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Parliamentary roundtable generates momentum for Tibet in Canada

April 27, 2015

Canada Tibet Committee, April 23, 2015 - A special roundtable discussion entitled "Building Momentum for Tibet” took place yesterday on Canada’s Parliament Hill.  The event marked the annual day of action organized by Tibet groups in Canada in collaboration with the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet.

Seventeen Members of Parliament took part in the roundtable discussion representing each of Canada’s political parties.  The event featured an opportunity for MPs to meet over lunch with members of the Canadian-Tibetan community from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. 

Guest speakers included former Kalon and member of the Taskforce on Sino-Tibet Negotiations, Mr. Tashi Wangdi, who provided an overview of the Middle Way Approach, the challenges it faces, and current efforts to renew the stalled dialogue with China.  Mr. Matteo Mecacci, President of Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet, briefed MPs about various legislative initiatives in the US and Europe.  Mr. Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada concluded the formal presentations with analysis of the broader human rights context in China.   Speakers also offered their views on China's latest "white paper on Tibet" released April 14, 2015.

During the open discussion, a number of suggestions for promoting the Tibetan cause in Canada’s parliament were proposed and MPs committed to pursuing a non-partisan, multi-party approach to the issue.  A final report will be written.

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