Human Rights Day; beckoning on the fundamental right
TWA[Saturday, December 10, 2005 06:20]
Press Statement of the Tibetan Women's Association

“...the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people" reads the second paragraph of the preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 without a dissenting vote.

Fifty-seven years hence, Human Rights face a makeover in the global scenario and in the international context. Freedoms of Speech and Expression {Article 19 of U.N} have become the highlights. While the whole world seem to bask in the glory of attaining heights of improved Human Rights situation, TIBET continues to dwell in the Dark Age, where advocating Human Rights is a punishable crime that puts ones life at stake. The recent crackdown at Drepung monastery on 25th November 2005 as a part of Patriotic Re-education in Lhasa, Tibet is one such instance of hundreds of Human Rights violation in Tibet. Monks are reported to have died under mysterious conditions during the patriotic re-education that called for denouncing His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The continued Human Rights violation in Tibet contradicts heavily with the Chinese repeated claims of improved human rights situation. Amidst the contentment and jubilation of the seemingly accomplished Human Rights in the World, Tibetans form the crux of weak and voiceless under the ruthless Chinese regime and what is irrevocable is religious repression and the torture of Tibetan women.
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Tibetan women have fallen as grave victims to the vicious Chinese policies that encroach on their lives, eventually bearing unprecedented repercussions. Following the impact of population transfer from China and military exploitation, rampant flesh trade that renders prostitution as an occupation among Tibetan women and brothels are becoming a common feature of social and economic sustenance in Tibet. According to Fred Eric J. (AFP, September, 2005), the number of sex workers in both Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet and Shigatse, the second largest city of TAR are large. He wrote that, "sex workers are in evidence even in the streets around the Jokhong temple, an area of great religious significance. In Shigatse, the region's second-largest city with a population of more than 80,000, the downtown appears to be one sprawling brothel district. It is a condition that becomes evident at night when pink lights are illuminated every few meters to mark a location where sex is for sale". With increasing threats of being infected with HIV/AIDS, this will cause havoc with their health that ultimately deprives them of a healthy life.

TWA, representing the oppressed women in Tibet earnestly pledge to work effortlessly in creating awareness about this fact and seek your help, support and co-operation to embark on restoring the rights of Tibetan Women. “Women’s right is Human’s right” and this eulogy remains incompatible in the context of Tibet and Tibetan Women.

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