DHARAMSHALA: Tibet Support Groups have launched ‘Global Tibet Advocacy Action’ to seek a greater multilateral action by the world governments to end the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet. The campaign is coordinated by the International Tibet Network’s Asia regional office.
The campaign was launched in view of the worsening situation in Tibet, as more than 51 Tibetans have set themselves on fire calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.
Tibet Support Groups across the world are pressing foreign ministries to coordinate with other governments to raise the worsening human rights situation in Tibet at the forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council meeting and General Assembly in September.
Joining the campaign, the Core Group for Tibetan Cause, an umbrella organisation of all India Tibet Support Groups based in New Delhi, has submitted a memorandum to India’s foreign minister on the increasing number of tragic self-immolations in Tibet.
In the memorandum presented to foreign minister S M Krishna on 5 September, Dr N K Trikha, National Convener of Core Group for Tibetan Cause, said: “China’s flagrant disregard for fundamental human rights and its violent and systematic assault on the Tibetan people must be condemned by global leaders. The scale of this crisis and China’s continued unwillingness to acknowledge concern warrants a strong international response.
“The International response to the drastic situation in Tibet has regrettably been inadequate and has not brought any relief. Therefore, we are requesting that world governments join together and engage in coordinated multilateral action to address the crisis situation in Tibet.
“We call on your esteemed office to vigorously pursue actions in appropriate international forums, including the forthcoming United Nations Human Rights Council and General Assembly that will focus the attention of the government of the People’s Republic of China on the severity of the situation in Tibet,” Dr Trikha said.
The Core Group campaigners led by Dr Trikha also met six members of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs, requesting them to invite Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay to the committee to hear on triangular relations between India, Tibet and China. They were also requested to send a letter of concern to the Minister of External Affairs based on the memorandum that the Core Group submitted. They assured full support on the matter, an official of the India-Tibetan Coordination Office in New Delhi told TibetNet.