Tibetans in Australia commemorates National Uprising dayTuesday, 16 March 2010, 10:57 a.m.
Canberra: Tibetans in Australia commemorated the 51st national uprising day in Canberra. The community from NSW and the ACT jointly observed the day.The community had an event in front of the Federal Parliament House. There, Tibetan people and the friends of Tibet were joined by a number of important speakers including His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Representative, Mr. Sonam Norbu Dagpo and three parliamentarians representing all three major Australian political parties. A number of Australian parliamentarians expressed their support for the Tibet cause although they were unable to join the day due to a joint session of the parliament for the visit of Indonesian President. After the conclusion of the event at the parliament demonstrators marched to the Chinese embassy and made their voices heard to the embassies. At that time the community used the opportunity of 10 March to raise the issue of Tibet with the senior politician as well as the Australian Foreign Ministry. Mr. Jigme, President NSW community, Dr. Simon Bradshaw of Australia Tibet Council and Mr. Lhadhar, President, Tibetan community in Canberra, representing the Tibetan people and the supporters of Tibet met with senior officials in Department of Foreign Affairs. They reminded the officials of the need for a lasting solution to the Tibet issue and for the welfare of Tibetan political prisoners. They also made requests on ways that they feel the Australian government can provide constructive support. Mr. Jigme, Dr. Bradshaw and Mr. Lhadhar presented a copy memorandum for genuine autonomy and requested the Australian officials to voice for the political prisoners by presenting their profile cases of number of political prisoners. They requested to forward the memorandum to the Foreign Minister and sent a copy to the Minister’s office.-Report filed by Mr. Lhadhar, President, Tibetan Community of Canberra, Australia.