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[17 March 2015] Text of the letter to China's Ambassador to the UK from a coalition of UK-based Tibet groups including Tibet Society, on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising. Embassy officials refused to answer the door when representatives attempted to deliver the letter on 7 March. The letter was left on the doorstep and a copy was posted later to ensure it was received.

Letter delivery to Chinese Ambassador, 7 March 2015His Excellency Liu Xiaoming
Ambassador, Peoples Republic of China
Chinese Embassy
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 1JL

7 March 2015

Your Excellency,

This year marks the 56th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against China's occupying forces. In 1959, Tibetans rose up against the Chinese rulers as they were living under a repressive regime. In the subsequent years, your government has continued to rule Tibet with an iron fist, implementing policies designed to restrict and deny basic human rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

Since Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, China's grip on Tibet has tightened. The renewed clampdown includes newly-imposed collective punishment policies that allow authorities to impose penalties against entire Tibetan communities.

Tibet also continues to be a closed society, with no free access for journalists, diplomatic representatives or humanitarian organisations. How can the world believe Chinese Communist Party propaganda that Tibetans are happy and live in a harmonious society when no-one is allowed to verify this? Even the few foreign journalists allowed on state-controlled trips to Tibet have questioned the one-sided view presented to them, expressing serious concern that the truth is far from what they have been allowed to see.

If the Chinese government wants to be a respected and credible member of the international community, it must address the situation in Tibet and its human rights record.

Therefore, we urge the Chinese government:

► To re-open unconditional talks with representatives of the Tibetan people, to address Tibetan grievances and with a view to find a peaceful solution.

To allow open and free access to Tibet to journalists, diplomatic representatives and humanitarian organisations.

To set a date for a visit to Tibet by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

To show a genuine commitment to improving human rights in Tibet and China by ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

We would welcome an opportunity to meet you to discuss Tibet and foster better understanding.

Yours sincerely,

Philippa Carrick, Tibet Society
Tsering Passang, Tibetan Community in Britain
Eleanor Byrne-Rosengren, Free Tibet
Padma Dolma, Students for a Free Tibet UK

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