Tibet: Sangay on First Official Visit to Australia
Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay is making his first official trip to Australia to raise awareness of ongoing discrimination against Tibetan communities and to seek support for a peaceful resolution to the Tibetan crisis.
Below is an article published by ABC News:
The Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile is in Melbourne, and he will use his first official Australian visit to seek support for his plan for a peaceful resolution to the Tibetan crisis.
Lobsang Sangay was elected as leader of the Central Tibetan Administration after the Dalai Lama retired from political life last year .
He will head to Canberra and Sydney over the next week.
Doctor Sangay says he believes there will be a resolution to the issues facing Tibet.
"The Berlin Wall came down, Nelson Mandela, 27 years in prison, no-one thought he could be freed," he said.
"Gaddafi is gone and Hosni Mubarak.
"Aung San Suu Kyi just got released, she swept the 44 seats in the Parliament, just received her Nobel Peace prize so I'm in that world where someone says it's impossible, very difficult, I say it's possible."
He says he will speak to Australian political leaders about the worsening humanitarian situation in Tibet.
"You can't have rallies, you can't have demonstrations," he said.
"Even posting posters on a wall can have you arrested and tortured, often disappear.
"The situation inside Tibet is so oppressive that Tibetans are choosing to die.
"The Chinese Government seems to be cracking down more and now they have closed off Tibetan areas for tourists also."
He says a request to meet Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has so fare been rebuffed.
"Obviously the Australian leaders ought to listen to the Chinese Government and Chinese leaders, but at the same time, it's only fair that you listen to other side as well," he said.