FORMER FINANCE & FOREIGN MINISTER OF INDIA SHRI YASHWANT SINHA JI PLEDGES TO STAND UP FOR TIBET

Tibetan NGOs urged him to raise Tibet’s issue with the Foreign Affairs Minister of India as Tibetan self-immolations crosses staggering 50

Dharamsala – Under the coordination of Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre, Shri Yashwant Sinha Ji, Former Finance and Foreign Affairs Minister of India, a senior Parliamentary member and the Chairman of All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet, is currently on a 3 day visit to Dharamsala from September 15 – 17 where in light of the current crisis in Tibet he paid a visit to the ongoing 4th session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and interacted with officials of the various Departments of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile on the first day followed by a meeting with the representative of International Tibet Network and the five Tibetan NGOs – Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, National Democratic Party of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet, India.Representatives of the Tibetan NGOs urged him to write to the Indian Foreign Minister to address Tibet’s issue at various International fora including the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. He signed a pledge to stand up for Tibet and called for Global Diplomatic Intervention to resolve the current crisis in Tibet.

He stated the “visit was long overdue” and expressed his appreciation to the courage of Tibetans inside Tibet and the hard-work Tibetans-in-Exile put in to amplify their voices.
During the meeting he highlighted the urgency for more concerted international actions on the issue of Tibet and the need of keeping the public opinion better informed on Tibet. Moreover, he emphasized the significance of sensitizing the Indian policy makers, the members of Indian parliament which therefore would help put more pressure on the Indian Government to take a more proactive stance on Tibet.

He assured to raise the issue of Tibet in the next Indian parliamentary session.

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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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