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Tibet/China talk at the forthcoming G8

Campaign for a Tibet-China Dialogue at the Forthcoming G8 Summit in Hokkaido, Japan. Japanese->対話実現要請書

The reply from The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office

For those of us who participated in either signing the UK e- petitions or contacting the UK G8 Sherpa Jonathan Cunliffe (The Prime Minister’s Adviser on International and European Policy, Cabinet Office) have received the following reply from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
We welcome such a response from the UK government and are hoping that many other governments will follow.

The following sentences are the one having used it when acting.

Free Tibet Team Japan FTTJ is a dynamic movement from Japan to Free Tibet .

We are asking you to join us to make meaningful Tibet-China dialogue happen at the forthcoming G8 summit Hokkaido, Japan.

The action !

1) Simply sign your name at the end of the sample letter or write your own by including the following 3 points

  • Invite the Dalai Lama (with other Nobel Peace Prize laureates) to have a dialogue with Hu Jintao along with the G8 members to resolve the Tibet issue. ASEAN countries as well as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan may also monitor this meeting.
  • Pressure the Chinese government to have continuous and meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives following the summit
  • Have an independent group ensure the continuation of the dialogue

2) Send it to your country's leader.
If you are not sure of where to send it , scroll down to the bottom of this page .
We have listed contacts for all G8 countries.
Please feel free to add your contact info, if you know of other places which we can send the petition.

G8 petitions delivered by Japan today.

Total petition signatures collected: 7,310

FTTJ would like to announce that submission to the Japanese petition to
invite the Dalai Lama to the G8 for talks with China ended today, June
23rd. First of all, we would like to thank all of you who helped us by
creating a wave of support from throughout Japan to the world to in
order to spread the word and stress the urgent need to stop the
brutality in Tibet.

There were countless members of public who worked tirelessly and
selflessly to collect the petitions at various gatherings, on the
street, and on the internet, etc.

The paper petitions collected in Japan were put into three file holders
and delivered to House of Representatives member Takeo Hiranuma's
secretary, Mrs. Inubushi. The files were then taken within the same
building by Mrs. Inubushi to Prime Minister Fukuda's policy secretary.

At 12:08 PM, Mrs. Inubushi called to confirm that the petitions had been

We are delighted to be able to share with you that all of the paper
petitions were successfully delivered to Prime Minister Fukuda where
they will receive attention by the proper office.

FTTJ would like to express special thanks to The Tibet House of Japan
who kindly offered to collect petitions in paper format. FTTJ would also
like to thank Takeo Hiranuma the members of the House of Representatives
and his secretary Mrs. Inubushi for their understanding in the Tibet issue
and for becoming a bridge for us to deliver the petitions directly to
Prime Minister Fukuda. A member of the House of Representatives, Mr.
Hiranuma was appointed to the position of Minister of Economy, Trade,
and Industry in 2001 by former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of the
Liberal Democratic Party during his time in office.

Mr. Hiranuma refused to support the Prime Minister's plans to privatize
the Japanese Postal system and as a result was no longer endorsed by his
party during September 11, 2005 election. Nevertheless, he was
reelected. Mr. Hiranuma has been an influential political figure who is
not afraid to voice his opinions in public on issues such as human
rights or abductions by the North Korean' government. FTTJ had
approached him earlier seeking advice on how to deliver the petitions
directly to Prime Minister Fukuda. Mr. Hiranuma kindly responded to us
the following day and said that he would help arrange delivery to Prime
Minister Fukuda's office via his own secretary.

We were also quite amused at the bizarre cooincidence that the number of
petitions delivered and the phone for Mr. Hiranuma's office shared the
same set of digits, 7310.

We at FTTJ will continue to press all of the G8 leaders and sherpas
until the summit begins. The UK Government e-petitions are open until
the 29th of this month. Please continue to share this information to
your friends and families so that Tibet can receive the urgent attention
it needs right now.

  • Immediately admitting foreign media into Tibet
  • Allowing the International Red Cross and other humanitarian
organizations into Tibet
  • Permit UN investigators to enter and conduct investigations in Tibet
  • Stopping its vilification of the Dalai Lama
  • Releasing all who were detained since the 10th of March
  • Stopping its crackdown and withdraw armed security forces
  • Stopping its forced nationalistic re-education campaign

Thank you !

