Brussels: Representative Tashi Phuntsok, Office of Tibet, Brussels had an hour long meeting with Ms Martine Reicharts, Director General for Education and Culture of the European Commission and Mr Henri Malosse, former President of the European Economic and Social Committee.
Representative Tashi Phuntsok updated the Director General on the educational and cultural capacity of CTA. He also drew her special attention to the CTA’s rigourous promotion of higher studies, professional development and intellectual promotion through special stipends and scholarships.
Ms Reicharts expressed her interest in Tibetan issues and respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She also outlined EU’s participation in higher studies in India including JNU and Amrita Center for International Program, Kollam. She indicated Tibetan participation in such educational cooperation.
Later Nyima Lhamo, niece of late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche joined the meeting. Ms Reicharts and Mr Malosse heard her story at length, inquired on her family, her child and her future plans. Ms Reicharts expressed her solidarity with her and Nyima Lhamo was courageous and wished her to be strong.
Earlier in the day, Nyima Lhamo, Tenzin Sonam, EU Human Rights Officer, Rigzin Choedon Genkhang, EU Advocacy Officer attended the annual EU Human Rights Defenders meeting where they interacted with Human Rights Defenders, Human Rights NGOs and Representatives of the EU institutions.
Today, the trio met with the representatives of international NGOs namely Protection International and UNPO at the ICT Office. They listened to Nyima Lhamo’s story with utmost interest and expressed their sympathy with her and her family.
The ongoing advocacy events are jointly organized by the Office of Tibet, Brussels, and International Campaign for Tibet, Europe.
-Report filed by Bureau du Tibet-