Tokyo: With the G7 leaders’ conference scheduled to take place soon in Hiroshima city next month, the representatives of Tibet, Uyghur, Southern Mongolia, and Hong Kong organised a press conference today at the Lower House of Japan Parliament.
The objective of the press conference, according to the moderator Fumie Furukawa, was to draw the attention of the G7 leaders to the deteriorating state of human rights violations and increased repressions in Tibet, Uyghur, Southern Mongolia, and Hong Kong.
Lawmaker Mitsubayashi Hiromi, General Secretary of the Japanese Parliamentary Caucus to Monitor Chinese Human Rights Violations (Chugoku Jinken Kyumei), and Lawmaker Ishikawa Akimasa, General Secretary of the Japanese Parliamentary Group for Tibet, attended the press conference.
Mitsubayashi Hiromi spoke on the importance of human rights and international order and mentioned the recent Foreign Ministers’ meeting at Nagano and their discussions upholding the principle of democracy and the rule of law.
Ishikawa Akimasa reiterated Japan’s commitment to safeguarding international norms and expressed support for the cause of Tibet, Uyghur, Southern Mongolia, and Hong Kong. He highlighted China’s arrests of Japanese citizens under false charges of espionage.
Representative Dr. Arya Tsewang Gyalpo of the Liaison Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama briefed the press on the hard and repressive situation in Tibet and how China under Xi Jinping’s slogan of “National Rejuvenation” and “One China Policy” is trying to destroy the culture, religion, and identity of the occupied nations, Tibet, Uygyur, and Southern Mongolia. He urged the G7 leadership to issue a strong statement condemning China for continued violations of human rights and religious freedom in the occupied regions.
Uda Kerim of Japan Uyghur Association, Olhunnud Daichin of Southern Mongolia Congress, Olanchimge of World Mongolia People, and Sam Yip of Japan Hong Kong Democracy Alliance spoke on the dire situations in their respective homes under the CCP regimes. They requested the press to pay more attention to the terrible crime the CCP is committing against humanity. The representatives attended to the questions from the media.
A joint appeal statement to stop China from violating human rights, suppressing religious and language rights, and applying of Magnitsky Act was issued and handed over to Mitsubayashi with a request to forward it to the G7 leaders. It was further distributed to the members of the press.
Rev. Kobayashi Shuei and Rev. Wakaomi Takashi of Super Sangha attended the press meeting to show their solidarity. Tselha of the Office of Tibet, Japan, Tenzin Sherab, President of the Tibetan Community Japan (TCJ), and Sonam Dolkar of TCJ also attended the conference and helped distribute the book, “Tibet Needs Your Help”, a recent publication of the Tibet House Japan.
–Report filed by the Office of Tibet, Japan