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Monday, 8 April 2013

Tears of Tibet: A Seminar at European Parliament

DHARAMSHALA: In view of the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet, MEPs from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) will host a seminar titled “Tears of Tibet” at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday (10 April). The conference will assess the impacts of Chinese policies on human rights and the environment in Tibet, and the role of Europe Union.
“Tensions between the local Tibetans and the Chinese state have increased since the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese rule in 2008. Up to now we have unfortunately not seen any significant signs that the Chinese state is looking to achieve a genuine peace settlement,” ALDE said. Since 2009, over 114 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet calling for freedom for Tibetans and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland.

ALDE said the conference aims to review EP action for a peaceful solution and to discuss how to change the approach/strategy in order to help the Tibetan people. It expressed its belief that the EU should have a stronger role in trying to solve the growing tension in Tibet. 

“From the feedback that we have received from different NGOs that represent Tibetan interest, this conference has had an enormous effect and upheld hope for a better future for the Tibetan communities,” it added.

MEP Kristiina Ojuland will give the welcome address and introduction.
Ms Kate Saunders, Director of Communications, International Campaign for Tibet, will give a presentation on ICT’s latest report on self-immolations “Storm in the Grasslands: Self-immolations in Tibet and Chinese policy”.

Ms Katia Buffetrille, an ethnologist and Tibetologist, will speak on “Focus on self-immolations and freedom of religion from a human rights perspective”.
Mr Roy Strider, Estonian writer, human rights and social justice activist, will speak on “Focus on the dangers and radicalisation in the Tibetan struggle for independence”.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative Mr Ngodup Dorjee will speak on Tibet’s environmental issues.
.tibet.net
April 8, 2013 11:09 pm
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