Dharamsala : Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Ven Khenpo Sonam Tenphel issued this statement following the reports on the demise of the Nobel laureate and a veteran activist Liu Xiaobo (61) while undergoing a lengthy prison sentence.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo yesterday. I offer my deepest condolences to his surviving family members and friends, especially to his wife Mrs. Liu Xia.
A veteran activist and a champion of democracy, Mr. Liu Xiaobo embodied the hope for Chinese democracy. He won the Noble Peace Prize despite all the inefficacious attempts to obliterate his efforts by the Communist Chinese government.
His demise is not only a huge loss for his wife and family members but also an irreparable loss to all of us, who dare to dream a freer and more peaceful world, where everyone could co-habit with each other with harmony, stability and prosperity.
On behalf of all the Tibetans, both inside and outside Tibet, I can but only join in solidarity to offer my prayers for the departed soul and hope that the vision he so preciously cherished, a noble ideal in his heart, be one day soon realized in China.”