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Tibetans send a clear message to China’s new leadership PDF Print E-mail
"You cannot crush a historic culture, language and religion through suppression"

[15 November 2012] Representing nearly 200 Tibet support groups worldwide, including Tibet Society, International Tibet Network today issued a statement in response to the unveiling of China’s new Politburo Standing Committee (see below).


Tibet Society logoPhilippa Carrick, CEO of Tibet Society, said, “Tibetans have lived under brutal and repressive occupation for over 60 years. Today, through wide-ranging and often heartrending acts of resistance, Tibetans are giving a clear message to China’s leadership: you cannot crush a historic culture, language and religion through suppression. If China truly wants to see harmony and peace, then it has to act now and give choice and freedom to its people.

"Although China is still a long way from instigating any political change based on democratic principles, I hope the new Politburo under the leadership of Xi Jinping will be brave enough to introduce political reform that respects human rights and the rule of law."

Tibet Society calls on the British government to urge the new Politburo to set out new policies that bring real change for the people of China and Tibet. China’s economic progress cannot continue to ignore human rights and rule of law. It is time the British government acknowledges this and makes it clear that China is no different from any other country when it comes to adherence to international human rights norms.


International Tibet Network Joint Members’ Statement in response to China’s new Politburo Standing Committee

China's new Politburo Standing Committee emerges to face a storm of protest from Tibet

Global Tibet movement calls on China's 5th generation leaders to acknowledge policy failures and seek resolution to the crisis in Tibet


International Tibet Network logo[Dharamsala, 15 November 2012] The new Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has emerged to a storm of protest from Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.

The seven men [1] led by Xi Jinping - whose revolutionary hero father was close to the 10th Panchen Lama and knew the Dalai Lama [2] - are facing an immediate crisis, with Tibetans in large numbers rejecting Beijing's rule. During the last week thousands of Tibetans in eastern Tibet, including students and school children, have taken to the streets in protest, whilst the number of Tibetan self-immolations has spiralled with nine in the last 10 days, including at least four in a single day, taking the total to more than 70. [3]

"The Chinese Communist Party's new leadership has a crisis on its hands, with Tibetans in their thousands denouncing China's policy failures and calling for freedom" said Tenzin Jigme of the International Tibet Network, a global coalition of almost 200 Tibet Groups [4]. "We Tibetans in exile and our supporters stand in solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet; the global Tibet movement is here to stay and we put China's 5th generation on notice that their failure to resolve the occupation of Tibet will define their leadership."

In Dharamsala, northern India, Tibetans and supporters will take to the streets, challenging activists wearing masks of China's new Politburo Standing Committee, including a huge head of Xi Jinping [5], shouting “5th generation, last generation, Free Tibet!” and demanding that they seek a just solution to the occupation of Tibet, or face growing resistance.

In spite of China's escalating repressive measures [6], resistance inside Tibet is stronger and more diverse than ever. The Chinese government is discovering that a display of force is unable to prevent self-immolations, mass gatherings or other diverse forms of resistance, including displaying posters and banners, recording video messages, communicating through music, literature and subtle yet powerful expressions of national identity. In addition to demanding freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, a powerful theme of protest and resistance in Tibet today is a call for unity across the Tibetan nation [7].

In Dharamsala, Tibetans and Tibet campaigners from all over the world are gathering for a Special Meeting, where the movement will re-commit itself to the Tibetan struggle and strategise campaigns for the next three to five years.

“Today, as we see China’s 5th generation Politburo Standing Committee members for the first time, we throw down the gauntlet and challenge them to address the urgent need for change in Tibet, or go down in history as yet another failed generation of leaders who refused to end the violent and illegal occupation,” [8] said Tsering Choedup of the International Tibet Network.

