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All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet -- Advisory of next meeting

July 15, 2010

All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet
The Tibet Society (UK)
June 14, 2010


Advisory of next meeting. If you would like to
attend please let the Group's Administrator,
Philippa Carrick  know (e: apgt@btinternet.com;
t: 020 7272 1414). If you no longer wish to
receive advisories from the APPGT please reply to
this email with "Remove" in the subject line. Thanks!

Next APPGT meeting: Wednesday 21 July, 11.30am-1pm, Room R, Portcullis House.
Film screening of The Sun Behind the Clouds.
This special screening of this highly acclaimed
film gives a valuable insight into the Tibet
movement. The filmmakers, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing
Sonam will be present to answer questions.
Tenzing Sonam is also the film’s narrator. For
further background:
http://thesunbehindtheclouds.com/. NB. The
screening will begin at 11.45 and is about 50 minutes long.

Further contents of email: (Please page down for details.)
Chairman & Officers of the APPG for Tibet
Foreign Secretary's visit to China
Messages for the Dalai Lama (Tibet Festival in the Park)

New Chairman and Officers of the APPG for Tibet
Following the AGM held on 23 June, the following
Officers were elected or re-elected.

Chairman: Fabian Hamilton
Vice-Chairs: Lord Alton, Lord Avebury, Lord Steel, James Gray, Kate Hoey
Treasurer: Martin Horwood
Hon Secretary: Mark Pritchard

Other posts:
Secretariat: Tibet Society (contact via apgt@btinternet.com)
Hon Adviser (& Founding Member): Fredrick Hyde-Chambers
Hon Group Administrator: Philippa Carrick (contact via apgt@btinternet.com)

Ref. William Hague's visit to Beijing
The Foreign Secretary will be visiting Beijing on
14 July (Wednesday) at the invitation of Chinese
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. During this visit,
he will co-chair the Sino-British strategic
dialogue with Chinese State Councillor Dai
Bingguo. It would be a positive step if the issue
of Tibet was raised during this dialogue and some
practical measures were put in place to track
progress and tangible outcomes of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue.

This visit to Beijing by William Hague presents a
good opportunity to encourage the Prime Minister
and Foreign Secretary to actively take measures
that will lead to genuine progress in the
Sino-Tibetan dialogue and to stop accepting mere
representation as a tangible outcome in itself.
For too long the Chinese government has been
allowed to continue to pay lip service to
furthering the Sino-Tibetan dialogue; hopefully
this will change with the new coalition
government. It would be useful to table PQs on
William Hague’s visit and ask for a public
affirmation of intent from the government.

NB. In replies to letters sent by Tibet
supporters regarding the new coalition
government's position on Tibet, the government is
stating, "we are committed to raising the issue
of Tibet with the Chinese authorities. We are
very concerned about reports of human rights
violation in Tibet. We consider that the only way
to resolve the underlying issues is through
meaningful dialogue between the Dalai Lama's
representatives and the Chinese authorities. We
will continue to monitor the situation in Tibet,
and raise it with the Chinese authorities at the appropriate opportunities."


Tibet Festival in the Park celebrates the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday
Organised by the Tibetan Commemorative Committee
(the Office of Tibet, Tibetan Community in
Britain and Tibet Society), this took place on
Saturday 3 July, with over 2,000 people
attending, many were new to the Tibet issue so it
was an excellent outreach opportunity. Messages
of support were sent by Fabian Hamilton, the new
Chairman of the APPGT, Norman Baker and Mark
Durkan. Simon Hughes attended the event, giving a
strong address that urged supporters to recommit
to Tibet and pledging government support in seeking a just and fair solution.

Nearly 400 people wrote birthday messages to the
Dalai Lama or requests regarding Tibet to Prime
Minister David Cameron on special windhorses
(paper prayer flags); all these messages will be
sent to the Dalai Lama and David Cameron in the
next 10 days, so if you would like to add a message, please let me know!

Best wishes

Philippa

Philippa Carrick
Group Administrator
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The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet
Secretariat: The Tibet Society
Unit 9, 139 Fonthill Road , London N4 3HF
Tel: +44 (0)20 7272 1414  Fax: +44 (0)20 7272 1410
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