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UN Urged to Engage China to Respect Human Rights in Tibet

December 12, 2007

TibetNet
Monday, 11 December 2007


Dharamshala:The Central Tibetan Administration yesterday urged the
United Nations to engage China to respect the human rights and religious
freedom in Tibet. The day marked the 18th Anniversary of the conferment
of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
sixty-first anniversary of the UN proclamation of its Universal
declaration of human rights.

Kalon Tsering Phuntsok said "The People's Republic of China, as a member
country of the UN should put into practice the United Nation's
declaration of human rights, adding, "However, China continues to
dishonour, violate, the terms of the declaration.

Recounting the grave repression of basic human rights of the Tibetan
people, including freedom of speech, religious belief and the rights of
children, Kalon Tsering Phuntsok urge the United Nations Council on
Human Rights to be more effective in taking note of these actions of the
Chinese government.

He reiterated that China should seize the opportunity in resolving the
issue of Tibet and bring about a positive change inside Tibet under the
framework of the mutually beneficial policy of Middle-Way Approach.

He underlined the importance of making offerings for the grand long life
prayer to be presented to His Holiness in January 2008, to mark the
successful passing over his obstacle year and for the enhancement of
Tibetan people's collective merit.

The speaker of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Mr Karma Chophel expressed
gratitude and also appealed to all the governments, members of
parliaments and the Tibet support groups to continue to lend their
support in resolving the issue of Tibet.

He said taking serious note of the inside Tibet - in particular the
efforts to undermine Tibet's religious identity - the Tibetan parliament
vehemently condemned the China's new regulations to control the Tibet's
traditional system of selecting Tibet's spiritual leaders.

The parliament has appealed to the UN, the world Human Rights Council,
the International Olympic Committee and Indian Olympic Association to
take serious consideration in bringing China in improving the human
rights situation in Tibet, he added.

He urged the Indo-Tibetan Friendship Association and the Bharat Tibbat
Sehyog Manch to strengthen the cordial relationship between the local
Indian and the Tibetan people, adding that despite minor indifferences
between individuals, both communities at large have been able to
maintain friendly relations.

Also on the occasion, the Department of Information and International
Relations launched its third environment and development report both in
New Delhi and Dharamshala.

Assessing the well being of the Tibetan people and its land, the report
"Tibet: A Human Development and Environment Report, 2007" offers a broad
perspective on contemporary Tibet.

The findings show a disturbing trend in Tibet - ranging from widespread
degradation of grasslands, high level of illiteracy, social exclusion
from modern skills, chronic marginalisation, unemployment, lack of basic
amenities - all resulting from Chinese government's increasing
bureaucratic regulation and exclusion seriously affecting the lives of
Tibetan people.

The combination of land and people, environment and human development,
throughout the report, is a reminder that solutions to the problems of
past policy mistakes require the active involvement of the Tibetan
people, not their exclusion.

The report seeks the involvement of skilful participatory methods and
assistance from development agencies and environmental organisations
around the world to bring their best methods to achieve future human
development of Tibet, bio-diversity conservation, grass land repair and
watershed protection. To assist them, the report concludes with
guidelines that articulate what Tibetans need and seek, from
international agencies and investors who come to Tibet.

With the purpose to look ahead - the report is an invitation to China to
carefully reconsider policies of environmental protection by actively
involving Tibetan people and adopting advanced methods - to seek long
time sustainability of the environmental benefits that come from Tibet.
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