You can enlarge photos by clicking on them.

ph1: With Lhakpa Tshoko, representative of the liaison office of H. H.
the Dalai Lama in Japan and East Asia, after counting all 7310

ph2; We filed all petitions with a noticeable G8 action label

ph3; Mr. Hiranuma was absent at the time of our visit to his office, so
we have taken a photo of an famous political cartoon over looking the
Prime Minister's office (his bold attitude towards challenging the
existing political system has earned him the nickname of "the Samurai").

Help Needed! Contact Numbers of The G8 Sherpa


Thank you for your support for this campaign!
Among a lot of feedback we have received there was a suggestion
that we should reach out to the G8 Sherpa.
We need your help to contact and urge your nation's
G8 Sherpa immediately to urge to invite the Dalai Lama to
the Summit in Japan.
A sherpa is the personal representative of a head of state of
government who prepares an international summit like the annual G8.
Please take action right now - the Summit is only one month ahead!

Thank you.

Below is the list of the sherpa of the G8 countries: *We are missing a contact details for Canada,US and Italy.
Please post it to the group if you know it.

JAPAN Sherpa; Masaharu Kohno (Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs)
Address,Kasumigaseki 2-2-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8919 Japan
Tel;+81 3-3580-3311
Fax;+81 3 5501 8430
Fax :+81 3 5501 8128
e-mail; *add his name in the subject ;

GERMANY Sherpa ; Bernd Pfaffenbach (The undersecretary of state in the Finance Ministry and Chancellor Merkel's G8 sherpa)
Address; unknown
FAX; +49 30 1861 55105
E-mail: bernd.pfaffenbach@bmwi.bund.de

FRANCE Sherpa:Jean-David Levitte
Address ; Unknown
E-mail; secretariat.levitte@elysee.fr
Add Jean-David Levitte G8 sherpa in the subject.
Fax : 00 33 1 42 92 86 00.

UK Sherpa ; Jonathan Cunliffe (Prime Minister's Adviser on International and European Policy, Cabinet Office )
Address :Cabinet Office
   Press Office
   22 Whitehall
Tel: 020 7276 0174
Fax: 020 7276 0618
E-Mail: jon.cunliffe@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

RUSSIA Sherpa ; Arkady Dvorkovich (Head of Presidential Experts Directorate)
Address ; Presidential Administration of Russia
   Kremlin, Sobornaya Ploshad, Moscow, Russia
E-mail: Dvorkovich_AV@gov.ru

EUROPEAN COMMISSION Sherpa ; Joao Vale de Almeida ( Head of Cabinet of European Commission President)
Address; Unknown
Assistant for G8 E-mail: alejandro.ulzurrun@ec.europa.eu
Insert ”Att; Joao Vale de Almeida G8sherpa ”

CANADA Sherpa:Leonard Edwards
Adress; 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0G2
E-mail; leonard.edwards@international.gc.ca
Tel; +(613) 944-4911

USA Sherpa:Daniel Price

Amb. Giampiero MASSOLO
Address ; Ufficio Sherpa G8
Palazzo Chigi
Piazza Colonna 370
Direct emal to Mr. Giampiero Massolo(vice of the Foreign Affairs minister)
segr-co@cert.esteri.it OR cdr@esteri.it
TEL; +39 06 36918899
FAX; +39 06 323 6210.

Sample letter to Sherpa

Attention to the G8 Sherpa (insert a name of the sherpa )

I understand that you are the G8 Sherpa who is the personal representative of a head of state of government who prepares the G8 summit.
We would like to ask you to urge the G8 Summit leaders, especially the Japanese PM, Fukuda, to invite the Dalai Lama to the Summit this July in Japan, to have a direct dialogue with Hu Jintao along with the G8 members, to resolve the Tibet-China issue.
Despite the talk between China and the Dalai Lama’s representative since the unrest in Tibet, China has not taken any action to resolve the terrible situation in Tibet. Tibetans are still being arrested, tortured and killed today.

The G8 Summit is a great opportunity to introduce the Dalai Lama to Hu Jintao in a peaceful environment to have a concrete and constructive dialogue about resolving the Tibet issue that includes the following:

  • Admit the foreign media into Tibet immediately.
  • Allow the International Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to go to Tibet.
  • Permit the UN investigators to go to Tibet.
  • Stop its vilification of the Dalai Lama.
  • Release all the detained since 10 March
  • Stop its crackdown and withdraw armed security forces.
  • Stop its (provocative) patriotic re-education campaign.

