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The Situation Inside Tibet Today is Very Serious: Tibetan PM

February 22, 2011

Saturday, 19 February 2011 17:36 YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post

Berlin: - The Tibetan prime minister Professor Samdhong Rinpoche on
February 17th, 2011 - Thursday, voiced his deep concern for the current
situation in Tibet: "The restrictions imposed after the uprising in 2008
have not been rolled back. In fact, things have gotten worse." At the
moment, intellectuals, journalists, authors, and environmental activists
are being targeted for political persecution Samdhong Rinpoche during a
press conference held by the German Tibet support group Tibet Initiative
Deutschland (TID).

Nevertheless, sees no alternative to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
"Middle Way": "We would like to continue the dialogue with the Chinese
leadership. For us, non-violence is not a mere strategy - it is a core
belief," he said.

"The situation inside Tibet today is very serious, Prof. Samdhong
Rinpoche said when asked to comment on the present situation inside
Tibet. 2008 peaceful uprising was forcefully repressed. This repressive
measure continues. Tibetans and other minorities are in constant fear.
Detention and disappearance are order of the day. Tibetan poets and
writers are under attack."

He expressed his admiration for the younger generation of Tibetans.
"They have the greatest patience and determination," he said. Only a
small percentage of the youth talk about violence but so far, no
individual have advocated violence.

The Tibetan prime minister also gave his view on the future resignation
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama: „At some point, the Tibetan people must
learn to govern themselves without the support of the Dalai Lama", said
the Tibetan prime minister. He further explained that, considering the
progressing process of democratization of the Tibetan community in
exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's announcement should be taken very

Professor Samdhong Rinpoche also made clear that in large part the
Tibetan people want the Dalai Lama to remain as their political leader:
"We received hundreds of petitions calling on His Holiness the Dalai
Lama to stay in his position as leader of the Tibetan People". The
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile echoed the sentiment. Nevertheless,
Professor Samdhong Rinpoche considers the timing of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama's planned resignation to be consistent with his plans for
democratic reform. It will strengthen the government and the new prime
minister who will be elected on March 20th, 2011.

The Tibetan prime minister Samdhong Rinoche's visit with politicians in
Berlin was organized by TID. "We demand strong support from our
politicians for the legitimate rights of the Tibetan people and open
lines of communication with their democratically elected representatives
in exile," said Wolfgang Grader, chairman of the TID.

TID founded in 1989, advocates for the Tibetan people's right to
self-determination and the protection of human rights in occupied Tibet.
With 60 regional groups and nearly 2,000 members througout Germany, the
TID is a strong voice for Tibet. Primary funding for the TID comes from
membership dues and private, individual donations.
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