Canadian commemorations mark 52nd anniversary of Tibetan Uprising
The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) wishes to honour the phenomenal service of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he prepares to pass his political responsibilities on to the soon-to-be elected Kalon Tripa and Tibet parliament-in-exile.
In his statement commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising, the Dalai Lama announced: “As early as the 1960s, I have repeatedly stressed that Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power. I will formally propose that the necessary amendments be made to the Charter for Tibetans in Exile, reflecting my decision to devolve my formal authority to the elected leader.”
“Few leaders have shown such commitment to non-violence as has the Dalai Lama,” said CTC Executive Director Travis. “Words will never express the CTC’s appreciation for his tremendous sacrifice, passion and fervent belief that even the most divisive of human conflict can be resolved peacefully.”
Tibetan-Canadians and their supporters will also have an opportunity to express their appreciation at rallies across Canada today being held to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising.
“Today’s commemorations take place at a time of new hope for the Tibetan people,” said Travis today. “Just as apartheid gave way to democracy, as the Berlin Wall fell, Ben Ali fled and Mubarak shown the door freedom is coming to Tibet and freedom is coming to China; the only question remaining is the day.”
On Monday, as more and more Tibetans assert their identity and culture through videos, songs, poems, and literature, Chinese authorities were forced to restrict foreign travel to Tibet.
“This decision puts a lie to the myth perpetrated by Chinese authorities over the past months that the resistance of the Tibetan people had been successfully suppressed following the 2008 uprising,” said Travis. “The Chinese government can try and blame cold weather, but what really scares them are thousands of witnesses who would attest to the courage of the Tibetan people as they honour those who have perished since 1959.”
On March 10, 1959, Tibetans rose up against the Chinese administration as a result of the oppression and systematic brutality they were experiencing under military occupation. Thousands died and many thousands more were forced into labour camps following the uprising.
The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent non-governmental organization of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
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