By Tenzin Monlam
Representative of the five Tibetan NGOs at the press conference on March 2, 2018 Phayul Photo-Kusang Gashon
DHARAMSHALA, March 2: Ahead of the 59th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day and the 10th anniversary of 2008 Pan Tibet Uprising, five Dharamshala-based Tibetan NGOs called on the United Nations and global rights groups to hold China accountable to the dire situation inside Tibet.
The organizations – Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet and Students for a Free Tibet-India (SFT) – will be jointly organizing a 5-day campaign from March 10 to March 14.
“We call upon the governments around the world, the United Nations and the international human rights organizations to hold China accountable for the rapidly declining situation in Tibet and express strong public condemnation towards China’s poor Implementation of Universal Declaration of human rights,” the five organizations said in its statement.
They also urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop repressing Tibetans with its campaigns disguised as policies and crackdown on voices of dissents in the name of assuring public security.
The five-day plan begins with a procession from Tsuglagkhang to Dharamshala Police ground on March 10 to commemorate the Tibetan Uprising Day. The following day, there will be screening of documentary films on the 2008 Uprising Day. March 12 will be the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day. On March 13, public talk will be organized and on March 14 a peace march has been organized beginning from Sandasthal to Jantar Mantar.
“Keeping the reasons why we came into exile in mind, we request Tibetans in exile to come together in unity to strengthen the Tibetan freedom movement and sincerely participate in the movement,” said Tashi Lamsang, General Secretary of TYC.
2008 pan-Tibet protests against the Chinese rule in Tibet was the largest uprising since 1959 when China occupied Tibet. The 2008 uprising sparked off with over 400 monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery marching the streets of Lhasa and subsequently spreading through out the country by March 14, 2008.
“The uprising was met with a brutal crackdown; peaceful protestors were fired upon, killing at least 225, more than 6800 arrests and sentencing of about 510 Tibetans. On the ground level, death, arrests and enforced disappearances of Tibetan peaceful protestors are far greater in number than internationally reported,” the statement read.