Petition PM to Meet Dalai Lama in 2008

by Organikal on October 31, 2007

DalailamaI received an email today that I had to share with you. It was from author Isabel Losada. I’ll include an edited extract here for you:

For once there is good news for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet. As you may remember from the book… since 1959 world leaders have not met with His Holiness publicly because the Chinese Government makes scary threatening phone calls and warns the country concerned that they consider meeting H.H. ‘interference in Chinese domestic affair’ and that HH is a ‘dangerous splittist, terrorist, separatist etc’ And for years every country in the world has been scared and done as China demands in order to safeguard their relations and economic interests.

But this year, in the run up to the Olympics, some world Governments have said ‘Actually no – HH is talking about non-violence, peace, human rights and reconciliation and we think it’s time you listened to him.’ The German Chancellor met him publicly, then Australia and Austria, then the US gave him the Congressional Gold Medal (for more info on this and for links to watch his acceptance speech see the latest blog on www.isabellosada.com) Canada is expected to be next.

Britain, of course, lags behind. To our shame, Blair refused to meet the Dalai Lama in 2004 and instead rolled out the red carpet, literally, for the Chinese visit. Gordon Brown now has an opportunity to show that he has more guts.

Next year, His Holiness will visit Britain again. It is time that the UK joined those countries showing support for His Holiness. Obviously it is in China’s best interests to allow The Dalai Lama back into Tibet and to grant Tibet genuine autonomy.

The Free Tibet Campaign has created a petition which calls for Gordon Brown to announce that he will meet His Holiness publicly when he comes to the UK next year. Please sign it here.

You might also write to your MP and request that he/she put pressure on Gordon Brown to make the announcement.

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Isabel Losada October 31, 2007 at 11:32 am

Oh my Goodness Julie – you are So efficient! If the Tibetan Government were as fast as this His Holiness would have been back in Tibet years ago. Tashi Delek and thank you, on behalf of millions of Tibetans who REALLY appeciate every tiny action done on their behalf. x isabel

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