Dharamshala: In a statement issued last week, a vice minister from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) declared that it has sufficient evidence that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was responsible for last year's violent protests in Lhasa. In an exclusive interview with The Tibet Post International (TPI), Mr Thubten Samphel, Secretary of the Department of Information & International Relations (DIIR) and official spokesperson for the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, addressed these allegations and spoke about how the recent round of talks between the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the CCP were abruptly halted.

8 October 2009: During his week-long stay in the US capitol of Washington DC, His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke with CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer about the fact that he will not be meeting with US President Barack Obama this week. While Blitzer questioned the sincerity of Obama's support for the Tibetan cause, the Dalai Lama firmly expressed his faith in the US-Tibet relationship and his understanding of Obama's hesitation, in light of the president ‘s upcoming visit to Beijing.

Getting to the Dalai Lama is a long and treacherous journey. The religious leader and Tibet's head of state lives in exile at the foot of the Himalayas, two hours north of New Dehli by airplane. Here in Dharamshala his residence lies on an idyllic hill, right next to a Buddhist temple. Those who want to get to him must go through strict controls performed by both Indian as well as Tibetan security guards. Even bare fingers are patted down.

Dharamshala: Three representatives of the UK support parliament for Tibet have been in Dharamsala since 6th September in talks with the government-in-exile, various NGO’S, as well as the exiled Tibetan people. The UK support parliament fully recognized the ‘appalling abuse of human rights’ that the Tibetan people have suffered under Chinese oppression, and complimented the ‘passion and enthusiasm’ of the Tibetan cause. The representatives, each from separate UK parliamentary parties, emphasized the importance of a united front to put pressure on China to settle Tibet’s ‘achievable and reasonable requests’ to democratic rights. Britain has also promised that international support for Tibet is a here to stay beyond the spotlight provided by the Beijing Olympics. 2009 was identified as a significant year, as it is both the 50th anniversary of His Holiness’ flight into exile, and the 50th anniversary of China’s ‘stone-walling’ of any meaningful negotiation with Tibet.

Dharamshala received a visit from Mr Wilson Lee, Program Officer of South-Asian Desk for the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), an US based organization that supports democracy efforts around the world. NED has supported the Tibetan movement since 1989. Mr Lee is paying a visit to India every year to visit their Tibetan friends and partners.

Dharamshala: Here The Tibet Post International talk with Ms. Lhamo Tso, about her missing husband, Dhondup Wangchen, she said, I believe my husband is innocent. Have you received support from the exile government or Tibetan NGO’s? "The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) distributed my husbands DVD, Leaving Fear Behind to collect donations.  My family receives a stipend once a month from the money that the (TWA) collected.  When that money is finished we will have no other support, the Tibetan government does not help us .”

Dharamshala: In the aftermath of the Olympics, Tibet Post International set out to gage the various views held by some of the Tibetan Institutes-in-exile in Dharamsala. We have responses from Mr. Thubten Samphel, secretary of the department of Information and International Relations, Mr. Tsewang Rigzin, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, and Mrs. B Tsering, president of the Tibetan Women’s Association.

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