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vincent-ict-2013Dharamshala: - The largest international human rights organisation based in France has urged the new leadership of China to resume dialogue with representatives of the Tibet to establish a broader and more substantive dialogue regarding the most serious current threats to Tibetan culture.

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH adopted a resolution at its 38th World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, urging the Chinese government to change its approach in dealing with the issue of Tibet.

Representatives of 178 non-governmental organisations from 117 countries, including Tibet, attended the Congress from 22 to 27 May.

Taking cognisance of the tragic self-immolations by Tibetans inside Tibet, FIDH called on the Chinese government needs to take immediate steps such as lifting of security restrictions to address the current emergency in Tibetan areas.

At least 118 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule since 2009, with 101 of them have died as a result of their severe injury. The self-mmolators have called the return of the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama and freedom in all parts of the three traditional provinces in Tibet.

FIDH reiterates that a new approach is warranted in Tibet; the Chinese government needs to take immediate steps to address the current emergency in Tibet.

It urges the international community to prevail upon the new Chinese leadership to re-evaluate the "stability maintenance" approach as applied in Tibet, to end the military buildup and limit the dominance of the security apparatus.

It encouraged diplomats, including representatives of multilateral organizations, and journalists, to continue seeking access to all Tibetan areas until it is granted, based on the principle of reciprocity by which Chinese diplomats and journalists presently enjoy relatively open access and unrestricted travel in the countries they are posted.

FIDH endorsed the principles set out in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan people, proposed by the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to their Chinese counterparts in 2008, which provide the basis for a realistic and sustainable political solution to the issue of Tibet

It also called on the new Chinese leadership to resume dialogue with representatives of the Tibetan side to establish a broader and more substantive dialogue regarding the most serious current threats to Tibetan culture, including Chinese policies on religious practice and expression, education and language, in-migration of non-Tibetans, and economic development.

It urged the Chinese government to acknowledge the importance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Tibetan people and his critical role in Tibet's future and to stop rhetorical attacks and other propaganda efforts directed against His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Human Rights group urges Chinese authorities to conduct an independent assessment of existing policies, legislation and regulations that negatively impact Tibetan culture, utilizing international expertise and incorporating Tibetan participation.

The Chinese government urged to "reassess current security policies in response to unrest, self-immolations and protests in Tibetan areas, and where possible, permanently draw down the security presence in Tibetan areas."

Founded in 1922, the FIDH is France's oldest and largest human rights organization, with 178 member organizations in 117 countries around the world.

Vincent Metten, EU Policy Director for ICT, attended the Istanbul Congress. His first participation in FIDH Congress took place in 2010 at Yerevan in Armenia at the 37th Congress when it became a new member, representing Tibet.

FIDH elected the Iranian lawyer, Dr. Abdol-Karim Lahidji, as its new President. He succeeds Ms. Souhayr Belhassen, who headed the Federation for six years. The Congress also elected the New International Board.

"Human Rights are the very foundation of a society that guarantees equality, dignity and freedom for each human being," said FIDH.

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