London — The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (APPGT) held its annual Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Memorial to Innocent Victims by the main entrance to Westminster Abbey, Dean’s Yard, London on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 2.30pm to commemorate the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising.
The ceremony included a service conducted by the Reverend Canon Anthony Ball. This was followed by a moving speech by Tim Loughton, Chair of The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, who remembered the victims of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising and all those who have lost their lives and suffered during China's occupation of Tibet.
Tim said, “We have a strong and cross-party support group within parliament who do as much as we can to remember those in Tibet, who have lost their lives in their struggle for liberty and recognition of their own culture over the last 58 years.
And we think tirelessly of those who continue to live under oppression, unable to practice freely their own religions and their own culture in their own country.
And we pay tribute to those brave members of Tibet, both within and outside the geographical confinement of Tibet who never tire of promoting the cause of freedom for the Tibetans living under the Chinese.
We pay tribute to the Dalai Lama and to the Tibetan Parliament in exile, who do so much in such difficult circumstances to keep the flame of freedom and liberty burning for Tibet, just as for those Tibetans in Tibet and those living elsewhere around the world for the cause of freedom and liberty for the people to able to practice their faith and their own cultures which is denied to the people of Tibet.
We look forward to happier days when the Chinese will come to realise that by snuffing out liberty for Tibetans it does not help the cause of Chinese people as a whole.
So, we are here today to make a common cause together with our friends and supporters of Tibet, both in UK and around the world, to make sure that the Tibetan people and the fight for their freedom is never forgotten.
Thank you for coming here today.”
After a short Buddhist prayer the MPs laid the wreath in memory of the innocent victims of the occupation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China.