Increasing repression of the Chinese government has driven over 49 Tibetans to set themselves on fire in Tibet since March 2009, all except 10 have died. 36 of them have self-immolated in the last eight months alone. All the self-immolators have called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.
Addressing a press conference about the campaign in capital Panajim, Karma Yeshi, a member of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, briefed journalists about the critical situation inside Tibet under the Chinese government's brutal occupation. He appealed to world leaders and the international community to support the issue of Tibet by firmly standing behind the just cause of Tibetan struggle.
The flame of truth torch will travel to Vasco city and Panajim on 24 and 25 August respectively. Mr Karma Yeshi will lead a delegation of Tibetans and local Indian supporters to meet Indian leaders on 26 and 27 August.
The torch will then travel to Karwar, the district headquarter situated at the border of Goa and Karnataka State, from where it will be handed over to the Tibetan community in Mundgod.
The torch relay organised by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile demands the United Nations to discuss the issue of Tibet based on the resolutions it has passed in 1959, 1961 and 1965, send an independent international fact-finding delegations to investigate the ongoing crisis in Tibet, and to ensure that the basic aspirations of the Tibetans inside Tibet are fulfilled.