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Dalai Lama ' S Appeal To The United Nations Upon Arriving In India

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The Indian government immediately welcomed the Dalai Lama and those who had arrived with him on April 5, 1959. He issued a statement officially rejecting the Seventeen- Point Agreement that had been forced on the Tibetans in 1951 and denouncing the Preparatory Committee for the Autonomous Region of Tibet in which he had been compelled to participate. India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spoke about Tibet in Parliament. He rebutted charges made by the Chinese that India was holding the Dalai Lama against his will. Throughout 1959, the Dalai Lama attempted to gain support in the international community, including appeals directly through the United Nations. A resolution was passed on October 27, 1959 calling for "respect for the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people and for their distinctive cultural and religious life"..

Keywords: Chinese; Dalai Lama; human rights; Indian government; religious life; Tibetan people; United Nations



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