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As China unveils new leaders, Tibetans go into huddle

Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times  Shimla, November 16, 2012
First Published: 20:18 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 20:19 IST(16/11/2012)

As China unveiled its new leaders to lead the country, Tibetan exiles, who are striving to return to their home land for the past half a century, went into huddle at Dharamsala, the nerve centre of Tibetan movement, to ponder over the grim situation in the China-administered Tibet.

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Over 200 members of Tibet Support Groups from across the world on Friday started their three-day meeting to strengthen efforts to deal with the urgent and tragic situation in Tibet. Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay said the meeting would send a strong message to the international community.

"This special meeting of Tibet Support Groups is historic and extremely important in light of tragic self-immolations by 74 Tibetans in Tibet. It will send a clear message to Beijing that Tibetan supporters will make sure that the Tibet issue remains alive till freedom is restored in Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama returns to Tibet," said Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, democratically-elected leader and the political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The meeting also sends a message that Tibetans in Tibet are suffering torture on daily basis and denied basic human rights, but they are sacrificing their lives in the belief that Tibetans-in-exile and supporters will stand up for them to realise their aspirations for freedom and Dalai Lama's return to Tibet, he said.

Sangay underlined the Tibet support groups should rise up to ask why Tibetans are burning themselves to death.

"Tibet is a litmus test for China and the world. There will be real harmony and peaceful rise of China if it finds a lasting solution to the problems of Tibet," he said.

He said efforts should be made to make the cause of Tibet as one of most important issues on the international forum in 2013.

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