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Tibetan PM in exile launches new video on self-immolation

Posted on Dec 05, 09:46PM | UNI

The Tibetan Govt In Exile here expressed satisfaction over the response its Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay received from the Tibetan Community all over the World for his call given on March 10, 2012 for making 2012 a Tibet Lobby year.

Dr Sangay said this while addressing a press conference here today after launching a new video on self-immolation, a microsite, and Facebook page to mobilise the international community which must not remain an idle bystander.

He said his call for year of lobbying for Tibet had received a great success as Tibet resolutions found place in Parliaments and Congress in EU, France, Italy and the United States; and supportive statements by parliamentarians in Australia, Brazil, Canada, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, South Africa, the United States and others.

He said Tibet Central Administration (TCA) expresses deep appreciation to the United Nations and various governments and parliaments for their attention to the deteriorating situation in Tibet, and welcomes the recent statements of Ms Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Gary Locke, the US Ambassador to China Tibetan Central Association also thanked organisations like Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, US Congressional Executive Commission on China, etc for their reporting on Tibet.

He said, "Let us build on the successful lobbying efforts of 2012 by launching a Solidarity with Tibet Campaign in 2013." TCA said, "despite our repeated appeals to refrain from drastic actions, the wave of self-immolations continues in Tibet with over 92 Tibetans having set themselves on fire to date-79 in 2012, including 28 in November alone. The Chinese government has responded with more repressive measures. The Central Tibetan Administration maintains its steadfast efforts to make the current situation in Tibet known to the global community including community/political leaders, opinion makers, friends in the media, and people who believe in justice." In keeping with this effort, Governments, international bodies, human rights organisations and individuals can make a difference by intensifying their efforts to raise public awareness about the dire situation in Tibet and urge the Chinese government to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue, TCA said. The self-immolators have been calling for the return of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to Tibet and restoration of freedom for Tibetans, it added.