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Dalai Lama to give rights 'evidence' in Britain

May 15, 2008

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
May 14, 2008

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) — The Dalai Lama will give "evidence" on
human rights issues to a British parliamentary panel this month, his
office said Wednesday, after repeated accusations of violations by
China in Tibet.

The announcement came as the Dalai Lama prepared to leave later
Wednesday on a tour of Germany, Britain, the United States, Australia
and France.

The Tibetan spiritual leader's office in this northern Indian town
announced that the British parliament's foreign affairs committee had
made a request for the Dalai Lama to give "oral evidence" to
lawmakers on rights issues.

The 1989 Nobel Peace prize winner will be in Britain for nine days
beginning May 22.

His office said in a statement that the British panel was "focusing
on issues and countries where human rights are of particular concern."

"Given the particular interest in China's human rights record in
2008, the committee has requested to take oral evidence from the
Dalai Lama on a range of human rights issues," his office said.

"His Holiness has agreed to this request."

The Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamshala says 203
Tibetans were killed and 1,000 injured in Beijing's crackdown
following anti-Chinese riots in March. Beijing says Tibetan "rioters"
and "insurgents" killed 21 people.

The government-in-exile also said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
would hold talks with the Dalai Lama.

The Buddhist spiritual leader first flies to Germany, where he will
speak on human rights issues two months after the violence erupted in
the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

He will however not meet German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier during his week-long stay while Chancellor Angela Merkel
will be in Latin America, added the Dalai Lama's spokesman Tenzin Takla.

A meeting between Merkel and the Buddhist monk during his last trip
to Germany in September 2007 chilled ties between Beijing and Berlin.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of fomenting trouble ahead of the
Beijing Olympics in August -- an allegation rejected by the Buddhist
cleric, who fled to India after a failed anti-Beijing uprising in his
homeland in 1959.
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