Ms Erna Solberg
Date: 2nd May, 2014
Subject: Dismay to learn that the Norwegian Government’ refusal to meet Dalai Lama
Dear Ms. Prime Minister,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA).
It’s an absolute dismay to learn that the Norwegian Government under your governance has announced that none of your government officials would meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Norway in this month under the fear of damaging the relation with China.
His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama is widely known global figure of Non-violence and he has been spreading the message of Love, Peace, Compassion and Religious harmony all across the world. The Norwegian Noble committee honored Noble Peace Prize to him in 1989 and this year on 7th May he is due in Oslo to celebrate 25 years since he was awarded the prize.
In 2010, the Norwegian Noble committee awarded jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo the Noble Peace Prize; it is a valiant decision of the committee. We truly appreciate committee’s clear determination to support democracy and spread world peace and harmony. We anticipate that the Norwegian Noble Committee will continue its noble works.
Your Excellency, we fully trust in your power and strength to meet Dalai Lama despite China’s pressure and interference because we firmly believe that Norway embraces its own values higher than everything else.
Central Tibetan Women’s Association
TWA has 56 regional chapters spread across the globe and over 17,000 members outside Tibet. Today, TWA is the second largest Tibetan NGO and the only women’s NGO in exile that advocates human rights for Tibetan women in Tibet and works to empower Tibetan women in exile. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for home, Action in exile.’