New Delhi, 22 October, 2011: In solidarity with the recent incidents of self-immolations in and around Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County, Sichuan Province, Tibet; Tibetan Parliament in exile launched Tibetan Solidarity Movement on 12 October.
On 13 October, a delegation of TPiE members led by Speaker, Mr. Penpa Tsering and Deputy Speaker, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel lobbied Indian Government officials, political party leaders and 17 foreign embassies based in New Delhi, India.
Tibetan Solidarity Movement’s Call for Action:
1. Strongly urge the People’s Republic of China to respect the fundamental right of the Tibetans to freely practice their religion. 2. Strongly urge People’s Republic of China to review its existing policies in Tibet in order to have a truly harmonious society. 3. Appeal to International governments and the United Nations to call on China to genuinely uphold the international human rights standards. 4. Call on China to allow international independent fact-finding delegations and media to visit Tibet and in particular Kirti Monastery. 5. Call on China to completely withdraw Chinese military presence from the Kirti Monastery. Call on China to clarify the condition and whereabouts of Lobsang Kalsang(age18), Lobsang Konchok (19), Kelsang Wangchuk(17) and Norbu Damdul (19).
TPiE led a four day mass solidarity movement on 18th October with a 24 hr fast by 35 members of Tibetan Parliament in exile. More than 1000 monks and nuns joined the fast and led a prayer sessions throughout the day. Several Indian supporters also joined the fast and expressed their solidarity with the movement. Former MP and Tibet supporter Kiran Rijiju reiterated his commitment in working for Tibet and said that it was in India’s interest to resolve the Tibet issue.
At 3.00 pm, TPIE Speaker, Mr. Penpa Tsering held a press conference attended by scores of media persons. News reporters of the following media were present at the conference: AFP, Reuters, German Radio Network, Spanish News Agency, Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Asian Age, Tribune, UCA news, Amar Ujala. In addition reporters from Tibetan media were also present there.
19 October, 9.00 am, the Tibetans who came to participate in the movements from the different corners of India and Nepal gathered at Rajghat and took part in the inter-faith prayer for Tibet wherein religious leaders from seven different faiths: Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Islam, Hindu and Bahai were present. More than 1500 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns led the mass rally of above 3000 Tibetans from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar.