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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Human Rights Day Rally Targets China

December 12, 2007

By SARAH PORTLOCK
New York Sun
December 11, 2007

As part of International Human Rights Day, more than 200 protesters
rallied outside the United Nations and delivered a report card outlining
alleged human rights violations in Tibet to the Chinese consulate.

Similar marches and rallies also occurred yesterday outside Chinese
consulates in London, Paris, and Toronto.

The deputy director of the nonprofit organization Students for a Free
Tibet, Tenzin Dorjee, said the day was bittersweet. Mr. Dorjee, 27, was
born in exile in India after his parents were forced out of Tibet in
1959 when the Chinese government seized power.

"It is good to see there is this day set aside to highlight the
importance of human rights," Mr. Dorjee said. "For Tibetans, it is
really sad because we don't enjoy some of the most basic human rights
that are enshrined in the United Nations charter."

Earlier in the day, a nonprofit organization, the Tibetan Youth
Congress, sent a petition to the United Nations outlining ways in which
the Chinese government has allegedly violated human rights.

The group then marched across 42nd Street to the Chinese consulate
chanting "Tibet for Tibetans" and "One World, One Dream."

Just after 4 p.m., five protesters propped the 4-foot report card poster
against the consulate's lobby doors.

The report card listed failing grades for freedoms of expression,
religion, assembly, and thought, and an F minus for human rights in Tibet.

A vice consul with the Chinese consulate, Cong Chen, released a
statement outlining China's political position on Tibet and the Dalai Lama.

"The Tibet issue is not an issue of culture or religion, but a major
issue of principle concerning China's sovereignty and territorial
integrity," Mr. Chen said.
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