Paris: A delegation from the Tibet Support Group in the French Senate, led by group President Senator Mrs. Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, Senator Mrs. Joêlle Garriaud-Maylam, Senator Mr. André Gattolin, Senator Mr. Alain Houpert, and group secretary Mr. Thierry Munier, paid a visit to the Tibet Office on May 2, 2022, to express their support and solidarity for Tibet. Mr. Tashi Phuntsok, the Representative, and Mr. Namgyal Samdup, the Secretary at Tibet Office Paris, greeted the delegation.
Tashi Phuntsok, the Tibetan Cause's representative, thanked them for their continued support and kept them informed about His Holiness the Dalai Lama's health and programmes. He also informed them about Sikyong Penpa Tsering's recent trip to the United States, where he met with officials and dignitaries. Mr. Tashi Phuntsok praised Mrs. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, for her plans to visit East Turkestan. The appalling state of human rights in Uyghur regions has been highlighted. However, he has informed them that the human rights situation in Tibet remains serious, and he has expressed his displeasure with Tibet's exclusion from the impending visit, urging them to raise the issue in order for Tibet to be included in her itinerary.
Mr. Tashi Phuntsok has also urged Senators from France to attend the upcoming 8th World Parliamentarian Convention on Tibet in Washington, D.C.
The French Senate Tibet Support Group President, Mrs. Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, conducted a brief opening ceremony for the book "Thank You Europe For Adopting Tibetan Communes in Solidarity with Tibet," which is supported by Aide à L'enfance tibétaine (AET). Tibetan towns and villages have been adopted by 76 European municipalities.
The main goal of the town-adopting campaign was to: – preserve the identity of communes within their own territory, as was done for Romanian communes; – broaden the horizons of French communes to other cultures, other peoples of the world, and act as French citizens, guarantor of a motto that speaks of liberty, equality, and fraternity; – be constructively oriented toward the preservation of Tibetan heritage, history, and culture, thus benefiting from mutual benefit. — to formalise these adoptions in order to get media exposure.
Taste of Tibet Restaurant hosted a Tibetan luncheon.