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Tibet’s Political Leader to visit Canada

February 23, 2014

Contact:  Carole Samdup (514) 512-4665

 

Tibet’s Political Leader to visit Canada

Vancouver, February 24, 2014:  Tibet’s political leader, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, will make his second visit to Canada since being elected as the head of the Central Tibetan Administration in 2011. 

Dr. Sangay will visit Vancouver and Calgary from February 25-28, 2014.  He is scheduled to meet with local Tibetan communities and with the first Tibetans to arrive under a Government of Canada program that will welcome up to 1000 displaced Tibetans from the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.[1] While in Vancouver and Calgary, Sangay will also have the opportunity to meet with academics and other prominent Canadians.

Exactly one year ago, on February 26, 2013, Dr. Sangay testified in the Canadian Parliament about the deteriorating situation in Tibet.  The Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights, which hosted the hearing as part of its study entitled “Human Rights in Tibetan Areas of China”, has yet to issue a concluding statement or report. [2]

“During the past year, repression in Tibet has escalated to an alarming degree” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. “New limitations on religious freedom accompanied by a harsh crackdown on political dissent demand increased pressure from the international community, particularly as China prepares its response to the recent UN review of its human rights record.” [3]

Dr. Sangay is in North America to accompany His Holiness the Dalai Lama on a three-week visit to the United States.

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[1]        For more information about the Government of Canada immigration program for Tibetans, visit www.projecttibetsociety.ca

[2]        Dr. Sangay’s testimony at the Parliamentary hearing is available at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6005528&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1  The Canada Tibet Committee’s written submission to the Parliamentary study is available at: http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/news_releases/324

[3]        Canada Tibet Committee recommendations to the Government of Canada ahead of China’s Universal Periodic Review are found here: http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/news_releases/336

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