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On 12 March 2011, a coalition of UK-based based Tibet support groups, including Tibet Society, sent an open letter to Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese Ambassador to the UK. The coalition attempted to hand-deliver the letter to the Embassy during the Tibetan Freedom, however officials refused to answer the door. The letter, to mark the 52nd anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, has since been posted.


His Excellency Liu Xiaoming
Ambassador, People's Republic of China
Chinese Embassy
49-51 Portland Place
London W1N 3AH

12 March 2011

Your Excellency,

On the occasion of the Tibetan Freedom March through London that commemorates the Tibetan Uprising we are writing to press the Chinese Communist Party to do more to protect the human rights of the Tibetan people.

Recently, on 6 March at the 11th Peoples National Congress, President Hu Jintao emphasised the importance of economic development in order to promote stability in Tibet. However, stability is not achieved simply through economic development; as our Prime Minister observed in his statement to Parliament on 28 February, concerning Libya, denying people their basic rights does not preserve stability, rather the reverse.

The current trend of arrests and detentions in Tibet is indicative of a policy that sets out to deny Tibetans their basic rights. Widespread and routine violations of fundamental rights will not secure the stability your administration aims to achieve. Instead, such an approach will engender greater resistance.

The UK government has spoken of its deep concerns about human rights in Tibet; we share these concerns. The detentions and convictions of artists, bloggers, musicians and ordinary citizens for expressing their opinions on government policy, speaking up for human rights, promoting Tibetan identity or simply discussing the future of Tibet are all cause for grave concern. To date, we know of over 60 Tibetan writers, bloggers and artists who have been arbitrarily arrested on such grounds. We have recently received information concerning 20 young Tibetans who are being detained for downloading Tibetan songs onto their mobile telephones; songs that have since been banned, having been deemed reactionary by Chinese authorities.

We have particular concerns for six political prisoners as outlined below. We have given our Foreign Office a list of these political prisoners and our supporters have raised these cases with their elected Members of Parliament. We request that you provide up-to-date information on the status, welfare and whereabouts of these individuals:
  • Paljor Norbu (Chinese: Banjue Luobu): We are particularly concerned for the welfare of Paljor Norbu because of his age as he is now 83.
  • Norzin Wangmo (Chinese: Longzhen Wangmu)
  • Tashi Rabten (Chinese: Zhaxi Raodeng)
  • Wangdu (Chinese: Wangdui)
  • Migmar Dhondup (Chinese: Mimu Dunzhu)
  • Dhondup Wangchen (Chinese: Dunzhu Wangquin)
Our coalition of Tibet groups is made up of membership organisations and represents the views of a significant cross-section of the British public. Given the developing relationship between China and the UK, we very much feel it would be in both our interests to engage in a dialogue to discuss concerns about the current situation in Tibet. We would welcome a meeting and to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves, speak about our work and outline our concerns in a constructive manner.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Philippa Carrick, Tibet Society
Stephanie Brigden, Free Tibet
Liam Allmark, Students for a Free Tibet UK
Tenzin Rangdol, Tibetan Community in Britain
Karma Chura-Tsang, Tibetan Youth UK



Read the letter sent to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Read a report about Uprising 2011 events in the UK, including the Tibetan Freedom March and the Tibet mass Lobby.


 
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