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UK MPs to meet the Dalai Lama and visit Tibetan Parliament in Dharamsala, India 1-5 October, 2007

October 6, 2007

A delegation of British MPs fly out to India on Saturday 29 September to
visit the Tibetan Parliament in exile, Dharamsala, India as part of an
exchange programme facilitated by the Tibet Society. During the visit,
meetings will be held with the Dalai Lama and Professor Samdhong
Rinpoche, Prime Minister to the Tibetan Government in Exile. The MPs
will also attend a sitting of the Tibetan parliament and meet Tibetan
MPs. The Dalai Lama is visiting the UK in May 2008 and will be visiting
Westminster at the invitation of the All Party Parliamentary Group for
Tibet and the Tibet Society.
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Notes to editors
Further information contact Philippa Carrick on apgt@btinternet.com.
Mobile UK: 07941 105485; India: +91 9811 070577
MPs in the delegation
Harry Cohen, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet and
sits on the Tibet Society’s Council
Norman Baker, President of the Tibet Society & Vice Chair of the APPGT
Fabian Hamilton, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and sits
on the Tibet Society’s Council
Richard Younger-Ross, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Julie Morgan, Member of the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee


Tibet Society of the UK support for UK/Tibetan Parliament in exile
parliamentary exchange programme
An important area of the Tibet Society’s work is to support Tibetan
democracy and facilitate opportunities for Tibetans to advocate directly
to UK opinion formers and parliamentarians. To further this objective,
the Society hosted and arranged a visit by six Tibetan MPs from the
Tibetan parliament in exile to visit Westminster in July 2007. Following
on from the success of this, the five UK MPs are now visiting
Dharamsala. The overall purpose of this visit is to provide an in depth
induction in the achievements of the Tibetan government in exile and be
fully appraised of the current situation and issues facing Tibet and
Tibetans today.

Objectives of visit by British Parliamentarians to the Tibetan
Parliament in Exile
* To learn first hand of the realities of the Tibetan situation (NB. Two
members of the delegation have been to Tibet as rapporteurs on behalf of
the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in 2005)
* To share parliamentary experience and strengthen the links between the
two parliaments
* To discuss ways in which they and their colleagues can give additional
support to Tibet’s non-violent campaign for freedom and self-determination.
* To learn first hand about the current progress of the China/Tibet
discussions between the Chinese government and representatives of the
Dalai Lama.
NB. It is noted there are reports of rising suppression in Tibet despite
pledges given by the Chinese Government on improving human rights and
media freedoms inside China when awarded the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


Background information on the MPs in the delegation

Harry Cohen
Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet and sits on the
Tibet Society’s Council Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, London since 1983. Harry has been
chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet since 2005 and
holds a number of other posts including chairing the Sub-Committee for
Economic Co-operation and Convergence with Central and Eastern Europe,
being a member of the UK Delegation to North Atlantic Assembly,
Vice-chair of the All-Party Landmine Eradication Group and Secretary to
the Race and Community Group. He also sits on the Work and Pensions
Select Committee. His political areas of interest are defence, equality,
health, transport, ecology and conservation, animal rights. Countries of
interest are Middle East, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Tibet.
Norman Baker President of the Tibet Society & Vice Chair of the APPGT
Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, Sussex since 1997. Norman is currently
the Lib Dem Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the
Duchy of Lancaster, having previously been shadow Secretary of State for
the Environment and Rural Affairs. He has actively been involved in
Tibet for many years and has been Vice-Chair for the All Party
Parliamentary Group since 2001. He is also Chair for the Environment
Group and Flood Prevention Group and secretary to the Animal Welfare
Group. His political areas of interest are civil liberties and the
environment. Countries of interest are Tibet and Sweden. Norman is well
known for speaking out for those who cannot represent themselves and
using his position as an MP to highlight issues he feels passionately
about. He is highly regarded and well respected within political circles
in the UK.

Fabian Hamilton
Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee and sits on the Tibet
Society’s Council Labour MP for Leeds North East, Yorkshire since 1997. Fabian has been a
member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee since 2001 and was one of
five MPs who visited Tibet in May 2006 and contributed to the Foreign
Affairs Select Committee’s report on East Asia (China) published in
August 2006. He also sits on Quadripartite (Committees on Strategic
Export Controls) and is involved in a number of All Party Groups, being
Chair of the Business Services Group, Prison Health Group, Civil
Contingency Group and Hospice and Palliative Care Group and treasurer to
the France and Iceland groups and Parliamentarians for Global Action.
His political areas of interest are education, transport, small
businesses, anti-racism, international development and relations,
alternative fuels and holocaust education. Countries of interest are
Middle East, Europe, Southern Africa, Caribbean, Indian sub-continent,
Cyprus, Tibet, Kashmir, Turkey and Iran.

Richard Younger-Ross
Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Richard Younger Ross has been Liberal Democrat MP for Teignbridge in
Devon in the south west of the UK since 2001. In the Liberal Democrats’
Shadow Cabinet reshuffle in 2006, he was appointed Shadow Minister for
Culture, Media and Sport, having previously been a Shadow Government
Whip. Since 2005, Richard has been a member of the Foreign Affairs and
European Scrutiny select committees. Representing the former, he was one
of five MPs who visited Tibet in May 2006 and contributed to the Foreign
Affairs Select Committee’s report on East Asia (China) published in
August 2006. Richard is also a member of the Select Committee on the
House of Commons and is vice chair or treasurer for a number of
parliamentary groups including Architecture and Planning Group, Women in
Science, Engineering and Design, Iraq Group, Cider Group, Nigeria Group
and Venezuela Group. His political areas of interest are economy, trade
and industry. Countries of interest are USA, Kurdistan and Iraq.

Julie Morgan
Member of the Constitutioal Affairs Select Committee
Labour MP for Cardiff North in south Wales since 1997. Former member of
the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, Julie is currently a member of the
Constitutional Affairs and Public Administration Select Committees and
chair of the Welsh Group of Labour MPs. She also chairs the following
All Party Groups: Sex Equality, Children in Wales, Gypsy and Traveller
Law Reform, Tuberculosis. Julie is a member of the Transport and General
Workers Union and was a founder member of the Welsh Refugee Council. She
was also a founder member of the Women's Arts Association and is the
chair of Cardiff's Domestic Violence Forum. Her political areas of
interest are equal opportunities, social services, childcare. Countries
of interest are Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Iran, India and Kenya.


Philippa Carrick
Chief Executive Officer

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