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Early Day Motion in UK Parliament

November 4, 2011

To coincide with the Global Day of Action, Tibet Society helped to table an Early Day Motion in the UK Parliament on the subject of the self-immolations. The EDM was tabled by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Fabian Hamilton MP.
 
The text of the EDM is as follows:
EDM 2327: Self-immolations in Tibet
“That this House is greatly saddened by the disturbing news of 10 incidents of self-immolation in eastern Tibet by young Tibetan monks, former monks and a nun, five tragically losing their lives; condemns the Chinese government's ongoing repression in Tibet that serves to exacerbate the frustration and desperation felt by the Tibetan people; calls on the Prime Minister to make a public statement of concern about this grave situation; and further calls on the Government to make urgent representations to the Chinese government to urge that it takes measures to ease the situation by withdrawing its troops from Kirti monastery, to verify the condition and whereabouts of the monks who have disappeared since self-immolating, to allow international independent observers to visit the region and to respect the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people including the right freely to practise their religion.”
 
The EDM and signatories can be viewed on the UK parliament's website at: http://bit.ly/EDMSI .
 
Note: Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. In practice, very few are actually debated, however, EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions.
 
Tibet Society is encouraging supporters to contact their MPs to urge them to sign the EDM. A number of other actions for the Global Day of Action have also been issued, which can viewed at http://bit.ly/TS-SI .
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