Thursday, 26 January 2012

Amnesty expresses fear over further bloodshed in Tibet

Phayul[Wednesday, January 25, 2012 22:54]
DHARAMSHALA, January 25: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) held a solidarity prayer service for the many Tibetans who have died due to Chinese police firings over the last two days in Tibet.

The prayer service held earlier today at Tsug-la Khang was led by Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay.

The Dr Sangay on Tuesday had urged the international community to intervene to prevent further bloodshed in Tibet.

“Silence from the world community sends a clear message to China that its repressive and violent measures to handle tensions in Tibetan areas are acceptable,” Dr Sangay said. “As a nation aspiring to become a world economic and political power, the People’s Republic of China cannot be permitted to behave in such immoral and violent manner."

At least a dozen Tibetans have died after Chinese security personnel fired indiscriminately at unarmed Tibetan demonstrators in two separate incidents in Drango and Serthar, both in eastern Tibet.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International in a release yesterday said “China must avoid using excessive force in response to protests and allow independent monitors into areas of protest.”

"The Chinese authorities are responding only with repression and a security crackdown to an already volatile situation, instead of addressing long-standing human rights grievances on the part of Tibetans,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director.

"The situation has not improved in Tibetan areas since 2008 when tensions exploded into violence. Grievances regarding restrictions on religious and cultural freedoms have gotten worse, not better."

Keeping in view Chinese government’s “increasingly repressive behaviour,” Amnesty International renewed its call for independent monitors, for instance the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, to be allowed into the country.

The global rights group said that it was “worried about further violence and bloodshed" in Tibetan areas.

In the past 11 months, 16 Tibetans have set their bodies on fire demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile and protesting China’s continued occupation of Tibet.

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