Expressing concern over the tragic self-immolations of Tibetans inside Tibet under the repression of the Chinese government, the visiting parliamentary delegation from Italy has reiterated that the United Nations (UN) must monitor human rights situation in Tibet.
“We urge the specialised agencies of the UN and in particular the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council, to monitor respect for human rights in Tibet,” said Gianni Vernetti, Member of Italian Parliament, who also holds the post of President, Parliamentary Initiative for Democracy in China.
Vernetti headed a four-member parliamentary delegation to Dharamsala coinciding with the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
Blaming the PRC’s policy for the self-immolation incidents Vernetti said incidents of self immolation were evidence of the extreme despair to which Tibetan people and religious have been driven by the systematic denial of one of the most important fundamental rights – the freedom of expression and freedom to freely practise their religion.
He said for more than sixty years after the military occupation of Tibet in 1959, the government of the People’s Republic of China had been implementing a policy that denies human rights to the Tibetan people.
“They are deprived of all political freedom, the Tibetan language and culture are being gradually assimilated, there is no religious freedom and even being in possession of an image of the Dalai Lama is a criminal offence, while the Tibetan people are being systematically marginalised from economic activities and access to education,” Vernetti said.
Refering to a resolution on Tibet that he introduced and which was passed by the Italian Parliament Vernetti said that he clearly asked the Italian and the European Governments to promote formal steps and requesting PRC for immediate cessation of the violence against the Tibetan people and the establishment of a climate of dialogue and tolerance in the areas populated by the Tibetan people.
“We call the Chinese government to suspend implementation of religious control regulations in Tibet, stop violence, and free political prisoners,” Vernetti said.
Calling upon the Chinese government to resume the dialogue with the Tibetan government-in-exile, Vernetti urged communist regime in China to establish an open channel of communications with envoys of the Dalai Lama so as to reach a jointly agreed solution that will enable the Tibetan community in China to enjoy genuine autonomy.
Urging China to stop harassment and detention of peaceful protestors, and to allow unrestricted access to journalists, foreign diplomats and international organisations to Tibet, Vernetti said Tibet has to be re-opened to the outside world, guaranteeing the international media free and unconditional access.
Lauding the efforts of Tibetans in exile for their efforts in building a vibrant democratic system during the difficult years of exile Vernetti said Tibetan in exile have invested on democracy and on the preservation of their unique cultural heritage that is under serious risk to disappear under the Chinese repressive regime.
To China, he said, China is an important economic power but if she wants to become a responsible, trusted and respected global player, she needs to move towards a democratic system.
“This will be the only way to really achieve harmony and stability. Free market is not enough, people everywhere in the world need freedom and democracy as well,” Vernetti said.