Canberra: Australian Senator Janet Rice of the Greens while addressing the Senate House on Thursday acknowledged the maiden visit of Kalon (Minister) Norzin Dolma of the Department of Information and International Relations-CTA to Australia to seek support for the Resolution of the Sino-Tibet Conflict.
On the occasion of Kalon’s visit to the Parliament House today, Senator Janet Rice raised the grave situation facing Tibetans in Tibet and urged the Australian government to raise Tibet in the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in January.
The Australian All-Party Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet held a “Tibet Briefing” meeting at the Parliament House attended by Hon. Deputy Speaker Sharon Claydon, the Co-Chairs, MP Susan Templeman, Senator Dean Smith, Senator Janet Rice and many other parliamentarians from different political parties. During the meeting, Kalon briefed on the existing critical situation inside Tibet, what Tibetans expect from the Australian government and the effort being made by the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the Sino-Tibetan Conflict through the Middle Way Approach. She also spoke on the need for strong recommendations on human rights in Tibet in the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on China in January 2024.
Prior to the meeting, Kalon Norzin had an hour-long discussion on Tibet with Shadow Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham and Chair of Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security MP Peter Khalil.
Later in the afternoon, she had an interview with the Guardian Australia’s foreign affairs and defence correspondent Daniel Hurst.
Yesterday, Kalon visited the Lowy Institute Sydney, a leading foreign policy think tank in Australia, where she spoke about the critical situation inside Tibet and underscored the harsh policies implemented by the Chinese government such as undermining the religious rights and freedom and the most recent policy of coerced admission of Tibetan children into the colonial style boarding school. She also spoke on the committed stance of the Central Tibetan Administration on seeking the resolution of the Sino-Tibet conflict through the Middle Way Approach. Kalon also met with the Rev Bill Crews, a long-time friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and supporter of Tibet, at his Foundation at Ashfield, Sydney.
As part of her engagements, Kalon also met executive members of the Sydney Tibetan Community and Canberra Tibetan Community over dinners hosted by the Associations.
On 17th November, Kalon Norzin Dolma will be gracing the V-TAG Australia Strategy Meeting and Advocacy Training as the chief guest at the National Press Club. About fifty Tibetan youths from various regions of Australia will be attending the two-day meeting cum training.
Before heading to New Zealand for further engagements on 19th November, Kalon will be attending meetings of the Board of Directors of Australia Tibet Council and Sydney-based Chinese Tibetan Friendship Association and other Chinese democracy activists.
-Report filed by OOT, Canberra