By Anders Anderson
COPENHAGEN: Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay visited the Danish capital Copenhagen on 18-21 2014 at the invitation of CareTibetan, a new organisation devoted to the preservation of Tibetan identity, assisted by The Tibet Support Committee, Denmark. His last visit to Copenhagen took place in November 2011.
In the course of three full days, the Sikyong met Tibetans living in Denmark and Tibet organisations and he gave a talk on the importance of traditional Tibetan values and the situation of Buddhism in Tibet in the Phendeling Center for Tibetan Buddhism.
Dr. Sangay met representatives from five of the eight parties in the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) on 19 and 20 May, including four foreign affairs spokespersons, one former Foreign Minister, Mr. Holger K. Nielsen from the Socialist People’s Party, and one party leader, Mr. Kristian Thulesen Dahl from the Danish People’s Party.
The parliamentarians unanimously expressed their support for the Tibetan people in their just and non-violent struggle for genuine self-rule. They also found inspiration in the moderate Middle-Way approach in the face of severe repression and pledged themselves to raise the Tibetan issue in the Parliament.
Part of the reason for the Sikyong’s visit to Denmark was to discuss the DANIDA-funded education projects in the exile community and he met with the University College Copenhagen that manages and implements the projects in cooperation with the Central Tibetan Administration.
The Sikyong also met other institutions in Denmark, including the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy that was established by the Danish Parliament in May 2010 to strengthen and complement democracy assistance, particularly through support of political parties and multi-party systems in developing countries.
The Danish press covered the Sikyong’s visit through articles in two of the three major newspapers, an interview for the main in-depth news program on Danish national radio and an interview for the 24-hour national tv news channel, TV2 News.