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"Everything Is Getting Worse But" by Woeser

February 7, 2010

by Woeser
High Peaks Pure Earth
February 1, 2010

High Peaks Pure Earth has published an article by
Woeser that was written for the first issue of
the Hong Kong Magazine "Dongxiang" (Trend) on
January 5, 2010 and published on her blog on January 17, 2010.

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"So many horrible things have happened proving that this regime is brutal".

This is what a foreign journalist who had been to
Xinjiang earlier last month, said to me. Later
on, at the end of last month, right before
Christmas Eve, he stood in the cold wind in front
of the entrance to the Beijing Court waiting for
the controversial Chinese intellectual Liu
Xiaobo, who was being interrogated inside. I told
him that on the very day of Liu Xiaobo’s
interrogation, there was in fact another piece of
bad news related to Tibet. A respected religious
leader, the 53-year-old Buramna Rinpoche was
wantonly framed by this brutal political regime.
He had been deprived of his personal freedom
since 18 May 2008 which ended with facing an
eight and a half year, dark prison sentence.

Reserved as he was, the journalist could not hold
back his anger, not to mention myself. Moreover,
I felt defeated. Last year, when the court
interrogated Buramna Rinpoche for the first time,
I thought we could probably save him from this
disgraceful frame-up simply with the help of the
attention, media reports and appeals of the
outside world. Many people have been working hard
on this, Rinpoche’s relatives, Beijing’s human
rights lawyers, renowned international media
representatives as well as numerous human rights organisations.

However, just as the year before, last year was a
year in which we suffered disasters. As proven by
news from different regions in Tibet, there are
still many Tibetans secretly being arrested,
sentenced and harshly punished. I have been
trying my best to record all these happenings on
my blogs but all of them are such bad news, which
makes us really despair. Just as President Obama
arrived in Beijing referring lightly to
'fundamental rights, which all humans possess,"
the two authors Kunchok Tsephel and Kunga Tsayang
were harshly punished. At the same time, there
are several human rights cases which haven’t been
made public and there are many people who have
not even obtained any sympathy from the outside
world. When foreign journalists were interviewing
me, I told them that there might still be a
series of human rights disasters to come. Shortly
after, a Xining court sentenced Dhondup Wangchen
to 6 years because before the Olympics he filmed
the documentary “Leaving Fear Behind” which
expressed the thoughts of the Tibetan people.

To tell the truth, at the time we placed hope
upon that American President. Of course, it is
ridiculous to entirely place one’s hope on other
people, but the American President, who always
claimed to protect freedom and human rights, will
invariably give hope to many men and women in the
world. Furthermore, he recently even won the
Nobel Peace Prize. However, who would have
thought that when facing a brutal regime his legs
would turn to jelly? He actually even set a bad
example. It’s not that we want to take out all
our anger on him but he really did set a bad
example. After he stood in awe, full of
admiration, in front of the Great Wall – the
symbol of totalitarianism -- leaders from other
countries visiting China later on, also kept the
two words "human rights" to themselves.

I am not saying that in this country, all the
misfortune which dissidents, Tibetans, Uighurs,
or other minorities have come across, was merely
caused by being abandoned by those Chinese
politicians who use high-sounding words. Yet, it
is certainly not completely unrelated. All things
rely on each other; all beings are dependent on
each other, not to mention in today’s
globalisation, the world’s climate has already
changed, everybody in the world is already
Twittering. Hence, the existence of a brutal
regime is in fact a universal tragedy for
humanity and not just limited to one nationality or country.

Everything is continuing to get worse. Before the
advent of year 2010 Buramna Rinpoche was wronged
and punished. This means there will be a region
which will never be peaceful again. Just like
another religious leader named Tenzin Delek
Rinpoche who was framed seven years ago, even
after seven years, there are still tens of
thousands of people who signed their names or
affixed their thumbprints [on a petition], and
several thousand people protested in a sit-in for
him. Consequently, several hundred people were
arrested, and many people were beaten. The
turmoil this incident caused has not quietened down yet.

Nonetheless, at the beginning of the New Year I
came across a very moving piece of writing by a
Tibetan in his early twenties. He used Tibetan
and Chinese to write the following: "We often
speak of nationalities, often speak of the
future, sometimes we will persist in doing so;
although there are people out there criticising
and suppressing us, we should never bear a
grudge, let alone take revenge. All the
misfortune we have come across originated from
causes we sowed in our past. We should try our
best to find inner peace and be merciful.
Nevertheless, we should not give up trying to
strive for the rights all humans deserve. As long
as we are merciful, not resentful and continue
with a calm mind to make efforts gradually, there
will be one day when our wishes come true and we
can freely bathe in warm sunshine."

January 5, 2010, Beijing
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