Taipei, Taiwan: An international conference on the “Situation in Tibet and the Future of Hong Kong” was held at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong on June 19th, 2016. The conference was sponsored by the Tibet Religious Foundation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 2047 Hong Kong Monitor, and the New School for Democracy.
Answering the call at the “Finding common ground – the International Conference of Sino-Tibetan Friendship Associations 2016” (held April 22-24 in Taipei) for Sino-Tibetan conferences around the world, the participants from Hong Kong along with 2047 Hong Kong Monitor, and the New School for Democracy organized the first event in Hong Kong.
About 40 experts and scholars from Hong Kong and Taiwan, Tibetans and Tibetan movement activists shared their views on religion, human rights, culture, environmental protection and other areas of Hong Kong and Tibet. Hong Kong NGO community, Consulates in Hong Kong and the media were invited.
Edward Chin of the 2047 Hong Kong Monitor and Taiwan parliamentarian Freddy Lim (via Skype) made the opening remarks.
“I learned about the history of Tibet and the Dalai Lama and became a Tibet supporter through music when I was in high school and college.” Freddy said, “There are so many rock bands in the world that support a free Tibet.
“I’ve also been inspired in recent years by Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, inspired by the courage of the young people in Hong Kong. And I hope that the new government in Taiwan as well as the new parliament will be more supportive for those oppressed people. ”
Professor Joseph Cheng of the Hong Kong New School for Democracy hosted VIP Speakers session: China Human Rights Lawyers Concerned Group executive committee member John Clancy on “Human rights situation in China and why Hong Kong should be concerned about Tibet”, Tenzin Namdak of the Welfare Society for Tibetans in Taiwan on “the suppression of the Tibetans under the Xi Jinping Administration”, editor in chief of “The Sky Above Tibet” Hui-chuan Lu on “striving for sustaining Tibet” , Taiwan National Chengchi University Professor Lee Yeau-tarn on “adhere to the core values of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibetans”, Students for a Free Tibet – Taiwan executive member Cheng Kai-Jung (Karen) on “the history of the democratic Taiwan — a story of a freedom-loving nation”.
In the Q&A session, the questions were centered around “How Tibetans lost their homeland”, “how to learn from the failed experience”, and how to deal with the future of Hong Kong.
The conference highlighted the reality of the situation in Tibet today and the way China’s policies have departed from the terms of the 17 Point Agreement, which was the basis of the “one country, two systems”.
– Report filed by office of Tibet, Taiwan –