Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Harvard-trained lawyer, new leader of Tibet in exile

Dharamsala (India) / Barcelona -. A 43 year old lawyer, former student at the American University of Harvard, was elected prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile and will from now the difficult task of imposing its political profile and negotiator to seek international recognition and autonomy China on Tibet in recent years has been embodied by the Dalai Lama.

Lobsang Sangay is an international law expert and specialist in social, political and historical Tibet, a region that was annexed by China 61 years ago off any chance to establish itself as an independent state of their own as claimed by the Tibetans who follow the philosophy Buddhist life.

China has had in recent decades a fierce international pressure to prevent the Tibetan government in exile and the Tibetan people's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, both installed in the Indian city of Dharamsala, can claim in Tibet or China's independence Tibet. However, the Dalai Lama for 75 years, has incarnated in the last 60 years the dual role of Buddhist guide to Tibetans around the world and political leader who has traveled the world to seek recognition of Tibet as a free state, which China does not recognize.

Indeed, last March, the Dalai Lama announced that he would represent the political image of the Tibetan government in exile to play their role to focus on spiritual. Now, Lobsang Sangay have to assume this role with both China negotiator with the international community and the picture in favor of Tibetan independence.

This international legal expert has won 55% of the vote to assume the post of prime minister "of the Tibetan government in exile against the other candidates: Tenzing Tethong (a former representative of the Dalai Lama in Washington), who has obtained 37.4% of the votes, reports the French news agency AFP.

The annexation of Tibet by China after bombing the residence of the Dalai Lama and many government buildings in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, "signed in 1951 after eight months of occupation by the Chinese army is for the majority of Tibetans a tragic date . According to official statistics, Tibet is one of the poorest regions of the country with a per capita income is less than half the national rate.

But the Chinese government used the anniversary to highlight what it called "peaceful liberation in Tibet that led from darkness to light, from backwardness to progress," arguing that since 1951 life expectancy increased from 36 to 65 years. Tibet, heir to the Mongol empire Tibet was part of the Mongol Empire from the thirteenth century and always maintained relations with the Chinese emperors.

In 1950 it was occupied by Chinese troops and eight months later, he signed the annexation agreement. According to the Dalai Lama, the treaty is invalid because it was "forced on a helpless government did not want to." In 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced to leave Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

At present, the high immigration of Han Chinese is destroying the indigenous culture of the region. Simon Lewis, author of Rough Guide travel guide to China, "in Lhasa, half of the population is China, new glass and metal buildings, malls, and Chinese tourists who come to shop." "It has also been formed," says Lewis, "a red zone and was born a number of brothels ...

Tibetans do not speak and that their culture is being destroyed, but is being polluted and corrupt, and complain of drinking, prostitution and bars. "

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