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Canadian politicians voice support for Tibet as Tibetans rally across Canada

March 12, 2018

Canada Tibet Committee, March 10, 2018 - Rallies and vigils took place across Canada today to commemorate the 59th Tibetan Uprising Day.  Tibetan Uprising Day recalls events in 1959 when 100,000 Tibetans gathered in the streets of Lhasa to protest the growing Chinese presence and threats to the security of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Standing in solidarity with the Tibetan cause, Canadian politicians from across the political spectrum issued public statements of support and called for an early resolution of the conflict in Tibet. 

In a letter written to the Canada Tibet Committee, Mr. Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party, reaffirmed his Party's support for the Tibetan cause, declaring that "New Democrats stand in solidarity with the people of Tibet who are seeking to have their fundamental human rights respected and upheld."

The Chair of Canada's Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, MP Arif Virani (Liberal Party of Canada), expressed solidarity with the Tibetan people and their cause. "My thoughts are with Tibet and the members of the Tibetan diaspora around the world who are on the streets marching today to remind all of us about what is happening in Tibet."  Virani added, "I want to voice my support for the Middle Way Approach which I have voiced on the floor of the House of Commons, and hope for the swift return of His Holiness to his home in Tibet."

Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet, MP Garnett Genuis (Conservative Party of Canada), lauded Tibetans for efforts to resolve the conflict through peaceful means.  "Tibetans are calling for genuine autonomy for Tibet, within the framework of the Chinese constitution. This Middle Way approach reflects both a demand for justice and a desire for reconciliation. Genuis added "That Tibetans have persisted ‎in their non-violent struggle for justice for 59 years, without either malice or compromise, is a great testament to the steadfastness and virtue that characterize the Tibetan people. We stand with you."

The heads of Tibetans community associations across Canada issued a joint letter to Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, requesting Canadian intervention on behalf of four Tibetan human rights defenders: Lobsang Jamyang (Lomik); Tashi Wangchuk; Yeshe Choedron; and Gendhun Choekyi Nyima (Panchen Lama).  

In his annual March 10 statement, Tibet's political leader Dr. Lobsang Sangay thanked Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, for Canada's continued efforts on behalf of Tibetan prisoners, including the Panchen Lama whose enforced disappearance has persisted more than two decades.  

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