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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

World leaders urged to boycott Beijing Olympics

September 12, 2007

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A statement issued at the end of an international symposium, organized by the Mongolian and Tibetan Affair Commission in Taipei, has called on political leaders worldwide not to attend the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games if China fails to take concrete actions to improve its human rights records. The statement also appealed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to seriously consider the suspension of the Beijing Games as Beijing has so far taken few steps to improve its human rights records.

The statement came Sunday at the conclusion of the 2007 International Symposium on Tibetan Human Rights, with members of international organizations and human right groups from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, India, Mexico, Sweden, Norway and Japan attending the two-day event.

Also present at the symposium were overseas Chinese pro-democracy activists.

Stressing the importance of equal participation rights, the statement urged the Chinese government to allow all international media to freely cover the Beijing Olympics, and to lift a ban on 11 categories of people who are forbidden to take part in the event.

Meanwhile, Beijing should immediately remove a ban on the Dalai Lama and officials of the Tibetan government in exile in India, and on anyone who has previously been involved in, or supported a self-rule campaign for Tibetans from taking part in the Games, the statement said.

The statement also condemned the Chinese government for its prosecution of Tibetan religion and culture, and its violation of the universal value of religious freedom.

Calling for support from democratic activists in Taiwan and other countries in helping Tibetans living in China gain basic human rights and necessary assistance,the statement denounced the Chinese military stationed at the border between Tibet and China for shooting Tibetans at will.

The statement also urged Taiwan to adhere to democracy and to serve as a guide for the democratization of China. It also called for the world to help facilitate democratization in China and self-determination in Tibet.

Representatives of international groups said that the 1,142-kilometer-long Qinghai Tibet railway, the first of its kind linking Tibet with other parts of China, must be transferred from a tool facilitating China's extension of authority over Tibet, into a tool which is conducive to Tibet's economic development.

If not, it is feared that the railway will jeopardize Tibet's unique culture, the representatives said.

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