Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Global Flame of Truth for Tibet reaches Auckland

Global Flame of Truth Tibetan Torch Relay to Reach NZ

Auckland Tibetan Association

MEDIA RELEASE

7th October 2012

The Global Flame of Truth for Tibet will reach Auckland International Airport today.

Due to the worsening situation in Tibet, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has organised a world-wide Flame of Truth Relay and petition, which were launched in India on 6th July, the birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After being going around the world they will arrive in New York, the petition to be presented to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban-Ki-Moon on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

"The Tibetan communities worldwide are so seriously concerned about human rights abuses in Tibet which have contributed to the tragic deaths of 51 Tibetans, in desperation setting themselves alight, with two further immolations this week, that international action is now considered vital," said Mr Kesang, president of the Auckland Tibetan Association.

The main demands of the petition are:

* The United Nations must discuss the issue of Tibet based on resolutions that it passed in 1959, 1961 and 1965 and continuously make efforts to fulfill the substance of these resolutions

* An independent international fact- finding delegation must immediately be sent to investigate the on-going crisis in Tibet .

* The United Nation must take special responsibility to ensure that the basic aspirations of the Tibetans inside Tibet are fulfilled.

"Upon the arrival of the Global Flame of Truth on an Air New Zealand flight from Adelaide on Monday 8 October, 6.30pm the torch be delivered to the Auckland Tibetan Association by Tashi of the South Australian Tibetan Association. There will be a brief handover ceremony at the airport." said Mr Kesang, who expects a big turnout by Tibetan supporters.

"The next day, Tuesday 9 October the Tibetan community and supporters will assemble at Aotea Square at 11.45 am and walk down Queen Street to Queen Elizabeth Square, where speeches are planned.
On Wednesday 10 October, " Mr Kesang said,"supporters will meet at the top of One Tree Hill at 10.30 am, the highest point in Auckland City for a prayer session for the people of Tibet who are going through a very difficult time. We can burn some incense to remember them and recite the Long Life Prayer for His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

He urged New Zealanders to give their support by attending local events, not only in Auckland but in other main centres throughout New Zealand.

Thursday 11 October 2012 the Torch will be delivered to Whangarei Tibetan Community by Gandhen Paljor, vice- President of Auckland Tibetan Association. From there it will go to Christchurch Tibetan community on Monday 15 October, then to the Dunedin Tibetan Community on Saturday 20 October. The Torch will be delivered by 31st October to Tibetan Community Association of Western Australia in Perth. From there it must reach Dharamsala, India by 15 November 2012.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The main proposals contained in the legislation and which have been previously flagged by the Prime Minister are:
• Extending the period the Minister of Internal Affairs can cancel a passport to up to three years from the existing law’s 12 months
• Giving the Minister of Internal Affairs the power to temporarily suspend passports for up to 10 working days in urgent cases
• Allowing the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) to carry out video surveillance on private properties for the purpose of observing activities of security concern, modelled on the Police’s powers in the Search and Surveillance Act
• Allowing the NZSIS to conduct emergency surveillance for up to 48 hours prior to the issue of a warrant, with the approval of its Director and subject to the oversight of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news