WASHINGTON, August 31, 2012 ― The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, based in Dharamsala, India, launched a worldwide Flame of Truth Relay on July 6, 2012, the birthday of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, to carry the message of the people in Tibet to the world – including deadly force being used on protestors and the tragedy of 49 Tibetan self-immolations (dousing one’s clothes in gasoline and lighting oneself on fire) since February 2009 – and to urge an appropriate response from the United Nations to the current crisis situation.
The torch will pass through major North American cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The North American leg of the relay begins in D.C. on Sunday, September 2nd, the 52nd anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, which commemorates the first election of a representative body in Tibet’s history.
Participants in the torch relay will speak on behalf of Tibetans in Tibet who are denied by the Chinese government the fundamental rights to which every person is inherently entitled, including freedom of speech, belief, and assembly.
The Flame of Truth initiative also incorporates the collection of signatures on a public petition to be submitted to U.N. headquarters in New York, the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, and the U.N. Information Office in New Delhi on December 10, 2012, the concluding day of the world-wide relay.
September 2nd Washington D.C. event schedule is as follows:
12:00 Noon: Assemble at Dupont Circle
1:00 pm: Procession to start towards Freedom Plaza, via Connecticut Ave, turning south on 17th, through closed off portion of Pennsylvania, to Freedom Plaza.
1:40 pm: Arrive Freedom Plaza
Speakers at Freedom Plaza: T Kumar, Amnesty International - Harry Wu, Laogai Foundation - Rebiya Kadeer, Uyghur World Congress- Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama - Tashi Namgyal, Member of Tibetan Parliament
2:15 pm: Procession to continue east towards 13th st, turning to Pennsylvania till it meets Constitution, turning right on Constitution to Washington Monument Grounds.
3:00 pm: Arrive Washington Monument Grounds
National Anthems and Speakers: Representatives of Tibetan Associations
(Capital Area, Charlottesville, NY/NJ, ICT, etc)
5:00 pm: End
For more information, visit the Flame of Truth Website.
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