DHARAMSHALA: With no let up in the tragic self-immolations by Tibetans, the international Tibet Support Groups have pledged to mobilise the international community to press the Chinese government to find a lasting and mutually-agreeable solution to the problem of Tibet.
Over 200 members of the Tibet Support Groups (TSG), including 20 Chinese delegates, from 43 countries carried out extensive discussions to find ways to end the self-immolation crisis in Tibet during their three-day special meeting in Dharamsala, which concluded on Sunday.
The TSG members expressed solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet for their unwavering determination and commitment to non-violence in resisting China’s policies to undermine Tibet’s culture, language and religion.
They said the responsibility for this crisis lies with China’s past leaders and their failed policies over the last 60 years. Social and economic marginalisation of Tibetans in their own land are contributing factors in the escalation of self-immolations and must be urgently addressed, they added.
They called on China’s new leaders to take immediate steps to address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people, recognising that a peaceful resolution is in the best interests of both the Tibetans and the Chinese people.
They urged the governments take urgent and coordinated action at the United Nations and in other international for a to press China to change its failed policies in Tibet.
“We renew our commitment to work together and in cooperation with Tibetan organisations and Chinese human rights defenders around the world in pursuit of a political solution to the Tibet issue consistent with international human rights standards,” the TSG members said.