Stop ongoing genocide in Tibet
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Stop ongoing genocide in Tibet

    1. Tashi Paljor
    2. Petition by

      Tashi Paljor

      McLeod Ganj, India

Your Excellency

As I write this letter, three brave Tibetans are on their 31th day of “Indefinite Fast for Tibet” in front of the United Nations in New York City. Their commitment to stay on this fast started on February 22, 2012 aiming to draw attention to a critical situation prevailing inside Tibet today.

Since February 2009, 30 Tibetans are confirmed to have self-immolated of which 22 have reportedly resulted in deaths. These events are unprecedented in number and unimaginable in nature. Little is known of the fate of the others who survived but whose survival might be hanging by a thin thread.

China has sealed off Tibet and blocked access for all outsiders and no foreign media or individual is allowed inside Tibet. Reporters without Borders, in their press release of expressed alarm at the media blackout imposed by the Chinese authorities. “Out of sight of the world, a major crisis is unfolding. Even Pyongyang has an international media presence, which is not the case in Lhasa,” it reported. Major international news agencies such as the BBC and CNN faced arrest at a toll barrier and were prevented from entering Tibet. Therefore, journalists have resorted to covert means of entering Tibet. Jonathan Watts, of the Guardian, who was able to sneak in most recently, said, “...being in Ngaba reminded him of being in the ‘conflict zones’ in Iraq and Northern Ireland at the height of their trouble”. “On the roof of the world, Chinese paramilitaries are trying to snuff out Tibetan resistance to Beijing's rule with spiked batons, semi-automatic weapons and fire extinguishers,” Watts added.

The United Nations, world leaders, governments and the international community have a responsibility to prevent the humanitarian crisis from metastasizing and spiraling out of control causing further casualties. The rare footage of self-immolations and violence against Tibetans is compelling evidence of untold crimes against humanity being committed behind the high Himalayas by the government of China. Tibetans inside Tibet who went to grave lengths - risking their lives to clandestinely send out this evidence - knowing that they will pay a heavy price if they are caught. Indifference and staying silent in the face of tragedy is criminal. Tibet is a perfect example of a major tragedy occurring in front of our eyes with no one taking action. History will judge what actions you take or fail to take this issue at this time. It might take immense global pressure to move China but it has to be done. You will have failed as a leader and defender of peace and security if you don't “...take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law…”Article One UN Charter. 

The Tibetan Youth Congress, organizer of this Indefinite Fast for Tibet campaign, strongly calls on United Nations and its members to heed to the demands of the Tibetans suffering in Tibet and in order to amplify their call for freedom and justice have decided to launch this hunger strike.

We appeal the United Nations to immediately

1. Send a fact-finding delegation to assess the critical situation in Tibet

2. Pressure China to stop the undeclared martial law in Tibet

3. Pressure China to allow international media to investigate and report on the ongoing atrocities in Tibet

4. Pressure China to release all political prisoners including Gedun Choekyi Nyima and Tulku Tenzin Delek

5. Pressure China to stop the so-called patriotic re-education campaign in Tibet.

We also appeal to world leaders and governments to intervene and engage directly with the Chinese leadership to stop the ongoing genocide in Tibet. 

We, the Tibetan people and supporters of the Tibetan cause urge you to take action today!

Thank you,

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    • Marie Thérèse POUVATCHY MARIGNANE, FRANCE
      • almost 2 years ago

      Pour que vive le Tibet, il faut arrêter ce génocide

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    • Albertas Belazaras VILNIUS, LITHUANIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I hate human rights ignorance, I think this is crime against humanity and United Nations must react

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    • Gary Jevitt TENAFLY, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      The rich Tibetan culture is being snuffed out by Chinese Genocide.

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    • Jamyang Senge QUITMAN, GA
      • about 2 years ago

      27 year old Tibetan exile, Jamphel Yeshi who self-immolated in New Delhi on March 26 and died two days later, left a letter behind explaining his actions. The following is a translation of Yeshi's letter by Bhuchung D. Sonam:

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      "16 March 2012,

      1. Long Live His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the shining example of world peace. We must strive to ensure return of His Holiness to Tibet. I pray and believe that the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet will be united and sing the Tibetan national anthem in front of the Potala Palace.

      2. My fellow Tibetans, when we think about our future happiness and path, we need loyalty. It is the life-soul of a people. It is the spirit to find truth. It is the guide leading to happiness. My fellow Tibetans, if you want equality and happiness as the rest of the world, you must hold onto this word 'LOYALTY' towards your country. Loyalty is the wisdom to know truth from falsehood. You must work hard in all your endeavours, big or small.

      3. Freedom is the basis of happiness for all living beings. Without freedom, six million Tibetans are like a butter lamp in the wind, without direction. My fellow Tibetans from Three Provinces, it is clear to us all that if we unitedly put our strength together, there will be result. So, don't be disheartened.

      4. What I want to convey here is the concern of the six million Tibetans. At a time when we are making our final move toward our goal – if you have money, it is the time to spend it; if you are educated it is the time to produce results; if you have control over your life, I think the day has come to sacrifice your life. The fact that Tibetan people are setting themselves on fire in this 21st century is to let the world know about their suffering, and to tell the world about the denial of basic human rights. If you have any empathy, stand up for the Tibetan people.

      5. We demand freedom to practice our religion and culture. We demand freedom to use our language. We demand the same right as other people living elsewhere in the world. People of the world, stand up for Tibet. Tibet belongs to Tibetans. Victory to Tibet!"

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      Jamphel Yeshi's name, translated from the Tibetan, means 'Gentle Glory of Primordial Wisdom'...

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    • Anna Kanary VICTORIA, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I cannot believe that no-one seems to be listening to these gentle people. Now they are burning their flesh and still you don't listen. The leadership must be controlled by China and living in fear! Nature will have it's way with those evil, unconscious men.

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