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Press Conference on action plan of the All India Tibet Support Groups Convention held in Chandigarh

July 7, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
July 6, 2008

New Delhi, July 5 -- The All India Tibet Support Groups Special
Conference held in Chandigarh June 28-29 generated mass support from
members of the BJP, Congress, Samajwadi Party and other political
parties from the Himalayan region as well as women volunteers and
students who came out in large numbers at the two day convention.

A press conference was held at the India Women's Press Corps in New
Delhi today to address the special action plans drafted at the
Conference late last month. The Core Group for Tibetan Cause
represented by Dr. NK Trikha, National Convener of the Group, Dr.
Anand Kumar, National Co-convener and Regional Convener of the East
Surendra Kumar highlighted various activities that will be undertaken
by all support groups in the coming six months across India.

They have designed a month long signature campaign; protests against
China on August 8 which marks the beginning of the Beijing Olympics;
a special event on August 16, the Indian Rakshabandhan Day where
Tibetan women will tie Rakhi on the wrists of important political and
social leaders; to the Arunachal March where participants will walk
from Tawang to the Indo-Tibet border and zonal conventions scheduled
to be held at six regions late in the year.

The Convention also sketched the Chandigarh Declaration urging:

* That the United Nations must organize a special emergency session
of the Security Council, the Human Rights Commission, special fact
finding mission to visit Tibet including monasteries and the prisons,
and the UN General Council to discuss the tragedy of Tibet and take
effective steps for dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Chinese authorities.
* That the People's Republic of China must release political
prisoners in Tibet including the Panchen Lama and honor the appeal of
the international community to stop cultural genocide in Tibet.
* That the government of India must play a constructive role for
dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Chinese authorities as without
Swaraj in Tibet there cannot be security of Indian borders in the
Himalayan region.
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