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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

The Statement of the Kashag on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama

December 11, 2009

Today, as we celebrate the confluence of the twentieth anniversary of
the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and the International Human Rights Day, the Kashag first of all makes
obeisance to His Holiness in utter gratefulness. The Kashag, at the same
time, extends its best greetings to the Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been making tireless efforts to realise
the cause of the Tibetan people in general, and in particular to
preserve and promote the unique language, culture and religion of Tibet,
as well as to promote world peace, inter- religious harmony, basic human
values, environmental promotion and universal responsibility throughout
the world. So great and unimaginable is his contribution in these fields
that he has been granted over 100 awards and certificates of merits by
the countries and organisations/institutions across the globe. This year
alone, he has received these many awards and honorary certificates:
Honorary Citizenship of Warsaw City, Poland; Honorary Doctorate from the
University of Marburg, Germany; International Freedom Award from the
National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, USA; Prize for Love and
Forgiveness from the Fetzer’s Institute, Vancouver, Canada; Honorary
Doctorate from the University of Calgary, Canada; Tom Lantos Human
Rights Prize, USA. These awards are additional plumes to the hat of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was also the recipient of the world’s most
prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Therefore, today is a very happy
moment not just for his followers, particularly the people of his
adopted Land of Snows, but also for all the peace-loving people of the
world. On this special occasion, the Kashag – on behalf of all Tibetans
– expresses its heartfelt gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for
all he has done for us followers and prays that he may live long for the
sake of humanity in general, and particularly for the people of the Land
of Snows who always look to him to cast his compassionate eye on them.
The Kashag also prays that he may continue his meritorious work in the
religious and secular fields.

Today marks the 63rd year since The Universal Declaration of Human
Rights was announced. However, not only is there no protection of the
basic human rights in the world, but also like a big insect eating a
smaller insect, the relationship between the militarily and economically
powerful nations and the weaker nations is worsening. The biggest
disregard for human rights comes from the political and economic
globalization through which traditional culture, religion, indigenous
custom and languages of people and societies are being systematically
erased. Yet, far from facing these challenges, these are not even
recognized. This is the basis of our concern.

On 1 October this year, China celebrated 60th anniversary of the
founding of the People's Republic of China. During the celebration an
awe-inspiring and large-scale parade of military hardware was carried
out, whose main audience, according some news media, was not the enemies
outside, but people of Tibet, Uighur and others within China who have
different principles than the ruling Chinese Government. The result is
the brutal suppression by the Chinese Government of the protests in East
Turkistan, (Chin: Xinjiang) in July this year; and the number of people
killed in the violent Chinese crackdown on the peaceful protests that
took place in the whole of Tibet last year. However, according to
information that we have gathered till 27 October this year ? from March
2008 until today, 228 Tibetans have died under the crackdown, out of
which we have names and other personal details of 118; 371 Tibetans were
given jail sentences; 4657 Tibetans were either arrested or detained;
990 Tibetans have disappeared and 1294 were injured during the peaceful
protests. Who knows how many others Tibetans were killed; jailed or are
being tortured?

We are especially concerned about the young Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi
Nyima, who was forcefully arrested by the Chinese Government since as a
child, thus disregarding UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Though twenty years old now, he is denied of the basic rights and to
date his whereabouts remains unknown. We urge that all the innocent
political prisoners, including Gendun Choekyi Nyima, be released
immediately.

According to reliable information in various global media, two Tibetans
namely Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak who were associated with the peaceful
protests in Lhasa last year were executed. Three other Tibetans namely
Kangtsuk, Tenzin Phuntsok and Penkyi (female), who were given death
sentence with two-year reprieve, were also executed. There are also news
about other Tibetans in other Tibetan regions, who were arrested and
were given sentences similar to the ones mentioned above.

It appears that there is no hope for China to change its hard-line
policies to solve the appalling situation in Tibet as mentioned above.
Looking from another side, since the large-scale peaceful protests in
Tibet last years, many Chinese lawyers, intellectuals and general public
who were not fooled by Beijing's propaganda, have come out with open
reports. In spite of Chinese Government's severe blockage of news media,
the number of articles written in the internet in support of Tibetan
issue is increasing. Even in the international arena, the support for
Tibetan cause has grown stronger than before.

