New Delhi — The India based Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) condemns the recent celebrations by the Chinese Communist party's 50 years of Tibet Autonomous region, saying "This is 50 years of colonization and a celebration like this is uncalled for when 143 Tibetans have self immolated inside Tibet protesting China's policies."
The TYC said "It is clear that this was really an orchestrated event to send a hyped message since well respected international media outlets were not allowed to travel to Tibet to cover the event."
In a recent report, the Chinese Communist government has claimed that this is the Golden Age for Tibet. "Since the illegal occupation and invasion of Tibet over 1.2 million Tibetans have a died," said the youth group.
The group said that "over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed, thousands of Tibetan families have been displaced, organized oppression and repression and discrimination continues."
"Since 2009. 143 Tibetans have set themselves on fire protesting China's hardline polices inside Tibet. This is certainly not the Golden Age but is the Darkest Age in the history of Tibet and there is nothing to celebrate," said TYC President Tenzing Jigme.
In response to China's propaganda and in order to create awareness about the critical situation in Tibet, the organisation said it will initiate a "Indefinite Hunger Strike" in New Delhi, India's capital from September 10, to support the "demands and aspirations of the self-immolators"; and to show solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet.
"This campaign is aimed at the United Nations who we believe must act immediately and hold China responsible for their actions in Tibet," it added.
The largest Tibetan non-governmental organisation in exile calls upon the United Nations and and governments of the world to urge China to "give evidence that the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima is alive," send "a fact finding UN delegation to assess the current critical situation in Tibet" and ask "China to release all political prisoners."