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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Polish Rights Group appeals China for meaningful dialogue on Tibet

May 21, 2008

Report filed by Office of Tibet, London
TibetNet
May 20, 2008

Polish Rights Group, Ombudsman, expresses concern over human rights
violations in China and appeals to Chinese authorities to start
meaningful negotiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve
issue of Tibet

London - The members of the polish citizen rights group - Ombudsman -
have appealed to Chinese authorities to start meaningful negotiations
with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to resolve the issue of Tibet.

A declaration concerning human rights violation in China was issued
at a meeting held on the 20th anniversary of establishing the
Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection of the Republic of Poland in
the Royal Castle, in Warsaw, on 18 May.

Some 300 participants, including representatives from foreign
ministry, president, archbishop and Ombudsman in EU countries,
attended the meeting.

"We must stress the universality of human rights as well as the fact
that respect for human rights lies in the very heart of international
community of which China is a part. We are particularly alarmed by
information regarding human rights violation in China, which as we
know it, do not occur occasionally," the declaration noted.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on
numerous occasions appealed to the international community not to
boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The declaration further said: "We are convinced that dialogue with
the Dalai Lama, and possibly inviting him to the Olympic Games
opening ceremony would be interpreted not only as a sign of good will
of Chinese authorities, but may also serve as an argument for those
leaders who have refused to attend this important ceremony - a
festival of sport and peace."

Polish Ombudsman is an independent central office of the Republic of
Poland. The office was first established on 1 January 1988. Its
functioning is regulated by the Constitution and an act of Polish
parliament (Sejm) from 15 July 1987.

Following is the full text of declaration

A Declaration Of Ombudspersons, Gathered on the Occasion Of The 20th
Anniversary of the Ombudsman's Office In Poland, Concerning Human
Rights Violations In China

The development of China as we witness it within the last couple of
years-remains an admirable phenomenon. Economic growth, technological
and social advance have reached a level beyond expectations.
Unparalleled life-quality leap in China has also affected the
Chinese. Their lives have been positively changed: both from the
technological and economic perspective. These changes rightfully make
the Chinese people happy and proud.

Having due respect towards civilization and historical particularly
of China, and bearing in mind that the Chinese culture significantly
differs in its concept of an individual, society or the relation
between the two, we must stress the universality of human rights as
well as the fact that respect for human rights lies in the very heart
of international community of which China is a part. We are
particularly alarmed by information regarding human rights violation
in China, which as we know it, do not occur occasionally.

To the contrary, entire social or ethnic groups tend to be subject to
oppression. Today, in the eve of an exciting event, the Olympic
Games, we must remember how ruthlessly the Tibetan nation is being
suppressed in their struggle for autonomy. We must remember a million
Chinese peasants whose rebellions have been violently put out. We
must also remember the situation of different religious groups that
are being presented persecuted in China, particularly in Tibet.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama, on numerous occasions
appealed to the international community not to boycott the Olympic
Games in Beijing. The ombuds-persons, who have gathered on the 20th
anniversary of establishing the Commissioner for Civil Rights
Protection of the Republic of Poland here in the Royal Castle in
Warsaw, in the place where over two hundred years ago a Constitution
of 1791 was proclaimed, appeal to Chinese authorities to start
meaningful negotiation with the Dalai Lama in order to resolve the
Tibet conflict as soon as possible. We are convinced that dialogue
with the Dalai Lama, and possibly inviting him to the Olympic Games
opening ceremony would be interpreted not only as a sign of good will
of Chinese authorities, but may also serve as an argument for those
leaders who have refused to attend this important ceremony-a festival
of sport and peace.
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