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Memorandum to SG Ban Ki-Moon

June 24, 2012

Dated: 27 April 2012

To: The Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon
From: Tibetan Youth Congress

Your Excellency,

Today, as Your Excellency embarks on a three-day visit to India, the Tibetan Youth Congress would like to first of all welcome you to India, the second home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and one of the largest Tibetan communities in the world.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the assurances that were made to us on 22 March 2012 - during our hunger strike campaign in New York - via Ms. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
She stated in her letter that the Human Rights Mechanisms of the UN are actively engaged over the concerns raised by TYC regarding the dire situation inside Tibet.  She also mentioned that in her capacity as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she has communicated with the Government of China “expressing my concern over the situation, and will continue to engage with the authorities.”
The Tibetan Youth Congress would like to know the outcome of the efforts undertaken by representatives of the UN as mentioned in her communication such as “joint urgent appeals sent to the government of China” and “request for visits to China by some of the special procedure mandates”.
To date, 35 Tibetans have self-immolated on the Tibetan Plateau, of whom 27 have died and the fate of the rest is unknown. While the world watches with deafening silence, the situation inside Tibet could spiral out of control at any moment.
TYC would like to urge Your Excellency to raise this issue in Your deliberations with the government of the People's Republic of China and the United Nations so that freedom and justice can be restored for the Tibetans inside Tibet.

Cc: Ms Navi Pillay; High Commissioner for Human Rights
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