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French Artists for Dalai lama, & Bu
- Subject: French Artists for Dalai lama, & Bu
- From: cd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 18 Apr 1997 05:45:00
Subject: French Artists for Dalai lama, & Burma?
On the ocassion of HH Dalai Lama's visit to France (he was in Cannes, on
the sunny French Cote d'Azur yesterday and on his travels to the White
House next week) the following was posted, and we hope to get them
onboard for Burma. All in time, the sooner the better. If there are any
French people reading this, please get on it, mail me, and lets do it.
Dawn Star, paris
WORLDWIDE TOTAL BOYCOTT
Open Letter to President Jacques Chirac from Several Famous French
Singers and Musicians
At present, as the Secretary of the Chinese communist Party in Tibet Mr
Kuiyan announces a new wave of repression against monks and nuns in
country, we wish to express our concern regarding the situation of a
21-year-old girl called Ngawang Sangdrol.
According to statements by some Tibetans formerly detained in Drapchi
and having recently arrived in India, Ngawang Sangdrol -- a nun from
nunnery who was arrested on June 17th, 1992 during a peaceful
on the Barkhor -- has been submitted to particularly severe treatment
Initially condemned to 3 years of imprisonment, she saw her sentence
increased to 9 years for having sung in her cell. Several artists in
protested at that time. At the end of June 1996, the Drapchi authorities
convened the prisoners and ordered them to clean their cells in the
anticipation of a visit by Chinese officials; Ngawang Sangdrol had an
altercation with a guard. Sent back to her cell, she shouted several
in favour of Tibet's independance.
Since then she has been in an isolation cell where she is reported to
suffered from torture. Her sentence has been increased by another 9
to a total of 18 years imprisonment.
We urge you to do your best to protect the physical integrity of this
Tibetan girl and to obtain her release, along with all political
More generally, we sincerely hope that France will not remain
this situation and will unambiguously engage in an action in favour of
dialogue between China and the Dala=EF Lama, to allow the survival of
Tibetan people and the self-determination of their future.
We assure you of our continued vigilance.
SIGNATORIES OF THE PETITION IN FAVOUR OF NGAWANG SANGDROL
Tony BONFILS (bassist of Hallyday, Jonasz, Ray Charles, Tina=
Fran=E7ois HADJI-LAZARO (Les Gar=E7ons Bouchers & Pigalle)
Lord YEHUDI MENUHIN
TYLA (Dogs d'Amour)
Christian VANDER (MAGMA)
Isabelle VANDER "
DJAM & FAM
L'ANGE VERT (Celtic rock)
Music journalists :
Philippe BERARD (Inrockuptibles)
contact : csptf@xxxxxxxxxxxx
(to the attention of Cyrille Beerens)
Submitted by: C.S.P.T. (Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain - France)
excerpt on Washington visit
The Clinton administration hasn't confirmed any meetings yet between
Nobel laureate and any senior officials, said a spokesman for the=20
International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), which is organizing the visit.
But congressional leaders who support the Dalai Lama's efforts to=
Tibetan culture have written to Clinton to ask for a formal visit,
spokesman Bhuchung Tsering said.
"They usually let us know about these things at the last minute,"
said on Thursday.
Wary of provoking China, whose official media use equally colorful=
for the Dalai Lama and Taiwan leaders, the White House has in the past
arranged for the Tibetan leader to meet formally with the vice president
with Clinton "dropping in" to pay his respects.
That is the formula the White House has said it will use on Friday
Hong Kong Democratic Party leader Martin Lee, also a perennial thorn
Beijing's side, pays his visit.