Swedish Green Party MP expresses support for Tibet

Swedish MP Carl Schlyter speaks during a press conference at the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India, on 31 August 2017, while Mattias Bjornerstedt (right), President of the Swedish Tibet committee, and Vice President Jamyang Choedon look on.

Swedish MP Carl Schlyter speaks during a press conference at the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India, on 31 August 2017, while Mattias Bjornerstedt (right), President of the Swedish Tibet committee, and Vice President Jamyang Choedon look on.
Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 1 September 2017

A member of the Swedish parliament representing the Green Party expressed his support for the Tibetan cause and the fight against climate change.

Carl Schlyter, also a member of the Swedish Tibet Friendship Parliamentary group, said that Tibet’s fight for freedom through the ‘Middle Way’ is what draws his attention.

He said that it is easier for people to focus on violence as a method of solving conflicts, and they don’t pay attention to the less dramatic but more effective non-violent methods.

“The reason why I decide to engage in your cause, is the method you have used to fight for your rights,” Schlyter said during a press conference at the Central Tibetan Administration.

To a question about the Tibetan issue not receiving enough support from various governments, Schlyter said that China has been using scare tactics based on economic interests to dissuade governments from meeting the [CTA] President or the Dalai Lama.

He stressed that this was his personal answer, not as representing the Swedish government, “because I’m not going to be politically correct.”

Further explaining the wars waged by powers like NATO in the Middle East and other parts of the world in the name of human rights or democracy, Schlyter said, “In my opinion the wars that have been waged by NATO are selfish wars. They have nothing to do with human rights. They have to do with resources, they have to do with politics.”

He also emphasised that a lot of companies make huge profits on these wars.

He added that there is never a winner in war, “because the people who lost the war will always have the seed of revenge, and one day it will grow into something big and bad.”

In June 2016 Sweden had announced that the Indian Identity Certificate (the “Yellow Book” issued by the Government of India to Tibetans to travel abroad) would no longer be accepted as a valid travel document.

Replying to a question about this issue, Schlyter said that he was not aware of this decision, and that he would request an explanation for this policy and find a solution.

There are about 140 Tibetans in Sweden.


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