Dharamsala, Feb 6: The Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamsala Monday sought international intervention over the prevailing tense situation inside Tibet.
It expressed fear of further bloodshed as the Tibetan New Year and anniversary of the Tibetan uprising approach.
‘With the Tibetan New Year (‘Losar’) on Feb 22 and the March 10th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising coming up, we fear there will be further bloodshed and loss of lives,’ Dicki Chhoyang, information and international relations minister, told reporters here.
She said the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the exiled Tibetan community’s democratically-elected body, had urged the international community to directly and immediately engage the Chinese leadership to forbid police violence in Tibet.
‘We also call on the Chinese government to address the underlying grievances of the Tibetan people. Only then, will there be a lasting solution to the escalating tensions in the region and the longstanding dispute between Tibetans and the Chinese government,’ she said.
The CTA, in a missive to Chinese President Hu Jintao Jan 27, expressed concern over the situation.
‘The harsh and brutal repressive measures adopted by your government on the peaceful demonstrators (in Tibet) leave us in no doubt that your government has no value for fundamental human rights,’ it said.
The CTA has said 16 Tibetans had set themselves afire in the past 12 months to protest China’s policies and for their demand of freedom. It said three more self-immolations occurred Friday.
India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans and the Tibetan government-in-exile, which has never won recognition from any country.