BRUSSELS – A visiting Tibetan parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Penpa Tsering have met EU officials and apprised them about China’s repressive policies on Tibet which has pushed over 121 Tibetans to set themselves on fire in protest.
On Monday (4 Nov), the delegation met with the Administrator of EU Committee of the Regions (COR) and exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including the deteriorating situation inside Tibet. Mr Vincent Metten, the EU Policy Director of the International Campaign for Tibet, accompanied the delegation.
The delegation attended the 98th Tibet Intergroup meeting hosted by the European Parliament and exchanged information on its working. The speaker apprised the group on current Chinese policies on Tibet, which is driving Tibetans to resort to desperate forms of protests, including self-immolation.
On Tuesday, the delegation met with several members of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), including Mr Gerhard Sabathil, the director for East Asia. Theey also met with representatives of the Flemish Parliament and a group of Senators of the Belgian Parliament.
They also met with Belgium Tibet Support Groups, executive members of Tibetan community and addressed the Tibetan Association at Anwerpen.
Earlier on their arrival in Brussels, the delegation was accorded a warm welcome at the Brussels airport by Mr Ngodup Dorjee, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and representatives from Tibetan community.
The Parliamentary delegation will leave for Paris on Nov 6 for an extended tour of France, Netherlands, the UK and Germany before heading back to India.
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