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Contacts
Tibet Society: Philippa Carrick or Paul Golding 020 7272 1414 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
International Tibet Network: Tenzin Jigme +91 981 633 5361 English/Tibetan; Tsering Choedup +91 941822 1605 English/Tibetan

Notes & background
1. The members of the Politburo Standing Committee are:
Xi Jinping, www.chinese-leaders.org/xi-jinping
Li Keqiang, www.chinese-leaders.org/li-keqiang
Wang Qishan, www.chinese-leaders.org/wang-qishan
Yu Zhengsheng, www.chinese-leaders.org/yu-zhengsheng
Zhang Dejiang, www.chinese-leaders.org/zhang-dejiang
Zhang Gaoli, www.chinese-leaders.org/zhang-gaoli
and Liu Yunshan, www.chinese-leaders.org/liu-yunshan

2. For a profile of Xi Jinping’s father Xi Zhongxun see www.chinese-leaders.org/xi-zhongxun.

3. In the period 4 -14 November there were nine confirmed self-immolations - 6 in the Rebkong area and 3 in Ngaba - and a furher incident was reported by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America in Driru, Central Tibet about which no details are known.  The first known self-immolation in Tibet took place in February 2009. This protest by Tapey, a monk from Kirti monastery, Ngaba in eastern Tibet, was emulated by Phuntsok in March 2011 and was followed in that year by 12 further self-immolations. There have been 58 confirmed so far in 2012. For a comprehensive list of all confirmed self-immolations in Tibet, see www.StandupforTibet.org/learn-more. There have also been five instances of self-immolation among exiled Tibetans.

There have been mass protests in eastern Tibet on 9 and 12 November. See www.savetibet.org.

4. The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of Tibet-related non-governmental organisations. Its purpose is to maximise the effectiveness of the worldwide Tibet movement, which campaigns for an end human rights violations in Tibet and restore the Tibetan people's right under international law to determine their future political, economic, social, religious and cultural status. See www.tibetnetwork.org.

5.
Photographs of the protest in Dharamsala will be available; please contact Tsering Choedup  +91 941822 1605.

6. “China Mobilises Paramilitary to Suppress Tibetan protest”, Free Tibet. http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/china-mobilises-paramilitary-suppress-tibetan-protest.

7. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy reported that Gyaltsen, a cousin of Lobsang Jamyang who self-immolated in Ngaba on 14 January 2012, wrote: "All the conflicts, which once divided the people blurred away...it is crystal clear that all those protests specially the self-immolations triggered a new spark of unity, patriotism and nationalism among Tibetans and woke up many Tibetans from their deep slumbers." From "The inextinguishable Tibetan fire in China's darkness" http://www.tchrd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=298:the-inextinguishable-tibetan-fire-in-chinas-darkness&catid=70:2012-news&Itemid=162.

8. Xi Jinping’s Tibet Challenge: a report highlighting China’s failed policies in Tibet and outlining the Tibet challenges facing Xi Jinping as China continues to maintain its occupation through Three Pillars of Coercive Control: Military Occupation, Colonial Rule, and Fear and Intimidation. Read and download from Issuu http://bit.ly/QXfT3V and/or Google Docs http://bit.ly/RDLYPO.

Signed, Member Organisations of the International Tibet Network
In Western Europe:
Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Association Dorje
Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet
Association Rencontres Tibetaines - C.S.P.T. Midi-Pyrenees
Associazione Italia-Tibet
Austrian Committee for Tibet
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Caisse d'Aide aux Prisonniers Tibetains
Casa del Tibet - Spain
Comite de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)
Comite de Soutien au Peuple Tibetain (Les Lilas)
Corse - Tibet
Eco-Tibet France
EcoTibet Ireland
France-Tibet
Free Tibet
Groupe Non-Violent Louis Lecoin, France
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
International Campaign for Tibet Deutschland
International Campaign for Tibet Europe
International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter (IGFM)
Jamtse Thundel Association
La Porte du Tibet, Geneva
Les Amis du Tibet - Belgium
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blance, France
Maison des Himalayas
Maison du Tibet - Tibet Info
Nice Tibet - (former: Vercors Tibet Resistances)
Nos Amis de l'Himalaya
Objectif Tibet
Passeport Tibetain
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
Reseau International des Femmes pour le Tibet
Save Tibet, Austria
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Solidarite Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet - France
Students for a Free Tibet - UK
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)
Tibet 59 / 62 
Tibet Democratie
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibets Kinder im Exile V.
Tibet Liberte Solidarite
Tibet Libertes, France 
Tibet Society
Tibet Support Group - Ireland
Tibet Support Group - Netherlands
Tibet Unterstutzung Liechtenstein
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Tibetan Youth Association in Europe
Tibetan Youth UK
Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg
TSG Free Tibet And You
Tsowa-Maintenir la Vie, France 
Vrienden Van Tibet
Tibet Languedoc
Autodétermination-Tibet 09/31
Tibetan Community of Italy
Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring vzw

