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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

The situation in Tibet is getting worse says world famous photographer Michel Comte

August 12, 2008

Tibet Bureau, Geneva
August 11, 2008

The Germany's largest newspaper -- Bild with over 17 million readers
launched a photo exhibition "Pictures from Tibet" in Berlin on the
eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing. The exhibition was organized
under its campaign A Heart for Children.

80 photos taken by the international acclaimed Swiss born
photographer Mr. Michel Comte were on display at the German media
group Axel Springer building's concourse in Berlin. The entrance free
exhibition was opened to the public on 8 August and will be on
display until 22 August. The photos were taken during Mr. Comte's
visit to Tibet in 1986 and to Dharamsala in June 2008. He met His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in May 2008 in Frankfurt.

"The situation in Tibet is getting worse," said Michel Comte, reading
a letter he had received from a Tibetan he met during his travel to
Dharamsala in June. The Tibetan friend who fled Tibet last year wrote
about his family members being killed in Tibet by Chinese soldiers
during the recent crackdown on Tibetan peaceful protestors.

German's elder statesman and long time Tibet friend Otto Graf
Lambsdorff spoke about the great risk Tibetans in Tibet take in
sending their children to India to get a better education and
sometimes to the point that they may not see their children again. He
also mentioned about the China current decree on Tibetan officials
working in the Chinese administration to bring back their children
from India or loss their job.

Mr. Kai Diekmann, editor in chief of the Bild -- Germany's largest
newspaper said that the situation of the Tibet is grave. He also said
that his newspaper stood against Communism and dictatorship.

Mr. Tseten S Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative
in Geneva said that the exhibition was launched at a very significant
moment in history -- on the eve of Olympics Games in Beijing. He
expressed Tibetan people's gratitude to Mr. Comte and Mr. Diekmann
for organizing the exhibition to raise funds for education of Tibetan
children and Tibetan Medical Institute in Dharamsala.

All the 80 photos were sold for Euro 1000 each. In early February
2009, a similar exhibition will be organized in Düsseldorf, Germany
to raise money for Tibetan Medical & Astro. Institute's new academy
near Dharamsala.
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