- Posted February 3, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in China
Tibet remembers 25th anniv. of 10th Panchen Lama’s Death
Dharamshala: - Given China’s systematic discrimination and colonization of the Tibetan people and violation of their basic human rights, it should come as no surprise that they are capable of kidnapping a 6-year boy (the 11th Panchen Lama) and murdering a respected spiritual leader (the 10th Panchen Lama). Anything is possible for this regime. If the world does not respond to these human rights abuses, China will continue to act as a state above international law.
In addition to the deprivation of freedoms of religion, language and economy faced by Tibetans, cultural and natural heritage sites in the Himalayan region are under great threat. An independent, international investigation is needed to comprehend the full extent of their destruction. This includes massive fires which have destroyed the main prayer hall of Lithang monastery, the ancient Tibetan town of Gyalthang and the Buddhist institute, Larung Gar. Such evidence suggests that the Chinese Government is carrying out an urban renewal drive, dismantling innumerable old structures through fake accidents.
The current position of Tibetans in China is comparable to the slavery of Africans in America up until 19th century. Just think of the countless stories of human beings who, merely because they were Tibetan, are treated as cattle, taken prisoner and tortured in their own homeland. Many of their children grew up in foreign lands, subject to contempt and hostility due to their difference in appearance. China does not merely seek to eliminate Tibetan culture and national identity. Its aim is to eradicate Tibet from the world completely.
This year, International Human Rights Day widely claimed that its focus would be on non-discrimination, a right enshrined in Article 1 of the TheUniversal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” However, 61 years after the adoption of the UDHR, China continues to pursue clearly discriminatory policies and practices while the international community turns a blind eye. These persistent human rights violations against Tibetans would not be possible without the complicity of the international community.
Forcible re-settlement of nomads and extensive mining are two other consequences of Chinese Policy in Tibet. According to recent reports, a large percentage of the 2.3 million nomads in Tibethave been forcibly displaced and remain without access to durable solutions. The international community must make a tangible effort to uphold such victims’ rights through the implementation of the UNHRC declarations.
Tibetans who express pride in their struggle to preserve their culture and language face a choice between conversion and death. Han Chinese in Tibet, on the other hand, are actively encouraged to practice their own culture and language.
The desperation of self-immolation protests is proof of thesuffering of the people of Tibet.Tibetans must wait for their appeal to be heard by peace-loving governments and citizens around the world, before they see an end to their oppression.Chinese claims about the situation in Tibet are shameless and insufficient because without fundamental rights and the rule of law there can be no justice, without justice there can be no peace and happiness.