March 18, 2011
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EP commemorates the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising [Friday, 18 March 2011, 2:52 p.m.]

Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice President of the European Parliament
responsible for Democracy and Human Rights and Ms. Kristiina Ojuland,
MEP hosted a seminar on Tibet in the European Parliament in Brussels
“52 Years since the Tibetan Uprising: Common Ground for Tibet and
China?” This event was organised to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of
the National Uprising of the Tibetan People in Lhasa March 1959.

From left to right : Mr. Roy Strider, Mr. Thomas Mann, Ms. Kristiina Ojuland, Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen, Mr. Vincent Metten and Mr. Edward McMillan-Scott.

conference was very well attended despite falling amidst a very busy
committee week, by Members of the European Parliament, their
Assistants, Representatives of Non-governmental Organisations such as
Human Rights Without Frontiers, Amnesty International EU, members of
the Belgian Tibetan Community and a number of journalists accredited to
the European Parliament.   “We in the EU must not turn a blind
eye to the continued abuses of human rights and repression of
democracy,” said McMillan-Scott. “The European Union was founded on the
principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law and it is our
duty to work together to end the persecution of the Tibetan people; the
imprisonment and torture of those whose only crime is the practice of
their traditional lifestyle.” Ojuland stressed that the
Tibetan issue must be raised every single time, when meeting the
representatives of the Peoples’ Republic of China. She said: “We need
to insist that the Peoples’ Republic of China applies her own
constitution, providing autonomy to national minorities.” 

 The audience

also noted that it is important that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is
received in all democratic and free countries as the legitimate head of
state of Tibet, especially in Estonia.  Kelsang Gyaltsen, Envoy
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, appealed to the European Parliament to
send a Parliamentary delegation to Tibet. “Opening Tibet to
parliamentarians, international observers, press etc contributes to
better treatment of the Tibetans,” he told. “The Chinese authorities
become very careful, when there is a constant presence of international
observers.”  Roy Strider, activist of Friends of Tibet, Estonia
and columnist to Tibet Sun, reflected upon the environmental aspects of
the Chinese occupation of Tibet and asked the EU to stick to its
values. “We are accustomed to placing economic interests and the
interests of the system of international relations above human sense of
justice and humane values,” said Strider. “It is time to demand an
economic blockade to China, because nothing can be more important than
the values that keep the human world together.” The panel also
included Members of the European Parliament Thomas Mann and Csaba Sógor
as well as Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director of International Campaign
for Tibet. After the intervention of the panelists, the floor
was open to the audience for a question and answer session where
diverse issues on Tibet were raised.  The full statement of some of the panelists will be made available on Envoy’s website;

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