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Tashi Namgyal's March 10 Speech

posted Mar 12, 2011, 8:23 AM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Mar 12, 2011, 9:03 AM ]
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The following speech by North American Chitue candidate Tashi Namgyal was given in Seattle on March 10, 2011 at a commemoration rally jointly organized by the Seattle Tibetan Youth Congress and the Seattle Tibetan Association.  The speech text was provided to TPR by the candidate.


Today, the 52nd Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising of 1959 was the day when tens of thousands of Tibetan masses rose up against the Chinese occupation of Tibet under the guise of "liberation." The subsequent Chinese suppression and oppression resulted in the deaths of a very many of our compatriots.

Therefore, let us salute those brave men and women, who sacrificed their precious, live for the cause of the Tibet and for a better future for all of us. The suffering of our brethren in Tibet continues even today under Chinese occupation. Time and again our brothers and sisters in Tibet have expressed their desire for freedom and for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his rightful place in Lhasa .

Even though China as a nation has changed over the years and comparatively opened up, the Tibetans continue to be treated as second class citizens in their own land. The Chinese Government undertakes racial discriminations . Although many Chinese enjoy comparable freedom of movement Tibetans are still denied freedom of religion or travel, including even their passports, which are their legal rights. Similarly, Tibetans living in the United States who are American citizens are treated differently by the Chinese Embassies and denied visas without any justifiable reasons. Unlike other American citizens, Tibetan Americans are even subjected to thorough investigations and made to provide names of all our family members in exile and other details.

To the Tibetans outside Tibet , I want to take this opportunity to urge you to work unceasingly to strengthen the hands of His Holiness the Dalai Lama through active participation in the democratic process, which he so painstakingly established. This includes the participation of every single eligible voter in the upcoming election of Kalon Tripa and the members of the 15th Tibetan Parliament in Exile.

To my fellow Tibetans in North America, one concrete way that we can contribute to the Tibetan cause is by our active participation in the political process of the United States and Canada . I was very encouraged by the strong presence of Tibetan Americans as well as Tibetan Canadians during the two-day Lobby Day in Washington , D.C. , coordinated by the International Campaign for Tibet .

I would like to strongly draw the attention of the Tibetan people to His Holiness' desire to devolve his authority.  This is a huge issue for the Tibetan people   and we should  not remain silent spectators but must put our heads together to discuss this issue threadbare. 

Today, I would like to challenge the Chinese authorities that if they are confidant that the situation Tibet is stable and Tibetans are prosperous:

1. then open up Tibet to outside world and let there be free movement of people in and out of Tibet .

2. Let the Tibetan living outside Tibet be allowed to visit their long separated relatives, near and dear one.

When such a situation develops, the Tibetans and international community will be convinced that the situation in Tibet is indeed 'stable' . This will be a great step toward making it a 'harmonious society'

I call upon our American and Canadian governments to render proactive support to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his effort to find a mutually satisfactory solution to the Tibetan people.

May His Holiness the Dalai Lama live long and may all the aspirations of the Tibetan people be fulfilled.