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Issue of Human Rights Violations in Tibet Raised in Indian Parliament

December 17, 2012

DHARAMSHALA, December 10, 2012: BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, today raised in the Lok Sabha the issue of rights violations in Tibet.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the Chinese have been carrying out the “grossest” violations of human rights in Tibet over the last 60 years, the Press Trust of India reported.

Mr Sinha said Tibetans are setting themselves on fire because of “excessive use of military force, religious restrictions, disappearances and detentions, removal of nomads and degradation of ecological system in the region under Chinese rule”.

With self-immolation by a 17-year-old school girl in Tibet on Sunday, 95 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.

“Worse, the response of the Chinese is more repression,” said Mr Sinha, who is the convener of the All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum on Tibet.  

He wanted the House to express “deepest heartfelt condolences” over Tibetans’ plight and call upon the Chinese to “listen to the anguish” and “ensure people (in Tibet) get their rights”.

“I call upon Parliament to speak up,” he appealed.

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