Japanese MP Visits Dharamshala, Voices Support for Tibet
Wednesday, 6 August 2008, 5:27 p.m.
Dharamshala: Mr Jin Matsubara,
member of the House of Representatives of the Japanese Parliament, has
called for improving human rights situation in Tibet and underlined the
need to ‘speak against the violators of human rights’.
He said any form of suppression of freedom and human rights by any
government should be denounced and prevent it as a disease from
Matsubara, accompanied by Prof Pema Gyalpo, former
representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Japan, was addressing
Tibetan reporters at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat on Wednesday
He said with the growing support for Tibetan cause in Japan, a
committee comprising of one hundred members have been set-up to support
human rights and freedom of Tibetan people in Tibet.
The committee has members both from the ruling and opposition
parties of the Japan and some of them are very influential, he added.
He further said His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s emphasis on the
preservation of environment and improvement of human rights in Tibet is
Some of the countries, including China, which involved in
suppression of freedom and human rights, also employed measures to
degrade the natural environment, he said.
It is of utmost importance to put same efforts on both human rights and environment, he added.
Welcoming the visit of Mr Matsubara, Dolma Gyari, deputy speaker
of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, said his visit to Dharamshala is a
strong and clear indication of Japan’s long-term support and solidarity
for Tibet during its critical moment.
Mrs Gyari said, through Mr Matsubara, the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile will submit a letter to Japanese prime minister to
express our appreciation for Mr Matsubara’s visit to Dharamshala.
His commitment to visit us despite many difficulties sends a strong message of support for the Tibetan cause, she added.
Lauding Japan’s support for the Tibetan people, she said, Japan
has learned the value of humanity from the tragedy of Horoshima and
The Japanese MP received an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama this afternoon.
He also met Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche and Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, kalon for the Department of Religion and Culture.
–Editing by Lobsang CHOEDAK