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Kalon Tripa calls on Chinese leadership to "initiate genuine change" PDF Print E-mail
[13 March 2012] Dr Lobsang Sangay, the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister of the Tibetan government in exile), gave his first Uprising Day statement as political leader of the Tibetan people on 10 March. Dr Sangay called on China's upcoming leaders to "initiate genuine change", admit that "the governments long-standing hardline policy in Tibet has failed" and accept the Middle Way Policy which seeks autonomy for Tibetans as guaranteed in the Chinese Constitution.

In his speech, given in Dharamsala, the exiled home of the Tibetan government, Dr Sangay called for action from the international community,  Tibetans in exile and Tibet supporters. He called upon the United Nations "to live up to its objective and address the crisis in Tibet by appointing a Special Rapporteur and visiting Tibet" and requested the international community and media to "send a fact-finding delegation into Tibet to remove the veil of censorship and disinformation campaign".

Tibetans in exile were called upon to express solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet and "embrace and celebrate our proud heritage and identity by wearing, speaking and eating Tibetan every Wednesday" (known as Lhakar).

Supporters were asked to make 2012 a "Tibet Lobby Year" by reaching out to elected representatives, educate them about TIbet and build support for the Tibet freedom cause.

On the subject of the self-immolations, the Kalon Tripa emphasised that he and the Dalai Lama "discouraged such drastic actions". However, he added that the self-immolations were an "emphatic rejection" of China's rule in Tibet and the solution to end such protests lay with the Chinese leadership.

Dr Sangay concluded his speech by saying that Tibetans in exile and supporters will "walk side by side" with Tibetans in Tibet "till freedom is restored... and His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to Tibet... May our long cherished goal of freedom and reuniting in the Land of Snows be realised soon!"

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