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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

NDP STATEMENT REGARDING THE SITATUION IN TIBET

March 16, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2008

OTTAWA –The NDP expresses its deep concern and alarm at the crackdown by
the government of China against civilian protesters in Tibet. The NDP
calls on the government of China to show restraint in the face of
mounting protests in Lhasa, Tibet and across the country against the Chinese
government’s continuing denial on basic individual rights and Tibetan
autonomy.

The NDP reaffirms its commitment to support human rights in China,
including the collective self-determination rights of the people of
Tibet. The government of China must respect the freedoms of religion,
speech and assembly for Tibetans.

The NDP calls on the government of Canada to use all diplomatic means to
urge the government of China to respect human rights and refrain from
violence.  The NDP calls on the government of China to negotiate in good
faith a more autonomous role for Tibet within the greater Chinese family.

The NDP also calls on the Office of the High Commission of Human Rights
to send an investigation team to monitor and report on any grievous
human rights violations committed by the government of China in Lhasa.

On February 15, 2007, House of Commons gave unanimous consent to a
motion by NDP MP Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) stating: “That, in the
opinion of the House, the government should: urge the Government of the
People's Republic of China and the representatives of Tibet's government
in exile, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet's historical
relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking
manner that will
lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional
framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfill the
aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous
Tibet”.

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