News and Views on Tibet

20 French MPs demand “clear answer” from President Macron on situation of Tibetans

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Activists in Paris calling for the boycott of upcoming controversial Beijing winter Olympics scheduled for February 2022, Paris, June 23, 2021 (Phayul Photo/Norbu Gyachung)

Guest report by Te Nam

PARIS, June 30: Twenty French Deputies and Senators, led by Deputy Elisabeth Toutut-Picard and Senator Jacqueline Eustache-Brinio, representing various political parties sent a letter to President Emmanuel Macron on 25th June 2021, calling his attention to the recent UN human rights experts report alarmed by ‘organ harvesting’ allegations.

On Monday, June 14, 2021, UN Human Rights experts said that it has received “credible information about forced organ harvesting from minorities in China” targeting “Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians, detained in China.”

The letter stated that the group is “particularly concerned about the situation of Tibetans” and would like to a clear answer from the French President with regard to the position of France.

“France cannot remain passive in the face of this appalling new information. The members of our parliamentary groups ask you to condemn these inhumane practices with the utmost firmness and to implement concrete sanctions if they continue”, the letter added.

On the eve of 100 years of the Chinese Communist Party, the lawmakers underlined the “the need to put an end to the systematic violations of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Tibetan people and the Uyghurs and demand the respect of the principle of reciprocity in the movements between the European Union and China, following the example of other great powers.”

Commenting on the lack of contact between China and Tibetan representatives in exile, the Group said that they “strongly call for the reopening of talks between China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representatives,” as the issue of “Tibet will remain a constant until a political solution is found. However, the survival of an entire people in their own country, rich in a civilization and a culture unique in the world, is at stake.”

The letter concluded with a demand for “the immediate release of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima Rinpoche from the Chinese prison where he has been locked up since his childhood, as well as of all political prisoners who are fighting to defend their culture.”

Finally, the lawmakers also called “for an end to the political manoeuvres of the Chinese government which tend to destroy Tibetan culture and marginalize the place and role of the Tibetan language in the Tibetan region.”

One Response

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *