By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, May 28: The largest Tibetan NGO in exile, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), launched a virtual campaign to “make China accountable” for the COVID-19 crisis from 23rd May to 3rd June. TYC along with its 88 chapters globally has initiated the 10-day campaign to raise awareness about China’s lack of transparency in the ongoing pandemic crisis.
Gonpo Dhondup, TYC President during the launch of the campaign said, “Hashtag #Makechinaaccountable2020 is to amplify the global clarion call to make China accountable for maliciously covering up information about the Wuhan originated epidemic and causing a global pandemic.”
Spokespersons from various organisations along with RTYC chapters participated in the campaign. Shin Yi-hsiang, Secretary-General of Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Inderpal Kohli, General Secretary of Indo-Tibet Cooperation Forum in Uttarakhand, Yang Kang, a researcher at Covenants Watch Taiwan, and Tenzin Mariko, the first Tibetan transgender, have produced campaign videos among other social media posts with the hashtag #makechinaaccountable2020.
Sonam Tsering, General Secretary of TYC, told Phayul, “Our online campaign has been going well till now with participants from different walks of life. We have supporters and participants from different countries and our regional chapters are doing well in getting the clips from the respective regions.” RTYC Bhandara, Dekyiling, Poanta, Puruwala, Gangtok, Rajpur, and Dhondupling chapters have been most engaged with the initiative. Many posts have cited the Chinese whistle-blower Dr. Li Wenliang’s unfortunate death and Hong Kong’s recent protests against the new security law, as examples of recent atrocities.
“China lied, People died” is a recent protest marker that has been used by most campaign posts along with slogans demanding China to do away with lies in order to prevent more loss. Videos and pictures have surged social media in the last week with calls for internet freedom, transparency, and freedom of information in China. “Our post has reached around 84.4k people and post engagement has reached 39.6k as of now. We still have 4 more days to go and hope that more participants with access to social media join our campaign,” Sonam Tsering told Phayul.