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Tibetan admn urge UNCHR to hold meeting on self-immolations

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala , July 24, 2013
First Published: 18:10 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 18:12 IST(24/7/2013)

With no end to spate of self-immolation protests since 2009, the Tibetan parliament in-exile has now urged the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to convene a special meeting on crisis in Tibet.

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In a statement issued here, the Tibetan lawmakers have called on 47-member states of the apex human rights body to hold an emergency meeting on deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet.

The Parliament in-exile also called on the Chinese leadership to carry out thorough investigations into the root cause of protests instead of resorting to blame game.

The Tibetan Parliament also appealed the UN and various governments to send fact-finding delegations to Tibetan areas to assess the ground situation.

The self-immolation toll has risen to 120 with 18-year-old monk Kunchok Sonam setting himself on fire recently.

The Tibetan parliament in-exile in its statement reiterated that the Chinese government's continued occupation of Tibet and its hard-line policies to annihilate Tibetan nationality, culture, religion and language were the root causes behind the self-immolations.

Earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the situation in Tibet required a political solution and China should not treat this as a security matter, but look into the root causes of suffering of Tibetans.

In November 2012, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) had also made an open appeal to the UNCHR to convene a special session on Tibet in view of the unprecedented spate of self-immolations by Tibetans due to China's repressive policies and the continued intransigence of the Chinese leadership to the relentless efforts of UNCHR.

 

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