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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Sunday, February 5, 2006

4. Tibet: unaided by all

Sunday Tribune (subscription), South Africa
February 5, 2006

While the international community celebrates with the Palestinians their recent elections, we should not forget that the sovereign Tibetan nation, which has been illegally occupied by the People's Republic of China for more than 50 years, is unlikely to ever experience such freedom in its own country.

There are calls for the Palestinian group Hamas to develop credibility as a stakeholder in a democratic context by renouncing its agenda of violent protest against the Israelis.

Ironically, the Tibetans' freedom struggle has no such problem: indeed, it is more than likely due to their steadfast adherence to peaceful protest that has resulted in their freedom movement largely being ignored by the world, and easily quashed under the boot of Chinese officialdom.

Will the Chinese government ever allow the Tibetan people to freely express their political wishes through the ballot-box, under observation by international monitors or the media?

Will the world's civil society bodies and governments ever commit as many resources as they have to the Palestinians, towards assisting the Tibetans in their pursuit of justice?

Will South Africa ever be called upon to pay reparations to the remains of the Tibetan nation, to account for its blinkered alliance with China and for willingly and knowingly trading with a country that blatantly flouts international law and human rights?

Will we ever know a time when China will be brought to book for the genocide of, and ongoing atrocities against, the indigenous people of Tibet?

Renato Palmi

6. Land of Mountains (IE)

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Global warming threatens Tibet rail link (Reuters)
  2. Tibetan protesters target Turin Games (Reuters)
  3. Poacher Sansar Chand revealed Tibet, Nepal links: CBI
  4. Tibet: unaided by all

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