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Tibet

Community to discuss Tibet issue in detail. Bringing out the problems faced and seeking solutions and support.

AwareMonk , Official account of AwareMonk Oct, 13 2016

AMA with Thomas Mann


Thomas Mann is a Member of European Parliament, and President of Tibet Interest group. Ask him anything about the Tibetan struggle.



tibettruth , Digital activism for Tibet's just national in Oct, 14 2016



Our ongoing daily activism for Tibet resulted in missing this discussion, a shame as we had some interesting questions to place before Mr Mann. As that opportunity has been on this occasion missed here's a recent post from our Blog that folks may find of interest: https://tibettruth.com/2016/09/09/ship-of-fools-charting-the-surrender-of-tibets-nationhood/
Our ongoing daily activism for Tibet resulted in missing this discussion, a shame as we had some interesting questions to place before Mr Mann. As that opportunity has been on this occasion missed here's a recent post from our Blog that folks may find of interest: https://tibettruth.com/2016/09/09/s


Vikram Gupta , Exploring, learning, believing Oct, 14 2016


Oo this just got interesting! Thomas Mann Sir, any response?


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


Dear participants,

thank you very much for the interesting questions. I hope I could answer most of them. I'm happy to see how many people are interested in the Tibetan issue.

See you soon on Aware Monk!

Thomas Mann



Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 14 2016


Thanks a lot for your time Sir!


Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 14 2016


Thanks a lot for your time Mr. Mann :)


Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 14 2016


Thomas Mann What do you feel the impact would be of the demolition of Larung Gar? Not only would it be a huge cultural loss, but wouldn't it also be a big psychological blow to the Tibetan struggle? Is there anything common people like me can still do?


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 14 2016


Thomas Mann Sir, I have many Indian friends who feel for the cause in terms of our cultural loss, but find themselves confused about how to make a difference. What according to you would be the best way for someone to aid our cause? What action could they take? Who should they get in touch with?


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


The most important is to continue to raise awareness for the Tibetan struggle. Forgetting what happens in China and stopping to remind the public about human rights violations, is equal to turning the back to Tibet.


Be visible: invite Tibetans, experts, human rights activists, monks. Make them tell their story and let people around the world hear them. Many people are willing to help the Tibetans, they just need to find a way to express their support. Provide platforms like Aware Monk to discuss the current topics. Initiate rallies or demonstrations and speak with one voice.

The most important is to continue to raise awareness for the Tibetan struggle. Forgetting what happens in China and stopping to remind the public about human rights violations, is equal to turning the back to Tibet. Be visible: invite Tibetans, experts, human rights activists, monks. Make them tell


Dreamer_Damsel , Student in JNU Oct, 14 2016


Thank you for your time to discuss with us today. Sir, would you mind briefing us about what does the Tibet Interest Group do? Do you raise Tibet issue in EU Parliament sessions? How do other EU Parliamentarians approach Tibet issue?



Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


The work of our Tibet Interest Group is published on our homepage: www.tibetinterestgroup.eu


Sorry for the short answer, but I'm running our of time.



Sonam Khurana , Making the hard walk from procrastination to Oct, 14 2016


Yes, would love to know how your fellow members raise or support the issue. Thomas Mann


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


For detailed information, please visit our homepage: www.tibetinterestgroup.eu


Sorry for the short answer, but I'm out of time.



Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 14 2016


Thomas Mann Can you list out the 5 most important personalities working for the Tibet cause? And also the top 5 organizations? The Tibetan struggle is so scattered online, that it becomes impossible to decide whom to support/ donate to in order to make the most difference.


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


In Brussels we work together the most with the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Belgium, US and Germany.


Wangyal , Journalist, activist Oct, 14 2016


Thomas Mann Sir, in your honest opinion, what do you see changing in the next 10 years? Our collective efforts have not been able to stop the demolition of Larung Gar, won't the Chinese just grow in strength after that? No diplomatic pressure on China works. What can all the 250 representatives, and more, do to make the Chinese hesitate? I apologize if I'm being rude, just speaking from the heart.
Thomas Mann Sir, in your honest opinion, what do you see changing in the next 10 years? Our collective efforts have not been able to stop the demolition of Larung Gar, won't the Chinese just grow in strength after that? No diplomatic pressure on China works. What can all the 250 representatives, and


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


It is difficult indeed, to influence a emerging super-power in its decision making. Nevertheless we have to continue the dialogues with China, even though positive results may take years. As politicians we believe that with the change of representatives in the government, a change in the political orientation and towards human rights can occur.


We shouldn't forget that there are also Chinese supporters of the Tibetan issue and support groups within China.

It is difficult indeed, to influence a emerging super-power in its decision making. Nevertheless we have to continue the dialogues with China, even though positive results may take years. As politicians we believe that with the change of representatives in the government, a change in the politi


Ashima Singh , Exploring Oct, 14 2016


Very well said. The Chinese support groups supporting Tibet are definitely ones to look out for. Any names that can help us read up about them and their efforts?


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


In Brussels we work together with the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and its headquarters in the US and Germany.


