3 Nobel laureates urge Jintao for talks with Dalai Lama
In the wake of a spate of self-immolations in Tibet, Nobel Peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Jose Ramos Horta on Tuesday wrote to Chinese president Hu Jintao, urging him to "respect the dignity of Tibetan people" and open a "meaningful dialogue" with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.chandigarh Updated: Apr 03, 2012 21:10 IST
In the wake of a spate of self-immolations in Tibet, Nobel Peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Jose Ramos Horta on Tuesday wrote to Chinese president Hu Jintao, urging him to "respect the dignity of Tibetan people" and open a "meaningful dialogue" with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama.
An official of Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said that the noble peace laureates in their letter urged the Chinese government to address the genuine demands of Tibetans inside Tibet.
"The people of Tibet wish to be heard. They have long sought meaningful autonomy, and chosen negotiation and friendly help as their means of attaining it. They now turn to protest. The international community is concerned by the drastic expressions of resentment by the people of Tibet through self-immolation," reads the letter.
"The Chinese government should hear their voices, understand their grievances and find a non-violent solution," wrote the Nobel peace laureates.
"We strongly urge the Chinese government to seize the opportunity he (Dalai Lama) provides for a meaningful dialogue. Once formed, this channel should remain open, active and productive. It should address issues that are at the heart of the current tension, respecting the dignity of the Tibetan people and the integrity of China," the official quoted the Nobel peace laureates as saying.
The CTA official said that the three Nobel laureates also urged Chinese authorities to release all those arbitrarily detained; cease intimidation, harassment of peaceful protestors; allow unrestricted access for journalists, foreign diplomats, and international organizations to Tibet; and respect religious freedom.
"International community will be reassured if your government would allow members of the press and United Nations Human Rights investigators full access within Tibet. Without that access, progress is unlikely and an opportunity may be lost," they wrote to Jintao.