US Renews Call to China to Resolve Deep Grievances in Tibet


February 8, 2013 1:02 pm

US State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland/File Photo/BBC

DHARAMSHALA: The US government on Thursday renewed its appeal to the Chinese government to allow Tibetans to express their grievances freely, and hold substantive dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representatives to find a lasting solution to the problem in Tibet.

The Chinese government showed no sign of willingness to address the root causes of the self-immolations in Tibet, as it reinforced its crackdown on Tibetan regions in eastern Tibet on Thursday and detained 70 Tibetans.

US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said: “We are deeply concerned about the overall deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas, including not only the tragic self-immolations, but also that criminal laws have been used to deal with people who have associated with those people.”

“There are deep grievances within the Tibetan population which are not being addressed openly and through dialogue by the Chinese Government,” Ms Nuland said.

“In almost every encounter we have at a senior level with Chinese officials we raise our concerns about human rights in general, about Tibet specifically. We urge the Chinese Government to engage in a substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representative without preconditions as a means of addressing the grievances that the people of Tibet have and to relieve tensions. And we continue to call on Chinese Government officials to permit Tibetans to express their grievances freely, publicly, and peacefully, without fear of retribution,” she added.

99 Tibetans have set themselves on fire across Tibet, calling for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.