February 27, 2013
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Bureau Reporter
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Kalon Dolma Gyari (c) releasing books on Tibetan self-immolations, in Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamsala, on 27 February 2013/Photo/Tibet Times

DHARAMSHALA: The Kirti Monastery today released books in three languages containing comprehensive accounts of self-immolation protest by Tibetans against the repressive policies of the Chinese government, and the global response to the deepening crisis.

Kalon Dolma Gyari and Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel released a set of five books – three volumes in Tibetan and a volume in English and Chinese.

Addressing the book release event, Lobsang Yeshi, one of Kirti monastery’s information communicators, said: “We have compiled and published the books as it is fundamentally important to maintain a clear record of the self-immolation protests in Tibet for history and for future generations. The initiative is a part of the exile Tibetans’ effort to bring an end to the suffering of Tibetans inside Tibet.”

In his address, Deputy Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel underlined that the Kirti monastery has brought out the books at an opportune time when Tibet and Tibetans are facing death under the Chinese government’s repressive rule.

He expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Tibet, adding that there would be no end to the tragic self-immolations by Tibetans until the Chinese government address its wrong policies in Tibet. He reiterated that the Central Tibetan Administration is steadfast in its resolve to find a lasting solution to the problem of Tibet through dialogue with the Chinese leadership.

In her remarks, Kalon Dolma Gyari said the Tibetans inside Tibet have sent a strong message to the Chinese government that its attempts to annihilate the Tibetan identity will never succeed.

“The responsibility and solution for the crisis in Tibet lies squarely with the Chinese government. The situation in Tibet will improve if the Chinese leadership shows political willingness to address the genuine grievances of the Tibetan people,” Kalon Dolma Gyari said.

Since 2009, over 107 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet calling for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibet. Despite growing calls from the international community to end its repression and counter-productive policies in Tibet, the Chinese government has responded to the current crisis with increasing repression.


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