NEW DELHI: The Tibetan government-in-exile in India on Tuesday announced plans for a four-day campaign to bring global pressure on China in a bid to end a string of self-immolations in their Himalayan homeland.
Dharamsala/New York – The most comprehensive footage of protests in Tibet this year, including shocking images of Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old nun from Geden Choeling Nunnery in Tawu, eastern Tibet, who died after lighting herself on fire on November 3, has been obtained from sources in Tibet. One video shows Palden Choetso standing upright as flames engulf her body. Additional footage shows Tibetans’ response to the self-immolation, including nuns protesting and chanting “Freedom to Tibet”; thousands of Tibetans at a candlelight vigil early on the morning of her funeral; and Chinese security forces converging on Nyitso Monastery. In the past eight months, 11 Tibetans have lit themselves on fire in an unprecedented wave of protest against China’s escalating clampdown in eastern Tibet.
Penpa Tsering, speaker of the Tibetan parliament in-exile based in the northern Indian town of Dharamshala, said the drive would include rallies and meetings and begin in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“The situation is getting more and more grim,” Tsering said at a joint news conference with Lobsang Sangay, who in 2011 took over political duties from revered Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and was named prime minister.
The two leaders said 99 Tibetans had self-immolated between 2009 and January 22 this year in protest against Chinese rule in Tibet.
“Instead of trying to address the main causes as to why self-immolations re taking place, as to why Tibetans are protesting in various other forms, the Chinese government has resorted to a blame game,” Sangay said.
“They blame us for the tragedy in Tibet which is absolutely baseless because Tibet has been under China’s occupation for the last 50 years,” the Harvard-educated scholar said.
Sangay said India, home to tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles “ought to speak out forcefully on Tibet”.
The four-day campaign will call for visits to Tibet by UN fact-finding teamsand the publication of details of human rights discussions between Beijing and foreign powers, Sangay said, the Tibetan government as well as the parliament, which has been based in Dharamshala since the Dalai Lama fled after a failed uprising in 1959, were determined to highlight “repression of Tibetans in Tibet”.
Both the Dalai Lama and the prime minister have appealed to Tibetans not to resort to self-immolation.
“We are against drastic action but we must highlight it (the situation in Tibet) to the international community,” Sangay said.
Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of religious repression and eroding their culture as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas.
China rejects that, saying Tibetans enjoy religious freedom.
Beijing also points to huge ongoing investment it says has brought modernization and a better standard of living to Tibet.
re-blogged from Dawn.com: http://dawn.com/2013/01/29/tibetans-in-india-launch-drive-against-china/
China’s Tibetan Attack Dog Get’s New Collar
China’s regime announced today the appointment of Mr. Losang Gyaltsen aged fifty five, as it’s latest colonialist governor tasked with heading ongoing oppression of Tibetans, in the so-called Tibet Autonomous (sic) Region. Which western media wrongly describe as ‘Tibet’, in truth it comprises around a third only of historic, geographical and cultural Tibet. His promotion and job description is straight out of the collaborator’s handbook and like Norway’s infamous traitor, Vidkun Quisling who loyally served Nazi Germany this Tibetan deserves the condemnation and contempt of all who value human rights, justice and national freedom.