Tibet are forbidden.

“We are not against the Chinese government or people but want the world to know the true situation in Tibet. I have spent half of my life in Tibet,” he said.

There are over 500 Tibetans missing and 831 known political prisoners in Tibet today.

About 50 people including representatives from 18 Foreign Missions to the UN attended the briefing.

In July 2010 Human Rights Watch released “I saw it with my own eyes: Abuses by Chinese security forces in Tibet, 2008 -2010” report. It documented that subsequent crackdown that followed after the 2008 uprising across Tibet. The report was based on more than 200 interviews with Tibetan refugees and visitors conducted immediately after they left China.

The report details through eyewitness testimonies, a broad range of abuses committed by security forces both during and after protest incidents, including using disproportionate force in breaking up protests, proceeding to large-scale arbitrary arrests, brutalizing detainees, and torturing suspects in custody.

The report decisively refutes the Chinese government’s claim that it handled the protests in line with international standards and domestic laws. The report details the Chinese government’s own sources - the official willingness to use lethal force against unarmed protestors.

 


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 8 March 2011

UN discusses Special Rapporteur’s China report

The UN Human Rights Council 16th session discussed Olivier de Schutter, the Special Rapporteur on the right to food's China report today. The Special Rapporteur’s preliminary report issued after visiting China from 15 to 23 December 2010 expressed concern regarding the marginalisation of Nomadic herders in Tibet.

The report highlighted “Nomadic herders in the western provinces and autonomous regions, especially in the Tibet (Xizang) and Inner Mongolian Autonomous Regions, also face increasing pressure on their access to land.”

The Special Rapporteur recommended the Chinese authorities that herders should not, as a result of the measures adopted under the tuimu huancao (“removing animals to grow grass”) policy, be put in a situation where they have no other options than to sell their herd and resettle.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights prohibits depriving any people from its means of subsistence, and the Convention on Biological Diversity (1992) acknowledges the importance of indigenous communities as guarantors and protectors of biodiversity. China has ratified both of these instruments. The Special Rapporteur encouraged the Chinese authorities to engage in meaningful consultations with the herding communities.

The European Union expressed its support for the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations to the Chinese authorities “to engage in meaningful consultations with herding communities, including in order to assess the results of past and current policies, to examine all available options in order to combine the knowledge of the nomadic herders of their territories.”

The EU asked the Special Rapporteur what measures could be taken to effectively promote adequate forms of public participations in decision-making.

Mr. Tenzin Samphel (Photo) Kayta speaking on behalf of the Society Threatened Peoples made reference to the 2006 International Conference on Poverty Reduction and the Important Role for International Cooperation in Sichuan Province, China. International development agencies at the conference said that Tibetan nomads had been coercively removed, excluded from their rangelands and made to settle in rows of houses in rigid lines from the watershed, with no livelihoods, little compensation and nothing to do but watch television.

He drew the attention of the Council and the Special Rapporteur on the right to food that China’s Xinhua News agency report dated 17 January 2011 quoting Mr. Padma Choling, Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet saying that a total of about 300,000 families involving 1.43 million Tibetan nomads and farmers had been moved into new or fixed settlement homes. He further said that some 185,500 families were expected to move into new homes by 2013.

“Since the very survival of Tibetan nomad’s traditional way of life and livelihood is at stake, we would like to urge Special Rapporteur to pay close attention on this issue and urge the Special Rapporteur to request a follow-up visit which include schedule to see those affected Tibetan nomads. We are, of course, disappointed that the Special Rapporteur was not able to visit Tibetan areas of present-day China,” said Mr. Kayta during his oral statement to the Human Rights Council.

 


 

Zurich (Switzerland) - 20 February 2011

Kalon Tripa addresses Tibetans and Tibet Supporters in Zurich

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche arrived in Zurich, Switzerland on 18 February evening. The Tibetan Swiss Friendship Association and the Tibetan Community in Liechtenstein and Switzerland invited Kalon Tripa.

