Another Tibetan sets himself ablaze, toll reaches 90

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    Another Tibetan sets himself ablaze, toll reaches 90


    DHARAMSHALA: A 29-year-old Tibetan, Kunchok Kyab, set himself afire on Friday at Zoegey, in Ngaba, north-eastern Tibet, taking the toll of self-immolation cases to 90.

    According to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), eyewitness reports said Chinese security officers took the body to the regional police headquarters and its present whereabouts are unknown.

    With the number of self-immolation cases escalating in Tibet, members of the Human Rights Watch have called on governments committed to the protection of human rights to jointly urge the Chinese government to address Tibetan grievances.

    "They should consider forming a contact group or issuing a joint statement on long-standing human rights problems in Tibet. Coordinated, international expressions of concern are essential to get Beijing to substantively address the issues being raised by Tibetans," the CTA said, referring to the statement issued by the Human Rights Watch.

    The CTA said the US government expressed its resolve to urge the Chinese government to address policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions, threatening the distinct religious, cultural and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people.

    "We remain concerned about rising tensions that result from counter-productive policies, including those that limit freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association in Tibet. We are also disturbed by reports of violence between police and student protesters that left 20 students injured after a protest earlier this week by approximately 1,000 Tibetan medical students in Qinghai province. The students were protesting a government-issued booklet which derided the Tibetan language, the Dalai Lama and self-immolators," the CTA said, referring to a statement by state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.

    The CTA reported Nuland saying that assistant secretary Mike Posner met relatives of Tibetans who recently self-immolated to express condolences and concern for spiraling violence and the harsh crackdown in Tibetan areas.

    Another Tibetan sets himself ablaze, toll reaches 90 - The Times of India

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    This just indicates that the Tinetans refuse to allow the Han to swamp their identity.

    Why cannot the Chinese realise that a nation can be of many communities and they don;t have to forced or coerced into accepting that one has to become a Han to survive in China or be forced to forget their couture, language and ethnicity!

    Sometimes, the Han arrogance comes out to be real dumb!
     
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    China must urgently address rights violations in Tibet: UN

    GENEVA: UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay on Friday urged China to promptly address the longstanding grievances of the Tibetans.

    She said she was disturbed by "continuing allegations of violence against Tibetans seeking to exercise their fundamental human rights".

    Pillay pointed to "reports of detentions and disappearances, of excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators, and curbs on the cultural rights of Tibetans".

    Cases have included a 17-year-old girl who was reportedly beaten and sentenced to three years in jail for distributing flyers calling for freedom and return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

    Others have been sentenced to between four and seven years in prison for writing essays, making films or distributing photos of events in Tibet outside China.

    Serious concerns have been raised about fair trial standards, and the torture and ill-treatment of detainees, the UN official said.

    "I have had several exchanges with the Chinese government on these issues. But more needs to be done to protect human rights and prevent violations," Pillay said.

    "I call on the government to respect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression, and to release all individuals detained for merely exercising these universal rights."

    The high commissioner also appealed to Tibetans to refrain from resorting to extreme forms of protest, such as self-immolation, the UNHCHR said in a statement.

    "I recognise Tibetans' intense sense of frustration and despair which has led them to resort to such extreme means," she said. "The government also needs to recognise this, and permit Tibetans to express their feelings without fear of retribution."

    China must urgently address rights violations in Tibet: UN - The Times of India

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    This is a wake up callfor China.

    She is only adding to her problems on all sides of their border.

    Arrogance will be the Han downfall!
     
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    I remember the self-immolations during the Diem regime in Vietnam, but what effect did they have on events at the time?
     

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