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Tibetan Writers' Critiques Lead to Imprisonment

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Tibetan_writers_arrestedDharamshala: The Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser has reported that three other writers, from Ngaba, Eastern Tibet, were arrested three months ago for the publication of articles in the journal Xiar Dong-ri (The Eastern Conch Shell Mountain).

The present location of the writers - Jangtse Dhongo (Chinese name: Ning or Nian), Buddha (Chinese name: Buda) and Karang Yunba (pen name: Karma) - is unknown.

Below, we publish precis and translations of the articles, acquired from an anonymous source.

Precis of What Human Rights Do We Have? by Dhongo

1) Tibetans did not aim to overthrow the red regime in the March 2008 uprising. The protests were held in the name of freedom, equality, happiness, human rights, Tibetan self-expression and discontent with the government, rather than being an attempt to cause conflict between the Tibetan and Chinese people.

2) The main reasons for the March 2008 uprising and the current instability in Tibet are that the Chinese authorities have not resolved the urgent Tibet issue and that Tibetans' human rights are not protected, so forcing people to rebel.

3) To fight and die for our compatriots' human rights is our duty.

4) CCTV and other media are manipulated by the Chinese authorities in Tibet, giving the public a false impression of Tibetans. We strongly oppose this inversion of the truth.

5) We condemn the following commentators for their misrepresentations of the events of 14 March 2008: Jamyang Rinpoche (vice-president of the China Buddhist Association and Buddhist Association of Gansu Province), Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme (vice-chairman of the Communist Party of China), Lhakpa Phuntsok (director general of the China Tibetology Research Centre), Chungbu Tsering Dorjee (deputy director of religious studies at the Tibet Academy of Social Sciences).

6) We praise the tenth Panchen Lama, the sixth Gongtangcang Rinpoche, Phuntso Wangjie and Yiten Tseing for their love of the Tibetan nation.

Memories of Tears by Buddha

1) 16 March 2008

The Chinese media reported that a large number of guns and ammunition were found in Chosrgyal temple - contrary to the teachings of the Buddha. This is sad and absurd. For thousands of years, Han and Tibetan people have lived as neighbors, but the Han still have no idea of the beliefs and customs of Tibetans. We put dead animals and weapons in the temple to wash away sin, and as a lesson to our children. Isn't it Kuan Kung (the Chinese god of war) who really wields the machete?

The Chinese media claimed that the March 16 protest aimed to hinder China and Tibet's development. But why would the Tibetan people set out to destroy their own lives? We want to enjoy life's beauty and not live in terror.

Many unspeakable acts were committed by China on March 16, but these went unreported by the state media, which instead depicted bloody and ruthless Tibetans and a fair and just People's Liberation Army.

2) Dust Will Be Dispersed - Commemoration of the Lives Lost in the Wenchuan Earthquake

On 12 May 2008, an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale occurred across Wenchuan, Dujiangyan, Chengdu, Mao County, Li County, Yaan and Cingchuan, resulting in many deaths and much destruction.

Natural disasters are beyond human control. However, the Tibetan Institute of Medicine and Astrology's 2008 almanac clearly showed that earthquakes might occur and should have been guarded against. The higher authorities did not pay attention to this. If they had, and only one life had been saved, it would have been worth it.

When the earthquake occurred, the most seriously affected were poor students studying in poorly constructed schools. The government professes that education is its highest priority. Two years ago, it launched a nine-year compulsory education plan. But the plan remains on paper. When the schools collapsed in the earthquake, government office buildings such as the world-famous Chengdu city block remained intact.

Why does the government refuse to admit its mistakes? From any perspective, it should serve its people rather than just talking about it. A nation's conscience and worth can be judged by how it prioritises education.

Contempt for Blood and Life by Karang Yunba

On 14 March 2008, the Chinese media showed CCTV footage of Tibetan people in Lhasa vandalising and burning property, and were quick to announce the incident was instigated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 'conspirators'. The state media takes every opportunity to discredit, criticise and libel his His Holiness and his followers. Something must be said.

In reality, after 50 years of living under a dictatorship, the Tibetan people understood that they must strive for democracy, freedom and equality. For this, they took a serious beating.

On 16 March 2008, a peaceful demonstration was held in Ngaba county. But in a dictatorship, even peaceful actions meet with violent reprisals. I understand that more than 20 young people were shot dead on March 16.To give just one example, Lengchu Tso, a girl who had just turned 16, was killed by a police bullet as she made her way to school.

In the absence of personal freedom, two monks from Gelden Temple committed suicide. Herdsmen from Ngaba prefecture and students from Malcom Normal School students have been jailed. These are the victims of tyranny.

A Marxist teaching comes to mind: "Marxism stands for equality and against national oppression of ethnic groups. If equality is not achieved, ethnic groups should oppose the authorities."

Even Lenin said, "Those who do not recognize ethnic and linguistic equality...cannot be called socialists."

Violent dictators always punish those ordinary people and monks who denounce the legal institutions in their fight for justice - willing to spill their own blood in the process.

The government always claims that Tibetan human rights are at their peak. But how can we tolerate their claims of 'civilized law enforcement' when they are such obvious lies?

Human beings are born to the pursuit of happiness and well-being. Democracy, freedom and equality are our human rights. Many years ago, the United Nations made its human rights declaration. However, history teaches us that tyranny brings only suppression of thought and violations of freedom.

Articled translated from the Chinese by Keary Huan, and edited by Matthew Singh-Toor, The Tibet Post International.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 October 2010 13:59 )  


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