tibet-post-header
Tibet: News Exile Niece of late Tibetan monk meets German Human Rights Commissioner

Niece of late Tibetan monk meets German Human Rights Commissioner

E-mail Print

Nyima-Lhamo-Tibet-Germany-Human-Rights-Commissioner-Barbel Kofler-Berlin-2017jpgBerlin — Nyima Lhamo, niece of respected Buddhist monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who died in prison in July 2015, met German Human Rights Commissioner Dr Bärbel Kofler and the Tibet Group in German parliament and urged them to to arrange for an independent fact-finding delegation to visit Tibet and assess the situation in Tibet, especially Chinese prisons in Tibet.

"Nyima Lhamo met with German Human Rights Commissioner Dr Bärbel Kofler (SPD) and the Tibet Group in German parliament, led by MP Michael Brand (CDU/CSU) and joined by MPs of the Social Democrats and the Green Party, on February 14, 2017," the Tibet Initiative Deutschland, a Germany-based nongovernmental advocacy group said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

In a moving conversation with the MPs and later the Commissioner, Nyima Lhamo spoke of her own time in detention after she and her mother pressed her uncle's body to be returned to them for funeral ceremonies, and for an investigation into the suspicious circumstances of his death.

Lhamo, who managed to escape into exile last year and now lives in India, said that her uncle Tenzin Delek Rinpoche's 'only crimes' were: "His faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his leadership in the community and his work as a social and environmental advocate."

Lhamo urged her interlocutors to press the Chinese authorities to reveal the circumstances that led to the death of her uncle in prison and to arrange for an independent fact-finding delegation to visit Tibet and assess the situation in Tibet, especially Chinese prisons in Tibet.

She also stressed that it is the Tibetans aspiration to see the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet. She expressed her hope that the German institutions will support Tibetans in this aspiration.

The meetings in Berlin were jointly organized by Tibet Initiative Deutschland and International Campaign for Tibet.

Rinpoche was a highly respected Tibetan spiritual figure and one of the most prominent Tibetan political prisoners. He died on Sunday July 12, 2015 in a Chinese prison after undergoing 13 years of detention, torture and brutality. He had been denied medical parole despite serious health problems.

The Rinpoche was known for his activism for the wellbeing of Tibetans and work with schools and orphanages. "Since I am a Tibetan, I have always been sincere and devoted to the interests and well-being of Tibetan people. That is the real reason why the Chinese do not like me and framed me. That is why they are going to take my precious life even though I am innocent."

After Rinpoche's family failed to secure a review of the case, a series of protests took place in his home town of Ngakchukha County in December 2009. Shops closed in support as 40,000 Tibetans signed a petition to free Tenzin - others used red thumb prints.

China has claimed that his death was either natural, or he committed suicide. However many people in the Tibetan exile community believe he was murdered for political reasons, ie his loyalty towards HH the Dalai Lama and his campaigning for the protection of the environment and education for Tibetans in Tibet.

Tibet was invaded by Communist China in 1949. Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 million Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed and acts of murder, rape, arbitrary imprisonment, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were inflicted on the Tibetans inside Tibet. Beijing continues to call this a "peaceful liberation".

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:01 )  


......


Tibet is a litmus test for the world: Sikyong in Japan

Tibet is a litmus test for the world: Sikyong in Japan

Osaka, Japan — 'As no one prevented...

China has no obligation to recognise next Dalai Lama of Tibet: Sikyong

China has no obligation to recognise next Dalai Lama of Tibet: Sikyong

Tokyo, Japan — Addressing the members of...

Sikyong urges Japan to support Middle-way solution for Tibet

Sikyong urges Japan to support Middle-way solution for Tibet

Tokyo, Japan — The Tibetan political lea...

What happened to Tibet could happen to China's neighbours: Sikyong

What happened to Tibet could happen to China's neighbours: Sikyong

Tokyo — The political leader of Tibetan ...

One must first understand Tibet to understand China: Sikyong in Japan

One must first understand Tibet to understand China: Sikyong in Japan

Tokyo, Japan — The political leader of T...

Hollywood star Gere discusses Tibet with German Chancellor Merkel

Hollywood star Gere discusses Tibet with German Chancellor Merkel

Berlin, Germany — Richard Gere, Hollywoo...

My first teacher of compassion was my mother: Spiritual leader of Tibet

My first teacher of compassion was my mother: Spiritual leader of Tibet

Amaravati, AP — "In my own experience, m...

Tibetan leader to Indians: 'Remember your traditions of harmony'

Tibetan leader to Indians: 'Remember your traditions of harmony'

New Delhi — “My dear Indian brothers and...