Barbara joined MPs, Tibetan exiles and representatives of the Tibet Society in a service of support outside Westminster Abbey for innocent victims in Tibet.
Campaigners for democracy and autonomy for Tibet say that the campaigns of peaceful protester were violently suppressed by Chinese Security forces. As many as 140 Tibetans are said to have been killed. As Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tibet, Barbara is a supporter of Tibetan autonomy and the freedom for Tibetans to express their religious faith and she attended the service of support outside Westminster Abbey.
“Like many people, I am very concerned at the current violent suppression of peaceful protests by Tibetans.
"Many of my constituents have written to me about this and I have urged the Government to do everything it can to encourage peace in the region. But while the violence continues, it’s important to show that the innocent victims of Tibet have not been forgotten and that is what the ceremony at Westminster Abbey did today.”
The Government has condemned the violence and has confirmed that it is putting diplomatic pressure on the Chinese to bring the situation to a peaceful conclusion. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has also agreed to meet the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and head of the exiled Tibetan Government, when he visits the UK later this year.