AMSTERDAM: Nyima Lhamo, the niece of late Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, visited the Netherlands on the last leg of her European tour. During the four-day stay (09-13 March 2017), she met with Tibet Support Groups, Board members of the Tibetan Community in Amsterdam and attended the 58th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959 as the keynote speaker in the Hague, which was attended by over 200 Tibetans and supporters.
“Each and every Tibetan in the free world has the responsibility towards their brothers and sisters inside Tibet who are undergoing tremendous suffering under the Chinese rule. They must therefore work hard to live up to their hope and expectation”, said Nyima Lhamo to the crowd.
On the third day of her visit, Nyima Lhamo met with International Campaign of Tibet’s (ICT) high donors followed by a public talk where she shared the current situation of human rights inside Tibet through the story of late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, which moved the crowd to tears. This was followed by film screening of “Drensol”. The film documents the eyewitness accounts of 23 elderly Tibetans who lived in a pre-occupied Tibet, through the uprising and their eventual escape to exile. Over 150 people attended the event.
On the last day of her visit, Nyima Lhamo met with Ms Yvette Lawson and Ms Jeanette van de Woude of Amnesty International in their Amsterdam Office. During the meeting Nyima Lhamo said, “the horrendous suffering to which my Uncle was subjected to and the trauma my family went through, is just one of many cases in Tibet. Tibetans in Tibet aspire to share their stories with the people of the world but the opportunity is denied to them.”
In the after-noon, she met with Ms Nouwen, Senior Policy Officer, of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She informed her about the case of late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, the current human rights situation in Tibet and urged the Dutch government to press its Chinese counterpart for a thorough investigation into his suspicious death. Ms Nouwen commended Nyima Lhamo’s courage and sympathized with her. She also assured that she would incorporate late Trulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s case in the agenda of the bilateral human rights dialogue with China, which is slated to take place in April 2017.
Nyima Lhamo returned to Geneva on 13 March evening after successfully completing her visit to the Netherlands where a few meetings still awaits her. She is scheduled to fly back to India later this month where she currently lives.
The visit was jointly organized by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), International Tibet Network (ITN), and Office of Tibet, Geneva. The translation was facilitated by the Office of Tibet, Brussels.
– Report filed by Office of Tibet, Brussels –