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Press Release from the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

July 30, 2008

Tibet.net
July 28, 2008

As the countdown for the Opening of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games began,
the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, on 28th July, 2008, sent request
letters to the head of the States, participating in the Opening;
their Excellencies the President of United States, the President of
European Council, the President of France, the Prime Minister of
Japan and the Prime Minister of Russia to put forward three issues
for their kindly consideration :

1. Tibet continues to remain under martial Law- like condition.
According to reliable information that we receive from inside Tibet
and in particular, considering public statements of Communist leaders
and news articles such as the article of the 13th July, 2008 by
Micheal Sheridan, which appeared in the Sunday Times, Hong Kong
states, "Internal Communist party documents have revealed that China
is planning a programme of harsh political repression in Tibet
despite a public show of moderation to win over world opinion before
the Olympic Games next month," confirms our belief that the military
grip and suppression in Tibet will get worst after the Olympics.

We continue to call upon the Chinese Government to open Tibet to the
world and to address the grievances of Tibetan people, to win the
confidence of the Tibetan people. China should also stop making false
allegations against His Holiness and the Tibetan People's Movement.

2. While we acknowledge your kind consideration for the Dialogue
between the representatives of His Holiness and the Chinese
Leadership, we are sad that so far, the past seven meetings do not
seem to be leading to any solution.

The Tibetan people neither ask separation nor larger economic share,
our soul objective is to retain the identity of Tibetan people and
genuine autonomy for the three traditional regions of Tibet. A simple
system of existence where the Tibetans are free to practice their
cherished religious beliefs and are treated as equals to the other
Nationalities of the PRC, where the basic Human Rights of the people
is protected.

During your visit to Beijing, we request you to kindly urge the
Chinese leadership to appreciate the genuine initiative taken by His
Holiness and find a lasting solution to the issue of Tibet.

3. We request you, members of your delegation and independent medias
to visit the Tibetan areas, which could help improve human dignity
and rule of law. Moreover, we believe that your presence at the
Opening of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will enhance the dignity of
the Olympic Games as you will carry the strong voice of Freedom and
Human Rights."

Above that Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile pays gratitude for their
continued support and best wishes to their Athletes for the Beijing
2008 Olympic Games.

Tenzin Choedon
Under Secretary

28 July 2008
Dharamsala
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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