San José: Untied Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT) Costa Rica, along with local Tibet supporters, joined in the proclamation-activity of COSTA RICA FOR PEACE WITH MOTHER EARTH 2012 (from 12.12.2012 to 12.21.2012), co-sponsored by the Chinese government, held in the National Stadium in San José on December 12, 2012.
During this event, Tibet activists amplified the voice for the human rights and climate justice of Tibet, to urge peace-loving people and world leaders, governments and politicians to stand up for Tibet against the China's failed policy towards Tibetan nomads and the mismanagement of Tibet's Waters and resources.
"The Chinese government is running the propaganda machine to deceive public opinion in Costa Rica, to conceal its ongoing repression in Occupied Tibet. However, human rights continue to rapidly deteriorate and the whole environment continues to worsen in Tibet because of China's failed policy in Tibet and the corrupt exploitation by Chinese authorities. The world should take an immediate action collectively to save Tibet." said Brigitte von Bulow, chair of Untied Nations for a Free Tibet.
China's repressive policies against Tibetans have reportedly caused terrible suffering during the 60 years since China invaded and occupied Tibet. Following widely publicized plateau-wide uprisings in 2008, the Chinese government vowed a strengthened, hardline crackdown in Tibet, which had led to an escalating crisis in Tibet which is capturing the attention of the global community. Since 2009, over 96 Tibetans have self-immolated and a new wave of large-scale protests against Chinese rule is spreading through eastern Tibet and across the country, with demonstrators calling for freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.
"Almost daily reports from inside Tibet of arbitrary detention, disappearances, killings, ethnic cleansing, cultural genocide." Martha, UNFFT Costa Rica ambassador, introduced to the local media and attendants. "As peace-loving people, it wound our hearts to see the repression of Chinese Government on the culture, the human rights, the dignity and the ecosystem of Tibet. Significantly, the forced eviction of Tibetan nomads, the true stewards of Tibet's grasslands, thereby diminishing a centuries- old nomadic culture and causing social and economic exclusion and marginalization of the hundred thousand of displaced nomads deprived of their right of self-determination."
Facing the challenge, "We realize we are not likely to make the kind of progress we need if the global community continues to treat Tibet as a moral issue divorced from internationally strategic issues." said Martha. "Thus, today, in coincidence with Tibetans and Tibet across the world, we together rally at here to highlight the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people, and urge our government and world leaders to stand together for Tibet by urgently establishing a multilateral cooporation and holding Beijing accountable for its atrocities in Tibet."
The United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT) works to raise awareness of gross human rights violations committed against Tibetans in their homeland by the Communist Chinese Army which has occupied Tibet for more that 60 years. Their mission is to educate the public and to advocate for an end to the oppression and atrocities brought by the brutal Communist Chinese occupation. With over 50,000 members spread across the globe, the organisation is a strong ally of Tibet.