May 20, 2008
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Polish Rights Group appeals China for meaningful dialogue on Tibet

Tuesday, 20 May 2008, 3:34 p.m.


Polish Rights Group, Ombudsman, expresses concern over human rights
violations in China and appeals to Chinese authorities to start
meaningful negotiation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve
issue of Tibet

London: The members of the
polish citizen rights group – Ombudsman – have appealed to Chinese
authorities to start meaningful negotiations with His Holiness the
Dalai Lama in order to resolve the issue of Tibet.

A declaration concerning human rights violation in China was
issued at a meeting held on the 20th anniversary of establishing the
Commissioner for Civil Rights Protection of the Republic of Poland in
the Royal Castle, in Warsaw, on 18 May.

Some 300 participants, including representatives from foreign
ministry, president, archbishop and Ombudsman in EU countries, attended
the meeting.

“We must stress the universality of human rights as well as the
fact that respect for human rights lies in the very heart of
international community of which China is a part. We are particularly
alarmed by information regarding human rights violation in China, which
as we know it, do not occur occasionally,” the declaration noted.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on
numerous occasions appealed to the international community not to
boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The declaration further said: “We are convinced that dialogue
with the Dalai Lama, and possibly inviting him to the Olympic Games
opening ceremony would be interpreted not only as a sign of good will
of Chinese authorities, but may also serve as an argument for those
leaders who have refused to attend this important ceremony – a festival
of sport and peace.”

Polish Ombudsman is an independent central office of the
Republic of Poland. The office was first established on 1 January 1988.
Its functioning is regulated by the Constitution and an act of Polish
parliament (Sejm) from 15 July 1987.

Following is the full text of declaration

A DECLARATION OF OMBUDSPERSONS, GATHERED ON THE OCCASION OF THE
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE IN POLAND, CONCERNING HUMAN
RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN CHINA

The development of China as we witness it within the last
couple of years-remains an admirable phenomenon. Economic growth,
technological and social advance have reached a level beyond
expectations. Unparalleled life-quality leap in China has also affected
the Chinese. Their lives have been positively changed: both from the
technological and economic perspective. These changes rightfully make
the Chinese people happy and proud.

Having due respect towards civilization and historical
particularly of China, and bearing in mind that the Chinese culture
significantly differs in its concept of an individual, society or the
relation between the two, we must stress the universality of human
rights as well as the fact that respect for human rights lies in the
very heart of international community of which China is a part. We are
particularly alarmed by information regarding human rights violation in
China, which as we know it, do not occur occasionally.

To the contrary, entire social or ethnic groups tend to be
subject to oppression. Today, in the eve of an exciting event, the
Olympic Games, we must remember how ruthlessly the Tibetan nation is
being suppressed in their struggle for autonomy. We must remember a
million Chinese peasants whose rebellions have been violently put out.
We must also remember the situation of different religious groups that
are being presented persecuted in China, particularly in Tibet.

The Tibetan spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama, on numerous
occasions appealed to the international community not to boycott the
Olympic Games in Beijing. The ombudspersons, who have gathered on the
20th anniversary of establishing the Commissioner for Civil Rights
Protection of the Republic of Poland here in the Royal Castle in
Warsaw, in the place where over two hundred years ago a Constitution of
1791 was proclaimed, appeal to Chinese authorities to start meaningful
negotiation with the Dalai Lama in order to resolve the Tibet conflict
as soon as possible. We are convinced that dialogue with the Dalai
Lama, and possibly inviting him to the Olympic Games opening ceremony
would be interpreted not only as a sign of good will of Chinese
authorities, but may also serve as an argument for those leaders who
have refused to attend this important ceremony-a festival of sport and
peace.

–Report filed by Office of Tibet, London

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