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Former Noble Peace Prize winners pledge support to Tibet

June 24, 2012

April 26, 2012

CHICAGO: Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay today met with Nobel peace
prize winners FWD Clark for half an hour and Jody Williams and
Shirin Ebadi for forty five minutes at the ongoing 12th Noble
Laureates Conference held in Chicago, United States.

During his discussion with the world leaders, he conveyed the good
wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thanked them for
expressing their support to the Tibetan struggle.

The Nobel laureates recently wrote a letter to the Chinese leaders
in Beijing to hold open talks with His Holiness the Dalai to
resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully.

Kalon Tripa also informed them the successful political transition
of Tibetan leadership in exile, from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to
a democratically elected leader in August 2011.

The noble laureates applauded the efforts of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to usher in political reforms, saying his decision to separate
political from spiritual leadership was magnanimous and in the long-
terms interests of the Tibetan people.

As the political leader of the Tibetan people, Kalon Tripa informed
them the present crisis in Tibet and the ongoing self-immolations
by Tibetans to resist Chinese occupation.

Since Tapey’s self-immolation on 16 March 2009, thirty-six Tibetans
–monks, nuns, lay Tibetans – have set themselves on fire to protest
China’s iron-grip occupation of Tibet. Of them, twenty-eight lost
their lives.

Expressing their deep sadness over the deaths of Tibetans and
solidarity to the Tibetan freedom movement, the Nobel laureates
urged Kalon Tripa to keep informing them about developments in
Tibet.

They said, ‘we reiterate our pledge to support Tibetan people and
the peaceful resolution of Tibetan struggle.’

The Nobel Laureates’ Conference is held every year to discuss and
tackle urgent issues such as poverty, income inequalities, human
rights abuses, environmental crisis and nuclear arms race
threatening the global planet.
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