Geneva: Paralleling the ongoing 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, hundreds of Tibetan in Switzerland & Liechtenstein, Belgium and France held protest against China’s unabated violations of human rights in Tibet and whined UN not doing enough in protecting the rights of Tibetans. Uyghur community members in Switzerland and Germany also joined the demonstration staged in front of the United Nations Office on 20 September 2019.
Holding Tibetan National flags with an enlarged banner that called “China: Open Tibet to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Now”, in front of the United Nations office, Tibetans shouted slogan calling “release of all political prisoners in Tibet” “Let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet” and “Wake up! Wake up! UN”.
While addressing the mass demonstration, Representative Chhimey Rigzen, Tibet Bureau in Geneva, briefed an overview of ongoing UN Human Rights Council session proceeding including UN member states’ that have raised and expressed concern over situation in Tibet during the session. He further added on behalf of UN accredited NGOs, representatives and Tibet groups have also raised the situation in Tibet several times, in the ongoing session.
“Under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, unwavering courage and determination of Tibetans inside Tibet, establishment of Central Tibetan Administration and support from international community who continue to stand for freedom, peace and justice, the issue of Tibet will be resolved”, said Representative Chhimey. China has, and will be failed in erasing the just cause of Tibet, he added.
In his conclusion, he called every single Tibetan to pay heed on strengthening the joint efforts in advancing Tibetan freedom movement; do not be distracted by trivial internal discord.
The mass demonstration was also address by Representatives of various organizations including Tibetan community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein, Belgium and France, International Campaign for Tibet-Europe, Swiss-Tibetan Women Association, Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association, World Uyghur Congress and others.
Norbu Tsamda, the president of the Tibetan Community in Switzerland & Liechtenstein, submitted an appeal letter addressed to Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, later afternoon.
The appeal letter called the UN Office for Human Rights to constructively engage with China and critically assess the impact of development projects in Tibet. The appeal letter also urged the UN human rights mandate holders to press China to cease demolitions and mass evection of Larung Gar and Yachen Gar monks and nuns, push China to allow unfettered access to Tibetan areas and facilitate the earnest resumption of meaningful dialogue with the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
-Filed by Tibet Bureau in Geneva