DHARAMSHALA: A Tibetan parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel visited Taiwan from 7 – 9 December 2014. The delegation is comprised of Mr. Gyari Bhutuk, Mr. Karma Yeshi, Ven. Mogru Tempa, Mr. Bawa Kelsang Gyaltsen and Khenpo Norbu Tsering.
During their visit, the delegation called on members of the Taiwanese parliament, met with members of Tibetan-Chinese Friendship Associations and Tibetan Buddhist centres.
The delegation visited a Buddhist centre on 8 December and gave a talk on the contribution of His Holiness the Dalai Lama towards the preservation of Tibetan culture and tradition.
They later called on Taiwanese MPs Mrs. Bi-Khim Hsiao and Mrs. Chen Jhe Ru from the Democratic Progressive Party. The Deputy Speaker apprised them about the deteriorating human rights situation and the wave of self-immolations inside Tibet. He explained that Tibetans resort to self-immolation not by choice but out of desperation to protest Chinese repression.
Acknowledging the support and solidarity of Taiwan towards the Tibet cause, the Tibetan MPs urged the Taiwanese parliamentarians for the need to establish more Tibet support groups, admission of Tibetan students in Taiwanese universities and sought their help in resolving the visa renewal problems faced by Tibetan monks in Taiwan.
The Tibetan delegation held a talk on Tibet on the evening of 8 December, followed by a question and answer session . The meeting was jointly organised by the office of Tibet and the Tibetan-Chinese Friendship Association. There was also a broadcast of the issues relating to self-immolation. The meeting was attended by students, intellectuals, civil servants, social workers, democracy activists from Mainland China.
On 9 December, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel gave a talk on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s aspirations and the present situation inside Tibet.
The MPs also took part in the 25th anniversary celebration of the conferment of Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness Dalai Lama on 10 December.