TYC’s Demand to the UN
1. Urge UN member states to raise the issue of Tibet at its General Assembly and human rights council sessions
2. Urge China to address the demands of the self-immolations in Tibet
3. Urge China to give evidence that the 11th Panchen Lama Gendum Choekyi Nyima is alive
4. Send a fact finding UN delegation to assess the current critical situation in Tibet
5. Urge China to release all political prisoners
The merciless crushing of the 2008 anti-China protests speaks volumes about the atrocities perpetrated upon Tibetans. One such example is the recent study by a Chinese group Open Constitution Initiative which concluded that the 2008 riots in Tibet were the result of ‘legitimate grievances’ plaguing Tibetans who were feeling increasingly ‘disenfranchised’ in their own land. This observation almost led to the closure of the group. Chinese officials reportedly took away the office materials and slapped a hefty tax of $207,900 on Open Constitution Initiative.
Highlighting the fact that iron-fisted tactics were futile, former UN high commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, had responded in November 2012 by saying: “Social stability in Tibet will never be achieved through heavy security measures and suppression of human rights. I call on the government to seriously consider the recommendations made to it by various international human rights bodies.”
Despite the global concern, China continues to act like a ‘big brother’ towards Tibet and holds onto its claim that Tibet belongs to the Chinese ‘suzerainty’ since the 18th century. Tibet on the other hand has always maintained to be an independent empire.
The foreword of a recently published white paper on the development path by China reads: “The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is a united multi-ethnic country created through the joint efforts of the people of all the ethnic groups in China. Tibet has been a part of China’s territory since ancient times … The destiny of Tibet has always been closely connected with the destiny of the great motherland and the Chinese nation.” It has also denounced the ‘middle way approach’ of Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama defines the middle way approach as ‘the policy and means to achieve a genuine autonomy for all Tibetans living in the three traditional provinces of Tibet within the framework of the PRC.’
The Central Tibetan Administration responded to China: “Till now, China has repeatedly rejected the middle way approach. However, if wiser Chinese heads look into the Tibetan proposal of not seeking independence but autonomy for all the Tibetan people under a single administration, they will find in it a solution that respects Tibet’s distinct cultural and national identity and preserves the territorial integrity of the PRC.”
Responding to the solidarity shown by India, Tenzing Jigme, president of TYC said, “Leaders from various political parties, ngos, and social activists have all come out in support of the Tibetan cause. But unfortunately, the UN is still silent on the issue.
As the world witnesses the deluge of refugees to Europe from countries such as Syria, Iraq and some African nations, the plight of the Tibetans need equal attention and an immediate UN intervention. The rich traditional and spiritual values of the Tibetans must be restored. And this will happen only if they get to go back to their own homeland.