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Lone Tibetan hunger striker breaks his fast after 22 days

November 18, 2013

November 15, 2013 - A lone Tibetan who had been on an indefinite hunger strike since October 24 has ended his fast yesterday after appeals from Dr.N.K.Trikha, National Convener, Core Group for Tibetan Cause, exile Tibetan government's home minister Gyari Dolma and Kasur Tempa Tsering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative in New Delhi.

Sherab Tsedor, a Tibetan activist, sat on an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar for the last 22 days demanding an end to human rights violation of the Tibetans inside Tibet. Tsedor chose October 24 to start his campaign to coincide with the UN founding Day.

The young Tibetan activist who had attempted self immolation near Chinese Embassy a few years ago sat on fast demanding access to foreign diplomats and journalists to visit Tibetan areas, withdrawal of troops from monasteries and affected towns and an end to China’s ‘patriotic re-education’ campaign.

At a modest ceremony yesterday was held at Jantar Mantar to end Sherab’s fasting. Also present were TPiE members Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok and Mr. Choekyong Wangchuk, TSG members including Shri Surendar Kumar, representatives of Tibetan Institutes in New Delhi and office bearers of Gyathu, Regional Tibetan Women’s Association, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Samyeling Youth Volunteers. Dr. Trikha and Kasur Tempa la offered helped Tsedor with fruit juice to mark the closing of the fast.

Dr. Trikha said that the display of undying spirit with supreme sacrifice by a young man as Tsedor will never go unnoticed. He assured that Indian people have been and will always stand by the Tibetan people. Gyari Dolma appreciated Tsedor for his selfless devotion for the just cause of Tibet.

The abrupt end to Tsedor's fast came after strong appeal from Core Group for Tibetan Cause, Indian Tibet Support Groups and Tibetan institutions in Delhi as his health started deteriorating in the last three days.

Tsedor has initiated several campaigns for the Tibetan cause in the past years including a lone peace march from Delhi to Dharamshala in 2007 and a signature campaign all over India covering 180 towns and cities for a period of 6 months in 2012.

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