domingo, 24 de abril de 2011

Bulletin from the cause: United Nations for a Free Tibet


Bulletin from the cause: United Nations for a Free Tibet

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Posted By: Brigitte Tibet von Bulow
To: Members in United Nations for a Free Tibet

Statement of UNFFT on Chinas crackdown on Tibetan Monastery in Ngaba Kirti

Statement of United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT) on China's Crackdown on Tibetan Monastery in Ngaba Kirti

Oakland, April 24th, 2011 - Together with groups of global Tibet movements, United Nations for a Free Tibet with members world wide condemns China's continuing crackdown on the monks of Kirti Monastery and Tibetans living in Ngaba, Amdo in Eastern Tibet (Ch: Sichuan Province). This crackdown has resulted in at least 400 detentions of monks, deaths, beatings, restrictions of movement, food shortages and an intensive "patriotic re-education" campaign following the death of a 20-year old monk named Phuntsok from self-immolation on 16 March. We here together call on governments around the world to issue a public statement of concern about the crisis and to immediately convey to China's leaders the message that its security forces must withdraw from Ngaba, all detainees must be unconditionally released and unfettered access must be granted to international observers and media.

On 15 April His Holiness the Dalai Lama appealed for restraint, saying, "The current situation prevailing at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba in northeastern Tibet is extremely grim because of the stand-off between the Chinese military forces and the local Tibetans. The monastery, housing approximately 2500 monks, is completely surrounded by Chinese armed forces, who at one point prevented vital food and other supplies from entering the monastic compound. […] I am very concerned that this situation if allowed to go on may become explosive with catastrophic consequences for the Tibetans in Ngaba.”

Human Rights Dialogues between the US and China, later EU and China are expected to take place. Tibetans and Tibet supporters worldwide urge all those involved in these diplomatic exchanges to robustly express their concern for the safety of monks and Tibetan lay people in Ngaba and to call for an end to the human rights abuses being inflicted by Chinese security forces.

United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a nonprofit organization based in California, with board members (all volunteers) worldwide. Our role is to umbrella all Tibet support groups and individual Tibet supporters, then combine our knowledge thereby using our strength in numbers to work towards a common goal: one powerful voice to speak up for Tibetans.
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