Dharamshala: – A Tibet support group in Australia has written to the Prime Minister Gillard, urging her to raise the issue of human rights in Tibet when she meets China's new leadership led by President Xi Jinping this week.
The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will meet with China's newly-elected President Xi Jinping on Sunday during her six-day visit to China, according to Australian news reports.
The the Australia Tibet Council (ATC) has written to Ms Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr, who is travelling with the Australian PM, urging them to raise the issue of Chinese government repression in Tibet, the reports said.
'Unfortunately, instead of seeking to address Tibetan grievances, China's leaders have continued the repressive 'stability maintenance' approach, ramped up anti-Dalai Lama propaganda, criminalised protests and introduced harsh new security measures for the Tibetans,' ATC executive officer Paul Bourke says in the letter.
'Failure to offer frank advice on the human rights situation in Tibet, and in China at large, will only ensure the continuity of the decades-long repressive policies, undermining basic human values such as freedom, dignity and justice.'
The Sky News quoted a senior government official as saying that human rights will 'definitely' feature in the leaders' talks.
The wave of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule has pushed the total number of self-immolations in Tibet to 114 since 2009, 96 of them reportedly passed-away due to burn injuries.
Most self-immolators were lay and the younger generation of Tibetans in recent months, who are speaking up against the Chinese regime's failed policies in Tibet, strongly called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibetan people.
"The international community has urged the Chinese government to address its policies leading to self-immolations, and open up Tibet to fact-finding delegations and the international media to assess the ground reality. But the Chinese government has responded with greater repressive measures, said the Central Tibetan administration based in India.