In Northern Europe:
Association of Free Tibet 
Friends of Tibet in Finland
Swedish Tibet Committee
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
Tibet Support Committee Denmark
Tibetan Community in Denmark 
Tibetan Community Sweden

In Central & Eastern Europe:
Fair Society o.s.
Friends of Tibet Slovakia
Friends of Tibet Society St. Petersburg, Russia
International Youth Human Rights Group - Human Rights in Tibet
Lithuanian Tibet Culture Foundation
Polish Movement for a Free Tibet
Savet Tibet Foundation
Society for Croatia-Tibet Friendship
Students for a Free Tibet, Poland
The Foundation for Civil Society, Russia
Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet Support Association - Hungary
Tibet Support Group - Krasnodar Region, Russia
Tibet Support Group - Romania
Tibet Support Group - Sochi Region, Russia
Tibetan Community in Poland
Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation
TSG - Slovenia (Formally Foundation Dharmaling)
Union Latvija Tibetai (Latvia for Tibet )
Zida Cels, Latvia
Tibetan Association of Slovakia

In North America:
Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Boston Tibet Network
Canada Tibet Committee
Colorado Friends of Tibet
Committee of 100 for Tibet
CTC - Calgary
Dhokam Chushi Gangdruk
International Campaign for Tibet
International Tibet Independence Movement
Los Angeles Friends of Tibet
Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association
San Diego Friends of Tibet
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Snow Lion Foundation
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet – Canada
The Tibetan Alliance of Chicago
The World Tibet Day Foundation
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
Tibet Justice Center
Tibetan Association of Ithaca
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Philadephia
Tibetan Association of Santa Fe
Tibetan Association of Southern California
Tibetan Cultural Association - Quebec
TIBETmichigan
Toronto Tibet Youth Congress
U.S. Tibet Committee
Western Colorado Friends of Tibet
Wisconsin Tibetan Association
United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)

In Central and South America
Amigos del Tibet, El Salvador
Asociacion Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Asociacion Cultural Tibetano - Costarricense
Casa Tibet Mexico
Centro De Cultura Tibetana
Grupo De Apoyo a Tibet Chile
Grupo Pro-Cultura Tibetana, Chile
Le Club Francais
Pensando En Tibet - Mexico
Tibet Group-Panama
Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Fundacion Pro Tibet
Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica (Lupita)

In Asia:
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Circle of Friends (Philippines)
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Foundation for Universal Responsibility of H. H. the Dalai Lama
Gannasamannay
Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet
Himalayan Committee for Action on Tibet
India Tibet Friendship Society
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Lung-Ta Project
Mahatma Gandhi Tibet Freedom Movement
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Raise Tibetan Flag Campaign
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
SFT Japan
SFT-India
Students for a Free Tibet - Bangladesh
Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Taiwan Tibet Exchange Foundation
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
Think Tibet
Tibet Lives, India
Tibet Solidarity Forum, Bangladesh
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibet Support Network Japan
Tibetan Student Association, Madras (TSAM)
Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre
Tibetan Rights and Freedom Committee (TRFRC)
Tibetan Women's Association (Central)
Tibetan Youth Congress
Japan Committee of 100 for TIbet
Ns3 Rigpa Community Builder’s Foundation
Anterrashtriya Bharat - Tibbet Sahyog Samiti

In Australasia:
A.C.T. Tibet Support Group
Australia Tibet Council
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Students for a Free Tibet New Zealand
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia
Tibet Support Group Adelaide - Australia
Tibetan Community of Australia (Victoria)
Tibetan Women Association and Friends Australia (TWAFA)
Sakya Trinley Ling
Australian Tibet House Inc.

In Africa and Middle East:
Friends of Tibet - Isamailia (Egypt)
Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
South African Friends of Tibet
Tibet Support Group Kenya

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