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Petitioning Foreign Minister of Australia Bob Carr and 2 others

Condemn Chinese police shooting of Tibetans on the Dalai Lama’s birthday

On 6 July, Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans in Tawu, Kham in eastern Tibet (Ch: Daofu, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province), who had gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday. Two monks were shot in the head and several others critically injured. According to the latest report, armed police detained 14 people and released them the next day. However their condition and whereabouts remain unknown.

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet and a global icon of peace and compassion. While tens of thousands of Tibetans and supporters around the world marked last Saturday with festivities, those living in Tibet were denied the simple joy of celebrating their beloved leader’s birthday by offering prayers and incense.

The Chinese police violence against Tibetans for simply celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday warrants condemnation from the international community.

Join us in urging Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr to make a strong public statement of concern and call on the Chinese government to prosecute those responsible for the shooting of unarmed Tibetans.

Thank you.

Australia Tibet Council

Letter to
Foreign Minister of Australia Bob Carr
Foreign Minister of Australia Bob Carr
Australia Tibet Council Margaret han
I am writing to express my outrage at the indiscriminate shooting of unarmed Tibetans by the Chinese police in Tawu, Kham in eastern Tibet (Ch: Daofu, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province) on 6 July.

The Tibetans had gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday and offer prayers to their spiritual leader. Two monks were shot in the head and several others critically injured. According to the latest report, armed police detained 14 people and released them the next day. However their condition and whereabouts remain unknown.

While tens of thousands of people around the world marked last Saturday with celebrations in honour of this global icon of peace and compassion, those living in Tibet were denied the simple joy of celebrating their beloved leader’s birthday by offering prayers and incense.

The Chinese police violence against Tibetans for simply celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday warrants scrutiny from the international community.

I urge you as the Foreign Minister of Australia to:

• Make a public statement of concern over this disturbing incident in Tibet

• Call on the Chinese government to prosecute those responsible for the shooting of unarmed Tibetans and seek information about the wellbeing and whereabouts of those injured

• Encourage other world leaders to express similar statements of concern in an effort to build a coordinated international response to the human rights abuses in Tibet