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China Genocides Tibet's Language: Violating UN Law

October 29, 2010

Y.C. Dhardhowa
The Tibet Post International
October 28, 2010

Dharamshala -- In world history, language is
maintained as a matter of national identity,
language defines a culture. The current genocide
of the Tibetan language by the Chinese government
aims to make Chinese children out of Tibetan children.

Buddhism and culture depend on the rich and
developed language that we call Tibetan. Standard
Tibetan is based on the speech of the Tibetan
capital, Lhasa, also Ü-Tsang dialect belonging to
the Central Tibetan languages. For this reason,
Standard Tibetan is often called Central Tibetan.
It is in turn one of several branches of the
Tibetan languages, the others being Kham
(Tibetan: Kham kad) and Amdo (Tibetan: Amdo kad).
Written Standard Tibetan is based on Classical
Tibetan and is highly conservative.

It is clear that the Chinese authorities do not
accept Tibetan as a mother tongue, and the
authorities think that academic reform is the
only a solution to solve this issue in Tibet,
thus adhering to USSR dictators theory of "to
destroy a nation, we must first destroy the language of the nation."

Most of the world's languages are spoken by
relatively few people; the median number of
speakers of a language is 5,000-6,000. There are
fewer than 300 languages with more than 1 million
native users; half of all languages have fewer
than 10,000 users, and a quarter of the world's
spoken languages and most of the sign languages
have fewer than 1,000 users. More than 80% of the
world's languages exist only in one country. So,
Tibetan language is one of the latest facing linguistical genocide.

The racism by the Chinese communist regime is
continuous and abuses the rights of native
Tibetan speakers and the other nationalities,
such as those in east Turkestan and Inner
Mongolia .The Chinese Government is guilty of
"Language Genocide", against the Tibetans for
breaching articles of the United Nations Genocide
Convention. The Convention defines genocide as
any of a number of acts committed with the intent
to destroy, in whole or in part, a national,
ethnic, racial or religious group. Therefore, the
Tibetan people can bring the Chinese Government
to justice by complaining in International Court
over the injustice done by China for not
complying with the UN Articles and the "Genocide of the Tibetan Language".

The Chinese Government should treat all citizens
equally within the law and without any
discrimination. Every citizen in Han Chinese has
a right to be protected under the law equally,
and equal protection should be applied to all
against any discrimination. I would like to say
that the international communities should not
allow the Chinese Government to abuse and
genocide the Tibetan by branding them for
"inciting activities to split the nation."

To conclude, I want to say that all human beings
are born free and equal in dignity and rights. So
everyone should be entitled to all the rights and
freedoms and enjoy them without division and
distinction of any type, in regard to race, color
or national origin as in written article of the
Chinese constitution. Genocide of the Tibetan
Language is abuse and a humiliation against the
Tibetans and humanity in general. The Chinese
communist authorities in eastern Tibet do not
accept and respect the Tibetan language as a
mother tongue; this means that the authorities
act like USSR dictators, who prohibited the
languages to be used in the occupied states. I
strongly believe this is a big mistake and
ignorance and negligent to put other factors
aside such as freedom of speech, and the other
fundamental rights like education.
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