Tibetan government-in-exile urges China to accept existence of Tibet

Dharamshala, Nov 8: The Tibetan government-in-exile has urged Chinese Government to accept the existence of a Tibet issue.

“We urge the 18th Congress to provide amnesty and release all political prisoners in Tibet to foster positive policy transformation in Tibet following the precedence of seven such amnesties in the history of the Communist Party of China. Fourthly, urge the imminent upcoming new Chinese leadership to desist from their existing policy of violence or the false notion of not accepting the existence of the Tibetan issue. Rather we urge to pursue the channels of meaningful contacts to resolve the long-standing issue of Tibet with the Tibetan leadership here in exile,” Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Penpa Tsering said on the eve of the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Tsering also urged China to reconsider its stance on Tibet, and its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

“We urge the Chinese leadership to immediately stop its error ridden policy of denigrating and accusing His Holiness the Dalai Lama with exaggerated and distorted statements. Such statements coupled with the measured denied display of his Holiness’ pictures causes immense pain in the hearts and minds of the Tibetan people. We urge the People’s Republic of Chinese government to usher in a conducive atmosphere before our people to freely practice and promote our religion, culture and language,” he said.

Tsering also stated that Amnesty International should be allowed to visit Tibet and contacts should be forged with exiled Tibetan leaders to resolve the issue.

He further appealed to the Chinese government to address cases of self-immolation in Dharamshala.

“For the purpose of fulfilling their aspirations as it can be in their slogans and their dying messages, we therefore request the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China to consider the following four points. Number one, urge the 18th Congress to seriously deliberate on the continuing spate of self-immolations in Tibet. Conduct a thorough investigation into the underlying causes and develop corrective policies and measures that meet the aspirations of the Tibetan people,” Tsering said.

“The Tibetan administration expresses not only the deepest concern on the growing tragic cases of self immolations by Tibetans all over Tibet in protest against the repressive policies of the Chinese government, but also recognises these drastic actions as the highest form of non violence activity for the larger interest of the suppressed,” he added.

A 25 year old Tibetan farmer Lhundup Dorjee died after self-immolating himself on November 4 outside a hotel in Tibet. Earlier, a 24-year-old Tibetan farmer, Lhamo Tseten, died on October 26 after committing self-immolation near a military base and a government office. Another Tibetan, identified as Tsepag Kyab, also set fire to himself and died.

The surge in self-immolations in China in protest over its rule in Tibet has heightened tension in recent months. (ANI)