Brussels: In continuation with the ongoing EU (European Union), EP (European Parliament) and Belgium government and Parliamentarian advocacy, Representative Tashi Phuntsok and EU advocacy Officer Rigzin Choedon Genkhang along with Nyima Lhamo and Tenzin Sonam met with the Chairs of the Human Rights working group (COHOM) Ms O’Brian and working group on Asia and Oceania (COASI) Mr Grzegorzewski.
The Representative briefed the EU Officials on His Holiness’ visits to Europe, the current situation in Tibet, in particular the urgent situation in Larung Gar and the upcoming EU-China Human Rights dialogue. The Officials expressed continued concern on the issue of Tibet and in particular on the breakdown of Sino-Tibetan dialogue and uncertainty over the EU-China Human Rights dialogue.
Later Nyima Lhamo informed them about the case of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and her wish for an impartial investigation into his suspicious death. The Officials sympathised with her and expressed concern about her safety and future of her family.
The delegation also met with two Belgian parliamentarians Ms Sabine de Bethune from the Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V) party and Ms An Capoen from the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party. Secretary Thutop Namgyal of OOT, Brussels, accompanied the delegation. Following Tibetan presentation, the Parliamentarians vowed to push the Tibetan issue in their Parliament. They expressed their wish to raise the issue of Tibet in the Parliament, question the government, and also table resolutions thereof.
On Saturday evening, 3 December, all staff of OOT Brussels, Nyima Lhamo and Tenzin Sonam participated in the celebration of 27th Anniversary of Conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Over 250 Tibetans were present at the festivity in Antwerpen. While Mr Karma Tsering, President of the Tibetan Community Belgium spoke to the audience about the anniversary, Representative Tashi Phuntsok gave an overview of the Tibetan struggle culminating in the most joyous occasion of award of Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1989. He also reminded the gathering that 10 December is also being observed as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day and therefore an occasion to remember the current critical situation in Tibet and to campaign for respect of human rights in Tibet.
-Report filed by Bureau du Tibet-