Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile hosts German Parliamentary Delegation

 

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Dharamshala: Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile welcomed members of German Parliamentary Delegation (Bundestag Parliament) on 17 September 2019. The members include Mr. Frank Heinrich (Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause. The delegation was accompanied by Ms. Anja Wollny (Secretariat Human Rights Committee), Ms. Anya Malhotra (Interpreter) and Mr. Simon Stross (German Embassy, New Delhi)

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Speaker Pema Jungney received the delegation and had a brief meeting with them in his office. Speaker spoke about evolution of Tibetan democratic polity, and Middle Way Policy. He further spoke about composition and functioning of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, and introduced three sections viz. Political, Administrative and Gyundrel (Finance) of the standing committee.

 

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Speaker also answered questions asked by the members of delegation on Tibetan electoral system, current situation inside Tibet, Tibet issue, and current relation between India and China, and process of finding reincarnations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The delegates then took a tour of Parliament hall.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

On 18th September 2019 Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile hosted a dinner reception for the German Delegation at Hotel Tibet, McLeod Ganj. Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok welcomed the delegates and introduced members of the standing committee of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. While, Mr. Frank Heinrich, the head of the delegation appreciated Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile for hosting dinner, and said that the purpose of their tour to learn about Tibet’s issue, Tibetans living in exile and situation inside Tibet has been fulfilled.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Speaker Pema Jungney in his welcome address extended a warm welcome to the delegates. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude for coming to Dharamsala and standing tall with the Tibetans at this critical time in our struggle.

He added that they been staunch supporters of the Tibetan cause and the gathering will send a strong message to the Chinese Government that Tibetans are never alone. Germany is a powerful nation and it has always stood beside the truth and just cause of Tibet.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Ms. Claudia Roth, member of the green party and then vice president of the German Parliament visited Dharamsala in 2015 to grace the occasion of 56th National Uprising Day. The Tibetan Parliament also had an honor hosting a dinner for her during the visit. Similarly, Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile is honored again to host the dinner for the German Delegation.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Speaker then highlighted the deteriorating situation inside Tibet. The self-immolations of Tibetans and the demolition of monastic institutions in Tibet. There is no improvement in the overall Human right situation under the hardline policies of Chinese Leadership.

The Speaker further spoke on violation of religious freedom in Tibet by the Chinese government. The restriction on the practice of Buddhism is akin to the restriction on Tibetan culture. Such restrictions were also imposed on the Tibetan language, which is the ultimate identity of Tibetans as a nationality. The relentless promotion of Mandarin under the People’s Republic of China has seized the space of minority languages.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Tibetans fear that such restrictions along with cultural assimilation would lead Tibetans to become alienated from its language and land. Along with various atrocities, Tibetans inside Tibet are facing numerous social discrimination, travel restriction and many more.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Tibet’s rich and delicate environment with its global significance also lay waste and exploited in the hands of China’s propensity towards its global influence and economic growth. Ultimately, the management of Tibet’s rich water resources and the environment will have a long-term impact on the Asian countries.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

Tibetans are indebted to the German Parliament for continuously raising the issue of Tibet despite having a clash on trade ties with China. In 1987, the West Federal Parliament passed a resolution on Tibet regarding the human right violation in Tibet. Later, in 1996, the German Parliament passed a similar resolution on continuous repressive policies of China on Tibet resulting in a more severe human right violation. This resolution has resulted in a dispute between Germany and China on trade ties. The German Parliament continued their support despite the threat.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

In 2012, the German Human Right Commissioner calls for International Observers in Tibet to assess the causes of the increasing self-immolation inside Tibet. In the same year, three chairperson of the Tibet Discussion Group in the German Parliament urged German Chancellor Dr. Merkel “to advocate for an immediate end to the Chinese violence towards the Tibetan people” in talks with the Chinese Leadership during the G20-Summit in Cannes.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

And most recently, The Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Parliament called China to “immediately stop the repression of the Tibetan people” and “resume dialogue with the legitimate representatives of the Tibetans”, in a joint statement. Likewise, Mr. Kalsang Gyaltsen, the former special representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited to German Bundestag to speak on the human right situation of religious minorities as an expert of Tibetan Buddhism. We are eternally grateful for the support from the people and government of Germany to the Tibet cause.

Also, the United States of America has adopted a resolution “Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act”. The President of United State of America signed the bipartisan bill on Tibet into law, paving the way to impose a visa ban on Chinese officials who deny American citizens, government officials and journalists access in our land, Tibet. US citizens including government officials, reporters, and tourists who seek to enter Tibetan areas are routinely rejected, and the few who do get in are forced to stay on strictly controlled official tours, where the true situation of the Tibetan people is hidden from them. The situation is worse for the Tibetan Americans who were denied visa most of the time. So, we urge all the leaders of the countries to adopt such laws, which in our hope will give us access to information on Tibet.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recieved German Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Frank Heinrich(Chemnitz) (CDU/CSU), Ms. Ute Vogt (SPD), and Ms. Margareta Bause

The Speaker spoke about the mutually beneficial Middle-Way policy that has been relentlessly pursued by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Central Tibetan Administration, which is a pragmatic course to resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully. This approach meets the vital needs of the Tibetan people while ensuring the unity and stability of the People’s Republic of China. The Speaker concluded his speech by asking for their support to encourage the Chinese authorities to resume dialogue between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.

Followed by Speaker’s address, the members of the delegation had a thorough discussion with the members of the standing committee and finally concluded with Speaker’s presentation of traditional scarf and souvenir to the members of the delegation.