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Dalai Lama’s Envoy to Speak in Ottawa

January 31, 2008

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Dalai Lama’s Envoy to Speak in Ottawa
(Ottawa, Thursday, 31 January 2008) – The Ottawa chapter of the Canada Tibet Committee will host a public talk by the Dalai Lama’s Special Envoy Lodi Gyari entitled The State of the Tibetan-Sino Dialogue on February 11, 7:00 PM at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. Admission is free. Seating is limited.
Event:             The State of the Tibetan-Sino Dialogue, a talk by Lodi Gyari
Date:                Monday, February 11, 2008
Time:               7:00 pm
Place:             Room B125, Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library
                        120 Metcalfe St.
About the Canada Tibet Committee
The Canada Tibet Committee is an independent non-governmental organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet.
About Lodi Gyari
Lodi G. Gyari, born in Nyarong, Eastern Tibet in 1949, he received a traditional monastic education. Mr. Gyari and his family fled from Tibet to India in 1959. Realizing that Tibetans need to publicize their struggle to the world he became an editor for the Tibetan Freedom Press and founded the Tibetan Review, the first English language journal published by Tibetans in-exile.
Mr. Gyari was one of the founding members of the Tibetan Youth Congress, an organization of over 10,000 members. He served as President of the Congress in 1975. Mr. Gyari was elected to the Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies, the Tibetan Parliament in exile, and subsequently became its Chairman. He then served as Deputy Cabinet Minister with responsibilities for the Council for Religious Affairs and the Department of Health. In 1988 he became Senior Cabinet Minister for the Department of Information and International Relations (Foreign Ministry.)
Currently he is the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Mr. Gyari is the lead person designated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to commence negotiations with the Chinese Government. Mr. Gyari is also the Executive Chairman of the Board of the International Campaign for Tibet, an independent Washington based human rights advocacy group.
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For more information:
Shelagh Mills                                                    
Canada Tibet Committee                                   

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