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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Canada Tibet Committee "cautiously optimistic" as Tibet delegation appears before Parliamentary Committee

May 08, 2018

Ottawa, May 8, 2018 - The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) today expressed cautious optimism that the planned testimony by Tibetan representatives of the People's Congress of Tibet Autonomous Region, marks a new openness by the Government of China to engage in constructive dialogue about the situation inside Tibet. 

The Tibet delegation, headed by Deputy Baima Wangdui, will appear before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development [1].  Wangdui's testimony is part of a series of meetings organized by the Committee to inform parliamentarians as they prepare a major study on Canada's engagement in Asia.  

As part of its study, the Standing Committee heard testimony last month from CTC spokesperson Carole Samdup [2], and from Ngodup Tsering, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in North America.  The Standing Committee had also welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama - who is an honourary citizen of Canada - on two previous occasions in 1990 and 2004.  

"The CTC welcomes the exchange between Canadian parliamentarians and our countrymen from inside Tibet" said Sherap Therchin, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. "However, it remains to be seen just how forthcoming these witnesses can actually be, given the realities."

The unprecedented opportunity for Tibetan delegates to speak publicly in Canada's parliament stands in stark contrast to the treatment given to Canadian diplomats in China who face multiple roadblocks when seeking permits to visit Tibet. [3] Tibet remains closed to the international community, including journalists. [4]

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[2] CTC testifies before parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, http://tibet.ca/en/library/media_releases/437
[3] Canada must demand reciprocal diplomatic access to Tibet, http://tibet.ca/en/library/media_releases/401
[4] Human Rights Situation in Tibet 2017, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, at http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#33384233/61019923

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