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INPaT Condemns Extrajudicial Killings in Tibet, Calls on China to Recieve UN Human Rights Chief

February 2, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Amsterdam, 31 January - International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) is extremely
concerned for the news that several Tibetans in Draggo, Kardze and in Dzamthang, Ngaba (Chinese:
Aba) have been shot dead by Chinese security forces last week.
INPaT considers the use of force not an acceptable response on the part of the Chinese authorities
toward peaceful protests carried out by Tibetans to excercise right to freedom of expression and
assembly.
INPaT remains deeply concerned that these cases of extrajudicial killings of Tibetans has happened in
the background of self-immolation protests by 17 Tibetans since 2009 with 12 of them having succumbed
to their injuries.
INPaT deplores that according to various sources there is a massive deployment of security forces in
Tibet with journalists and other independent observers prevented from visiting Tibetan areas, especially in
Sichuan province.
INPaT calls upon the Chinese authorities to provide adequate information on the well-being and
whereabouts of Tibetans who have been  detained since the first self-immolation last year by Ven.
Phuntsok on 16 March and to withdraw the security measures imposed, including at religious institutions.
INPaT welcomes that parliamentarians in many countries have expressed their concerns on the overall
human rights situation in Tibet, especially after an alarming number of self-immolation protests by
Tibetans. While remaining in solidarity with the aspirations of Tibetan people, INPaT joins the call upon
Tibetans not to sacrifice their valuable lives through self-immolations but instead maintain their collective
voice and strength to face the challenges from the Chinese authorities.
INPaT calls upon the Chinese authorities to promptly follow-up on its invitation to the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a fact-finding mission to China and that such a visit ensures
adequate time for observing the situation in Tibet. INPaT believes that such a visit by the United Nations
chief human rights official can help convey an independent assessment on the human rights crisis faced
by the six million Tibetans.
Note: -- 133 Members from 33 worldwide Parliaments who took part in the 5th World Parliamentarians'
Convention on Tibet (18/19 November 2009, Rome) adopted the “Rome Declaration on Tibet” which
constituted the International Network for Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT).

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