Youdon Aukatsang, Tenpa Yarphel and Wangdue Dorjee are being accompanied on their visit to Vilnius by Sonam Tsering Frasi, the Dalai Lama's representative for Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic states, the Lithuanian parliament has said in a press release.

In the discussion on "The Tibetan Issue in the Creation of a World Order Based on Respect for Human Rights", the Tibetans will inform Lithuanian MPs and members of the public about the activities of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and share the latest information about what is happening in Tibet, it said.

Tibet lost its autonomy from China back in 1951 after the Chinese army invaded the territory that had declared independence. Beijing maintains that it "peacefully liberated" the mountainous region, but many Tibetan expatriates accuse the central government of religious and cultural oppression.

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, and his followers have been living in exile in the Himalayan town of Dharamsala in India since they fled Tibet after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.

China does not recognize the Tibetan government-in-exile, and has not held any dialogue with the Dalai Lama's representatives since 2010.

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