The UN, EU and Human Rights Desk at Department of Information and International Relations completed its 2-week-long speaking tour covering 7 institutes across three metropolitan cities of Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai. The officers of the desk, Ms. Dukthen Kyi and Ms. Thinlay Chukki discussed the current human rights situation in Tibet and appealed to the Indian college students to raise their voice against Tibet’s deplorable human rights record in their writings and articles and publish them in journals to keep Tibet in focus.
The speaking tour highlighted various human rights violations in Tibet under the Chinese occupation, including, the ongoing eviction and demolition at Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, Tibetan Buddhist Institutes in Tibet, religious repression, violations of cultural and language rights, deaths due to torture, and Tibetan self-immolations. They also discussed cases such as the Chinese government’s interferences in Tibet’s religious practices, especially the reincarnation system, as well as talked about the Central Tibetan Administration’s Middle Way Approach policy.
A total of about 630 students and faculties were reached through the speaking tour on human rights in Tibet. The students at National Law School of India University, St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, The Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education in Bengaluru; Madras Christian College and Madras University in Chennai, and TATA Institute of Social Sciences and Kirit P. Mehta School of Law under SVKM’s NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University) in Mumbai actively engaged with the speakers during the Question and Answer session which spilled over the allotted 45 mins time slot.
Discussing on the completion of the talk, Ms. Dukthen Kyi, head of the Human Rights Desk remarked that, “The speaking tour received an overwhelming response from the students and professors across the colleges. The discussion ranged from human rights violation in Tibet and the Middle Way Approach policy as a viable solution to international stand on Tibet and how students can contribute to this struggle.”
-Filed by UN, EU and Human Rights Desk, DIIR, CTA