Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay on his maiden visit to US since assuming the office of the chief on the Tibetan exile cabinet, met top US senators and urged the Obama administration to take a stronger stance of Tibet.
Dr Sangay met several prominent US senators including Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), John McCain (R-AZ), Tom Udall of New Mexico (Democrat), John Barrasso (Republican) from Wyoming, Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a long time supporter of the Tibetan cause.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday at the National Press Club, Dr Sangay called for more concrete action from the US Congress and the Obama administration.
“A resolution from Congress and a call of action from the Obama administration will send a message to Tibetans that their sacrifice is not in vain,” said Kalon Tripa, referring to the spate of self-immolations in Tibet in recent months.
“Many people are giving up their lives thinking the international community will come and hear their voices and support them,” Dr Sangay said while reiterating that “a concrete action from the Obama government will set example for other countries to follow the suit.”
In Dharamshala, north India, the exile seat of the Tibetan administration, hundreds of Tibetans and Tibetan supporters held a prayer service Saturday to pray for the sacrifices being made by Tibetans in Tibet.
”As a mark of respect and honour, we are organising this prayer service for the sacrifices made in Tibet in recent months,” said Pema Chinnjor, the minister of Department of Religion and Culture of Central Tibetan Administration.
Palden Choetso, a 35-year old nun in Tibet had burned herself to death on Thursday making it the eleventh case of self-immolation by Tibetans in Tibet since March this year.
Tibetan Parliament in Exile in a release on Thursday blamed the Chinese repressive policies in Tibet for causing the self-immolations and urged the Beijing government to allow independent foreign fact-finding delegations to visit Tibet.
Responding to questions from the media, His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is currently on a visit to Japan said that Chinese policies were pushing Tibetans to desperation.
“The leadership in Beijing should look into the ultimate cause of these tragic incidents. These Tibetans have faced tremendous desperate situation, otherwise nobody will commit such drastic acts”.