His Holiness the Dalai Lama will meet with U.S. President Obama this Thursday, February 18th, at the White House – their first meeting since President Obama took office.
President Obama reads 10 messages from the public each day and we want to make sure this week, he reads about Tibet. If we send 3,000 faxes by Thursday we will more than double the number of faxes he would normally receive (an average 1,000 per day) demonstrating that Tibet is a priority for the American public, and indeed for the world.
The historic meeting comes just days after the start of Losar, the Tibetan lunar new year, and amidst reports of fresh protests in Tibet. Sources in Ngaba, in eastern Tibet, report that on Sunday, February 14th, the first day of Losar, more than 400 Tibetan monks and laypeople sat down in the main town square and chanted prayers of mourning for the Tibetans killed in the 2008 Uprising. Chinese security forces surrounded them and cut off their communications. Read more.
As Tibetans in Ngaba and all over Tibet continue their courageous resistance to Chinese rule, now is the time for our leaders to take bold and new approaches to securing a negotiated resolution for Tibet.
TAKE ACTION: Please personalize and send the letter below calling on President Obama to do everything in his power to facilitate a meeting between the Dalai Lama and Chinese President Hu Jintao this year.
- President of the United States
This message comes to you during Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with my sincere hope that your meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be a historic milestone in the peaceful struggle for human rights and freedom in Tibet.
Specifically, I urge you to offer to facilitate a meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and China's President, Hu Jintao. A face-to-face meeting will signal the beginning of real progress towards a just and lasting resolution for Tibet.
After nine frustrating rounds of talks between the Dalai Lama's envoys and China, a breakthrough is needed for progress to be made towards a negotiated resolution to China's occupation of Tibet. Your desire to pursue fresh approaches to long-standing conflicts makes you uniquely positioned to facilitate a meeting between Hu Jintao and the Dalai Lama, your fellow Nobel peace laureate and one of the most respected global leaders of all time.
If there was ever an opportunity to inspire change for Tibet, this is it. Please do everything in your power to seize this opportunity.
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