(Montreal, Thursday, 24 June 2010) – Overnight the Canada Tibet Committee has put up “President Hu: It’s Time” posters across Huntsville, Ontario in advance of Friday’s G8 Summit.
The posters are a vivid reminder to G8 leaders that it’s time for President Hu to address the legitimate aspirations of the Tibetan people through substantive negotiations with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, that it’s time to ensure that human rights are protected across Tibet and China, that it’s time to restore religious freedom and a free press, and that it’s time to release Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen and hundreds of other political prisoners.
The CTC noted that in announcing the G8 Summit, Prime Minister Harper emphasized it “will be a tremendous opportunity to promote Canada’s values and interests on the world stage…and to champion freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”
“Our Prime Minister is not alone at the summit in holding such sentiments,” said CTC executive director Dermod Travis. “Since 2008, seven members of the G8 have publicly indicated their support for the dialogue between the government of China and the Dalai Lama to resolve ongoing differences.
With this overwhelming support, the G8 and G20 summits offer a unique opportunity to rally these and other voices into a common statement encouraging the government of China to avail itself of the opportunity presented by the 2008 Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy.
This week, in an interview with Bloomberg News, Prime Minister Harper called for a G20 summit that is “decisive, coordinated and balanced.” The Canada Tibet Committee seeks the same result for the Tibetan people from the summit.
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