DHARAMSALA: Reiterating its deep concern over the spate of self-immolations in Tibet last week, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on Monday said the situation would aggravate if the Chinese leadership does not address the underlying causes of the crisis.
Last week witnessed the highest number of self-immolation incidents, with 7 Tibetans setting fire to themselves in north-eastern and eastern Tibet.
The Tibetan Parliament said the Chinese government’s pursuit of hardline policies against the Tibetans and levelling of baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama will exacerbate resentments among the Tibetan people.
It said the Chinese authorities’ attempt to offer cash rewards to informants for information on possible self-immolations by Tibetans reflects their lack of understanding about the real situation in Tibet and the aspirations of the Tibetan people. But still the Chinese government tries to mislead the international community, including the Chinese people, by levelling baseless allegations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration over the problem in Tibet, it added.
We again strongly urge the Chinese leadership to address the underlying causes of the tragic self-immolations in Tibet, it said.
The Parliament said the self-immolations by Tibetans is the highest form of non-violent campaign, adding, but we appeal to them to save their precious lives, as given the small population a death of one Tibetan would be a huge setback to the sustenance of Tibet’s freedom struggle.