WASHINGTON DC: Former Tibetan political prisoner and film maker of ‘Leaving Fear Behind’ Dhondup Wangchen and Representative Ngodup Tsering of OOT Washington DC, visited Minnesota and met several members of the US congress as well as members of the Minnesota state legislative assembly to discuss the Tibet issue. The meetings with the lawmakers were organised by Tibetan-American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM).
Former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen and OOT Representative Ngodup Tsering reached Minnesota on 22 March. They were welcomed by board members of TAFM, the regional Tibetan community.
On 23 March, former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen and Representative Ngodup Tsering accompanied by Ngawang Chime, President and other board members of TAFM, met US congresswoman Kelth Ellision, and members of Minnesota state legislature Mary Kunesh Podein, Carolines Laine and Rodger Chamberlain. In the afternoon, they met US congressman Tim Walz. Two members of the local Tibetan community Jigme Ugen and Tenzin Dolkar also attended the meeting.
Dhondup Wangchen spoke about his motives behind making the documentary film ‘Leaving Fear behind’ and the reasons for his imprisonment. He also talked about the situation of political prisoners inside Chinese prisons and the difficulties of life even after being released from prison.
Representative Ngodup Tsering talked about the Tibet issue in general and thanked the congressmen and women for their continued support for the Tibet issue and the Tibetan people. He also invited them to visit the Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamshala to witness the functioning of the exile Tibetan administration.
The lawmakers of the US congress and Minnesota expressed their solidarity with the Tibet cause and support for the Tibetan people.
Representative Ngodup Tsering and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen also met the local Tibetan community at a meeting organised by TAFM.
Following the successful visit, Ngawang Chime, President of TAFM, expressed his pleasure at being able to organise the visit and meetings with the US lawmakers. He also thanked Jigme Ugen and Tenzin Dolkar for their assistance and participation during the meetings. He also said that TAFM will present Dhondup Wangchen with an honorary award for his contributions to the Tibet cause.
Tibetan-American Foundation of Minnesota (TAFM) is one of the largest Tibetan associations in the US. The award that will be presented to Dhondup Wangchen will be the second such award presented by TAFM to Tibetan political prisoners. The first award was presented to Late Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and was received by his niece Nyima Lhamo.
– Report filed in Tibetan by OOT Washington DC –