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Petition: Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Statement on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama

March 17, 2009

by email
March 16, 2009

"We the undersigned Nobel Peace Prize Laureates,
human rights leaders and concerned individuals
wish to express our concern at the current
deterioration of the human rights situation in
Tibet, and the apparent breakdown of the talks
between the Chinese government and emissaries of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are dismayed at
the lack of any concrete progress toward
resolving the conflict over the autonomy and
religious freedom of the Tibetan people, and urge
all parties involved to redouble their effort to achieve this vital goal.

"To our dear friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
we say: we stand with you. You define
non-violence and compassion and goodness. Clearly
China does not know you. It is our sincere hope
that they will. We call on China's government to
know His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as we and so
many others have come to know him during the long
decades he has spent in exile.

"We ask the esteemed Navi Pillay, the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to
visit Tibet, and request that she be given access
to assess and report to the international
community the current state of affairs for the
Tibetan people. The High Commissioner should be
allowed to travel with journalists and other
observers and, working with all parties involved,
assist in bringing these decades of struggle to a peaceful resolution.

"China is uniquely positioned to impact and
affect our world. We ask you to please use this
position to improve our world by listening to the
voices of the Tibetan people, and creating a new
solution for Tibet that allows this culture to flourish.

  "This will help not only Tibet. It will help
China. It will demonstrate to us that China is
willing to be a responsible partner in international global affairs.

"Finally, we ask that China stop naming, blaming
and verbally abusing one whose life has been
devoted to peace. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is not simply a holy
man. He is recognized throughout the world as one
of our few true moral authorities. He is a
teacher who has shown us all how to live our
lives with compassion, non-violence and love."

In Ernest,

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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