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"Tibet is Peace is Tibet"

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2004/01/21; January 21, 2004.]

News Update Five - Tibet at WSF

Mumbai, 20 January - "Tibet is Peace is Tibet" was the message singed by one participant as Tibetans at the World Social Forum (WSF) this morning brought white clothes measuring to 230 metres to the venue to collect signatures from participants to support the appeal "Make Tibet a Zone of Peace and Non-Violence." Thousands of participants rushed to sign the Tibetan action with other messages calling for the "Release of Panchen Lama" or "Free Tibet, China Go Home".

Yesterday afternoon, Mr. Pema Jungney, the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile delivered a statement (www.tibet.net) to the World Parliamentary Forum (WPF) which was received warmly by other parliamentarians. Mr. Jungney who was registered to this Forum as a representative of Tibet spend the entire day at the WPF.

Before the Tibetans ended the day's activities, they organised a candlelight vigil for world peace lasting around 6 pm to last for several hours that was joined by WSF participants with joy and prayers. Tibetan children again performed at one of the WSF events finishing their cultural show with a Hindi song about the struggle of the Tibetan people.

The Tibetans will attend the closing ceremony of the Intercontinental Youth Camp this afternoon to show their solidarity with the aspiration of the youths in this world.

The final programme of the Tibetan Delegation today will be the Human Rights briefing at the WSF venue. Mr. Sulak Sivaraksha from Thailand will release the annual human rights report for the year 2003 of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy which is based in Dharamsala, northern India.

During the past few days, Tibetan delegates also came across with several participants from China and Tibet. Two of the Tibetans participants from Tibet claimed that they belong to an environment organisation. But the Tibetans from India doubted when seeing costly publications and exhibit materials of this organisation.


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