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01 may 2012 001Dharamsala: The 27th Assembly of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) has pledged its support of "the Tibetans' struggle for liberty and freedom against the occupation of Tibet by China ."

The assembly, held in Bangalore, south India, from April 25 to 28, adopted a statement saying, "The NCCI is deeply concerned about the denial of basic human rights of Tibetans, such as learning their own language, promoting their culture, self-affirmation, etc."

At a pre-assembly meeting, held from April 20 to 23, two members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, Mr Karma Yeshi and Ms Yangchen Dolkar, spoke about the ecological crisis in Tibet, curtailment of religious freedom and human rights abuses.

At the main assembly, the NCCI was mandated to lobby the Indian and Chinese governments, and other international and ecumenical bodies, to urge China to resume dialogue with Tibetan representatives.

It was further mandated to raise the Tibet issue with the Christian Conference of Asia and the World Council of Churches.

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