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Rights Groups Urged to Press China to End Tibet Repression

August 4, 2008

tibet.net
August 2 2008

Dharamshala -- The Tibetan Solidarity Committee has urged countries
and particularly the human rights organizations around the world to
press the Chinese government to immediately halt all activities of
repression and to respect the fundamental human rights and religious
freedom of the Tibetan people.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration
has, since the beginning, supported the Beijing Olympic Games as a
fitting tribute to China's ancient civilization and a respect to the
Chinese people's aspirations," noted a press released issued by the
committee on 2 August.

"However, in the name of Olympic security, the government of China
has intensified security clampdown amounting to stifling of Tibetan
people's religious freedom and human rights," the press note added.

The Tibetan Solidarity Committee - constituted by the Kashag and the
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile - aims to plan, inform, co-ordinate and
lead the movement in exile in unity under the policy of Middle-Way
Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the present
crisis in Tibet.

The full text of the press release follows:

AT ODDS WITH THE OLYMPIC PRINCIPLES

The Olympics symbolize peace, harmony and progress. The Principle 4
of the Olympic Charter states, "(the) practice of sports is a human
right". Similarly, Principle 5 of the charter stress the importance
of the Olympic spirit against any form of discrimination when it
states, "any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a
person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is
incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement".

Mr. Liu Jingmin, the Vice President of the Beijing Olympic bid told
that in 2001 that, "by allowing Beijing to host the Games you will
help the development of human rights." Accordingly, Mr. Jacques
Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in
April 2002 reassured that "the Olympic Games will improve human
rights in China".

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration
has, since the beginning, supported the Beijing Olympic Games as a
fitting tribute to China's ancient civilization and a respect to the
Chinese people's aspirations. However, in the name of Olympic
security, the government of China has intensified security clampdown
amounting to stifling of Tibetan people's religious freedom and human
rights. Following are some of the examples to validate these concerns:

1. At present, whole of Tibet and Tibetan inhabited areas are under
heavy military clampdown with the free movements of the Tibetan
people highly restricted. The monasteries around Lhasa, including
Drepung monastery, have been turned into a virtual prison with
movements, in and out, of the monasteries strictly controlled.

2. Those Tibetans living in Beijing and other Chinese cities are put
under scanner with majority of them asked to return back to their
native places. Similarly, all the hotels and lodges wherever Tibetan
people are found to be staying, the relevant police departments are
ordered to conduct thorough inquiries, leading to embarrassment and
harassment of the Tibetan origin customers. This is an outright
discrimination on the basis of one's nationality and ethnic belonging.

3. Whole of Tibet is undergoing through an intense period of
"patriotic reeducation campaign". The monks and nuns are forcibly
asked to denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Moreover, all the
monks and nuns under the age of 18 years old are being expelled from
their monasteries.

4. In some places as in Karze prefecture, the new regulation to close
down the monasteries and demolition of monk's accommodation are under
implementation. This regulation was recently enforced on the monastic
communities in Tibet and is based on certain percentage of monks and
nuns taking part in the protests.

5. Continuous crackdown on the peaceful protesters and unfair trial
of the prisoners is still rampantly followed.

6. As the month of August approached, the movements of Tibetan people
have been restricted almost in all the Tibetan areas. In some places
such as Drago (Ch: Luhou) county in Karze Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture, the authorities have even closed down the gas vending
stations apparently to restrict the movements of those Tibetan who
have their own vehicles.

7. A widespread clampdown on the communication facilities is
undergoing with particular emphasis on the use of telephones and
internet. Eavesdropping and surveillance of telephone conversations
is in place with the police interrogating every incoming call from
outside Tibet.

8. All the Tibetan officials and government employees have been
debarred from seeking any leave during the month of August. Frequent
and randomly conducted raids and arbitrary detention or arrest has
become order of the day.

In sum, at this point of time, Tibet has become a large prison with
all the restrictions imposed on the Tibetan people, whereas Chinese
immigrants are free of any checks and control. In terms of human
rights, the situation has markedly deteriorated in all of Tibet,
without any significant improvement, in comparison to periods before.

In ancient Greece, a truce used to be announced before and during
each Olympic festival. Wars used to be suspended, the carrying out of
death penalties forbidden and safety of travellers and visitors were
guaranteed. Even during the most infamous 1936 Olympic Games in the
history of modern Olympics, Hitler's oppression of the Jews is no
match to what China is doing in Tibet.

While China complains about the politicization of Olympics to avert
international criticism of her rights records, it is but China
herself who from the very beginning of the present Olympic Games has
involved the issue of human rights to politicize the Games at the
first place. China is still using the Games as a tool to push forward
its political agenda.

Therefore, we urge all the countries and particularly the human
rights organizations around the world to press the government of
China to immediately halt all activities of repression and to respect
the fundamental human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people.

Tibetan Solidarity Committee
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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