FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hunger Strike in New York to Commemorate the 43rd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on March 10, 1959
7 March, 2002
NEW YORK-From March 4th through the 12th, Tibetans and their supporters will engage in a hunger strike in front of the United Nations to draw international attention and support for Tibet, and call upon the United Nations to assist in putting an end to the human rights abuses being committed by the Chinese government against the Tibetan people.
In addition to demanding the cessation of all human rights abuses against Tibetans, the participants call upon the Chinese Government to engage in negotiations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, without any preconditions, and to release the Panchen Lama and all political prisoners in Tibet.
On March 4, Mr. Tashi Wangdu, Secretary of the Tibetan Youth Congress, inaugurated the event by outlining the demands being made by the participants. In his address to the gathering in front of the United Nations, Mr. Nawang Rabgyal, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, stated, “Tibet is one of the most neglected parts of the world, and the situation is only proving to be headed from bad to worse. I therefore call upon the United Nations to aid in restoring the fundamental rights of Tibetans in Tibet.”
On March 10, several hundred Tibetans and their supporters will gather in front of the United Nations to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on March 10, 1959. The participants will walk through the streets of Manhattan to the Chinese Consulate where they will engage in non-violent protest of the human rights abuses being committed by the Chinese Government.
The hunger strike and walk have been organised by the Tibetan Youth Congress, the Tibetan Women’s Association, the Tibetan Association of New York and New Jersey, Students for a Free Tibet, and the US Tibet Committee.
Contact: Annie Warner
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