Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Press Release From The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

Statement Of Gratitude To The World Community For Their Continued Support And Solidarity With The Tibetan Cause

Since the peaceful protests of 2008, the situation inside Tibet has been continuously deteriorating. The repressive and unjust policies pursued by the Chinese government with regard to Tibetan religion,Tibetan language, Tibetan culture, finance and politics are meant to oppress, discriminate and restrict and suppress the rights ofthe Tibetans. So much so, the Tibetans inside Tibet are increasingly becoming second class citizens in their own country.
The Chinese government has also been resorting to arbitrary arrestsand torture of Tibetan youngsters and intellectuals, without giving a fair trial, while the Chinese settlers spread across the three provinces of Tibet have been resorting to illegal acquisition of traditional Tibetan lands, making the lives of Tibetan farmers andnomads very hard.

And the Chinese government, instead of addressing the issues facing the Tibetans inside Tibet, keeps on denouncing His Holiness theDalai Lama and his middle way approach for a genuine autonomy forTibet through its false propaganda. Therefore, out of helplessness and desperation, 10 Tibetans including a nun, have self immolated since march this year, calling for freedom and the safe return ofHis Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

In view of the grim situation prevailing inside Tibet, the USAdministration, Denmark's Administration as well as the British and the European Parliament have expressed their solidarity with theTibetan people through press statements, resolutions and discussions in their respective Parliaments. Similarly, various Non-governmental Organisations, Tibet Support Groups, Chinese Democratic Organisations and activists across the world havecarried out campaigns and activities calling for the world'sattention towards Tibet. The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile is deeply grateful and would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to all the support and help extended.

The Chinese government have imposed heavy restrictions and have suppressed the basic rights of Tibetans in the whole of Tibet particularly in the areas where, self immolation protests have taken place recently. Therefore, we urge the United Nations and peace loving nations across the world to stand up for truth andjustice and pressure the Chinese government for the human rights violations taking place there. Furthermore, an independent investigation should be carried out in the areas of Ngaba in Amdo,Tawu and Karzey in Kham to ascertain the ground realities prevailing in the region.

The stories of development and a harmonious society churned out by the Chinese propaganda machinery is a lie and without any basis. It is a tactic adopted by the Chinese government to hide the truth andfool the world.

We also urge the various Non-governmental Organisations, Tibet support groups and individual Tibet activists to continue their campaigns and activities calling for the attention of the world and peace loving people towards the issue of Tibet.

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

31 October, 2011

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