On 19 February morning, the council members of the Tibetan Youth Association in Europe called on Kalon Tripa at the hotel. They thanked Kalon Tripa for his many years of dedicated service to the Tibetan issue. They briefed him of their activities in creating awareness about the Tibetan Elections, Tibetan language classes for their own members and other political activities.

“You all are doing tremendous work for the Tibetan issue. I appreciate your great motivation and determination,” he said.

In the afternoon, Kalon Tripa addressed Tibetan Swiss Friendship Association’s Annual General Body meeting in Zurich.

“I take this opportunity to express our gratitude on behalf of 6 million people of Tibet to all of you and through you to the international community in general and people of Switzerland in particular,” said Kalon Tripa. “Switzerland was the first Western country to invite a large number of Tibetan refugees for resettlement and these settlers have been the happiest among the Tibetan Diaspora... We will never forget the kindness of Swiss people and government for their help offered when we were badly in need of it.”

Then he spoke about the democratic system practiced by the Tibetans in exile and contribution of the Tibet Support Groups’ to the Tibetan struggle and their relevance in the future.

The Tibetan Swiss Friendship Association was established in 1983 to foster closer relationship between the growing Tibetan Community and the Swiss people.

Kalon Tripa addressed a packed hall of Tibetan Community in Liechtenstein and Switzerland members on 20 February morning.

In his opening address, Kalon Tripa thanked the Tibetan community on behalf of the Kashag for their support. He said that the Tibetan diaspora were living in about 55 countries across the world. As the Tibetan Community in Switzerland is largest in Europe, Kalon Tripa said that the community has a greater responsibility and role in the Tibetan issue.

He emphasized the importance of the younger generation speaking Tibetan language. He said that parents have a big role to play in ensuring their children speak Tibetan language and learn Tibetan culture.

At the same time, he said he personally knows many Tibetans who don’t speak Tibetan language, but are very patriotic and dedicated to the Tibetan issue. However, he said able to speak Tibetan is an added advantage.

The question and answer session covered Sino-Tibetan dialogue, Dhanglang Chatrel, Tibetan Communities, financial and education affairs of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Over 450 Tibetans listened to Kalon Tripa initial address for about 20 minutes and followed by one and half ours of questions and answer session.

Kalon Tripa with members of the Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein

Kalon Tripa with member of the board of Tibetan Youth Association in Europa

President and Vice-President of Tibetan Community Switzerland & Liechtenstein offerin Khatak to Kalon Tripa

  


 

Geneva (Switzerland) - 9 March 2011

Endwahlen zum Tibetischen Parlament im Exil und Kalon Tripa

Final election of Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Kalon Tripa

Öffnungszeiten der lokalen Wahlbüros in der Schweiz am 20. März 2011:

Opening hours of local polling stations in Switzerland on 20 March 2011:

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Berlin (Germany) - 18 February 2011

Kalon Tripa thanks Tibetans and Tibet supporters in Berlin

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche yesterday evening addressed the Tibetan community and the Tibet Supporters in Berlin.

“Very dear friends of Tibet,” said Kalon Tripa in his opening address. He then expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Kashag for their support. He requested them to continue their support for Tibet.

He said that the situation in the world is changing very fast – referring to the recent changes in the Arab world. “The Chinese totalitarian regime cannot remain forever. It is against the law of nature. When positive changes come to China, then definitely Tibetan people will get freedom,” he said.

It was difficult to predict, he said. But looking at the speed of changes taking place in Mainland China, the dream of freedom for all the people of People’s Republic of China is not far.

In response to a question on sustaining the patriotism amongst the younger generation of Tibetans, Kalon Tripa said “we see more enthusiasm among the youth than the elder people. This is amazing.”

The Tibetans below 50 years in Tibet have never seen His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s old culture. According to China, these Tibetans were raised under the blessing of the Red Flag. But in spite of that they have more devotion and faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to the traditional Tibetan culture.

“If you analysis the uprising in 2008 in Tibet, more than 80 percent who participated in the demonstrations were below 40, the younger generation,” Kalon Tripa said.

