Dharamsala: - On September 5, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in the United States, Lobsang Nyandak, made a written request to United Nations (UN) general secretary, Mr Ban Ki Moon, that the UN and all its member states address the current situation in Tibet. The request was made on behalf of His Holiness and the Central Tibetan Administration in India.
Nyandak wrote at length about the recent demonstrations and self-immolations by monks from Kirti monastery in Ngaba county, eastern Tibet, and the Chinese authorities' draconian response. He also said that China should be continuously reminded that the rest of the world is aware of the situation and feelings of Tibetans inside Tibet.
Nyandak included eyewitness accounts of atrocities carried out by the Chinese authorities in Tibet and made three requests:
- That the UN issues a statement on the current situation in Tibet;
- That the UN demand the immediate release of all the surviving monks who have been imprisoned following their self-immolations;
- That the harsh security measures imposed by China on Kirti monastery, Ngaba county and across Tibet be ended.
The message was distributed to Tibetan communities across the world, via representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with the suggestion that all Tibetans living in exile contact their local and national governments and request they address the Tibet situation, and give their signed support to the Tibetan cause.
Nyandak also urged Tibetans to organize internationally and stage peaceful demonstrations.