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British MPs visit Dharamsala, concerned over Tibetans' plight

September 12, 2008

Sep 11th, 2008 | By Sindh Today
        
Dharamsala, Sep 11 (IANS) Three British parliamentarians - Norman 
Baker, Julie Morgan and Tim Loughton - Thursday condemned China for 
'torture and imprisonment of Tibetans' during a visit to this Himachal 
Pradesh town that houses Tibet's government-in-exile.

The parliamentarians, who concluded their four-day visit here 
Thursday, told IANS that 'they were here to meet people, officials and 
ministers of the Tibetan government-in-exile to know the ground 
realities about the situation in Tibet'.

'We are quite concerned about the present situation in Tibet,' said 
Baker, who is a member of Britain's all-party parliamentary group on 
Tibet.
He termed 'torture and imprisonment of Tibetans as an unacceptable 
behaviour of the Chinese administration'.

'We will engage our government and the European Union to try to find 
out a peaceful resolution to the problem,' he added.

Apart from visiting Tibetan cultural and educational institutions, the 
British parliamentarians observed the ongoing session of the Tibetan 
parliament.

'The visit is part of an exchange programme to share experiences 
between the UK and Tibetan parliaments and to advocate the Tibetan 
people to express their opinions to the British parliamentarians, 
initiated by the London-based Tibet Society,' said Lobsang Choedak, in-
charge of the media cell of the government-in-exile.

The programme began with two visits by Tibetan parliamentarians to the 
Britain in 2005 and 2007, followed by British parliamentary 
delegation's visit here in October 2007.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has lived in India since 
fleeing his homeland in 1959. His government-in-exile is not 
recognised by any country.
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