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A video appeal from a Tibetan inside Tibet to the International Community

August 31, 2009

Press Statement
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD)
August 28, 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) is organizing a press conference at
Lhakpa Tsering Hall, Department of Information
and International Relations (DIIR) on the fresh
videotaped information received from Tibet that
appeal to the International communities to act
swiftly on behalf of the Tibetan people who are
victims of human rights violations in Tibet.

Kalsang Tsultrim also known by pseudonym of
Gyitsang Takmig is a monk of Gyitsang Gaden
Choekorling Monastery in Sangchu County
(Ch:Xiahe), Kanlho "Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture" (TAP), Gansu Province, one of the
main focal points of last year's protests in
Tibet. Kalsang Tsultrim took a great personal
risk of recording and distributing video
testimony giving detail account of Tibetan
history since the flight of Dalai Lama into
exile, lack of human rights in Tibet, suffering
of Tibetan people, struggle, hopes, aspirations
of Tibetan people inside Tibet and his appeal to
the outside world. The hour long video testimony
was recorded on 18 July 2009 and was later edited
with the input of related video footages and
snaps for the final version in a VCD that was
widely distributed in many Tibetan areas in
Gansu, Qinghai and Sichuan Province. Kalsang is
well versed in writing essays, composing lyrics
etc. He had even authored a book.

According to the source who delivered the video
testimony told the Centre that, "Kalsang Tsultrim
wishes to distribute this video as widely as
possible inside Tibet notwithstanding a great
personal risk involved so as to educate primarily
the illiterates and general Tibetan public who
were fed with daily dose of government-sponsored
propaganda with the true history of Tibetan
struggle for freedom, the Dalai Lama's call for
the genuine autonomy through middle way approach,
human rights situation in Tibet. He dealt in
length with the Tibetan people's hope and
aspiration of the Dalai Lama?s return to rightful
place, lack of human rights including religious
freedom that led to the flight of many religious
leaders including Karmapa, Arja Rinpoche and
others who could have easily chosen luxury and
privileges under the Chinese government rather than coming into exile."

Kalsang Tsultrim video testimony also touches
many recent events in Tibet and Chinese
government policies which led to the displacement
of a large number of Tibetan nomads in the name
of development, and thereby completely altering
their nomadic way of life, extraction of Tibet's
natural resources, destruction of fragile
environment, economic marginalization and social
exclusion of Tibetans, lack of freedom etc. He
further elucidates on recent farming boycott
movement in Tibet, self-immolation bid by Lobsang
Tashi a.k.a Tapey of Kirti Monastery, suicide by
a monk of Ragya Monastery, arbitrary arrest,
detention of thousands of Tibetans post 2008 March protests in Tibet.

The video message also appeals to the United
Nations and International communities that they
have moral obligation to speak on behalf of the
Tibetan people inside Tibet who are living in
constant fear and under severe repression.

Kalsang went on to retort the Chinese law on
National Regional Autonomy by saying, "the laws
on national regional autonomy stipulated under
the Chinese Constitution guarantees the
fundamental rights of minorities including
Tibetans. But in reality it is a completely
different scenario where our fundamental rights
are not being respected at all. Tibet is governed
as just another territory or region in the
People's Republic of China, but nothing is done
to build the harmonious society that the government promises."

"We do not have freedom of religion and politics
because most of the religious and political
websites are full of propaganda that distorts the
situation. We do not hate the Chinese, but we
respect truth and justice. We were protesting
against Chinese rule because the local
authorities are not acting according to China's
Constitution and autonomy laws. The Premier of
the People's Republic of China said that China
respects truth and justice. But Tibetans don't
have equal religious, political, and economic
rights. So, many Tibetan people sacrificed their
lives to protest against Chinese rule [over the
past year], including myself here today, because
we want equal human rights and freedom. We will
never give up our fight for freedom and truth
until Chinese policies change regarding the
implementation of the Constitution," Kalsang concluded.

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) consider the video message and view
conveyed by Kalsang Tsultrim purely as general
exercise of the fundamental freedom of expression
and right to opinion enshrined in the Chinese
constitution and other major international
covenants that China is party to. The Centre
believes that the message and views conveyed by
Kalsang is widely shared by people inside Tibet.
Kalsang's outburst is a sign of China's
continuing repression inside Tibet and a
manifestation of widespread human rights
violations. His initiative in this expose under
such risky circumstances indicates the deep
seated helplessness that pushes Tibetan people's
endurance to the very edge of human capacity.

NB: For copies of the VCD contact us at office@tchrd.org

Tashi Choephel Jamatsang (Mr.)
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Top Floor Narthang Building
Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala
H.P. INDIA 176215
www.tchrd.org
Mobile- +91-9418122921
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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