Dalai Lama 'separated' Tibetan children from parents: report

Dalai Lama 'separated' Tibetan children from parents: report

Dalai Lama 'separated' Tibetan children from parents: report

Leaving behind loved ones is one of the eight sufferings of human beings, according to Buddhism.

So separating a family is often the last thing one would do.

But the Dalai Lama forced hundreds of children to leave their parents and be adopted by foreign families in the 1960s, Swiss media have reported.

The Foreign Ministry and experts described the move, which aimed to nurture talent for his "Tibet independence" movement, as "against human nature".

"The stories in the Swiss media showed how the Dalai Lama and his clique fabricated so-called orphans and sent them to Switzerland," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday. "He caused hundreds of families to be torn apart."

"His deeds have trampled on the children's rights and violated common ethics and morality."

On Sept 11, the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung published a story about how the Dalai Lama and Swiss businessman Charles Aeschimann arranged to take about 200 Tibetan children to Switzerland in the 1960s.

The Dalai Lama called for US and European families to adopt Tibetan children after he fled to India following a failed armed rebellion. Aeschimann helped take about 200 Tibetan children to Switzerland.

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