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Kalon Dicki Chhoyang Issues Statement Regarding Critical Situation in Tibet

February 06, 2012

Press Statement:

The Central Tibetan Administration is deeply concerned and alarmed
over the recent news of three more self-immolations in Serthar
(Sichuan) on Friday, February 3, 2012.

Unconfirmed reports state that three Tibetans were involved, two of
them aged in the 60s and 30s respectively. All three have sustained
injuries, but their exact condition and whereabouts remain unknown.

We also hear reports of build-up of security forces and police in
and around the city of Lhasa, and its key monasteries, Ganden,
Sera, and Drepung. Furthermore, draconian measures to restrict
movement of Tibetans in the capital could further aggravate the
tense situation in Tibet. With Tibetan New Year on
February 22nd and the March 10th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan
uprising coming up, we fear there will be further bloodshed and
loss of lives. The Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan
community’s democratically-elected representative, urges the
international community to directly and immediately engage the
Central Chinese leadership to assert its control over local
authorities and forbid police violence and shooting of unarmed

Drastic actions, such as the self-immolations, indicate to us that
the Chinese policies in Tibet have reached new levels of
repression. Not mere acts of protest, these actions convey a
message which cannot be ignored. They represent an emphatic
rejection of the continued occupation of Tibet and repressive
policies of the Chinese government. They stand firm for the freedom
of the Tibetan people. Over fifty years ago, thousands of Tibetans
were forced to flee into exile due to the Chinese occupation of
Tibet. Since then, a broad global network of friends of Tibet has
been built. Today, at this critical time, we wish to express our
heartfelt gratitude to all those individuals, non governmental
organizations, Tibet support groups, and the various foreign
governments who have recently publicly expressed their concern for
the present situation in Tibet. Your unwavering support for truth
and justice has made it possible for the Tibetan issue to still be

We 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.
As witnessed recently, Tibetan areas have been closed off and
members of the press have been denied access. The international
community must let leaders in Beijing know unequivocally that the
world is concerned and closely watching events inside Tibet.

To show solidarity and to raise its voice in support of the
fundamental rights of the Tibetan people at this critical time, we
invite the international community to participate in a worldwide
vigil for Tibet on February 8, 2012. We request everyone to conduct
these vigils peacefully, in accordance with the laws of your
country, and with dignity. In Dharamsala, the Central Tibetan
Administration will hold a prayer service at 3 PM at the
Tsuglakhang-Main Temple.

Kalon Dicki Chhoyang
Dept. of Information and International Relations
February 6, 2012

This is the link to the video shown prior to the press conference
today by Kalon Dicki Chhoyang at Dharamsala. You can watch it from

the direct link to the video is

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