Save Buddhist learning centre in Tibet, UN agency urged


DHARAMSHALA, India, 5 December 2016

Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Monday sought intervention of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to save one of the world’s largest centres of Buddhist learning in Tibet and to raise voice against critical human rights situation there.

He also released a seven-minute film titled “We stand in solidarity with Larung Gar” here.

The film highlights the large-scale demolitions at Larung Gar learning centre and the forced eviction of monks and nuns from the institute.

Expressing solidarity on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration, Sangay said in July 2016 that the demolition of Larung Gar by Chinese authorities began as part of a multi-year plan aiming to downsize the academy by 50 per cent and evict at least half of its more than 10,000 residents.

He also requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to raise the critical human rights situation in Tibet in the forthcoming 34th UN Human Rights Council Session in Geneva next year.

The Tibetan administration-in-exile based in Dharamshala is not being recognised by any country.

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