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Human Rights Day: TPiE criticises China over its hardline policy on Tibet

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Tibet-Parliament-Human-Rights-2017Dharamshala — On the 10th of December 2017, at the 28th Anniversary of Conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Parliament in Exile delivered a statement which praised H.H's recent actions and restated the Parliaments feelings towards China.

The speech, delivered by Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, opened with a recap of H.H's teachings stating: "the deeds of His Holiness the Dalai Lama were designed to serve others in general terms and, in particular, the Tibetan people and their culture to ensure their sustenance, progress and revival in ways which are beneficial to the whole world. For these purposes, His Holiness the Dalai Lama steadfastly adhered to the method of nonviolence rooted in the profound Buddhist teaching."

Next was a recap of H.H's actions during the past year, starting with the places he visited: "namely the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Latvia – as well as New Delhi and other cities in India, which he still continues to tour." The speech went on to elaborate that: "During the visit to Italy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that millions of people had lost their lives as a result of violent conflicts afflicting mankind . . ." and ". . . the world's economic situation as well as the conditions of the natural environment were continuing to deteriorate . . . we should therefore strive to make the 21st century a century of tolerance . . ." To achieve this he believes that it is important to "recourse to dialogue as the means to resolve disputes."

While in Italy, H.H also stated that 'education had become of utmost importance. However, he expressed disappointment that the education system today lacked emphasis on developing innate human values.' To improve the modern education system, H.H said 'it was therefore most important that the modern education system should incorporate the promotion of secular ethics and the positive values inherent in human nature as they are closely related to our emotion, so that we may thereby be able to raise understanding about the system and working of the human mind.' Within an education system like this, practicing love and compassion towards all human beings is 'the real source of peace of mind'. Key to this is developing 'an unlimited sense of altruism, a love that could be extended to all beings, including one's enemies', something which H.H. Believes is 'well within the capability of a human being to achieve.'

To conclude his trip to Italy "His Holiness the Dalai Lama was honored with awards which recognized him as a champion of world peace through non-violent means, as well as with citations and an honorary citizenship in recognition of his work towards global peace and justice, and, likewise, for his enormous deeds in terms of imparting knowledge about science and philosophy based on his knowledge of Buddhist teachings." The Parliament's speech also acknowledged the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize precipitant, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) by saying: "we too take this opportunity to offer the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons our compliment and congratulations, expressing it with appreciations for its noble efforts."

Moving on to the issue of China's human rights violations, The speech recognized Dr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Huessein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for discussing 'the human rights situation in Tibet at the 36th session of the United National Human Rights Council . . . at that time, [he] strongly highlighted the situation of the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people with particular focus on the late revered Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the Tibetan language campaigner Tashi Wangchuk.'

Dr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Huessein also 'expressed his serious concern on the circumstances surrounding the death in prison of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and the ethnic Chinese democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mr. Liu Xiaobo, citing them as a reflection of even more serious deterioration of the human rights situation in China.' The speech also mentioned that furring the 36th session "the United States of America, The United Kingdom, the European Union, Switzerland, and Germany made calls for more efforts than ever before by the international community to safeguard respect for human rights."

The Parliament also spoke about the United States-based human rights monitoring group, Human Rights Watch's, and the US State Department's reports on China's efforts to hinder the UN's measures to protect human rights and Tibetans ability to practice religious freedom. The deputy speaker stated that these efforts "surely afforded a clear understanding of the human rights situation in Tibet today."

Following this statement, the Parliament mentioned the recent trip taken by Professor Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights of the United Nations, to China and Tibet 'in order to gain first-hand knowledge on the situation there and in Tibet.' After which ' he reported that there had so far been no positive change in the state of extreme poverty in Tibet and other ethnic minority areas of the People's Republic of China . . . the reality of the situation in Tibet was that there was still no bridging of the gap in disparity in income and wealth which he added was deeply problematic.'

The Parliament stated that despite Xi Jinping's acquisition of supreme power within the communist party congress, they are hopeful that his statements are a positive precursor to possible liberalism with regard to China's international relations and relations to Tibet. The statements which portray this belief are 'continuing to comprehensively deepen reform', 'seeing that the people run the country', 'ensuring every dimension of governance is law-based', 'ensuring and improving living standards through development', 'ensuring harmony between human and nature', and 'promoting the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.'

The Parliament spoke out about past protests, including self immolations as acts of peaceful protest, saying "What all these show is obvious to everyone that they resulted from the government of China's continued implementation of a hard-line policy on Tibet whose consequence is a brutal violation of the human rights of the Tibetan people beyond all limits. With this perspective in view, we once again take this opportunity to emphatically remind the leaders of the People's Republic of China to bear full responsibility for this tragic situation in Tibet today."

With regard to China's internet censorship the Parliament cited a US report which ranked China as 'the country with the world's worst internet freedoms for the third consecutive year.' The report also 'found that a new set of internet regulations which took effect this year had further tightened already heavily restricted access to cyber space for Chinese citizens' and 'the report also highlighted the fact that China had frequently imposed restrictions on the use by the ordinary Tibetan people of their mobile phones to access the internet and that this practice was still continuing.'

The Parliament supports the middle way policy, proposed to China by H.H. and said 'that there is an urgent need to realize that a peaceful resolution for the immediate as well as long term interests of both Tibet and China. For the mutual benefit of the two sides, there is the real need for efforts to be made as soon as possible to establish contact and hold discussions between representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the government of China. We take this opportunity to reiterate our call accordingly.'

Following this statement was "We [The Tibetan Parliament in Exile] have nothing but praises of the highest order with a sense of solidarity for the patriotic Tibetan men and women in Tibet, whether since dead or alive, for their selflessness, heroism, and fortitude and for their incomparable deeds. We are also appreciative of all the Tibetan people living in exile for safeguarding their ethnic identity and for their continued active assumption of responsibility in the struggle for Tibet by all means at their disposal."

The speech continued to state "all Tibetans should never slacken in making their efforts for their cause in the right direction by exercise diligent care at all times . . . Likewise, we should keep with deep fondness in the very centre of our hearts His Holiness the Dalai Lama's instructive teachings about the importance of adhering to the path of nonviolence and, on that basis, to bear responsibility to work for the benefit of the world in general and in particular for the immediate and long term interests of Tibet as a whole, for they are concerned not just with a sense of love for ourselves but also with the need to take active and diligent interest in matters of concern for the general good of everyone."

The Parliament closed with 'This then is the essence of the objective underlying our commemorating of the gratitude we owe to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and our observance of this anniversary. We are accordingly emphatic in appealing to everyone to keep this in mind and implement it in the day to day conduct of their life . . . we pray that His Holiness the Dalai Lama may live a long life and, on that basis, see all his wishes fulfilled in a spontaneous manner, with peace and well-being prevailing among all the sentient beings of this world and the just cause of Tibet being seen realized in all speediness.'

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 December 2017 23:38 )  


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