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Dharamshala, India — Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration and Speaker of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, on behalf of the Tibetans inside Tibet and around the world, expressed gratitude to the NBA player Enes Kanter for his invaluable support for the cause of Tibet and urged for his continued support.

On November 23, 2021, Penpa Tsering, Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration, wrote a letter of thanks to Enes Kanter, a basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), for his support and solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet and around the world.

“I have come to learn with great admiration about your advocacy for the rights and freedoms of Tibetans suffering under China’s repressive rule. As a person of your stature, your support has tremendously helped amplify the voices of the Tibetan people. It is also a great source of encouragement and hope for the Tibetan people inside Tibet and around the world, as well as to all those oppressed under the authoritarian regime of the Chinese government,” he wrote in the letter.

“Your support comes at a crucial time when the Chinese government is increasingly and aggressively using its economic clout to threaten the universal values of democracy, freedom, and rule of law,” he said.

“As the Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration, I, on behalf of the Tibetans inside Tibet and around the world, express our deep gratitude for your resolute stand for human rights and freedom,” he concluded.

Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of the 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, on behalf of the Tibetans inside Tibet and around the world, also expressed gratitude to NBA player Enes Kanter his support for the cause of Tibet on November 1, 2021.

“We are very delighted and grateful for your solidarity with the truth. The voice that you have raised shows how much you support truth and justice,” the Speaker wrote in a letter to Enes Kanter.

“Since the illegal invasion and occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China in 1959. Tibetans are not only deprived of basic human rights. They are subjected to brainwashing with forced labour in indoctrinating camps, while millions live in fear amid vast surveillance within their homes,” he explained.

“The recent transfer of Wang Junzheng, CCP Secretary of Xinjiang to Tibet indicates the CCP’s intention of clamping down every move by Tibetans who uphold their love and pride for being Tibetans,” he added.

“At this crossroad of brutal and inhuman atrocities in Tibet, we value every single voice raised in support of our brothers and sisters in Tibet. We also invoke the conscience of every humanity to be the voice of the voiceless. Hence your stand for truth and justice and your voice gave a ray of hope for them,” the Speaker concluded.

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