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CTA Urges Chinese Govt to Ensure Safety of Tibetan Students in China

December 27, 2011

DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration said it is deeply disturbed and concerned by recent reports of confrontations between Tibetan and Chinese students at a school in Chengdu, which led to several Tibetans being hospitalised after they were beaten by an overwhelming number of Chinese students.   


DIIR Kalon Dicki Chhoyang speaking to Tibetan journalists at a news conference in Dharamsala, India, on 20 December 2011

“The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply disturbed and concerned by news of confrontations, on December 14th 2011, between Tibetan and Chinese students at the Railway Engineering School in Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan,” Information & International Relations Kalon Dicki Chhoyang told Tibetan reporters today.  
“About 3,000 Chinese students are reported to have entered into a fight with a few hundred Tibetan students. Several Tibetan students are said to have been hospitalized due to injuries,” the DIIR kalon said.  
Kalon Dicki Chhoyang expressed concern over similar reports of tensions between Tibetan and Chinese students in the Chengdu area  in 2010, when a Tibetan student named Pasang was stabbed to death at the Light Engineering School in Zigong city. “It remains unknown whether the assailant(s) were arrested and prosecuted,” she added.
“In light of these recent events, we encourage Tibetan students to focus on their studies and maintain cordial relations with other fellow students in keeping with our traditional values. Our pride in our Tibetan identity and heritage does not rest on a show of physical force, but through academic excellence,” Kalon Chhoyang said.   
“With Tibetan students reported to study in 12 cities in mainland China, the Chinese government must ensure their personal safety,” she said.

“In keeping with its claim to build a harmonious society, we hope the PRC government will take the necessary measures to promote good relations between Chinese and Tibetan people. Consequently, such efforts will facilitate positive interactions between Chinese and Tibetan students,” she added.  
“The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration would like to reiterate that the Tibetan struggle is neither anti-China nor anti-Chinese. We strive for the restoration of freedom in Tibet through peaceful dialogue,” the DIIR kalon said.

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