Tibetan Govt-in-exile wooes support in Australia

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Dharamshala, Oct 14 (UNI) Tibetan Government in-exile has requested the Australian Parliament to send a fact-finding delegation to Tibetan areas to assess the ''deteriorating condition.'' Minister for the Department of Information and International Relations Kesang Yangkyi Takla, while addressing a sub-committee of the Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in Canberra yesterday, detailed the deteriorating conditions in Tibet since March, a Tibetan Government in-exile press release said here today.

These repressive measures included reinvigorated programmes of patriotic education, new measures to restrict movement inside Tibet and persistent intimidation from Chinese security forces, it said.

She briefed the committee on the coming eighth round of discussions on Tibet between the Chinese government and the envoys of the Dalai Lama and took several questions from committee members.

Later in the evening, Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens and a long-time supporter of Tibet involved in building parliamentary support for Tibet in Australia, hosted a dinner for her, the release said .

Today, Ms Takla gave a series of interviews to the Australian media before meeting with the Shadow Foreign Minister and senior staff from Amnesty International, Australia.

The Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group also held a reception for Ms Takla attended by several MPs and Senators from each party, the release further added.

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