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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Save Tibet: Asia Paific Forum Held in Tokyo 2nd July

July 3, 2008

Tibet House Japan
July 2, 2008

Asia Pacific Forum began this morning at 10 am at Gakkushi Kaikan
hall in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Save Tibet Network initiated by Mr. Makino
Seishu, former Japanese Parliamentarian organized this Forum ahead of
G-8 leaders summit scheduled in Sapporo on 7th July. It was attended
by Parliamentarians, scholars, supporters and general public from
Japan, Australia and Taiwan. Mr Makino began the Forum with a welcome
speech, and said that since the demonstration in Tibet this March,
Tibet issue was widely raised around the world. China had to relent
to the world pressure to start dialog with the envoy of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama. But the recent earthquak e in Sichuan area, although
a very unfortunate incident has shifted the world's attention, and
Tibet continue to suffer. This is very clear from the fact that the
upcoming G-8 leaders' summit has many agendas, but the most pressing
issue of human right and Tibet is not on the agenda.

"We are all here to discuss the gravity of Tibetan situation and call
upon the G-8 leaders not to forgot Tibet issue and urge them to send
strong message to Chinese leadership to address Tibetan problem
seriously. Environment and Human right issues are beyond boundaries,
we all have responsibility to voice our concern, therefore, we are
all here to make this Tibetan issue heard in the G-8 summit." said Mr. Makino.

Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Forum was read before
the gathering. Thereafter, Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla, Minister for
Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan
Administration read her key note speech. She welcomed the delegates,
and thanked the organizers and the staff for their hard work in
making this Forum materialize at this crucial time. She dwelt on the
hardship that Tibetan people underwent since the Chinese occupation,
and explained that human right and basic fundamental right violation
is still going on in Tibet. She hoped that through this Forum, a
strong message could be sent to the leaders of G-8 countries to urge
the Chinese leadership to face the reality and take Tibetan issue seriously.

Speech and presentations from the delegates began with Mr. Matsubara,
Japanese parliamentarian. Othere Japanese parliamentarian supporters
who spoke in the Forum were, Mr. Fujita, Mr. Suzuki, Mr Igarashi and
Mrs. Oishi. They spoke about their experience while working on Tibet
issue and appreciated the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and justness of Tibetan struggle for peace and justice. "China is
most heavily populated region in this world; it is there the human
right violation is taking place and people are denied basic
fundamental rights. We should all take a moral responsibility to tell
the Chinese leaders that what they are doing is not right and not
acceptable to international communities." said one of the
parliamentarians. Delegations from Australia are Mr. Tenzin P Atisha,
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Peter Slipper, Mr.
Michael Organ, and Mr Paul Bourke of Australia Tibet Council.

Mr. Atisha spoke about his experience in 1985 when he visited Tibet
as a member of fact finding delegations sent by Tibetan
Government=-in-exile. The participants spoke on necessity of raising
Tibet issue not only for the sake of Tibet but for the benefit of
China itself. Gist of what they said in their presentation could be
summarized as follows.

"Chinese side had claimed that it has liberated Tibet and brought
development in Tibet and that the Tibetans are happy in Tibet. If
this is true, they should maintain transparency and let the world see
that things are alright in Tibet. The world stood up when Germany
invaded Poland in 1939, Iraq war came up when Iraq invaded Kuwait,
but nobody stood up for Tibet when it was invaded by China. The world
leaders found Tibet not worth a risk antagonizing China. Tibet is not
just a political issue nor it is a riots or an isolated human right
issue, it is a global issue. We all need to take this seriously and
upheld the theme of this Forum, i.e. "Compassion for the planet."
said the delegates.

China has agreed to International Olympic Committee that they would
improve on human right and press freedom, but what we see today is
that it has become worse in Tibet. G-8 leaders should see that China
take its words seriously and resolve Tibetan issue."

Among the Taiwan delegations were Mr. Dawa Tsering, Representative of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Prof Su Chia-hung of Foo-yin University,
and Taipei city councilors Mr. Lee Ching-Feng and Mrs Lien Li-Jen.
Taiwanese delegations expressed their support and solidarity with the
Tibetan people for their struggle for peace and justice in their
homeland. They urged the Chinese leaders to see if the material
developments and the railway lines they are boasting of are really
benefitting the Tibetans. They want China to take more effort in
improving the human right and press freedom, and take less
belligerent stand on Taiwan people's right to freedom.
Representatives from Inner Mongolia and Uygyur, Mr. Khereed and Mr
Mahmut also spoke in the Forum, they said if the world do not take
this Tibet issue seriously and urge the Chinese to leave Tibet for
the Tibetans, Tibet will also face the same problem as they are
facing now. In their regions they have lost their pride, identity and
language, they live under a foreign culture and language. "Practice
of ones culture and language has become things of past," said one of them.

Later, Professor Ishihama of Waseda University made a presentation on
Tibet, which highlighted the influence of Tibetan Buddhism in
Mongolia and China. It pointed out the historical aspect of Tibet
being an independent nation. The delegates responded to the questions
raised from the audience.

There were some 200 people who participated as audience. Televisions
and newspapers representative from major media did the coverage of
the event. In the evening Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama for Japan and East Asia hosted a dinner for the delegations and
the organizers.

Mr Idano Yukio, President of Japanese Parliamentarians Group for
Tibet welcomed the delegates and evinced his support for the Forum.
Mrs Baba Reiko of Busshokai raised toast to the delegates. Mr. Tshoko
Lhakpa, Representative thanked the delegates for their participations
in the Forum and for their insightful presentations.. He said he is
very hopeful that the Forum could send a strong message to G-8
leaders to raise Tibet issue during the summit. He also thanked Mr.
Makino and his team for their sincere effort in organizing this
timely Forum. Tomorrow the delegates will meet again at Gakkushi
Kaikan to deliberate on the resolution.
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