In the West, “We do have few Tibetan youths who do not speak even Tibetan language but they are more enthusiastic to participate in the Tibetan movement and do every bit for regaining freedom of Tibet. Their patriotism and their arch for regaining freedom are not less than the other generation if not better. This is my experience from working with the Tibetans,” said Kalon Tripa.

Tibetans waiting at Berlin Airport for Arrival of Kalon Tripa

Kalon Tripa greeting Tibetans at the Berlin Airport

 


 

Berlin (Germany) - 17 February 2011

The Tibetan people have to manage themselves

The Tibetan people have to manage themselves without His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s patronage said Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche today during a round table discussion with journalist in Berlin.

“Better to face the reality now. Tibetans will have to face it sooner or later,” he said.

During a media interview last November in New Delhi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his wish to retire from political life. His Holiness further said that he will ask the forthcoming session of the Tibetan Parliament in March to debate on the issue.

Dharamsala has received hundreds of letters and appeals from Tibetans all over the world. In early January, the Standing Committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile requested His Holiness not to retire and continue to lead the Tibetan people.

When the issue is debated in the Tibetan Parliament, Kalon Tripa said he will speak in favour of Tibetan people’s wishes as he was directly elected by the Tibetan people. But as the head of the Kashag, he will have to speak on His Holiness’ behalf.

Since the establishment of the Ganden Phodrang Government of Tibet by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1642, successive Dalai Lamas have been the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. There is an extraordinary bond between the Dalai Lamas and the Tibetan people.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama established the Tibetan Parliament in exile in 1960. For the first time in history, the Tibetan people directly elected the Kalon Tripa in 2001. Since then His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been saying he is “semi retired.”

Speaking on the forthcoming Tibetan elections, Kalon Tripa said the Tibetan people’s participation and awareness was much higher. He said that the future role of the Kalon Tripa will becomes more important given His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recent statement.

When asked to comment on the present situation inside Tibet he said, “The situation inside Tibet today is very serious. 2008 peaceful uprising was forcefully repressed. This repressive measure continues. Tibetans and other minorities are in constant fear. Detention and disappearance are order of the day. Tibetan poets and writers are under attack.”

He expressed his admiration for the younger generation of Tibetans. “They have the greatest patience and determination,” he said. Only a small percentage of the youth talk about violence but so far, no individual have advocated violence.

“Our commitment to non-violence is not a strategy,” said Kalon Tripa. “It is our principle and faith.”

When asked why the Tibetan issue was more popular than other movements, he gave three reasons:

  1. His Holiness the Dalai Lama – a charismatic leader
  2. Non-violence – strong commitment
  3. Tibetan spiritual culture – day to day relevance to people

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche was invited to Germany by the Tibet Initiative Deutschland, the oldest Tibet Support Group in Germany. He said that the visit also provides him an opportunity to thank people for their support for the Tibetan issue. He said Germany is one of the most important countries.

 


 

Berlin (Germany) - 14 February 2011

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message for Cinema for Peace anniversary

The Cinema for Peace Gala 2011 took place at Berlin’s historic Konzerthaus on 14 February 2011.

For its 10th anniversary celebration, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was the Patron of the Cinema for Peace Gala 2011.

Mr Jaka Bizilj, founder and chairman Cinema for Peace Foundation in his address said, “I want to thank our Patron of today’s Cinema for Peace Gala, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is not with us but he has sent a letter.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message said, “I congratulate Cinema for Peace for its ten years of dedicated service in utilizing the powerful film media to raise public awareness of social problems. Film and arts greatly impact our world and our view of the world. They have the responsibility as well as the opportunity to contribute in changing the world for the better.”

The message further emphasised, “I have maintained that the news media personal should be like elephants with long trunks, with which they can smell politicians, businesspeople and other personalities equally well from the front and behind. When they catch wind of something, then they must report on it honestly and objectively.”

Finally, His Holiness expressed his appreciation to the Cinema for Peace for its strong support for the Tibetan case, which he said is also support for justice in the world.

