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UN, EU, Members of Parliaments and Governments, and NGOs for human rights: Send independent investigation teams to Tibet, on the self-immolations

Since February, 2009 an extraordinary number of self-immolations, numbering 95 by December 13, 2012, with 75 deaths, have occurred in regions of Tibet ruled by China. (Detailed information can be found in http://www.savetibet.org/resource-center/maps-data-fact-sheets/self-immolation-fact-sheet.)

Tibet is burning: day after day, another vital life goes up in flames – women and men, young and old, including monks, nuns and ordinary people.

Why have so many Tibetans sacrificed their lives so painfully and tragically? To us the answer is obvious: these desperate acts point to unrest and unbearable suffering in Tibet. The Chinese government has refused to listen and give them a voice, so Tibetans have cried out in anguish in the only way possible.

The incidents in Tibet are part of the history of repressed societies. We are reminded of the self-immolations of the South Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức in Saigon in 1963, the Chinese Buddhist monk Shi Liangqing in Famen Temple in 1966, and the victim of a violent demolition, Tang Fuzhen, in Chengdu in 2009.

These victims of self-immolation hurt mainly themselves and their families; but, despite that, the international community should not be insensitive and indifferent to the tragedy. Every precious life tragically lost points to cruel suffering that is impacting thousands of Tibetans, pushing them to conclude that they must sacrifice their lives to make a desperate statement. It’s a humanitarian disaster, like an earthquake or a war, not a sovereignty issue. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the international community to take responsibility: intervene to establish the truth about the situation and address the underlying problems.

We earnestly appeal to you to activate your conscience and take firm action to end this humanitarian disaster! Please use your political, governmental and international networks to bring about action as follows:

1. Make the crisis of self-immolations in Tibet an urgent international issue, to be addressed in all official exchanges between your country or organization and China;

2. Urge your organization, the government of your country, as well as international bodies, including the UN and EU, to send their teams of independent investigators to Tibet, especially to areas where Tibetans' self-immolations have frequently occurred, to report on the true situation of Tibetan society and the real reasons for the self-immolations. Challenge the Chinese authorities to permit independent investigation teams to enter these areas, speak openly with Tibetans, and work freely without interference;

3. Urge the Chinese government to start negotiations with the Tibetan government-in-exile and the Dalai Lama as soon as possible, to discuss issues including religious freedom, the rights of using and preserving Tibetan language and culture, and the Dalai Lama's unfettered return to Tibet. (According to news reports, these demands are shouted most often by Tibetans who have self-immolated.)

The Chinese government has asserted that "the Tibetan self-immolations are incited by the Tibetan government-in-exile", but His Holiness the Dalai Lama has encouraged his followers to cherish life and cease these protests. The Tibetan government-in-exile has invited China to send officials to Dharamsala to investigate the allegations of interference. Hence,

4. We urge you to encourage the Chinese government to respond promptly and positively to this proposal.

We are sure you are aware that prompt, decisive action has the potential to alleviate the crisis and save lives. We thank you sincerely for reading, empathizing and taking action.

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By December 20, 2012, there are 82 organizations around the world have also joined as signatories:

