LONDON: Mr Tashi Phuntsok, the Secretary for Information of the Department of Information and International Relations, said the Tibet Support Groups have played a vital role in strengthening the Tibetan freedom struggle.
Speaking the Steering Committee meeting of the International Tibet Network, a global coalition of over 180 Tibet support groups, in London last Friday (31 Oct), Secretary Tashi Phuntsok said the situation in Tibet remains tense with the self-immolation by more than 130 Tibetans in protest against China’s political repression, religious suppression, economic marginalisation and environmental destruction. “Tibet is, in all aspects, a giant prison. Impinging on their dignity and life on daily basis, Tibetans in Tibet suffer constant indignity and fear,” he said.
“Given this urgent situation in Tibet the Central Tibetan Administration is committed to the Middle Way Approach (MWA) as a pragmatic approach to ensure a lasting and meaningful solution for the issue of Tibet. MWA is a reasonable and good solution for the future of the region. Complemented by non-violence and dialogue this approach has received wide official and public support from many countries. Further awareness, focus and support will strengthen and greatly enhance the Tibetan issue,” he said.
He further said: “The tremendous role of Tibet support movement in bringing about immense support for Tibet in the last few decades is well-known. The movement has brought about a robustness that has greatly strengthened the Tibetan struggle. His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers the TSG movement as the Fourth Refuge of the Tibetans. No other recognition will be higher than this sincere appreciation of the work of the TSGs.”
“In the recent years TSGS have undertaken innumerable campaigns and impressive rallies nationally and internationally. The impact has been far reaching and countries across the world have witnessed the public support for the Tibetan issue.”
He expressed hope for support from the Tibet Support Groups towards the essential priorities of the Tibetan Administration to revitalise the youth outreach, to create more awareness of MWA and to expand on the Chinese outreach.
On 29 Oct, the DIIR secretary participated in the All Party Parliamentary Group’s meeting at Portcullis House, Westminster London. He met Mr Fiabian Hamilton, member of Parliament from the Labour Party.