Support Sino-Tibetan Dialogue, the Return of H​.​H. Dalai Lama & Reciprocal Access to Tibet

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I am Pema Kunga, a Tibetan-Canadian from Parkdale-High Park, Toronto. Today, on August 26th, I have started on a peace marathon for Tibet from Ottawa to Toronto, covering a total distance of 400 km.

I am taking on this campaign to challenge the silence of the international community on Tibet, to counter China’s disinformation campaign and to express my solidarity – as a former member India’s Special Frontier Force - with the 20 Indian soldiers who were killed by the Chinese forces at the Indo-Tibet border.

After more than 60 years of military-led invasion by the People’s Republic of China, Tibet continues to remain one of the most repressed and least free regions in the world. Washington based research institute Freedom House has ranked Tibet as the second least free country in the world for the fifth year in a row. Reporters Without Borders has disclosed that it is easier to get access to North Korea than Tibet. UN Development Program’s statistics on the Human Development Index and Living Standard Index rank Tibet lowest in the whole of China.

Speaking up for a cause when there is no price to pay is easy, but the real challenge is to speak up for a cause even when there is a price to pay. There is certainly a price to pay for speaking up against China’s invasion of Tibet and the persecutions of its people. Therefore, I am counting on your support to raise the following demands to the Canadian government:

1. Support for Sino-Tibetan dialogue
2. The Return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet
3. Support for Reciprocal Access to Tibet