A large number of people worldwide are supporting this idea.
Please take a look at this campaign’s website at:

Tibet issue affects everyone in the world. We request you strongly to act immediately to make this happen. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

<Your Name>

Open letter by Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman

Dear G8 World Leaders,

We write you collectively with a serious request for you to take a step that would have far reaching consequences for the world.
I'm sure you agree that the integration of China into the community of nations as a responsible, peaceful, and cooperative actor on the world stage is one of the two most important challenges facing us all right now.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the most well-known, respected, and visionary spiritual leaders in the world, quite familiar to all of you and to the people of your countries. The leaders of China are the only ones who do not know him personally, and that is something you all in concert could do something about. He can be of invaluable help in moving this integration in the right direction.
The Dalai Lama is a friend of China, its people, and its leadership. He wants their good just as much as he wants the good of the six million Tibetans he feels most responsible for. He is not unhappy for himself as things stand - as a realized Buddhist monk he is quite content in the state of "having gone from home to homelessness" (the description of a Buddhist renunciate), and India is considered the "Holy Land" by Buddhists.

Once the Chinese leadership takes the steps necessary to make his people happy by truly granting them the real autonomy they are promised in the Chinese constitution, then he will see to it that China's deep wish for acknowledged, legitimate sovereignty over Tibet is fulfilled. This is not at all that hard for China to do; it would gain the Chinese leadership enormous prestige, would be of great benefit to the Chinese and the Tibetan people, and crucial to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture and the fragile environment of the Tibetan high plateau.

The Chinese leaders' fear of the Dalai Lama and of the spirituality he represents has prevented them from getting to know him and enlisting his help in resolving their problems with the people of Tibet. By bringing him and them together at a world leaders' summit would defuse this obstacle and initiate a whole new level of resolve on all sides to resolve this tragic situation that has persisted for more than half a century. It would be an historic event.

Perhaps to defuse the Chinese leaders' reluctance to meet His Holiness, a half a dozen Nobel Laureates could be invited along with him; say Tutu, Wiesel, Gore, Yunus, Williams, Ibadi. There could be a special session for the G8 leaders with these Laureates, to have the Laureates' perspective on the world situation; and then a private meeting between Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao would not be so conspicuous.

If this meeting can be effected, there is no doubt an important follow-up process will be initiated by the Chinese leaders themselves, the steps of which will be obvious. In hopes that you will give this proposal your strongest and most careful consideration and will decide to take this critical step at this critical moment.

Sincerely Yours,

Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman

Or please add "Your Name" here.

What's happening in Japan on Free Tibet and Tibet-China dialogue at G8 / letter by Robert Thurman

After thousands of Japanese protested at the torch relay in Nagano, a newly formed initiative, "Save Tibet Network," organized 4,200 strong public members. This group called for a free Tibet during Hu Jintao’s visit in Japan. Within one month, an astonishing 32,000 signatures were collected in Japan for a petition to urge the Japanese government, the United Nations and the Chinese government to act immediately to solve the Tibet issue.

The open letter below was written by Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman and calls for immediate action. Dr. Thurman is a world renowned professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He was once chosen by TIME magazine as one of its “25 Most Influential Americans,” described as a "larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the dharma, the precious teachings of Siddhartha, from Asia to America."

You can simply sign your name at the end of the letter or write your own by including the following 3 points, and send it to your country's leader:

  • Invite the Dalai Lama (with other Nobel Peace Prize laureates) to have a dialogue with Hu Jintao along with the G8 members to resolve the Tibet issue. ASEAN countries as well as India, Pakistan and Afghanistan may also monitor this meeting.

  • Pressure the Chinese government to have continuous and meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives following the summit

  • Have an independent group ensure the continuation of the dialogue

Join us to make this happen!

Address Listings:

Please give the information , saying that "It wants you to send it to other
addresses" if you got a response.

FAX: 202-456-2461
EMAIL: comments@whitehouse.gov
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC, 20500

Condoleeza Rice
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Switchboard: (202) 647-4000
Fax: (202) 261-8577

ALERT******UK E-PETITION***************

UK residents or citizens can sign the petition at this government
e-petition site.
Please go to the link above and sign both petitions if you can.
If you are NOT an UK citizen or a resident, please take a look and
start the petition like this one in your country!

