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CTC Board of Directors welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Canada
Calls upon Canadians to STAND UP for Tibet
October 20, 2014 – The Board of Directors of the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC)  extends its warm welcome to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as he makes a brief stop in Vancouver this week  as part of a North American tour. This will be the Dalai Lama’s 8th visit to Canada since 1980.
“The Dalai Lama is an emissary of peace in a world that is far too focused on conflict” said Tenzin Lhalungpa, CTC President . “Canadians respond to his message and that is why they come in the thousands to hear him speak.”
In the past year, the Government of China has increased its anti-Dalai Lama rhetoric and pressured other governments to distance themselves from the Tibetan leader. Meanwhile the severity of human rights violations inside Tibet has escalated and at least 133 individuals have self-immolated in protest of China’s repressive policies.
“The Dalai Lama was awarded Honorary Canadian Citizenship in 2006” said former Senator and previous Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet (PFT), Consiglio DiNino. “Now he needs Canadians to stand up and to make their voices heard so that Ottawa keeps the Tibetan issue at the top of its bilateral relationship with China.
Members of the PFT will meet with the Dalai Lama in Vancouver where it is expected that they will discuss a range of human rights issues as well as the Dalai Lama’s proposal for constructive dialogue with China, the Middle Way Approach (Tib. Umaylam) . Members of Parliament are currently undertaking a study on human rights in China, including Tibet. The Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights is expected to conclude its study within the next months including specific recommendations to Government. 
“The CTC supports the Government of Canada’s public commitment to the defence of human rights and particularly of the right to religious freedom” said Lara Braitstein, author and Associate Professor of Religion at McGill University. “At this difficult time in Tibet’s history, Canadians expect that commitment to be matched with action.”
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Visit the CTC information booth at the UBC Thunderbird Arena, Vancouver Campus, 2555 Westbrook Mall on October 23 between 08:00-16:00 to meet our representatives and to discuss what you can do for Tibet.
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 The list of CTC Directors with their bios is found at http://tibet.ca/en/about_us/our_team
 For information about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Canada, see www.dalailamavancouver.com
 For a short bio of the Dalai Lama, see, http://tibet.ca/_media/PDF/en/Dalai_Lama.pdf
 The Middle Way Approach is described at http://mwa.tibet.net/
 Subcommittee testimony by the Tibetan Prime Minister, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, is found at http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=6005528&Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=41&Ses=1