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Letter to Mr. Jacques Rogge, President, International Olympic Committee

March 15, 2008

Mr. Jacques Rogge
International Olympic Committee
Château de Vidy
1007 Lausanne
Fax: + 41 21 621 6216

Dear Mr. Rogge:

We the undersigned, representatives of (150) Tibetan organisations and
Tibet Support Groups around the word, are writing to urgently request
that the International Olympic Committee make a public statement about
the discrepancy between China’s promises to uphold human rights as an
Olympic host and its violent crackdown in Tibet over the last five days.

Reports from Lhasa today describe how attempts by Buddhist monks from
Ramoche Temple to participate in further peaceful protest against
Chinese rule have led to violent clashes with armed police. Police fired
live ammunition into the crowd of protesters and at least two people are
reported dead. Simultaneously, we have learned of large-scale protests
going on in Labrang, Amdo (Kanlho "Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture", Gansu
Province); an unprecedented situation which demonstrates the scale of
Tibetan dissatisfaction with Chinese rule. The British Embassy in
Beijing has confirmed "many injuries." The three major monasteries of
Lhasa continue to be sealed off by thousands of soldiers and armed police.

The Olympic Charter states that the goal of Olympism is to "place sport
at the service of the harmonious development of man...promoting a
peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity." The
current violent crackdown by the Chinese authorities on peaceful monks
and other protesters in Tibet is clearly the antithesis of this goal.

The tensions in Tibet and the resulting crackdown have been aggravated
by the IOC’s policy of allowing the Chinese government to use the
Olympics to improve its international image and deflect criticism of its
human rights record and occupation of Tibet, while remaining utterly
silent on the numerous egregious human rights violations the government
has carried out both in Tibet and elsewhere.

Three time gold medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband recently called on
you, as the highest leader in sports, to speak out publicly in favour of
improvement in human rights in China. Given the current crisis in Tibet,
we urge you in the strongest terms to make a public statement about
China’s failure to live up to its promises to improve human rights
before Beijing 2008 and to ask the Chinese authorities to use restraint
in the current situation in Tibet.

Thank you.


Canada Tibet Committee and the International Tibet Support Network

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