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Statement of Peggy Nash MP on the silver jubilee of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Nobel Prize

December 15, 2014

House of Commons (Canada) - December 11, 2014

Statement of Peggy Nash, MP:

Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise in the house today to mark the silver jubilee anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize.  I look forward to joining the Tibet community this weekend to celebrate this special occasion.

In 1989 His Holiness was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his non-violent struggle for freedom in Tibet.  Sadly this situation in his home has only become worse.  At least 133 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009.  The Dalai Lama continues to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the Tibetan issue through dialogue and mutual respect even in the face of such tragedy. I urge our government to engage China on the issue of Tibet and to urge them to re-enter negotiations with envoys of the Dalai Lama based on his Middle Way Approach. I also want to wish all of us here who are privileged to work in Canada’s parliament, a happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas and the very best of the holiday season.

 

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