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China has no "moral right" to host Asian Games: TYC

October 29, 2010

Phurbu Thinley
October 26, 2010

Dharamsala, Oct. 26 -- The largest
pro-independence Tibetan youth organisation on
Tuesday protested against China's hosting of the
Asian Games next month, saying it lacks "moral
right" to hold such an important international sporting event.

"Generally the spirit of any international games
represents friendship, solidarity and promotion
of peace and freedom. The Asian Games in
particular is about helping weaker countries,
helping them rehabilitate and develop an
understanding of mutual friendship and
cooperation," the Tibetan Youth Congress said in a press statement.

The statement said a country hosting such an
important event "essentially should not only
represent but respect these principles."

Calling China the "biggest colonizer" in modern
times, TYC said it should not have been given the
right to host the forthcoming 16th Asian Games to
be held in Guangzhou from November 12 to 27.
Instead of "promoting peace and friendship", the
organisation said China continues to use its
"military and economic might to stifle smaller and weaker countries".

"So long they do not conclude the occupation of
Tibet, words such as freedom, truth and peace for
the Chinese government is just another rhetoric.
Therefore China has no moral right to host such
an important sporting event," the organisation said.

As a protest, TYC said it would light a "Freedom
Torch" and launch a bike rally from Dharamsala to
New Delhi on November 12. The rally will be held
under the slogan: "Welcome Future: Future for
Tibetan Youth, Youth for Independence", mocking
China's Asian Games slogan "Welcome Future".

"The slogan for the games 'Welcome Future'
targeted at youth development and promising
future is only appropriate if Tibet is free," TYC
said, adding that the biggest obstacle for
Tibetan youth development is the continued
occupation of Tibet and, oppression and denial of
fundamental rights of the Tibetan youth in their homeland.

At a press conference here today, which was
presided over by the organisation’s Vice
President Mr Dhondup Lhadar and General Secretary
Tenzin Choekyi, TYC called on international media
and world community to pay attention to Beijing’s
handling of the international events against the
backdrop of ongoing human rights violations.

Despite reports of violent crackdown on Tibetan
demonstrators by Chinese authorities following
the massive unrest against Chinese rule in 2008,
China faced little condemnation in hosting the Olympic Games that year.

Tibetan Government-in-Exile and rights groups say
China killed more than 200 Tibetans and
persecuted many more in the subsequent crackdowns.

Following the widespread unrest, China unleashed
a new wave of crackdown in Tibet to squelch all
forms of dissent. And those now targeted also
include Tibetans once known for having close ties
to the government and for carefully eschewing politics.

China next month will host another major sporting
event amid what Tibet observers describe as the
largest ongoing crackdown on Tibetan
intellectuals since the end of China's chaotic Cultural Revolution in 1976.

The Tibetan Youth Congress said it was certain
that the "Asian Games in China will be no
different and will be another charade of lies and deceit".

Founded in 1970, Tibetan Youth Congress is a
worldwide Organisation of Tibetans united in
common struggle for the restoration of Tibet’s
lost independence. It claims over 30,000
registered members and 81 regional chapters worldwide.

Tibet was illegally occupied by China after
Communist Chinese troops marched into Tibet in late 1949.

Tibetan spiritual and political leader, the Dalai
Lama fled Tibet in 1959 following a failed mass
Tibetan uprising against Chinese Communist rule.
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