TID handout | Tibet Initiative Deutschland
BERLIN, Germany, 14 February 2017
Nyima Lhamo, niece of respected Buddhist lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche who died in a Chinese prison in July 2015, met Human Rights Commissioner Dr Bärbel Kofler (SPD) and the Tibet Group in the German parliament, led by MP Michael Brand (CDU/CSU). They were joined by MPs of the Social Democrats and the Green Party.
In moving conversations with the MPs and later the Commissioner, Nyima Lhamo spoke of her own time in detention after she and her mother pressed for her uncle’s body to be returned to them for funeral ceremonies, and for an investigation into the suspicious circumstances of his death.
Nyima Lhamo, who managed to escape into exile last year and now lives in India, said that her uncle Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s ‘only crimes’ were “his faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his leadership in the community, and his work as a social and environmental advocate.”
Nyima Lhamo urged her listeners to press the Chinese authorities to reveal the circumstances that led to the death of her uncle in prison. She also asked them to arrange for an independent fact-finding delegation to visit Tibet and assess the situation in Tibet, especially Chinese prisons in Tibet. She stressed that it is the Tibetans’ aspiration to see the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet, and expressed her hope that the German institutions will support Tibetans in this aspiration.
The meetings in Berlin were organized jointly by Tibet Initiative Deutschland and International Campaign for Tibet.