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[17 March 2014] Text of letter delivered to Prime Minister David Cameron on 15 March 2014, from a coalition of UK-based Tibet groups including Tibet Society, to mark the 55th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising.

Letter being delivered to Downing StreetRt. Hon David Cameron
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA

15 March 2014

Dear Prime Minister,

The 10th of March marked the 55th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against Chinas rule. This is an inglorious anniversary and it does no credit to governments in the free world in that they have stood by and given China little reason or encouragement to end its occupation of Tibet.

However, unlike international governments, Tibetans living under Chinas harsh and increasingly repressive rule in Tibet show no signs of giving up on their country, their culture, language, religion or traditions. As Tibetan resistance grows, China continues to choose the dangerously flawed response of even greater suppression. This policy only serves to exacerbate the situation and does nothing to address the grievances of the Tibetan people.

Last September, during Foreign Office Questions, the Foreign Secretary stated, We should always be clear in the United Kingdom about our belief in universal human rights and never be afraid to give our advocacy for those rights. That includes relations with China.

With the situation inside Tibet becoming increasingly tense, we urge the British government to act on this declared belief in universal human rights and take the lead in speaking up for the Tibetan people.

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said in her opening remarks at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council on 3rd of March, Respect for human rights is not a mere legal obligation but also bestows legitimacy on those leaders who ensure this respect.

It is time Chinas government realises that respect for human rights is integral to becoming a legitimate and responsible member of the international community. The British government can set an example to other world governments by showing it is unafraid to stand up to China and advocate human rights for Tibetans living in Tibet.

It has been some years now since we have had the opportunity to brief your office on the current situation in Tibet; we would welcome the opportunity to do so and be part of a consultative process to work towards a just and lasting solution for the Tibetan people.

We look forward to your response.
Yours sincerely,

Philippa Carrick, Tibet Society
Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Free Tibet
Tenzin Samphel, Tibetan Community in Britain   
Tenzin Wangdu, Students for a Free Tibet UK

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