Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies’ letter to Secretary General of the United Nations
Dated: 23 December 2005
New York, NY 10017
The Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies, which is the highest elected body of Tibetans in exile, on behalf of the people of the three regions of Tibet, would want to urgently once again seek your attention.
Recalling the United Nations resolutions of 1353 (XIV): Oct. 21, 1959, 1723 (XVI) Dec. 21 1961 and 2079 (XX): 1965 which remains in the glorious history of the United Nations, failed to improve the situations inside Tibet. Nevertheless, we once again make this appeal to you with the hope that your intervention, interventions of the United Nations would help to change the situation for the Tibetans.
In 1997 following a free public opinion poll conducted within the Tibetan population (in free countries) and expressed opinion of a large number of Tibetans from inside Tibet, the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies unanimously passed a resolution conferring upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama the authority to take any decision that His Holiness deemed fit keeping in mind the over-all political changes. Similarly, the house passed several resolutions at different intervals of time supporting the Middle Way Proposal of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the path to finding a lasting solution to the Tibetan issue.
The recent crackdown in the Drepung monastery and other monasteries in Tibet manifest the violation of religious freedom. After a “Patriotic Education Campaign”, which many believes is nothing but an attempt towards sinicization of Tibetan mind. As part of the so-called “education”, monks and nuns are made to sign statement denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a separatist and recognising Tibet to be an integral part of China. Ngawang Jangchub, 28, a monk of the Drepung monastery died under mysterious circumstances as a result of such compelled threats in the first week of October this year. The whereabouts of a senior monk Nawang Phelgyal and four other arrested on 23 November 2005 and the huge Chinese military presence thereafter at the Drepung monastery and some other monasteries is a matter of deep concern for Buddhists all around the world.
Sir, we request you to personally look into this matter and protect the basic rights of the Tibetans and also prevail upon the People’s Republic of China to start earnest negotiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama regarding the future of Tibet.
Dolma Gyari (Mrs.)