Lobsang Tsering , Fighting for Free Tibet. Oct, 14 2016


For us common tibetan people what matters the most is preservation of our culture. Free tibet does not mean the land of tibet free tibet means the freedom to practice and propagate our buddhist culture. Shouldn't all the groups fighting for tibetan cause focus on this aspect first and rest later?


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


Requesting autonomy includes the preservation of Tibetan culture, language and tradition. It is a very important issue, which is causes by China's strong will to make this heritage disappear.


Nevertheless the diverse approach of the support groups is necessary to cover all human rights violations which take place in Tibet. 

Requesting autonomy includes the preservation of Tibetan culture, language and tradition. It is a very important issue, which is causes by China's strong will to make this heritage disappear. Nevertheless the diverse approach of the support groups is necessary to cover all human right


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 14 2016


Thomas Mann Sir, though I do agree with you that diverse groups are working for different issues in Tibet, do you personally believe that "requesting" autonomy is the way to go? I'm no one to question His Holiness when he proposes the middle-way approach, but don't you think that this proposition is weakening the unity between the Tibetans? A majority still craves for complete independence, while another section understands the logic behind Umaylam. But in this difference of opinions, our solidarity gets undermined.
Thomas Mann Sir, though I do agree with you that diverse groups are working for different issues in Tibet, do you personally believe that "requesting" autonomy is the way to go? I'm no one to question His Holiness when he proposes the middle-way approach, but don't you think that this proposition is


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


In the European Parliament we support the idea of Tibetan autonomy. In Europe we have examples of autonomous regions (eg. Süd-Tirol). The struggle in this region ended and since then the people live in peace.


In my opinion the middle-way-approach is the only way for the Tibetans to be accepted by China.

In the European Parliament we support the idea of Tibetan autonomy. In Europe we have examples of autonomous regions (eg. Süd-Tirol). The struggle in this region ended and since then the people live in peace. In my opinion the middle-way-approach is the only way for the Tibetans to be accepted by C


Sudhanshu , Live and let live Oct, 14 2016


Hello Mr. Mann.

How does EP look at Indian support to tibetan struggle. What do you think can be India's best contribution to it?



Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


Especially the Indian government is very supportive as they allow the Tibetan government-in-exile to settle in Dharamsala. India also provides shelter to many Tibetan refugees. Several times I had the opportunity to discuss the topic with Indian politicians and to recognise their effort.


Lobsang , Tibetan student Oct, 14 2016


Indian people are also very supportive of our cause. They have let us settle in their hearts too. We freely do our business here and there is no discrimination.

But my doubt is that if Indian govt has let tibetan govt. in exile settle here in India, then it directly means that it recognises Tibet as a different geographical boundary than China.

Indian people are also very supportive of our cause. They have let us settle in their hearts too. We freely do our business here and there is no discrimination.But my doubt is that if Indian govt has let tibetan govt. in exile settle here in India, then it directly means that it recognises Tibet as


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


During my visits of India and Dharamsala I experienced that the Indian government and officials strongly support the middle-way-approach of his His Holiness, which requests autonomy of Tibet and the return of the government. There is no sign that the Indians believe in a different geographical responsibility of the Tibetans.
During my visits of India and Dharamsala I experienced that the Indian government and officials strongly support the middle-way-approach of his His Holiness, which requests autonomy of Tibet and the return of the government. There is no sign that the Indians believe in a different geographical respo


Wangyal , Journalist, activist Oct, 14 2016


Don't you mean that it means that India is indirectly recognizing Tibet to be a part of China? Not that it recognizes Tibet as a different geographical boundary than China...


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


India supports the Tibetans in getting their autonomy within China, not to get independent of China.


Jamphel S. , Tibetan Oct, 14 2016


Sir, is Tibet really a priority for EP? To be honest, UN's efforts have been saddening, since they aim to not step on Chinese toes. What about the EP though? I know you've been a great hope for us, but what is the collective stance of the Parliament?


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 14 2016


Sir, with respect to the International Conference held in Brussels recently- what was the aim and end result achieved in the conference? With the likes of His Holiness and Sikyong Sangay in attendance, it must've been a high-impact meeting..


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


Good morning! The conference was attended by more than 250 invited guests from 50 different states, who are active in Tibet support groups. This number shows the scope of the event. It was amazing how effective the different initiatives of the groups were and how closely they work together.


The presence of His Holiness inspired all of us and gave us the strength to continue our work for the Tibetans. The conference showed, that we won't be silent.

Good morning! The conference was attended by more than 250 invited guests from 50 different states, who are active in Tibet support groups. This number shows the scope of the event. It was amazing how effective the different initiatives of the groups were and how closely they work together. The


Penpa Tseten , Tibetan in dharamshala Oct, 14 2016


It's quite an achievement to get such large numbers together for a physical event. Hats off to you sir! On another note, do you feel that the Tibetan struggle needs more of a digital slickness? There's nothing more powerful than social media, maybe not even the Chinese.


Thomas Mann , Member of the Committee on Employment and Soc Oct, 14 2016


I can fully support this idea. The digital world allows Tibetans and their supporters to communicate globally and the voice of view can be heard. This should only increase.