Tibetan Prime Minister Dr Lobsang Sangay recently stated that the suffering of the Tibetan people is real and that the international community must take cognizance of that fact. Dr Lobsang Sangay is currently on his three-nation tour of Europe; he is addressing government officials and Tibetan communities on his tour.
The Tibet Post reported that the Prime Minister met with Senators from the National Assembly of France, a meeting which was called by Senator Michel Raison. Speaking about the 1988 Strasbourg Proposal, Dr Lobsang Sangay said that France gave birth to exile Tibet’s Middle Way approach and urged the senators to render their support to the Tibetan freedom struggle.
Dr Sangay also stressed how self-immolations have increased rapidly in Tibet, the number being 151. He said that despite repeated appeals from the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), many Tibetans are resorting to immolation which highlights the need for the Chinese government in Tibet intervene and resolve the issue amicably.
The Prime Minister also spoke about the Chinese destruction of ancient Tibetan institutions like the Larung Gar and the Yanchen Gar which sparked international outrage before it was demolished. He said that the United Nations and the International Community, likewise, should realise the suffering of the Tibetan people are real as are the tragedies.
“Tibetan language serves as repository of the teachings of Buddha, and it is important we continue the Tibetan language as a bridge in learning, understanding and analyzing of Buddhism the way that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has called for,” Dr Lobsang Sangay told the Tibetan communities in France to send their kids to weekly Tibetan classes.
He also urged the Tibetan communities in France to take active participation in the election concerning their Tibetan community and also urged them to be active members of their Tibetan community.