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Exile Tibetans’ call for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Tibetan heroes

December 10, 2010

Northern Voices Online (blog)

Dharamshala: On the International Human Rights Day and the 21st anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, people across the globe rejoice the conferring of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. While the Chinese government has labeled the award “an obscenity”, Tibetans in exile stand in solidarity with Liu Xiaobo and praise his democratic ideals.

Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese intellectual, activist and supporter of the Tibetan people for his struggle for fundamental human rights in China is highly commendable. But on 10th December, when the world witnesses the award ceremony in Oslo, Liu will be not there to accept the award as he will still be behind bars serving his 11 years sentence.

“The strong stand taken by the Nobel Committee in presenting this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo has not only undermined the totalitarian Chinese Regime, but has also given enormous hope to people who are oppressed around the world,” said Kirti Dolkar Lhamo, President of Tibetan Women’s Association. “Recognizing Liu Xiaobo as a non-violent advocate and pursuer of democracy gives hope to the Tibetan people whose long-standing struggle for freedom and justice continues.”

Liu Xiaobo, a strong advocate of the Tibetan people, has authored many articles commenting on the occupation of Tibet including “The Crisis in Tibet is the Failure of Materialist Dictatorship” and “Twelve Suggestions for dealing with the Tibetan Situation”(2), which was written in response to the 2008 uprisings in Tibet.

Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years in prison for advocating democratic reform, yet China’s Premier Wen Jiabao, told CNN in October, “The people’s wishes for, and needs for, democracy and freedom are irresistible”. The conferring of the award to Liu Xiaobo heralds that the struggle for democratic reforms inside China have reached great heights and will inspire future Chinese aspirants and advocates. His Holiness the Dalai Lama acknowledge that “in the years ahead, future generations of Chinese will be able to enjoy the fruits of the efforts that the current Chinese citizens are making towards responsible governance”.

“We urge the Prime Minister of India, Shri Manmohan Singh to raise the Issue of Tibet with Wen Jia Bao during his India visit and press the Chinese government to implement the political and human rights reform for which thousands of Chinese and Tibetan advocates risk their lives,” said Lukar Jam, a former political prisoner and the Vice President of GuChuSum Movement of Tibet. “We also demand the Chinese government for immediate release of Liu Xiaobo and all the Heroic Tibetan and Chinese human rights defenders suffering in prisons inside Tibet and China.”

More than 3,000 Tibetan political prisoners who have exercised their right to free expression are suffering in Chinese prisons inside Tibet. Tenzin Deleck Rinpoche, a revered Tibetan religious and community leader is serving a life sentence; Runggye Adak, a Tibetan nomad was sentenced to eight years in prison for merely calling upon the rightful return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet, Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker was sentenced to 6 years in prison for making a film portraying the true aspiration of Tibetans inside Tibet and also Gendun Choekyi Nyima the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet has been missing for the last 16 years.
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