DHARAMSHALA: The Special Committee on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights of the Italian Senate has adopted a resolution on Tibet. The resolution came against the backdrop of a testimony by Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Information and International Relations, at the Italian Senate last December.
In her testimony, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang spoke about the tragic situation of Tibet under the oppression of the Chinese government, and the continuing efforts and commitment of Tibetans to preserve their dignity and Tibetan culture. She has requested the Italian Senate to urge the Chinese government to engage in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s envoys to resolve the Tibet issue on the Middle Way Approach.
The resolution adopted by the Italian Senate’s human rights committee last week urged the Chinese government to bring an “immediate halt to the oppression of Tibetan people, and resume dialogue with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the implementation of a genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people.”
Expressing disappointment over the failure of EU-China dialogue to improve the human rights situation of the Tibetan people in any significant measure, it insisted that China should redouble its efforts to tackle human rights situation of the Tibetan people in the framework of the EU-China human rights dialogue.
It urged the Chinese authorities to respect Tibetan people’s freedom of language and culture and allow the teaching of Tibetan language in Tibetan schools.
The resolution firmly reiterates its appeal to the European Parliament to urge the Chinese government to ensure permanent and uninterrupted access of the press, diplomats including EU officials and foreigners in general, to Tibet.
The senate also urged the United Nations particularly the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council to monitor the human rights situation in Tibet. It emphasised that Chinese authorities should comply with the outstanding requests of the UN and other human rights monitoring organisations to visit Tibet.