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[21/Apr/2008 Statements by Japanese monks regarding the memorial service at Zenkoji temple on April 26th]
[10/Apr/2008 His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tokyo] text by Tibet House
10th April 208, His Holiness the Dalai Lama transited Narita airport early this morning on his way to Seattle, US. Mr Tshoko Lhakpa, Representative, and the Indian Embassy protocol officers received His Holiness and the entourages at the airport and proceeded to Narita Hilton Hotel.
At the request of Japanese media, a brief meeting with the media was conducted from 3 pm to 3:55 pm at Hilton premises. 18 televisions, 29 dally and 12 magazines and radios comprising more than hundred people attended the meeting.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeted the press and explained the three mission of his life, promotion of human value, promotion of religious harmony and to resolve Tibetan issue.
On being asked about his opinion on demonstration in England and Paris during torch relay, he said, `right from the beginning, I supported China as a host to Olympics. China is the most populated and ancient country; Chinese people deserve Olympics. Despite the recent unfortunate incident in Tibet, there is no change in my position.
`In fact, after the London and Paris torch relay, I appealed the Tibetans in Sanfrancissco to refrain from violent demonstration during torch relay at the region. But all have right of speech and expression; nobody has right to say `shut up`. Implementation of this right of speech and thought through non-violent means is well practiced in democratic countries. The cause of recent crisis in Tibet is that this freedom is not given to the Tibetans.`
When asked about if he has any message for Chinese people, His Holiness said that after the 10th March crisis in Tibet, some people tried to create an impression that the Tibetans are anti-Chinese and seeking separation from China. He said he made an appeal to all the Chinese in which he clearly explained his stand. `Tibet would remain within China; this will help Tibet develop materially. But Tibet has a unique ancient Buddhist culture; preservation of this culture and language is important for all, in order to do so, Tibetan should have a meaningful authority.
`Some leaders in China see Buddhism as source of separation from China, autonomy in Tibet is just on paper, current crisis in Tibet is an indication of deep resentment of Tibetan people against the unjust treatment. At government level, I am demonized, whether I am a demon or not, you all can judge. But I feel sad that million of Chinese people who has to rely only on the information provided by the State, may have wrong impression about me and our views. So you should all (media) help me make it clear to all, especially in China that I not as bad as Chinese government says. ` He said with a laugh.
Regarding the violence in Tibet and about his being behind it, he said an impartial body should do a thorough investigation in this respect. Peaceful political uprising cannot be categorized as criminal activities. Those who take advantage of the situation and takes to looting and vandalism, their crime should be tried and punished.
For a message to the European, he said EU countries enjoy full freedom of speech and thought. They are free to express their views, so people have different opinion on different issues. That is wonderful and its up to them. He said he greatly appreciate the genuine concern shown by the European people especially in Germany, Britain and France.
On being asked if he would accept an invitation for opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic, he replied that if things improve and Chinese authorities take more realistic step to address the situation, he would be happy to see the big ceremony amidst roaring laughter.
For a message to Chinese leadership, His Holiness said that crisis in Tibet and Uighur are clear signal that things are not all right at the regions. Chinese government should accept the reality, whenever there is dissension; suppression by force is outdated in this 21st century. There should be more transparency, the so-called state secret only creates doubt and suspicion; this is the greatest obstacle to development of human society.
In order for China to become super a power, it should try to take moral responsibility in dealing with all crises. This is not only in the interest of Tibet and Ughuir etc. but also in the interest of 1.2 billion Chinese people. So media people should help to make this message clear to the Chinese leadership.
His Holiness Leaves Narita
Soon after the media meeting, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the entourage left for Narita airport at 4 pm and flew to Seattle US at 4:55 pm Japan Time. Tibetans and Japanese supporters have come in large number to see His Holiness off at the Hotel.
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[16/Mar/2008 Tibetan Olympic Torch Relay, Tokyo Chapter] text by Tibetan community in JapanPRESS RELEASE
16th March 2008Representative;
Palden Tsering, Tibetan community in Japan
Tibetan Olympic Torch Relay, Tokyo Chapter
As the world prepare for 2008 August Beijing Olympic, Tibetans will be left out. Because their country has been occupied by China. Olympic represents peace, freedom and unity of all people living on this planet. Love, Freedom and democracy are inalienable right of all the people. China has been awarded with the prestige of hosting 2008 world Olympic, on a condition that China would improve the conduct of its regimeso as to live by the spirit of the Olympic.
The recent torture and the killing of the peaceful monks and laymen demonstrating for their rightful homeland in Tibet by the Chinese security force shows that the totalitarian regime is in no way ready to change its oppressive and brutal attitude toward those voicing human right and justice in the land.
We are not against Olympic in China. We also want peace and stability in China so that we could make 2008 Olympic a success. But we cannot let Olympic happen in a place, where spirit of the Olympic is besmeared; we cannot let anyone use Olympic to justify its cruel and illegitimate rule in any land.
We cannot remain oblivious to the sufferings of the people in Tibet. The land
and the people of Tibet are considered to be most peaceful and religious, how
can the humanity move forward if these people are left to live in terror and
suffer just to please a brutal totalitarian regime?
Recently, in one of his speech, Hu Jintao has said stability in Tibet is linked with the stability in the whole China. If he really thinks so, give Tibetan their rightful autonomy. Treat Dalai Lama and his delegations seriously, so that a lasting peace could be achieved in China. Dalai Lama has rightly said, "Peace cannot be imposed with a brutal force, it will not last long". China should not live behind the façade of stability; it should heed Dalai Lama's wisdom.
This Tibetan Olympic torch relay in Tokyo is a part of Tibetan Olympic due to be held on May 2008 in Dharamsala, India. It is initiated by the Tibetans in exile to show their love and respect to the spirit of Olympic. It originated from Dharamsala, it traveled to Australia, Taiwan, Tokyo, and it will go to US and some other countries around the world and back to Dharamsala. As it moves around the world, it will also highlight the paradox of 2008 Beijing Olympic; world's most respectful and peaceful sporting event in one of the most repressive and brutal country.
We therefore, urge the Chinese leaders look deeper into this Tibetan issue and give Tibetan people their rightful freedom and peace. We request the world community to support the Dalai Lama and his people in their struggle for peace, justice and freedom in Tibet. Lastly, just as Government of US, Canada and European unions have voiced their concern about recent killing and arrest of peaceful demonstrators in Tibet, we, all Tibetan Living in Japan, urge Japanese government to voice our concern to Chinese authorities immediately.
Tibetan community in Japan, Tokyo
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[14/Mar/2008 His Holiness the Dalai Lama] text by Dalai Lama HP
I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days. These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance. As I have always said, unity and stability under brute force is at best a temporary solution. It is unrealistic to expect unity and stability under such a rule and would therefore not be conducive to finding a peaceful and lasting solution. I therefore appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence.
THE DALAI LAMA
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