Canberra: In the 11th round of the Tibet Lobby Day, Australia has twiddled the jugular vein of China by taking initial steps to put forward a government’s policy to protect the succession of the 14th Dalai Lama without any interference from the Chinese Government. The council urged the lawmakers to adopt a Reciprocal Access Legislation to impose restrictions similar to the ones China currently imposes on travel to Tibet and to allow key abusers of Tibetan human rights to be sanctioned under the Magnitsky Act.
The Magnitsky Act will authorizes the Australian government to sanction Chinese government officials who are deemed to be human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering Australia. Once, triggered, the Act can be enforced by United Kingdom and United States as well which would put China in a difficult position.
A delegation of 15 young Tibetans across Australia have met with 30 Australian MPs and Senators from all parties. Over 1000 Australians have also signed a pledge to only recognize e a Dalai Lama appointed via Tibetan Buddhist traditions and practices without interference by the Chinese Government.
Senator Janet Rice, in her keynote address at the Australian Senate(Upper House), acknowledged the presence of Tibetan delegates comprising Representative Karma Singey, with whom the Senator attended the 8th WPCT in June, Tibetan Parliamentarian Tenzin Phonstok Doring and other dignitaries. She said that the conclusions of the day were paramount for advocating for Human rights, Peace and Freedom in Tibet and strongly highlighted the concerns regarding the succession of the Dalai Lama and the concerns of missing 11th Panchen Lama ‘Gendhun Choekyi Nyima’ who is in Chinese custody since 1995 and would be over 30 years old now.
She said: We urge the Australian government to oppose any effort to interfere with the practices of Tibetan Buddhism and to only recognize the Dalai Lama, appointed by Tibetan Buddhist traditions and practices. I have lodged a motion to this effect on the Notice Paper today, which I will continue to raise in this place through every means possible,” she added.
The move has strategic importance and will create diplomatic pressure on China by supporting Tibet and its cause.