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[10 March 2011] Tibet Lobby to call on UK government to meet the new Tibetan Prime Minister in exile when elected.

Lobby logoToday, Tibetans and Tibet supporters will be lobbying their MPs at Westminster and in their constituencies on the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising 10 March 1959. One of the two asks is that the Foreign Secretary publicly welcomes the election of the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile) and invites him to the UK to meet British government. In view of the Dalai Lama's announcement that he will formally begin to hand over all his political duties to the Tibetan government in exile during the next sitting of the Tibetan Parliament that begins on Monday, this is a very crucial ask to further the case of Tibet.

In the next phase of seeking justice for Tibet and protecting and promoting the Tibetan people's fundamental human rights such as the basic one of freedom of expression, the newly elected Tibetan Prime Minister in exile will become a key person in the process of political dialogue. The British government will be asked to encourage the Chinese President to engage with the Kalon Tripa in order to progress negotiations to bring about a solution for Tibet that is in accordance to Tibetan people's wishes.

Philippa Carrick, CEO of Tibet Society, said, "The Dalai Lama's actions bring a new phase to the Tibet issue; I look forward to the British government showing true support and commitment in encouraging and pressing for the Chinese government to enter meaningful negotiations to bring peace to the Tibetan people so they can live on their own terms and by their own beliefs and traditions. With the Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister so strongly supporting the will of the people in the Middle East, it is time they also genuinely gave such support to the Tibetan people who have lived under occupation of over 60 years."


Tibet Society: Philippa Carrick / Paul Golding tel: 020 7272 1414 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Further information and background materials on the Mass Lobby are available at
The Dalai Lama's 10 March Statement:
Full details on all Uprising 2011 events:

Further reading:
BBC: Viewpoint: Dalai Lama's exile challenge for Tibetans by Dr Robert Barnett, Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, New York.

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