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Marginalized and Unemployed Youth in Tibet Stage Protest against Chinese Government Policies

April 15, 2013

April 14, 2013, Dharamsala - According to news coming out of Tibet, a large number of youth in Machu area of Tibet on April 10, staged a protest outside a local administrative building demanding immediate stop to policies that have marginalized local Tibetan youth in education and job opportunities in the area.

The banner held by the protestor shown on the right reads, give jobs to the native Tibetans, stop marginalizing us.  Protesters also distributed pamphlets stating three reasons for their protest:

1.      We, graduates are unemployed and marginalized in the area.  Locals are restricted to limited number of enrolment in schools.

2.      Corrupted officials lure outsiders and these people take our job opportunities.

3.       Entrance examinations for employment are not in Tibetan language despite being in Tibetan areas.          

Signed: Unemployed Graduates

Since the last few years, there has been a growing number of such protest. These protests are largely directed against Chinese government clampdown on use of Tibetan language as medium of instruction in Tibetan-speaking areas. On July 14, 2012 Tibetan students were barred from writing theirs papers in Tibetan language during an entrance exam for the recruitment of teachers for high and middle schools in Mangra County in Tsolho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The Chinese authorities in Chabcha (Chinese : Gonghe) County of Tsolho (Chinese : Hainan) prefecture in Qinghai Province have jailed eight Tibetan students for five years on December 5, 2012 for their alleged involvement in organizing a mass student protest earlier.

The Central Tibetan Administration stands in solidarity with the protesters and reiterates that in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People, submitted to the Chinese counterparts during the 8th round of Sino-Tibetan dialogue held in Beijing in October 2008, it stipulates the desire of Tibetans to develop and administer their own education system in cooperation and in coordination with the central government’s ministry of Education is supported by the principles contained in the Constitution with regard to education.

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