FORMER FINANCE & FOREIGN MINISTER OF INDIA SHRI YASHWANT SINHA JI PLEDGES TO STAND UP FOR TIBET

Tibetan NGOs urged him to raise Tibet’s issue with the Foreign Affairs Minister of India as Tibetan self-immolations crosses staggering 50

Dharamsala – Under the coordination of Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre, Shri Yashwant Sinha Ji, Former Finance and Foreign Affairs Minister of India, a senior Parliamentary member and the Chairman of All Party Indian Parliamentarian Forum for Tibet, is currently on a 3 day visit to Dharamsala from September 15 – 17 where in light of the current crisis in Tibet he paid a visit to the ongoing 4th session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and interacted with officials of the various Departments of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile on the first day followed by a meeting with the representative of International Tibet Network and the five Tibetan NGOs – Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet, National Democratic Party of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet, India. Continue reading

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TIBETAN ACTIVISTS MAR CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER’S ARRIVAL; TIBET SELF-IMMOLATIONS PASS TRAGIC MILESTONE OF 50

TIBETAN ACTIVISTS MAR CHINESE DEFENCE MINISTER’S ARRIVAL;
TIBET SELF-IMMOLATIONS PASS TRAGIC MILESTONE OF 50

New Delhi – As a part of the pledge to intensify global actions on the on-going wave of self-immolations, Tibetan activists launched the first of its series of planned action by protesting in front of the Chinese Embassy to protest the arrival of China’s Defence Minister Liang Guanglie and Yang Jinshan, commander of the Tibet military district. Charts reading ‘51 Self-immolated: Tibetans are dying for Freedom’ and ‘तिब्बत की आजादी भारत की सुरक्षा’ (Tibet’s Independence, India’s Security) were unfurled followed by burning of China’s national flag.

“Sino-India talk will never be complete without an immediate resolution to the Tibetan issue. China’s illegal occupation of Tibet continues to jeopardize India’s border security, as well as other national issues including water security,” said Thupten, President of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamsala. “Liang Guanglie’s visit to India comes at a time when Tibet is experiencing one of the most brutal crackdowns where till date we have seen 51 cases of self-immolation. We condemn this visit and ask India to stand up.”

With the on-going crisis in Tibet, the number of self-immolations has now reached 51. Lobsang Kelsang, 18, a monk from Kirti Monastery, and Damchoe, 17 self-immolated on the morning of August 27 in Ngaba, eastern Tibet (Ch: Aba, Sichuan Province). Both have succumbed to their injuries.

Self-immolation as a political act against Chinese rule has emerged as the most direct and drastic form of protest in Tibet. A staggering 49 self-immolations have taken place in the past 12 months; at least seven in August 2012 alone. At least 40 of these protestors have died. Chinese authorities have responded with violent force, sometimes even beating Tibetans while they are still on fire (1) and overseeing a massive security clampdown in areas where the self-immolations have occurred, including in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital.

“We call on India to join like-minded governments to immediately establish strong, public, multilateral mechanisms to hold Beijing accountable for its atrocities in Tibet (2),” said Dorjee Tseten, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet India. “The global community cannot stand by while China commits atrocities in Tibet. We’ve planned series of actions to unwelcome the visit of Liang Guanglie. “

Tibet support Groups in several continents will be joining a Global Day of Action on September 5th to urge Foreign Ministries to take joint action for Tibet during the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council and General Assembly meetings in September. Calls for more public and visible multi-lateral action on the situation in Tibet received a significant boost in August with a letter from US Congressmen Frank Wolf and James McGovern to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, suggesting the US government host an international conference on Tibet, hold periodic public meetings such as a “contact group” on Tibet and discuss setting up a group of like-minded governments at the UN General Assembly (3).

Protest Action organized by: Students for a Free Tibet, India & Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamsala.

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Notes:

  1. See http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/vivid-new-footage-shows-young-tibetan-being-beaten-police-while-fire
  2. SFT’s demands targeting the People’s Republic of China:

i. Immediately remove security personnel from Tibetan regions and from individual monasteries and suspend the implementation of religious and security policies in Tibet.

ii. Release all those detained in connection to the self-immolations and account for the whereabouts and well-being of all those who have self-immolated since February 2009.

iii. Allow foreign diplomats and independent foreign media unfettered access to all Tibetan areas.

iv. Address the Tibetan peoples’ legitimate grievances and respond to their demands for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

World governments must:

  1. In partnership with other concerned governments, insist that the People’s Republic of China accede to the above demands, including allowing diplomats and media access to Tibetan areas.
  2. Urgently establish, with other concerned governments, an appropriate and effective multi-lateral mechanism through which future diplomatic measures concerning Tibet can be agreed upon and implemented.
  3. Express their concern about the situation in Tibet both publicly and in robust terms directly to Chinese leaders at all opportunities.

