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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Tibetans mark 50th Uprising Day

March 11, 2009

Times of India
March 10, 2009

BHUBANESWAR: Hundreds of Tibetans, who have been staying in Orissa since 1963, appealed to the Centre to initiate steps so that they could
soon return home.

Tibetans from the refugee settlement of Chandragiri in Gajapati district on Tuesday organized a huge rally to mark the 50th anniversary of their uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

"While thousands of Tibetans are in exile, millions others are languishing in Tibet due to the Chinese occupation. We are observing this day to mark our protest against the gross violation of human rights in Tibet for the last five decades," said Jampel Dhondup, a Tibetan from Chandragiri.

"The Tibetans have been subjected to worst forms of violence, to the extent that the International Commission of Jurists admitted that acts of genocide have been committed in Tibet," Tibetan Youth Congress president Namgyal Tsering said.

The Tibetans asked the Centre to pressurize the Chinese government to withdraw its "strike-hard" and "patriotic re-education campaign" and other forms of oppression in Tibet.

"We request all international media to visit and report freely from Tibet, to allow independent and international fact-finding delegation to enter Tibet and study the people's movement since March 2008. We also urge them to accept the joint request by UN special reporters and working groups to visit Tibet and extend an open invitation to the High Commissioner on Human Rights," said president of Tibetan Women's Association Tsering Dolma.
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