Students for a Free Tibet-India Urge the MPs to Talk Tibet at the Parliament Session

TIBETANS & SUPPORTERS LOBBY INDIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS TO PRESSURE CHINA TO END THE CRACKDOWN IN TIBET
Students for a Free Tibet-India Urge the MPs to Talk Tibet at the Parliament Session

Delhi, 25 March: With the session currently ongoing in the Indian Parliament, Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) – India initiated a lobby campaign since early March urging the Indian Parliamentarians to Stand Up for Tibet by highlighting the ongoing crises in Tibet at the Parliament and ask the Foreign Minister Mr. S M Krishna to make a public statement condemning China’s crackdown in Tibet.

The lobbying comes at a time when the President of China, Hu Jintao, will be attending the fourth BRICS summit in Delhi on 28th March, where many presume it will be his last visit to India before he steps down as the party head this October/November 2012.

Since February 2009, Tibet has now witnessed 30 cases of self-immolation with Sonam Dhargye, a 43 year old Tibetan farmer, from Rebkong (Chinese: Tongren) County of Malho (Chinese: Huangnan) Prefecture, Qinghai, being the latest Tibetan to set himself on fire on 17 March, 2012. 

“At a time when Tibetans inside Tibet are brutally oppressed and making ultimate sacrifices, it is highly crucial that world leaders intervene and pressure China to bring an immediate end to the crackdown in Tibet before more Tibetan lives are lost ” said Tenzin Jigdal, Program Director of Students for a Free Tibet-India. “Everyone we have met in the Indian Government expressed their concern on the tragedy unfolding in Tibet and assured to highlight the issue before the Parliament and to the Government.”

With members from both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, SFT-India met six Members of the Indian Parliament: 

Shri  C.M. Chang: IAS (Rtd.)
Nagaland People’s Front
Hon’ Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha.

SFT-India Program Director with Shri CM Chang, MP

Shri Prem Das Rai:
Sikkim Democratic Front
Hon’ Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

SFT-delhi members with Shri Prem Das Rai, MP

Shri Tathagata Satpathy:
Orissa
Biju Janata Dal
Hon’ Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

SFT-Delhi members with Shri Tathagata Satpathy, MP

Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari
Uttarakhand
Bharatiya Janata Party
Hon’ Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha

SFT Delhi members with Shri BHagat Singh Koshyari, MP

Shri Sharad Yadav
Bihar
Janata Dal (United)
Hon’ Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Shri Maheshwar Hazari
Bihar
Janata Dal (United)
Hon’ Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha

Jigdral and Tibet Supporter Adhitya Jha with Shri Maheshwar Hazari, MP

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Our role is to empower and train youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice.


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About INDIA: Stand Up for Tibet-Petition

Please sign this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today. We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. National wide Candle Light Vigil wil be organised by our Indian Members and supporters in all the Indian major cities that day. Tibet Needs You Now! Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters. Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength. To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
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