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Full Text of Parliament’s Resolution on Critical Situation in Tibet

May 26, 2012

March 23, 2012


Below is the English translation of the resolution passed by the
15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile during its session on 14 March
2012. Speaker Penpa Tsering read out the statement during the joint
press conference by the Kashag and Tibetan Parliament in Dharamsala
on 23 March.

                                                   Resolution No.
2012/15/3/4 Document No. 6

Consequent to the hailstorm of political activities that battered
Tibet since China’s occupation of Tibet in 1949, around 1.2 million
Tibetans lost their lives and around 6000 monasteries were robbed
or destroyed. Moreover unscrupulous exploitation of Tibet’s natural
resources, including large scale deforestation and forced
demographic aggression have gravely affected the land and the
fragile Tibetan ecology, endangering the livelihood and survival of
the Tibetan people in Tibet.

The aspirations of the Tibetan people expressed by generations of
Tibetans in a peaceful way have always been suppressed with brutal
repressive methods by the Chinese authorities. Particularly since
2008, China, with complete disregard to the basic rights of the
Tibetan people and unwavering from their obstinate policies,
responded with unprecedented brutally resulting in death and
torture of hundreds of peaceful Tibetans in all the three provinces
of Tibet that continues to this day, Tibetans of all age groups
unable to bear the heavy handedness resorted to self immolations
one after another.

Since 2009, 28 (two more Tibetans self immolated out of which two
died after the resolution was adopted) Tibetans self immolated in
Ngaba, Tawu, Kardze, Chamdo, Tridu, Themchen, Darlak, Machu and
Rebkong that comprises the whole Eastern Tibet. 20 monks, nuns and
lay people, 22 as of today lost their lives and the condition of
many are unknown.

Similarly, during the recent Chinese New Year, the Chinese police
and security forces indiscriminately fired on the peaceful Tibetan
protestors killing four in Draggo district, two in Serta district,
one in Zamthang district and one in Golog Pema district. On 8th
February this year, besides the district mentioned above, Tibetans
in Zatoe, Nangchen, Barkham, Pema, Chabcha, Diru and other places
carried out massive peaceful demonstrations in various forms to
observe Lhakar for freedom.

Recently thousands of Tibetan prilgrims returning back to Tibet
following pilgrimage and Kalachakra teachings to India and Nepal
were subjected to repeated search of their personal belongings and
all religious items were confiscated. Moreover, they were subjected
to political education at secret locations around Lhasa, while
Tibetans from Kham and Amdo were forcibly deported to their
respective regions.

In view of the extremely grave situation in Tibet, the Tibetan
parliament-in-Exile has at various occasions appealed to the
government of People’s Republic of China. An Open letter to
President Hu Jintao was submitted. A delegation of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile met with a number of embassies in Delhi, in an
effort to reach out to the international community. Similarly, the
Cabinet and the Parliament have jointly organized special prayers
for the victims presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
high lamas of all traditions and many other official solidarity
actions. Many international organizations, Tibet supporters and
Tibetans have also organized numerous activities with various
means. While we continue to express our solidarity to all the
Tibetans inside who continue to sacrifice their precious lives for
the freedom of our people, protection of our identity and way of
life, we appeal to the Chinese government to respond positively to

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