Dharamshala: - In order to highlight the current tragic situation prevailing inside Tibet, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will host a conference titled "Tears of Tibet" in Brussels the capital of Belgium on Wednesday (10 April). The conference will discuss self-immolation crisis in Tibet, including human rights and the environment in Tibet and the role of Europe Union.
"In light of the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet, the number of which has now reached a tragic 114 (20 of them have been 18 years old or younger), we believe that the EU should have a stronger role in trying to solve the growing confrontation," said the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), who will organise the conference on Tibet.
"Tensions between the local Tibetans and the Chinese state have increased since the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese rule in 2008. Up to now we have unfortunately not seen any significant signs that the Chinese state is looking to achieve a genuine peace settlement," said ALDE said.
ALDE said that 'the conference aims to review EP action for a peaceful solution and to discuss how to change the approach/strategy in order to help the Tibetan people. We will invite experts on Tibet who have also participated in the conference in previous years.'
The organisers said they have organized the conference for the past two years. 'We believe that the tradition should continue. From the feedback that we have received from different NGOs that represent Tibetan interest, this conference has had an enormous effect and upheld hope for a better future for the Tibetan communities,' said ALDE.
"From the feedback that we have received from different NGOs that represent Tibetan interest, this conference has had an enormous effect and upheld hope for a better future for the Tibetan communities," ALDE further added.
MEP Kristiina Ojuland will give the welcome address and introduction. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative Mr Ngodup Dorjee, Ms Kate Saunders from ICT and Ms Katia Buffetrille, a tibetologist, Mr Roy Strider, an Estonian writer along with some other experts will address the conference, according to the organisers.
At-least 114 Tibetans- including monks, nuns, students and lay people - have set themselves on fire in Tibet since 2009, 96 of them reportedly passed-away due to burn injuries.
Most self-immolators were lay and the younger generation of Tibetans in recent months, who are speaking up against the Chinese regime's failed policies in Tibet, called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland and freedom for Tibetan people. However, many also called for Tibetan independence.