DHARAMSHALA: Parliamentarians from different parts of the world will petition the Chinese president to end repression of fundamental human rights in Tibet and resume the dialogue process to find a lasting solution to the problem of Tibet as proposed in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People.
The International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) today said it will launch a global “Parliamentarians’ Petition on Tibet” on 8 November.
INPaT Working Group members will request parliamentarians to initiate action on Tibet in their parliaments, including the European Parliament. The petition will be submitted to the Chinese leadership on 10 March next year, coinciding with the Tibetan National Uprising Day, INPaT said in its statement.
The petition will have signatures from parliamentarians in democratic countries expressing alarm at the escalating situation of persistent violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people, including deep concerns over the extreme action of self-immolations by Tibeans, mainly monks, to demonstrate in defence of their rights, INPaT said.
The petition will urge the Chinese leadership to grant the Tibetans the maximum degree of self-governance as outlined in the “Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibean People” in line with the Chinese Constitution, and end the suppression of peaceful protests in Tibet, including the cycle of arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances of Tibetans, including human rights defenders.
It will urge the Chinese government to allow Tibetans freedom of religion, culture, and movement, and receive the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, independent observers, including parliamentarians and the foreign media, to visit Tibet to ascertain the prevailing situation.
INPaT was formed following the adoption of the Rome Declaration on Tibet at the 5th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet held in November 2009 and attended by 133 parliamentarians from 33 countries.