Circular - March 28, 2008
New Head of Office of Tibet Geneva
In recent years the Chinese government is exerting increasing
pressure on governments in Europe on the issue of Tibet. This
development requires more concerted efforts by the Tibetans and
our friends in Europe in order to ensure that the voice of the
Tibetan people continues to be heard and counted. As a result,
the Kashag, the Cabinet of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has
announced the reshuffle of a number of representatives of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama at various Offices of Tibet abroad.
Against this background, I have been relieved from the
responsibility of heading the Office of Tibet in Geneva,
Switzerland. Mr. Tseten Samdup is appointed as my successor. He
is taking over the responsibility for the Tibet Bureau Geneva on
March 31, 2008.
Tseten Samdup (photo right) joined the service of the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile in 1985 and served until 2000. His last
posting was at the Office of Tibet, London, where he gained a
lot of experience in dealing with governments, parliaments,
Tibet Support Groups, the media in nine years of service.
Many years back in Dharamsala I met Mr. Tseten Samdup the
first time as a dedicated, enterprising and energetic young
Tibetan civil servant. I have no doubt that his assignment as
the head of the Tibet Bureau, Geneva will add significantly to
the strength of the Tibetan Government’ presence in Europe and
in Switzerland in particular. I request you to render the best
possible cooperation and assistance to Mr. Tseten Samdup.
The recent protests in Tibet are a clear sign of the
worsening and desperate situation in Tibet. Since the imposition
of martial law in Tibet in 1989 the Chinese authorities have
pursued a policy of “merciless repression” of the slightest sign
of dissent to its policies and rule. Despite the intense and
tight surveillance and control protest has been spreading
throughout Tibetan areas.
The Chinese Communist regime is one of the harshest
dictatorships in the world. We cannot leave these brave Tibetans
to the mercy of this dictatorship. Their only source of hope and
protection are the voice of the worldwide Tibet movement in the
free world and the conscience of the international community. We
must not fail to match the courage of the Tibetans inside Tibet
with our sense of responsibility and solidarity. It is time to
act. Each one of us in our own way, in our own environment and
according to own ability and possibility.
When we act, we must do so without abandoning the principles
of the Tibetan freedom movement. The principles of the Tibetan
freedom movement are non-violence, truth and democratic ideals.
I will continue to work in Europe and will focus my time and
energy on relations with governments in Europe, engagement with
the Chinese government with Special Envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari and
on the work of the Tibetan Task Force on Negotiations. I am
pleased that Mr. Tenzin D. Sewo will continue to assist me my
assignment. We both are grateful for your continued cooperation,
assistance and support.
With my best wishes,
Envoy of H. H. the Dalai Lama