3.Read the full letter at: https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/news/us-congressmen-calls-for-more-action-on-tibet

4. For a comprehensive list of all confirmed self-immolations in Tibet, see www.StandupforTibet.org/learn-more. There have also been five instances of self-immolation among exiled Tibetans

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TIBET SELF-IMMOLATIONS PASS TRAGIC MILESTONE OF 50; Groups Demand Global Diplomatic Intervention to End China’s Failed Policies

Photos by: Norbu Wangyal

Dharamsala – Students for a Free Tibet India and Tibetan Women’s Association have pledged to intensify their actions in response to Monday’s news that two more Tibetans have lit themselves on fire in Chinese-occupied Tibet, bringing the number of confirmed self-immolations since 2009 to 51 (1). Lobsang Kelsang, 18, a monk from Kirti Monastery, and Damchoe, 17, are reported to have self-immolated on the morning of August 27 in Ngaba, eastern Tibet (Ch: Aba, Sichuan Province). Both are reported to have died (2).

“The Chinese government has driven more than 50 Tibetans to burn themselves in protest. Beijing has the power to change its policies, withdraw its troops, and end the self-immolations overnight, but instead it continues to exacerbate the Tibetan people’s suffering and grievances,” said Tenzin Dorjee, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet.

“The tragic cases of self immolations happening inside Tibet are a clear sign of failed Chinese policies. TWA requests global intervention to save Tibetan lives; we ask the world governments to apply multilateral pressure and take action against China to end the crackdown,” said Tashi Dolma, President, Tibetan Women’s Association. “We remain deeply saddened that India has not spoken on this issue. Thus we request for concrete tangible support from the Indian government”

Self-immolation as a political act against Chinese rule has emerged as the most direct and drastic form of protest in Tibet. A staggering 49 self-immolations have taken place in the past 12 months; at least seven in August 2012 alone. At least 40 of these protestors have died. Chinese authorities have responded with violent force, sometimes even beating Tibetans while they are still on fire (4) and overseeing a massive security clampdown in areas where the self-immolations have occurred, including in Lhasa, Tibet’s capital.

In spite of China’s military clampdown there have also been significant protests in recent weeks in Ngaba, eastern Tibet following the self-immolations of two Tibetans on August 13 (5). On August 14, a mass demonstration took place in Rebkong, Amdo (Ch: Tongren, Qinghai), with several hundred Tibetans gathering outside the police station to protest the unprovoked beating of four Tibetans by intoxicated police officers the previous day (6).

“We call on India to join like-minded governments to immediately establish strong, public, multilateral mechanisms to hold Beijing accountable for its atrocities in Tibet (3),” said Dorjee Tseten, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet India. “We have launched a petition urging Shri S. M. Krishna, the Minister of External Affairs, to support a strong multilateral action for Tibet and will deliver the petition to his office on October 2nd, Gandhi Jayanti The global community can not stand by while China commits atrocities in Tibet.”

Students for a Free Tibet members in several continents are carrying out urgent response protests today and will be joining a Global Day of Action on September 5th to urge Foreign Ministries to take joint action for Tibet during the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council and General Assembly meetings in September. Calls for more public and visible multi-lateral action on the situation in Tibet received a significant boost in August with a letter from US Congressmen Frank Wolf and James McGovern to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, suggesting the US government host an international conference on Tibet, hold periodic public meetings such as a “contact group” on Tibet and discuss setting up a group of like-minded governments at the UN General Assembly (7).

Notes
1. For a comprehensive list of all confirmed self-immolations in Tibet, see www.StandupforTibet.org/learn-more. There have also been five instances of self-immolation among exiled Tibetans.

2. Details of the self-immolations on August 27, 2012 were provided by exiled Kirti monks.

3. SFT’s demands targeting the People’s Republic of China:
i. Immediately remove security personnel from Tibetan regions and from individual monasteries and suspend the implementation of religious and security policies in Tibet.

ii. Release all those detained in connection to the self-immolations and account for the whereabouts and well-being of all those who have self-immolated since February 2009.

iii. Allow foreign diplomats and independent foreign media unfettered access to all Tibetan areas.

iv. Address the Tibetan peoples’ legitimate grievances and respond to their demands for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

World governments must:
i.  In partnership with other concerned governments, insist that the People’s Republic of China accede to the above demands, including allowing diplomats and media access to Tibetan areas.

ii.  Urgently establish, with other concerned governments, an appropriate and effective multi-lateral mechanism through which future diplomatic measures concerning Tibet can be agreed upon and implemented.

iii.  Express their concern about the situation in Tibet both publicly and in robust terms directly to Chinese leaders at all opportunities.

