Firstly I wish to give my heartfelt congratulations to His Holiness on the occasion of his 80th birthday, a celebration which is being honored around the world, most especially within exiled Tibetan communities. Such is the respect, dedication and love felt by Tibetans that even inside Tibet, people gathered to wish His Holiness the Dalai Lama a long life. An action taken in full awareness of the possible consequences, such is the devotion towards His Holiness.
His lifelong achievements in working for human happiness, world peace and human rights are an inspiration to people all around the world, including Chinese people. In spite of having long been denigrated, insulted and persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party, His Holiness continued to win more and more Chinese people's respect, support and affection. He was not only a bearer of hope to the Tibetan people but also for the Chinese people. In his travels around the world His Holiness has tried his best to meet with exiled Chinese dissidents, which has greatly encouraged the Chinese democracy movement, as well as me personally.
I myself and the Federation for a Democratic China will continue to support the efforts of the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan people to achieve freedom, human rights and democracy. Although he was forced into exile from his homeland, he has turned tragedy into hope by leading the Tibetan people across the whole world, including Canada. His tireless dedication towards his people, to which he dedicated his life, his wisdom and leadership in ensuring that Tibetan culture is not merely preserved but is active and flourishing.
It was his vision and determination that enabled Tibetans across India and Nepal to build from scratch an exiled home, one that has since 1959 provided education, health care and later witnessed the introduction into Tibetan society of democratic processes and governance. Due to his remarkable efforts and sacrifices, the world knows of the suffering of his homeland under Chinese Communist oppression.
The continuing disaster of the human rights situation in Tibet makes me extremely uneasy, it is distressing to observe the daily injustice, abuses, killing and oppression which his people suffer as result of the tyranny imposed by the Chinese regime. In light of such violations and in solidarity I and my organization will make every effort to assist the Tibetans spread the truth about Tibet and to fight back.
look forward to the day when Tibetans and Chinese people will soon be free from Communist rule. We must continue to unite together, working in harmony with a determined resolve to end the Communist regime as soon as possible and so hasten the day when His Holiness may return to a Tibet freed from the unbearable yoke of oppression.
I wish long live His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, as his compassion and his efforts for peace continue to benefit Tibetans, Chinese and the whole world.