Our Tibet Lobby Day ripples continue! A strong statement for Tibet was made in Parliament on March 10, 2011, the 52nd anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, by MP for Longeuil – Pierre-Boucher, Jean Dorion, with whom we met on Tibet Lobby Day. And to add to this great news, Students for a Free Tibet was also mentioned in his statement:
Jean Dorion Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, QC
Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to say that I participated today in the commemoration of the 52nd anniversary of the uprising of the Tibetan people in Lhasa, organized by the association Students for a Free Tibet. Those events in Lhasa were followed by China’s repressive measures, forcing the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibetans, to seek exile in India. According to the Tibetan government in exile, these events resulted in the deaths of 87,000 Tibetans who were victims of their religious convictions and their national pride.
For 52 years now, Tibet has tried unsuccessfully to regain some measure of autonomy. The cultural fabric of the “roof of the world” is weakening. Tibet’s history books have been rewritten and the Tibetan language is no longer taught in secondary schools.
It is time to adopt a comprehensive approach that takes into account the interests of all parties involved, rather than taking one side or the other, so that Tibet may achieve real autonomy within China, as requested by the Dalai Lama.
Now that federal election season is upon us, we hope you’ll take this opportunity to ask candidates in your riding what they can do for Tibet! To see what Canadian Parliamentarians have said about Tibet in the past, check out Open Parliament’s website.