 From 6 to 8 August this year, International Sino-Tibetan Conference was
held in Geneva, Switzerland, and in the final document 'Finding a Common
Ground' ? "the root cause of the Tibetan issue is not a conflict between
the Chinese people and the Tibetan people, but rather the autocratic
rule of the People's Republic of China in Tibet and its cultural
genocide in Tibet. The Beijing government's claim that 'Tibet has always
been a part of China' is factually incorrect; and everyone present at
the conference highly respects the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Approach."

On 18th and 19th of November this year, the fifth World
Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet was held in Rome, Italy, and
according to its Rome Declaration ? "International pressure must be
applied in order to start a meaningful dialogue between the
representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government; [and]
express support for the substantive negotiations between the Chinese
Government and the representatives of the Dalai Lama toward a meaningful
resolution of the Tibet issue, with the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy
as the realistic and constructive basis for negotiations."

This year again, eight Nobel laureates made a statement in support of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people, which mentions ? "We
urge the Chinese government to take immediate and constructive steps to
resolve the status of Tibet and an end to the oppressive policies that
continue to marginalize the impoverished Tibetan in their own land. By
implementing law that are enshrined in the Chinese constitution for a
legitimate and meaningful autonomy for all Tibetans, the Chinese
government will make great strides in securing peace and unity in their
land."

The day when Chinese Government was celebrating 60th anniversary of the
founding of the People's Republic of China with a grand display of their
military might, the United States Government announced an appointment of
Mrs. Maria Otero as a Special Coordinator for Tibet issues on 1 October,
2009. She is tasked with coordinating US policy on Tibet and as well as
plans and programmes for Tibet issues. In addition to that, she will
work towards creating a conducive environment for a dialogue between the
envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government.
Besides, she was also given a responsibility to lead support for the
preservation of Tibet's distinct culture. On 17 November, 2009, Mr.
Barrack Obama, the President of United States, at a press conference
with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of People in Beijing
has urged Chinese Government to start a dialogue with the envoy of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. This clearly represents the support and the
interest International Community and the United States Government have
on the Tibetan issues.

Unity of nationalities is the very basis of a nation's stability whereas
the stability of China is the basis of World Peace. The importance of
this fact cannot be denied by any. The Central Tibetan Administration
headed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a free spokesperson of the 6
million Tibetans. Because of that, the concerned members of the People's
Republic of China were repeatedly explained that to resolve Tibetan
issues, we will hold on to Middle Way Approach seeking solution to the
Tibet issues within the present constitution of the People's Republic of
China. Moreover, we are committed to talk on the basis of the memorandum
given by the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the leaders of the
United Front Department during their 8th Meeting. From our part, we will
continue to work towards a solution where there is no separation of
Tibetans and the Chinese.

To make 21st Century a century of co-operation and dialogue, nations and
peoples should co-exist harmoniously with each other. Where there is
conflict between nations and peoples, they should not stand against each
other; rather they should have wisdom to resolve their differences
through a peaceful means. A peaceful method is not only in accordance
with the need of the time but it also goes well with the desire of the
people for Universal Values such as Equality, Freedom, Democracy and
Human Rights. It is clear that the present Chinese leaderships has to
respect the call from the international community in the long-term
interest of the Tibetan and the Chinese people and, to secure stability
for China.

Speaking on Indian Foreign Policy, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
during his State Visit to United States last month, meant it when he
said, "I think the respect for fundamental human rights, the respect for
the rule of law, respect for multi-cultural, multi- ethnic,
multi-religious rights, I think those have values. So, even the Indian
perforce with regard to the GDP might not be as good as the Chinese,
certainly I would not like to choose the Chinese path,".

In the past 50 years, headed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, over a
1,00,000 Tibetans were given a complete freedom to preserve their
culture as well as to sustain their struggle for Tibet. We would like to
thank people and the Government of India as well as various State
Governments from the very bottom of our heart. We would also like to
thank all our supporters worldwide.

Finally, the Kashag prays for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and the spontaneous fulfillment of all his wishes. May the truth of
the issue of Tibet prevail soon.

The Kashag December 10, 2009

N.B. This has been translated from the Tibetan original. If there is any
discrepancy between this and the Tibetan version, please consider the
Tibetan authoritative and final.
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