As China aims to silence the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his remote homeland by reinforcing information blackout, the Tibetan government in exile based here has said that this will only fuel anger among Tibetans in Tibet.
“Such counter-productive measures by the Chinese government to stifle free flow of information in Tibet will only further exacerbate the resentment of Tibetans inside Tibet,” said Kalon (minister) of department of information; international relations, Tibetan government- in- exile Dicki Chhoyang.
“Such measures will give Chinese authorities a free hand to intensify crackdown on Tibetans,” she added.
Chhoyang said in light of the recently concluded Universal Periodic Review of China's human rights record by the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and its upcoming election to the seat of the council, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) deplores China's recent hardline stance vis-à-vis the Dalai Lama.
“As China seeks to defend its human rights record, such statement clearly contradicts the spirit of the UNHRC for which China is seeking membership,” Chhoyang said.
She maintained that the Dalai Lama has been a staunch supporter of the middle-way approach, which seeks to resolve the long-standing problems in Tibet.
"This position is also shared by the CTA based in India," she added.
In an article published in China's Communist Party's journal Qiushi on November 1, Chen Quanguo, party secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), openly stated plans to reinforce information blackout about the Dalai Lama in Tibet by censoring television, radio broadcast and closely monitoring internet and telephone communications.
The official stated that China has tried to prevent Tibetans listening to or watching programmes broadcast from outside the country, or accessing any information about the Dalai Lama and the exiled government on the internet.