During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s last visit to Berlin in May 2008, the Tibet Initiative Deutschland, the oldest Tibet Support Group in Germany organised a solidarity rally for Tibet in front at the Brandenburger gate on 19 May 2009. His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke at the rally - over 25,000 people were present.

The Cinema for Peace’s Committee member actress Katja Riemann took part at that rally with other celebrities and political representatives for supporting free press and human rights in Tibet and standing up for solidarity with the Tibetans peoples. During its 2011 gala, it presented an award to Ngawang Choephel’s film “Tibet in Song”.

Since 2002 the Cinema for Peace has been a worldwide initiative, promoting humanity through film while inviting members of the international film community to attend the annual Cinema for Peace Award-Gala-Night during the Berlin International Film Festival.

 


 

Dharamsala (Indien) - January 2011

Wahlkommission veröffentlicht Biografien der Chitue- und Kalon Tripa-Kandidaten (tibetisch)

Election Commission publishes bio-data of Chitue- and Kalon Tripa candidates (tibetan)

 

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 31 January 2011

The spirit of Tibet is strong

The spirit of Tibet is strong despite the massive clamp down on the Tibetan people by the Chinese authorities in Tibet, said Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative based in Geneva, Switzerland.

He addressed a seminar on the current situation in Tibet organised by the Associazione Italia-Tibet in Forli town near Bologna, Italy. Associazione Italia-Tibet was established in 1988 and is a pan Italian Tibet Support Group.

Italian China expert Ms. Renata Pisu and other experts on Tibetan culture and religion addressed the seminar.

Mr. Chhoekyapa said that the human rights situation in Tibet is deteriorating. Seven Tibetans were sentenced to death since March 2008 with two already executed and 12 Tibetans have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) Annual Report 2010: Human Rights Situation in Tibet said that there are 831 known political prisoners in Tibet. 188 Tibetans have been arrested and detained in 2010. Since 2008, over 60 Tibetan writers, bloggers, intellectuals and cultural figures have been arrested.

Last October thousands of Tibetan students protested against the proposed changes in education system by the Qinghai government that all lessons and textbooks should be in Chinese language in primary schools by 2015 except Tibetan and English language classes.

He said despite these tragic developments in Tibet, the Tibetan People's determination to fight for their rights and for preservation of the Tibetan culture is very strong and alive.

"However, we are not seeking independence or separation from China," said Mr. Chhoekyapa. "We want genuine autonomy so that we Tibetans can preserve our religion, culture and language."

Mr. Chhoekyapa was also invited to address the Associazione Italia-Tibet annual meeting. He thanked the members for their continued support. He said that their support gives hope and strength to the Tibetan issue. He briefed the assembly about His Holiness the Dalai Lama's recent statement expressing his desire to retire from political duties and the forthcoming Tibetan elections to elect Kalon Tripa and members of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

He said the Tibetans both in Tibet and in exile were using of Facebook, Youtube and other modern technologies to reach out to the world and to the Chinese people in China.

 


 

Sarnath (India) - 13 January 2011

Kalon Tripa tells Tibetans inside Tibet not to worry about His Holiness' retirement

Kalon Tripa Prof Samdhong said Thursday Tibetans living inside Tibet should not worry about His Holiness the Dalai Lama's retirement plan, saying "His Holiness had clearly said he would continue to work for the cause of Tibet".

Kalon Tripa was speaking to a large gathering of over 1,800 Tibetans who have come from Tibet to receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings in Sarnath.

Kalon Tripa said His Holiness the Dalai Lama had spoken about taking complete retirement from the administrative work of the Central Tibetan Administration in exile in March this year. The Tibetans living inside Tibet expressed their deep concerns over his remarks, he added.

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently clarified his statement on retirement during his visit to Sikkim and Kalimpong. He made it clear that except some changes in his day to day administrative obligations, he would never dis-associate from the Tibetan people as 99 percent of them pin their hope and faith in him. He said he would continue to work for the cause of Tibet,” Kalon Tripa said.

 
 

 

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