Expressing deep concern over the deteriorating situation in Kalon Tripa- Prime Minister of Tibetan Government- in- exile, Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday said he would urge the international community to put pressure on People’s Republic of China (PRC) to restore freedom and resolve the Tibetan issue through dialogue.
Sangay and the speaker of Tibetan Parliament- in- exile, Pempa Tsering in a joint statement said, since the 2008 uprising in against Chinese rule, the situation in Tibet has been deteriorating and particularly this year it has become ever more tense and urgent with the increasing cases of self-immolation by young Tibetans who find China’s occupation and repression of Tibet intolerable.
“Given the undeclared martial law in and the increasing cases of self immolation, the international community must press the government of PRC to restore freedom and resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue for the mutual benefit of the Tibetan and Chinese people,” Sangay added.
Citing reason behind the increasing incidents of self immolation Sangay said Tibetans in Tibet were driven to these drastic acts to resist political repression cultural assimilation, economic marginalization and environmental destruction.
Reacting to the China’s recent statement that criticizing Tibetan Spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama for not denouncing the string of self immolation Sangay said China was trying to divert the world attention from the root cause of such incident that is China’s occupation of Tibet.
Giving details of the self immolation cases which occured this year Sangay said Lobsang Phuntsok, Tsewang Norbu, Khaying, Choephel all in their young age self immolated themselves while protesting against the Chinese rule in Tibet. “Condition of three others namely Lobsang Kelsang, Lobsang Kunchok and Keldang wangchuk are still unknown,” said Sangay adding that the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) was deeply concerned about their whereabouts and well being.
Expressing solidarity with those who lost their lives and other Tibetans who are incarcerated for their courage to speak up for the rights of the Tibetan people Sangay said that they appeal to the United Nations, freedom-loving countries and people around the world to show their support and solidarity with the Tibetan people at this critical stage.
Informing that the Tibetan Kashag (cabinet) Tibetan Parliament- in- exile has jointly planned activities in India and the world at large to highlight the deepening crisis in Tibet Sangay said they would call upon all Tibetans and Tibet supporters in the free would to join efforts and organize activities in their respective regions.
Sangay stressed that these events must be peaceful, respectful of local laws and dignified.
“To our brothers and sisters in Tibet, we stand with you in fulfilling our common aspirations, and we share the pain of your sacrifice,” Sangay said.
Meanwhile informing about the efforts to be made by Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament in exile to highlight the deepening crisis in Tibet, Pempa Tsering said the issue would be raised in the meeting of G20 at the United Nations.
Giving details Tsering said a delegation of Parliament- in- exile would go to Delhi and would discussed the issues with ambassadors of various countries.
“Besides, we would be organising day long prayers and a fast on October 19 to express solidarity with those who died for the Tibetan cause while about 3,000 Tibetans would gather at Delhi to highlight the issue,” Pempa said.