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London representative address Tibet photo exhibition in Polish Parliament

April 6, 2009

Office of Tibet, London
April 3, 2009

London: At the invitation of the Polish
Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Mr.  Tsering
Tashi, the London-based Representative of His
Holiness the  Dalai Lama addressed a function
Wednesday in the Polish Parliament where a Tibet
Photo Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of
Tibetan national uprising against China’s
occupation of Tibet was launched by Deputy
Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Stefan Niesio?owski.

He said currently the Tibetans in Tibet were
going through a very difficult time and this is
why various governments in their dealing with
China should give due importance to human lives
and human rights over temporary economic gains.
Representative Tsering Tashi thanked the Polish
parliamentarians, government and people for their
sympathy and continued support for the just
Tibetan cause. Speaking from personal experience
and encounters, he said more and more Chinese
through better awareness and information were
showing understanding for the plight of the
Tibetan people, which was encouraging.

In his address, Deputy Speaker Niesiolowski said
Poland because of its own experience of having
lived under the totalitarian communist regime
should support the Tibetan people’s struggle for
autonomy, democracy and freedom. He said he
himself was committed to supporting the just
cause of Tibet and hoped the photo exhibition
will generate more interest and support for the Tibetan aspiration.

In her introductory remarks, Mrs. Beata
Bublewicz, Chairperson of the parliamentary group
for Tibet, said the primary purpose of holding
the photo exhibition in the parliament was to
make the Polish MPs, staff members and others
better aware of Tibetan culture and people and
make them discuss the Tibet issue. The photos of
mainly Tibetan landscape and people were taken by
Mr. Artur Nosiadek, who gave credit for his
interest in Tibet to a chance encounter with Sir
Edmund Hillary of Mt. Everest fame.

After the formal launch of the exhibition, Mr.
Artur Nosiadek, showed a slide show of his photos
that was followed by an hour-long question and
answer session with Representative Tsering Tashi.
The questions raised by parliamentarians and
invited guests ranged from the current status of
Sino-Tibetan dialogue to the control over
monasteries being exercised by the Chinese authorities in Tibet.

Besides addressing the main function in the
Polish Parliament, Representative Tsering Tashi
besides meeting with parliamentarians, members of
Polish Tibet support groups and Tibetans also met
with officials of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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