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Joint Statement on the Global Intervention to Stand Up for Tibet at G20 Summit

November 3, 2011

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2011
 
Contact:
United Nations for a Free Tibet: Brigitte von Bulow + 971 55 4973787 (English, UAE)
 
Joint Statement on the Global Intervention to Stand Up for Tibet at G20 Summit
 
Oakland –Today, the day of the G20 Summit in Cannes, United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT), together with many Tibet groups and supporters worldwide, is joining the "ENOUGH! Global Intervention for Tibet" demonstration [1] to highlight the oppressive situation in Ngaba County. During the Summit, Tibetans in exile, Chinese and Vietnamese Communities, and supporters will stand in solidarity with Tibetans in and outside of Tibet and urge world leaders to take action to protect human rights and freedom of speech in Tibet. Only global diplomatic intervention can save Tibetan lives and help stop more atrocities from happening under Chinese rule in the once Independent and free Tibet.

Since march 2011, ten young Tibetans have self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule, and five of them have died because of their injuries. Since September 2011, six of these self-immolations have taken place, mostly by monks and a nun. If the world does not act now and address this situation immediately, this growing tragedy could spiral further into an unprecedented human suffering.

Obviously, these tragic acts are not happening in isolation, but a desperate cry for help. All protests and self-immolations occurred within 300 kilometers of Ngaba -- where Kirti monastery is still under constant surveillance -- many months already and hundreds of monks have disappeared from this monastery where monks are calling for the long-life and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and religious freedom in Tibet. The Chinese regime has hit back in increasingly harsh manners and is killing, torturing, jailing defenseless Tibetans.

Without any doubt, we believe the reasons for those desperate attempts to draw attention in such a very sad manner by so many young Tibetans are:
"The silence of the world and Governments on the repression of Tibetan Buddhism and vilification of the Dalai Lama by Beijing are a daily reminder of the way corporate greed overrides human rights in global affairs.” [2] This cruel reality is an important reason leading to a tragic string of self-immolations.

China's harsh religious and cultural persecution of Tibetans continues for many years now. After the 2008 unrest, Chinese rule in Tibet intensified. Tibetans are forced into leading a life which becomes much more difficult, even the basic cultural and religious rituals are becoming impossible to continue. The entire nation is enveloped in fear. The Chinese authorities understand that Tibetan monks are the bearer of Tibetan culture and try all they can to undermine those monks and nuns. In recent years, Chinese security forces are not only torturing, mentally abusing and killing monks, but also brainwashing them by so called Patriotic education. They have also laid siege to monasteries, even killing elderly people defending them. In this harsh environment, the monks see no way out than to kill themselves, an act of the deepest desperation.

It is positive to see that the US State Department has issued some statements such as:  "In light of the continuing underlying grievances of China’s Tibetan population, we again urge Chinese leaders to respect the rights of Tibetans, to address policies in Tibetan areas that have created tension, and to protect Tibetans’ unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity."

However, "much more needs to be done though and very rapidly: Tibetans are dying every day and the once proud, liberated and independent nation of Tibetans has become China's place of constant punches and vengeance."  Said Brigitte Graefin von Bulow, Chair of United Nations for a Free Tibet.

In light of the unprecedented self-immolations in Tibet,  we are, together with 60 nations and thousands of supporters,  asking world's leaders to:

• Urge the People's Republic of China to cease the crackdown on the people of Ngaba, and respect the religious freedoms and basic human rights of Tibetans.

• Raise the human rights situation in Tibet with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao, at the upcoming G-20 Summit in Cannes.

• Work with other world governments to issue a statement of concern over the current situation in Tibet, and study the history of Tibet: Tibet never was a part of China and therefore countries which are supporting China in any way, is that economically or other matters, are supporting a country which has unlawfully entered a free nation and took possession of its people, wealth and minerals.

• Call on the Chinese Government to resume its dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives with a view to bringing about genuine autonomy for Tibetans.

• Urge the Chinese authorities to allow independent international media and human rights monitors to visit Ngaba.

Solidarity campaign of "ENOUGH! Global Intervention for Tibet at G20 Summit" will be held in Australia, Germany, France, United States and other 22 Countries over 5 Continents on the day before the G20 Summit in Cannes, November 2.
 
Signed by:
 
United Nations For a Free Tibet
Federation For A Democratic China
The Vietnamese American Community (VACUSA)
The Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag Movement
VEREIN DER VIETNAMESISCHEN FLUECHTLINGE IN KOELN
 
Notes:
 
1. "ENOUGH! Global Intervention for Tibet at G20 Summit" is part of the "Stand Up For Tibet" global protests which are being staged in coordination by the International Tibet Network, a global coalition of more than 180 Tibet-related organizations on five continents.
 
* For more information about UNFFT events please visit: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=292442337440669 or http://unitednations4freetibet.com/unfft/news
* The global protests please also visit: http://standupfortibet.org/global-protests/
 
2. The speech of Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, see at here:
http://dev-vic.greens.org.au/content/tibet-tragedies-australias-business
 
Background:


List of Self-Immolations in Tibet (11 to date; 10 in 2011 and one in 2009)




27 February 2009, Ngaba: Tapey, mid-20s, of Kirti Monastery. Whereabouts unknown.


16 March 2011, Ngaba: Lobsang Phuntsok, 20, of Kirti Monastery. Died 17 March 2011.


15 August 2011, Kardze: Tsewang Norbu, 29, monk of Nyitso Monastery. Died at the scene, 15 August 2011.


26 September 2011, Ngaba: Lobsang Kelsang, 18, monk of Kirti Monastery. In hospital. Lobsang Kunchok, 19 , a monk of Kirti Monastery. In a different hospital to Lobsang Kelsang.


3 October 2011, Ngaba: Kelsang Wangchuk, 17, monk of Kirti Monastery. In hospital.


7 October 2011, Ngaba: Choephel, 19 former monk of Kirti Monastery. Died 11 October 2011. Khaying, 18, former monk of Kirti Monastery. Died  8 October 2011
15 October 2011, Ngaba: Norbu Dramdul, 19, former monk of Kirti Monastery. Taken away, whereabouts unknown.
17 October 2011, Ngaba: Tenzin Wangmo,  20, nun of Ngaba Mamae Choekorling Nunnery. Died at the scene, 17 October 2011.
25 October 2011, Kardze: Dawa Tsering, 38, monk of Kardze Monastery. Status unknown, possibly being cared for in Kardze Monastery after refusing hospital treatment.
 
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