4. See http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/ict-news-reports/vivid-new-footage-shows-young-tibetan-being-beaten-police-while-fire

5. See http://www.tchrd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=265:indiscriminate-beatings-detentions-mark-two-more-self-immolations-in-ngaba&catid=70:2012-news&Itemid=162

6. See http://www.savetibet.org/media-center/tibetans-rebkong-gather-protest-police-brutality

7. Read the full letter at: https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/news/us-congressmen-calls-for-more-action-on-tibet

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India: Stand up for Tibet – Send a letter to Shri S.M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs

India’s independence was won through a freedom struggle based on the principles of non-violence, non-cooperation and civil disobedience. The Tibetan freedom struggle shares the same values as the Indian Independence movement. At this crucial time when almost 50 Tibetans have made the ultimate sacrifice to protest Chinese rule, it is imperative that we remember Tibet’s past as a sovereign nation and commit ourselves to the Tibetan freedom struggle.

As the world’s largest democracy, and with a particularly fierce freedom struggle essentially based on Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence and non-cooperation, India has a moral obligation to add her voice to the multilateral government pressure on China to stop the crackdown in Tibet.

Jyotsna, SFT-Delhi member signing the petition

As a conscious Indian citizen who greatly values my independence, I have signed this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today.

Mr Vijay Kranti, prominent photo journalist and Tibet support signing the petition.

Please sign and share widely to your friends also.

https://secure3.convio.net/sft/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=883

We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 – Gandhi Jayanti – a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. There will be a National wide Candle Light Vigil on that day by our Indian Members and supporters in all the major cities. 

I am writing to you to urge you to join me in signing this petition.

With Hope,

Jyotsna George

Indian Member of Student for a Free Tibet

Delhi University Students Union leaders standing for Tibet

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‘Celebrating India’s 66th Independence Day & Declaration of Independence of Tibet in Delhi’

POST BY JYOTSNA – Students for a Free Tibet-Delhi Member

Students for a Free Tibet and Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Delhi held a public gathering yesterday (Wednesday, August 15th) to mark India’s 66th Independence Day by unveiling a re-creation of the Declaration of Tibetan Independence issued by the His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama in 1913.  The year 2013 will mark exactly 100 years since Tibet proclaimed the restoration of its independence. The text of this proclamation has survived, though the original document did not. The 10 foot-long handwritten scroll, bordered with brocade and silk in the style of a thangka, was unveiled by Shri Vijay Kranti, renowned photojournalist and a long time Tibet supporter. The proclamation was read out by prominent Tibetan and Indian community leaders, MPs, students, and Indian supporters in Tibetan, Hindi and English.

India’s independence was won through a freedom struggle based on the principles of non-violence, non-cooperation and civil disobedience. The Tibetan freedom struggle shares the same values as the Indian Independence movement. At this crucial time when almost 50 Tibetans have made the ultimate sacrifice to protest Chinese rule, it is imperative that we remember Tibet’s past as a sovereign nation and commit ourselves to the Tibetan freedom struggle.

As the world’s largest democracy, and with a particularly fierce freedom struggle essentially based on Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence and non-cooperation, India has a moral obligation to add her voice to the multilateral government pressure on China to stop the crackdown in Tibet.

Therefore, Indian members of Students for a Free Tibet has initiated a Petition campaign to call citizen of India to stand with Tibet.

As a conscious Indian citizen who greatly values my independence, I have signed this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today.

Click here for the Petition. Please share widely to your friends also.

https://secure3.convio.net/sft/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=883

We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 – Gandhi Jayanti – a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence.

I am writing to you to urge you to join me in signing this petition.

With Hope,

Jyotsna George

Indian Member of Student for a Free Tibet

Pictures of the event

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Celebrate India’s 66th Independence Day; Witness Tibet’s Declaration of Independence

The year 2013 will mark exactly 100 years since Tibet proclaimed the restoration of its Independence in 1913. The text of the Proclamation has survived, though the original document has not.

Students for a Free Tibet plans to Continue reading

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STUDENTS FROM TAIWAN UNIVERSITIES EXPLORE TIBET’S STRUGGLE IN DHARAMSALA

With the Prime Minister of the Tibetan Govt-in-Exile

July 24, 2012 | Dharamsala: Students for a Free Tibet, India in coordination with Taiwan Friends of Tibet organized the second Tibet awareness program in Dharamsala for students from Taiwan universities. The initiative started last year with the aim of introducing Tibetan culture, Tibetan political movement, Tibetan religion and Tibetan community in exile to the young Taiwanese students.

This year sixteen students along with two professors have come from five different Taiwan universities: Shih Hsin University, Providence University, National Chengchi University, Taipei National University of Arts Continue reading

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