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Members of Parliament in Baltic States appeal for end to self-immolations, renewal of Sino-Tibet dialogue

March 14, 2016

Joint statement, March 10, 2016 - We, the undersigned Members of Parliament of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – together with Tibetan supporters from the three Baltic States are deeply concerned and distraught over the long-lasting wave of self-immolation protests in- and outside Tibet. Since 2009, at least 143 Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation to express their grievances under the repressive policies of the Chinese government.

Such desperate and frequent protests indicate clearly that there is an inhuman pressure on the Tibetan nation and that their human, cultural and religious rights are under unbearable assault.

We were shocked by the recent Tibetan self-immolation protests which resulted in the deaths of Kalsang Wangdue and a 16-year-old student Dorjee Tsering on February 29, 2016 and the death of the Tibetan artist Dubey on February 27, 2016 after they had set themselves ablaze.

According to a number of independent reports over the past 57 years there has been no real improvement in the human rights situation in Tibet under the Chinese rule.

Therefore, we are calling upon the Chinese government to begin an immediate and meaningful dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, both of whom embrace meaningful autonomy for Tibet within the People's Republic of China.

As the Sikyong (elected political leader of the Tibetan people) has said in his Statement of March 10th this year: "We the Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration firmly believe that the longstanding issue of Tibet can be resolved through dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and representatives of the Chinese government. We remain fully committed to the Middle Way Approach, which clearly seeks genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within China. It is hoped the leaders in Beijing will see reason with the Middle Way Approach, instead of distorting it, and step forward to engage in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's envoys".

We, the undersigned Members of Parliament and Baltic Tibetan supporters, are available and willing to assist resumption of a meaningful dialogue between the Chinese government and Tibetan leadership in-exile to help find a peaceful and sustainable solution for the Chinese and Tibetan nations in Tibet.

Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians share a similar history and fate with Tibetans, regarding their cultural, social and political struggle. We have the motivation and experience to facilitate the Chinese-Tibetan dialogue.

We are also calling upon the international community, in particular, the Governments and Parliaments of the Member States of the European Union as well as The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to take all possible peaceful steps to encourage dialogue and seek for a feasible solution for Tibetan nation within China.

 

We strongly condemn the repressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet and urge the Chinese leadership to investigate the causes of Tibetan grievances.

At same time, we are calling on all Tibetans to stop self-immolations as a form of protest and to refrain from such drastic actions for the sake of their freedom, national interests and for promoting Tibetan cause. Tibetan brothers and sisters, we have seen your desperate sorrow and pain. You are visible enough in our hearts and eyes without any further flames.

 

Signed by:

 

ESTONIA

 

Yoko Alender, Member of the Parliament of Estonia,

Chairman, Estonian Parliamentary Support Group of Tibet

 

Artur Talvik, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Andres Ammas, Member of the Parliament of Estonia         

Andres Herkel, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Monika Haukanõmm, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Lauri Luik, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Eerik-Niiles Kross, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Mart Nutt, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Ken-Marti Vaher, Member of the Parliament of Estonia

Märt Läänemets, Head, Senior Researcher, Centre for Oriental Studies University of Tartu,

President, Estonian Oriental Society

Laur Järv, Scientist, Founder of Friends of Tibet, Estonia

Roy Strider,Writer, Human Rights Defender

 

 

LATVIA

 

Mārtiņš Šics, Member of the Parliament of Latvia,

Chairman of the Group for parliamentary support for Tibet

 

Inese Laizāne, Member of the Parliament of Latvia,

Deputy Chairperson of the Group for parliamentary support for Tibet,

Chairperson of the Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee

 

Ingūna Rībena, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Andris Buiķis, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Nellija Kleinberga, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Kārlis Krēsliņš, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

 

Janīna Kursīte-Pakule, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Imants Parādnieks, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Jānis Ruks, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Juris Viļums, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Hosams Abu Meri, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Artuss Kaimiņš, Member of the Parliament of Latvia

Jānis Mārtiņš Skuja, Head of Society “Latvia for Tibet”

Agnese Bišofa, Ganden, Buddhist Mediation Center (FPMT), Latvia

Jānis Dambītis, Ganden, Buddhist Mediation Center (FPMT), Latvia

Vadim Lazar Riga Drikung Ngaden Choling Buddhist Center, Latvia

Margarita Putniņa, Buddhist Nun, Latvia

 

LITHUANIA

 

Dalia Kuodytė, Member of the Parliament of Lithuania,

Head of The Lithuanian Parliamentary Support Group of Tibet

 

Robertas Mažeika, Lithuanian Tibet Support Group

Vytis Vidūnas, Director, House of Tibet, Vilnius

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