This week, Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo stood up for all Tibetans by sending condolences to the Tibetan people, stating that the earthquake took place in Eastern Tibet, and not Western China. She also acknowledged and supported the letter sent by Tibetans from the earthquake zone, asking His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit the earthquake zone. Hers has been one of the strongest statements regarding the earthquake so far from a politician. To see her statement, please see the video below:
To send a letter thanking Cheri for standing up for Tibet, you can contact her here:
Cheri DiNovo, MPP
Room 160, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A5
To write to your own MP and ask them to stand up for Tibet, please see the sample letter below:
Member of Parliament
House of Commons
Dear [MP’s name],
As a member of the [Tibetan community and/or Students for a Free Tibet [chapter]] I am writing to express my concern for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Kyegundo in eastern Tibet (China: Jiegu or Yushu, Qinghai Province) on April 14th. According to media sources, over 2,000 people have been killed, more than 12,000 injured and 100,000 people are now homeless.
In recent days, Tibetans from the earthquake zone have sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, requesting them to allow the Dalai Lama to visit Kyegundo – where the population is more than 97% Tibetan. The Dalai Lama himself has expressed his desire to go there to offer prayers and provide support to those suffering.
As I am sure you are aware, Tibetans revere the Dalai Lama as their spiritual and political leader. In fact, the Dalai Lama himself was born in this part of eastern Tibet now called Qinghai province of China.
As the rightful leader of the Tibetan people, and one of the most respected global leaders of our time, the Dalai Lama has every right to be with his people in their hour of need. I ask that you raise this issue with your colleagues in the House of Commons, and do everything in your power to support the Dalai Lama’s desire to visit the earthquake zone.
Furthermore, please call on Prime Minister Harper to issue a statement of condolence to the Dalai Lama as the rightful leader of the Tibetan people affected by this terrible earthquake.
This is just a sample letter, so feel free to edit it however you like.
To find your MP, you can go here: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC
To see the letter written by the Tibetans from the earthquake zone, you can go here: http://blog.studentsforafreetibet.org/2010/04/tibet-quake-update/
Hopefully this momentum keeps growing and we can get more policy makers to stand up for Tibet and speak up for the voiceless inside Tibet.
Although this situation has been made worse by politics on China’s part, this isn’t just a matter of politics; it’s a matter of humanity.