Ottawa(Canada): The Central Tibetan Administration President, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, testified at the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, “The human rights situation in Tibet.” He was joined by the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, Alex Neve, and Shawn Steil, Executive Director, Greater China Policy and Coordination, Global Affairs Canada Dr. Sangay opened the session by recognizing this year as the 60th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, commemorating the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. He also described the Chinese government’s massive human rights violation-the jailing of over a million Uyghurs. Dr. Sangay underlined that the Tibetan government-in-exile continues to support The Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach – the protection and preservation of Tibetan culture, language, religion and national identity – People’s Republic of China’s Constitution of the Framework.
According to the Freedom House, Tibet is the second least free places in the world, after Syria. In response to questions from members of the Standing Committee, Dr. Sangay reiterated that the autonomy in China that Tibetans were seeking “was less than granted to Hong Kong.” He noted that Chinese government from the trust lacked this issue on the Chinese-Tibetan dialogue further hampering, and observing that Chinese government incorrectly believed Tibet’s push for autonomy was a “hidden agenda for independence.” Sangay further updated the human rights situation in Tibet, saying that over 90 percent of Tibet’s monasteries (such as Larung Gar) and religious objects, Buddhism has risen in Tibet, although practitioners must be very careful and discreet in their observances Repression of Tibetans is ongoing under “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” Tibet serves, he noted, as “a litmus test for all countries in their support for human rights and democracy.”