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Address;10 Downing Street, London SW1 2AA.
Fax;020 7925 0918. (From outside the UK, the number is +442079250918)

E-mail to : pm@pm.gc.ca
Fax to : 613-941-6900
Write to : Office of the Prime Minister
     80 Wellington Street
     Ottawa , K1A 0A2

I got advice from governor-general Canada , saying that "You should send it
addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs".
=>Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT)
1-800-267-8376 (toll-free in Canada)
613-944-4000 (in the National Capital Region and outside Canada)
613-944-9136 (TTY)


Write to:
Enquiries Service (BCI)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1A 0G2

Hon. David Emerson
New Canadian Minister of Foriegn Affairs
email: Emerson.D@parl.gc.ca

German federal Prime Minister prefecture
Opinion => http://www.bundeskanzlerin.de/Webs/BK/DE/Service/Kontakt/kontakt.html__nnn=true
hier können Sie eine Nachricht an die Bundesregierung, die Bundeskanzlerin, den Kulturstaatsminister oder das Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung senden.
=>Nutzen Sie auch das Infotelefon der Bundesregierung
unter 0180 2 720000 zum Ortstarif.
Montags bis donnerstags von 8:00 bis 16:30 Uhr
Freitags von 8:00 bis 15:00 Uhr.

Auswärtiges Amt
Werderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin
Postanschrift: 11013 Berlin
Telefon: 03018-170
Telefax: 03018-173402

Angela Merkel Prime Minister Germany official HP
Opinion => http://www.angela-merkel.de/page/46.htm

Germany Executive Office of the President official HP

German Christian Democratic Union
Opinion => http://www.cdu.de/kontakt/213.htm

Monsieur President Nicolas Sarkozy
Le Palace Elysee
20 rue Quentin Bauchart
75008 Paris France

President Nicolas Sarkozy official HP

Monsieur Bernard Kouchner
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
37, quai d’Orsay
75 007 PARIS

Italian government organization list

The Cabinet Office

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi(Forza Italia HP)
Opinion => http://ufficiostampa.forzaitalia.it/ => Iscriviti

European Union
Jose Manuel Barroso
European Commission
rue de la Loi, 200
1040 - Bruxelles
Phone: +(32) 2 2952426
Fax: +(32) 2 2988160

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
President of the European Council/
Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Auswärtiges Amt
Werderscher Markt 1, 11013 Berlin
Telephone +(49) 3 050000

Alison(ITSN Secretariat)mail to FTTJ

For your information, this is what we have sent to the Tibet Support Group email list and ITSN Members. We'll let you know what response we get


Dear Friends,

The Tibet Support Network Japan (a coalition of groups) has been working on an initiative for the forthcoming G8 summit, which takes place in Japan from 7-9 July.

The countries that are members of the G8 include US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Russia and Japan. Other countries are often invited too; for example Kevin Rudd, PM of Australia, will be attending. The G8 + 5 also includes Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

The website is http://fttj.org/ and I encourage you to take a look. There is a very nice video, and some petitions, which are based on Robert Thurman's suggestion that the Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao (and a number of peace laureates) are invited to meet in the fringes of G8.

The ITSN Secretariat has been discussing this political objective with a number of the larger TSGs. Our general view, so far, is that the status of relations between China and the TGiE is very fragile and uncertain at the moment, despite there being a meeting imminent (next week). China has so far taken no confidence-building measures which address the terrible situation in Tibet. A meeting between the Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao at G8 therefore seems unlikely, but we will see what happens during the meeting next week between the envoys and Chinese officials.

However, we strongly encourage Tibet Groups in all nations that are participating in or attending G8 to urge their governments to pressure China to take steps to demonstrate sincerity in alleviating the situation in Tibet, including:
  • immediately re-admitting foreign media
  • allowing the International Red Cross and other humanitarian organisations to go to Tibet.
  • permitting UN investigators to go to Tibet.
  • stopping its vilification of the Dalai Lama.
  • release all those detained since 10 March
  • stop its crackdown and withdraw armed security forces.
  • stop its (provocative) patriotic re-education campaign.

An additional suggestion from groups in Japan is that 6 July be a Day of Action for G8. As you know this is His Holiness' birthday (and World Tibet Day), so we know that many groups will have activities planned already. We'd be grateful if Tibet Groups could contact ITSN to let us know if you support the idea of a G8 focus to their activities on 6 July, or whether it would be incompatible with their plans? Please email chonpel@tibetnetwork.org.

ITSN Secretariat

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