After fallout, Tibetans in Sydney to have new event for Dalai Lama’s Nobel

Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Lhakpa Tshoko, in an undated file photo.

Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Lhakpa Tshoko, in an undated file photo. File photo/Tibet Information Office

By Lobsang Wangyal

McLEOD GANJ, India, 3 December 2018

The Tibetan Information Office in Canberra, Australia, announced that they will organise an event to celebrate the Nobel Peace Prize on the Dalai Lama 29 years ago.

The announcement came after the fallout between the Office and the leaders of the Tibetan Community of Sydney that led to the cancellation of an event previously scheduled for 8 December.

In the announcement on Monday, the Tibetan Information Office has said that the Nobel Peace Prize conferred on the Dalai Lama on 10 December 1989, and the International Human Rights Day is celebrated annually by Tibetans all over the world.

Not to celebrate the two events would be a mark of shame on the Tibetans living in Sydney. “It would be what China would wish to see Tibetans do.”

The date for the new event has been fixed as 15 December. Time and venue would be announced later.

The cancellation announced earlier by the Tibetan Community of Sydney was due to the fear that some Tibetans would stage a protest at the event against the President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Lobsang Sangay. He was to attend the event as the chief guest.

But some Tibetans called the leaders of the Tibetan Community saying that if Sangay was not invited they would protest. They told the leaders that 400 Tibetans were with them.

Sangay left Dharamshala for Australia on Monday to attend a “Thank You Australia” event, a part of the year-long “Thank You” campaign launched by the CTA earlier this year.

He will be in Canberra, the capital, where the “Thank You Australia” event will be held on 5 December.

Apparently Sangay will not be in Sydney for the Nobel event as he is scheduled to be back in Dharamshala by 8 December.

The Tibet Information Office is headed by Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, Lhakpa Tshoko.


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