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Kalon Tripa Writes to UN Chief on Tense Situation in Tibet

May 26, 2012

DHARAMSHALA, 16 March: Kalon Tripa of the Central Tibetan
Administration today appealed to the United Nations Secretary-
General to send a Special Envoy to investigate the on-the-ground
reality in Tibet, particularly in areas where series of tragic self-
immolations took place.

 In his letter to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon dated 16 March,
Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay apprised him that “a tragic and
explosive situation continues to prevail in Tibet. Since 2009, 28
incidents of self-immolation have occurred with 15 in 2012 alone.
These individuals chose to self-immolate to emphatically protest
the Chinese government’s repressive policies in Tibet and demand
the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to his homeland. In
response to these incidents, the Chinese government recently issued
a statement declaring ‘war against secessionist sabotage’ in Tibet.”

“We, Tibetans inside and outside Tibet, appeal to the United
Nations to send a Special Envoy to Tibet, particularly areas where
these self-immolations took place, to investigate the on-the-ground
reality. The Kashag joins its voice to that of the Tibetan people,
parliament, international NGOs, and the three Tibetan hunger
strikers before the UN headquarters in New York to reiterate this
request,” he said.

Kalon Tripa said the Central Tibetan Administration is not seeking
separation from China or independence for Tibet. “We will continue
to strive for genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the
framework of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through dialogue
and negotiations. Thus, the Tibetan freedom struggle is not only an
exemplary non-violent movement but is also a model for political
moderation, democracy and the spirit of dialogue and
reconciliation,” he said.

 “We hope that the United Nations in keeping with its mandate in
relation to human rights and freedom will respond positively to the
appeal of the Tibetan people in this difficult moment,” Kalon Tripa
wrote to Mr Ban Ki-Moon.
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