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South Tyrol Parliamentary President, Resolution condemn China’s repression in Tibet

May 13, 2008

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
May 11, 2008 17:09]

Dharamsala, May 11 --  A resolution voted unanimously by the Regional Parliament of Trentino-South Tyrol / Italy (RPTSY) in its April 2008 session condemns the “repression inflicted on the Tibetan people by the Chinese government.

The 1-page resolution, passed on April 16 2008, further expresses the regional parliament’s solidarity to the Tibetan people, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Government and the Tibetan Parliament in exile, saying it “supports the values of democracy and non-violence also in a context of globalization”.

The resolution also asks the Italian and the European Parliament to “firmly condemn every human rights violation” and to “put the respect of the human rights at the centre” in their dealings with the Chinese Government.

The resolution also calls on China to respect the right to freedom of expression and information and allow international inquiry “upon the responsibilities of the violence in Tibet and the access of the international monitors”. It asks the Chinese govt the “right of Tibetan refugees to return to Tibet and the end of the mass transfer of Chinese to Tibet and destruction of the Tibetan environment and culture”.

The resolution further asks the Chinese government for the release of all the political prisoners in Tibet and in China and stated that the “Olympic torch, symbol of freedom and brotherhood, should not be carried through Tibet and other territories where repression and military occupation are still ongoing”.

The resolution invites South Tyrol and Trentino athletes, who will attend the Olympic Games, “to carry forth a message of freedom and solidarity with the Tibetan people” and called on the Italian Government and Italian sports confederation to provide political support to those Italian athletes, who would not participate in the Olympics to protest.

Speaking of the resolution at a press conference here today, the region’s parliamentary president Dr Franz Pahl said, “We would like to express our absolute solidarity with Tibetan people”.

Describing South Tyrol as a German speaking region under Italy, Dr Franz said Tibetan people under China shared “same destiny”.

Accusing China of committing serious violation of human rights against Tibetan people, Dr Franz said Chinese Communist regime should be held accountable for its “criminal behavior”. He described Tibet as “an occupied and colonized territory officially under China now” and “not part of mainland China” as claimed by Chinese government.

Dr Franz said his parliamentary resolution has underlined that “the special autonomy of the Region of Trentino-South Tyrol represents a possible way in order to assure Tibet a real autonomy and a future of peace, of respect for its culture and freedom of religion”.

He said his parliament has officially delivered the resolution to Italian and EU Parliament and called on other regional parliaments and governments “to support, together with other autonomies in Europe, an international solution that can provide recognition of the autonomy in Tibet”.

Dr Franz is currently in Dharamsala to officially inaugurate a trilingual Tibetan website ( www.thetibetpost.com) in English, Tibetan and Chinese that is supported by the South Tyrol Regional Parliament, Italy.

Dr Franz last visited Dharamsala in September 2007 with a parliamentary delegation consisting of 14 members. During the five-day visit, the members met with the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama and other senior officials of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile.

At today’s press conference, Dr Franz was joined by the Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Mrs Gyari Dolma.

Mrs Dolma welcomed the RPTSY’s resolution on Tibet and described Dr Franz and other members of his parliament as supportive friends of Tibetan people for a long time.

“The seriousness of this resolution is such that the honorable president of the Regional Parliament of Terentino-South Tyrol, Dr Fran Pahl himself is amongst us at Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile,” she said.

“We hope that the Italian Government and European Parliament will consider the all-important resolution of RPTSY and take immediate action therein,” she added.

“The seriousness of this resolution is such that the honorable president of the Regional Parliament of Terentino-South Tyrol, Dr Fran Pahl himself is amongst us at Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile,” she said.

“We hope that the Italian Government and European Parliament will consider the all-important resolution of RPTSY and take immediate action therein,” she added.
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