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Tibetan Minister of International Relations to visit Ottawa

February 17, 2016

February 15, 2016 – The Minister of International Relations of the Central Tibetan Administration (government in exile), Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, will visit Ottawa on February 16, 2016. [1] The purpose of Ms. Chhoyang’s visit is to meet with the newly-elected Chair and Vice Chairs of the Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet.

This is the first visit to Ottawa by a representative of Tibet’s exile administration since Canada’s new government was elected in October.  The Minister will brief MPs on the current status of Sino-Tibet negotiations and her administration’s proposals for resolution of the conflict in Tibet.

“Working with Members of Parliament is an important way to keep the Tibet issue front and centre within the Canada-China relationship” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee.  “We are confident that the Parliamentary Friends will continue to be strong advocates of human rights in Tibet within the Canadian parliament.”

New executive members of the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet are: Arif Virani (Chair); James Maloney (Co-Chair); Garnett Genuis (Co-Chair); and Randall Garrison (Co-Chair).

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Notes:

[1] Kalon Dicki Chhoyang was born in India and grew up in Montreal, Canada. In September 2011, she was appointed as Head of the Department of Information and International Relations for the Central Tibetan Administration. Prior to her appointment as Kalon (Minister), Dicki Chhoyang served as the Community Liaison Officer for the construction project of the University of Montreal-affiliated mega-hospital.  From 1999 to 2003, she worked on community development projects in Tibet. Dicki Chhoyang completed her undergraduate degree in international business and marketing at McGill University.  She holds an M.A. in Central Eurasian studies from the Indiana University and an M.Sc. in planning and international development from the University of Guelph.  She is fluent in Tibetan, English, French and has a working knowledge of Mandarin. 

[2] The Canadian Parliamentary Friends of Tibet is an all-party group of Members of Parliament and Senators established in 1990. The PFT seeks to strengthen Canadian government support for a principled policy approach to the issue of Tibet. The group and its members actively encourage greater respect for the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people. They support efforts to achieve genuine autonomy for Tibetans through negotiations with the People’s Republic of China.

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