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Testimony of Ngawang Sangdrol before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus Briefing on The Role of Women in the Tibetan Struggle for Freedom

Washington, D.C. October 31, 2003 Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this discussion on The Role of Women in the Tibetan Struggle for Freedom. I am honored to be able to share my thoughts with Members and staff of the United States Congress. The Tibetan struggle is the struggle for our nation and […]

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Dalai Lama stresses long-term peaceful measures to prevent recurrence of 9/11 tragedy

Addressing the largest-ever crowd at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2003, the Dalai Lama called for the implementation of long-term measures to prevent tragedies such as the September 11, 2001, attacks from recurring. He said that everyone is capable of contributing towards this process. Following is the full transcript of his […]

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US State Department statement on Dalai Lama’s meeting with Secretary Powell

A State Department spokesman said yesterday that the U.S. is “encouraged” by recent visits of the Dalai Lama’s envoys to China and Tibet and hopeful that the process will lead to substantive dialogue towards a resolution on Tibet. Text of the briefing transcript: Question: Could you confirm the visit by the Dalai Lama to the […]

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Dalai Lama urges Tibetan medicine practitioners to focus on environmental sustainability of medicinal plants

The Dalai Lama has urged scholars and practitioners of Tibetan medicine to focus on the issue of environmental sustainability of medicinal plants saying the demand seems to be threatening the survival of many species. In a message to the Second International Congress on Tibetan Medicine being held in Washington, D.C. from November 5 to 8, […]

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Dalai Lama suggests further devolution of power to the elected Tibetan Government-in-Exile

The Dalai Lama has suggested to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile to consider amendments to the Tibetan Charter in Exile aimed at transferring the decision-making process on the passage of bills as well as administrative appointments from him to the elected leadership. In a message to the sixth session of the 13th Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies […]

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US hopes Dharamsala-Beijing contact will lead to negotiated settlement on Tibet

A senior State Department official has said that they are encouraged by the visits of the envoys of the Dalai Lama to China and hopes that such contacts will lead to a negotiated settlement on the Tibetan issue. Participating in a discussion on “Will Religion Flourish under China’s New Leadership?” organized by the Congressional Executive […]

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Tibetan delegation ‘greatly encouraged’ by exchange with Chinese counterparts; ICT still concerned about mixed signals from China

The cautiously optimistic statement was released from Dharamsala, India, on June 11 by Lodi Gyari, who headed the Tibetan delegation, which was in China from May 25 to June 8, 2003. In the statement Lodi Gyari, the Special Envoy of the Dalai Lama, said “we feel greatly encouraged by our first encounter and exchange of […]

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Statement of Ngawang Sangdrol to be submitted to the House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism

My name is Ngawang Sangdrol and I was a nun in Garu Nunnery in Tibet. I am a former Tibetan political prisoner who spent over 11 years in prison for my religious belief and for praying for the long life of my spiritual and temporal leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and calling for freedom […]

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Tashi Lhunpo Monastery seeks release of the Panchen Lama

Statement of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery [Seat of The Panchen Lamas] on the 14th Birthday of The 11th Panchen Lama, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima. Bylakuppe, India Our sincere greetings to fellow Tibetans in and outside Tibet, and to all our friends and supporters all over the world on this auspicious occasion of the birthday of The Panchen […]

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Statement by Ngawang Sangdrol

“I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support,” said Ngawang Sangdrol in an April 9 statement released at a reception held in her honor in Washington, DC, by the International Campaign for Tibet. Undersecretary Paula Dobriansky, the U.S. State Department’s Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Lorne Craner, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State […]

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UN informed of China’s blueprint to assimilate Tibet

In an oral statement to the 59th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights on April 3, 2003 in Geneva, Tsering Y. Jampa, a Tibetan woman, detailed Chinese policies aimed at assimilating the Tibetan people. Speaking on behalf of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY), Jampa referred to the Tibetan situation under Item […]

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Statement on the Forty-Fourth Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day, 10 March 2003

Our sincere greetings to fellow Tibetans in Tibet and in exile and to our friends and supporters all over the world on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the Tibetan People’s Uprising of 1959. While there were positive developments on the overall issue of Tibet, we remain concerned about the continuing marginalization of Tibetans […]

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Dalai Lama offers condolences to President Bush after Columbia tragedy

Following the loss of the space shuttle Columbia on February 1 the Dalai Lama sent a message of condolence to U.S. President George Bush describing the tragedy as “a great loss…to the United States and the world.” The text of the February 2 message follows below: His Excellency Mr. George W. Bush The President The […]

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Statement by Special Envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, head of the delegation that visited China and Tibet

We returned to Dharamsala, India, on September 27, 2002, from our visit to Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai as well as the Tibetan capital Lhasa, and areas in Nyingtri and Shigatse. The task that my colleague Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and I had on this trip was two fold. First, to re-establish direct contact with the leadership in […]

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The Dalai Lama’s message on the anniversary of September 11

The Dalai Lama has called for long-term preventative measures to oppose terrorism, saying that these would be more effective than taking violent steps. In a message to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, the Dalai Lama said that he understood the temptation to respond with violence but felt that a cautious approach […]

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Australia asks China to allow human rights training in Tibet Autonomous Region

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on August 16 that he asked China to allow an Australian program that provides training to promote human rights in practical ways to operate inside the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). Downer issued a statement following Australia’s sixth bilateral human rights dialogue with China, during which Australia raised 25 political […]

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UN asked to help end human rights abuses in Tibet

Mr. Ngawang Choephel, on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples, has urged the UN Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights at its 54th session on August 1, 2002 to help end human rights abuses in Tibet. The full text of his statement follows. Commission on Human Rights Sub-Commission on the Promotion […]

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Takna Jigme Sangpo’s statement on his situation

Former Tibetan political prisoner Takna Jigme Sangpo released a written statement on July 29, 2002 thanking his supporters and asking them to continue campaigning for the release of all Tibetan political prisoners. Statement by Takna Jigme Sangpo My release on medical parole by the Chinese government (I still have nine years of my sentence to […]

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