For Immediate Release
Canada Tibet Committee urges Canada China Business Council to denounce atrocities
(Montreal, Friday, 14 March 2008) – The Canada Tibet Committee calls on the Canada China Business Council to publicly denounce the escalating crackdown by Chinese authorities in Tibet.
"Business leaders must remember that, while they are doing business in China, they are Canada's face and voice in that country. It is not acceptable for them to remain silent as atrocities escalate,” said CTC executive director Dermod Travis.
Observing that the Canada China Business Council describes itself an “…association that seeks to facilitate and to promote trade and investment between Canada and China” and founded by a “forward-looking group of Canadian and Chinese businessmen,” the Canada Tibet Committee urges the CCBC to exert its influence on the Chinese government to immediately cease their siege of Tibetan monasteries, introduce meaningful democratic reform across China, and reach a negotiated solution with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama over Tibet’s future.
China’s military response to peaceful demonstrations in Tibet has received worldwide condemnation. Today, the European Union joined Canada, Britain and the United States in expressing concern over the rapidly deteriorating situation in Tibet.
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Dermod Travis, Executive Director
Canada Tibet Committee