Prague: Senate of the Czech Republic received Sikyong Penpa Tsering led CTA delegation in the Senate on 30th August 2022.
While expressing support to the Tibetan people and paying respects to the democratically elected leader of the Central Tibetan Administration Sikyong Penpa Tsering, the Senate of the Czech Republic hosted an official reception followed by a bi-lateral meeting with Sikyong at the Senate’s historic green meeting lounge.
Sikyong Penpa Tsering was welcomed by the President Milos Vystrcil first-Vice president of Senate Hon’ble Jiri Ruzicka; Vice President Hon’ble Jiri Oberfalzer; Vice President Hon’ble Jitka Seitlova; Chairman of the Senate Committee on EU Affairs Hon’ble David Smoljak; Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee Pavel Fischer; President of the Czech Senate Tibet Support group Hon’ble Premysl Rabas and Secretary General of Czech Senate Ms. Jana Vohralilova.
The Tibetan delegation included senior advisor and member of the strategic committee Kelsang Gyaltsen, who has also served as the former Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Representative Thinlay Chukki and UN Advocacy Officer Kalden Tsomo from Tibet Bureau Geneva.
Sikyong Penpa Tsering thanked the senators for the reception and briefed the worsening situation in Tibet detailing the ever-increasing repressive policies by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Tibet and other regions. He further emphasized the failure of the international community to heed the voices and experiences of Tibetans leading to transnational repression, global peace and security issues and threat posed by the CCP.
Sikyong urged the Senators to undertake concerted action to bring real change in China and regions under its control. As the Czech Republic is holding the EU Presidency, Sikyong urged the senators to call for a EU Special Representation on China who could play a critical role focal point of contact to discuss issues related to Tibetans, Uighurs, Hong Kongers and others suffering under the Chinese Communist Party’s rule.
The senators echoed the concerns raised by Sikyong and discussed possible actions that could be considered in countering Chinese aggression and its threat to global security and peace.
Following an hour-long meeting, the Senate hosted a luncheon for Sikyong Penpa Tsering and his delegation at Waldstein Palace.
The meeting has, yet again, underscored late president Vaclav Havel’s tradition to stand with the non-violent freedom movement of Tibetan people and fight against authoritarianism and oppression.