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Kalon Tripa calls for international support to end Tibet crisis PDF Print E-mail
[19 July 2012] The leader of the Tibetan government in exile has called on the international community to take action to end the crisis in Tibet, which has led to 44 Tibetans setting themselves on fire. Lobsang Sangay has called for governments to urge China to end the current crackdown in Tibet and to investigate the reasons behind the self-immolations.

In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on 14 July, Lobsang Sangay, the Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan government in exile, described the Tibetan self-immolations as a clear indictment of the Chinese governments failed policies in Tibet: policies founded on political oppression, social marginalisation, cultural assimilation and environment destruction.

Though welcoming statements of concern from international governments, the Kalon Tripa called for "concrete action". Specifically he called on the US government, in its upcoming annual human rights dialogue, to urge China "to relax restrictions in Tibet immediately and request fact-finding delegations to investigate the reasons for the tragically high number of self-immolations in Tibet".

Lobsang Sangay noted that the straightforward solution to bring an end to the self-immolations would be for the Chinese government "to offer to resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully through dialogue".

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