1.Beijing Spring New York, USA
2.Initiatives for China Washington DC, USA
3.China Democracy Party USA
4.China Social Democratic Party USA
5.Chinese Alliance For Democracy (CAD) New York, USA
6.Alliance for a Democratic China (ADC) USA
7.Federation for a Democratic China (FDC) Canada
8.China Rights Network Toronto, Canada
9.The Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition Melbourne, Australia
10.Sydney Workshop for Democratic China Sydney, Australia
11.Hong Kong Federation for a Democratic China Hong Kang
12.The Qi's Cultural Foundation Australia
13.China's Social Conditions Watch Norway
14.Chinese Alliance for Promoting Constitutionalism Norway
15.The Preparatory Committee of Chinese Republican party Spain
16.Chinese Christian Democratic Union USA
17.China's anti-political persecution League USA
18.Los Angeles-Tibetan Friendship Association USA
19.Melbourne Chinese And Tibetan Friendship Association Melbourne, Australia
20.Asia Democracy Foundation, Inc. USA
21.Chinese Democratic Party (Australia) Melbourne, Australia
22.Chinese Farmers Party Melbourne, Australia
23.Learning Democracy Centre Melbourne, Australia
24.Tian An Men Times Melbourne, Australia
25.Chinese Political Refugee Association New York, USA
26.Alliance of the Guard of Canadian Values Vancouver, Canada
27.China Civil Union USA & Taiwan
28.China Film Critics, org Beijing, China
29.Miaofayi Taipei, Taiwan
30.Chinese Human Rights Protection Group Las Vegas, USA
31.Women's Rights in China USA
32.Sino-Tibet Study Group USA
33.Friends of Conscience Hong Kong
34.Uyghur Canadian Society Canada
35.Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada Canada
36.China Republican Party USA
37.Tibet Forum New York, USA
38.June 4th Massacre Investigation Canada
39.Bay Area Chinese and Tibetan Friendship CA, USA
40.Chinese Greens Germany
41.Defender of human rights in China NY, USA
42.Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement Vancouver, Canada
43.The Council for Human Rights in North Korea Toronto, Canada
44.Toronto Association for Democracy in China Toronto, Canada
45.Chinese-Tibetan Friendship Society in Europe Belgium
46.European Council of Mongolia-Uyghur-Tibet-China Belgium
47.Inner Mongolia People´s Party Germany
48.The Society of Chinese students and
scientists in Germany Germany
49.Forum for a Democratic China and Asia Germany
50.Friends of Tiananmen Mothers London, UK
51.The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting New York, USA
52.China Aid Association Texas,USA
53.Australia and New Zealand Regional Branch of
China Democracy Party National Committee Melbourne, Australia
54.Princeton China Initiative USA
55.Australia Tibet Council Sydney, Australia
56.Auckland Tibetan Association and Friends of Tibet Auckland, New Zealand
57.South Mongolian culture promotion Association Tokyo, Japan
58.Dalai Lama in Australia Ltd Sydney, Australia
59.World Uyghur Congress USA
60.Tibetan Community of New South Wales Sydney, Australia
61.Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario (CTAO) Ontario, Canada
62.Nanjing Students Autonomous Federation of June 4 1989 Canada
63.Sino-Tibetan Friendship Association of Taiwan Taiwan
64.The Greater Toronto Friends of Tibet Canada
65.New Zeanland Tibetan/Chinese friendship Accosiation New Zeanland
66.Rescue Wang Bing Zhang International Hong Kong
67.Tibetan Women's Association of Ontario Toronto, Canada
68.Sino-Tibetan Association of Canada (Pre Committee) Canada
69.Canadian Friends of Tibet Toronto, Canada
70.Canadian Friends of Tibet of Ontario Ontario, Canada
71.Falun Dafa Human Rights Working Group Toronto, Canada
72.Chinese Labour Party Canberra, Australia
73.Human Rights Campaign in China China
74.Le Tibet Français et Chinois Association Paris, France
75.Sydney Chinese And Tibetan Friendship Association Sydney, Australia
76.Executive committee of The Party of Freedom Democracy in China New York, USA
77.Gui Zhou Society for Human Rights Studies China
78.Chinese Citizens Association for Monitoring Government China
79.Chinese Solidarity Campaign in UK UK
80.Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg Regional Branch of
China Democracy Party The Hague, Netherlands
81.The Development Committee (Europe) of
China Democracy Party National Committee Spain
82.Canada-Hong Kong Link Toronto, Canada


Letter to
UN, EU, Members of Parliaments and Governments, and NGOs for human rights
Send independent investigation teams to Tibet, on the self-immolations