Tibetans in Taiwan Celebrate Gold Medal Award
Friday, 19 October 2007, 1:00 p.m.
|Representative Mr Tsegyam addressing the gathering (Photo Sonam Dorjee)|
Taipei: The Tibetans in Taiwan joined their fellow compatriots across the globe in celebrating the conferment of US Congressional Gold Medal of Honour to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Addressing a crowd of some 100-odd Tibetans and Taiwanese people here yesterday, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative Tsegyam said that “The Congressional Gold Medal is a recognition of His Holiness’ contribution to peace, nonviolence and freedom.”
“It’s not just an honor for His Holiness, but an honor for all Tibetans,” he added.
On a personal note, Mr Tsegyam, the chairman of the Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said that this momentous event offered a bittersweet feeling.
“On the one hand, we are ecstatic that we have such a world renowned leader, while on the other hand, we are crestfallen over the fact that our country is still languishing under the force of oppression.”
Highlighting the lack of basic freedoms in Tibet, Mr Tsegyam said that Tibetans are arrested arbitrarily for holding non-violent protests. “There are even elementary school children who were jailed allegedly for writing `the Dalai Lama’ on the wall.
Urging Beijing to end repression of Tibetans, he called on China to release all the Tibetan prisoners of conscience.
Also present at the ceremony were a representative from the Taiwan Tibet Exchange Forum and Taiwan Tibetan Welfare Association president Rinzin Tsering.
In his address, Rinzin Tsering said that this award is a concrete indication of the sheer magnitude of His Holiness’ popularity across the world.
Although His Holiness has made all efforts to resolve the Tibet issue peaceably through, Beijing continues to cold shoulder his peace overtures, Tsering said.
The six rounds of dialogue between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the People’s Republic of China have yet to yield a result, he further said, adding “we Tibetans are eagerly waiting for the ultimate award – the award to return home in Tibet.”
–Report send by Mr Dhundup Gyalpo. The writer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org