Support Tibet at this critical time

Image[March 2008] Since 14 March horrifying news has been coming out of Tibet about the heavy handed crackdown by Chinese authorities on Tibetan people holding demonstrations or marches following the 49th anniversary of the 10th March Tibetan peoplesí uprising against Chinese occupation. From information and reports coming out of Lhasa and other Tibetan regions, it appears at least 100 people have been killed, with many more injured. From 18 March foreign journalists have been expelled from the area and there is now a very real danger that the authorities will carry out a regime of severe repression and torture to quash any form of dissension in Tibet. Chinese police are already rounding up and arresting Tibetans in Lhasa.

It is a positive step that Gordon Brown met the Dalai Lama and he has been in contact with Premier Wen Jibao, but conditions in Tibet continue to disintegrate and China must be held to account for its brutal response to Tibetan demonstrations.

However, it is imperative that some key actions are taken to support the Tibetan struggle for justice in their own country. The UK Tibet groups are working hard to see the following action happen. You can help by publicising these, contacting your MPs, MEPs, local councils, papers, the International Olympics Committee, the UN Human Rights Council.

Calls to Action
from Tibet Society, Free Tibet Campaign, Tibetan Youth UK, Tibetan Community in Britain, Students for a Free Tibet

1. To call on the Chinese government to allow immediate access to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other areas of Tibet by the UN, Red Cross or other independent bodies in order to produce an objective and true account of the situation, to report on casualties, ascertain the medical care and treatment of those casualties, verify the number of deaths and to visit those who have been arrested to ensure they have access to recognised legal processes.

2. To call on the Chinese government to re-open the Tibet Autonomous Region and other areas of Tibet to foreign journalists and ensure open access to the media in line with the pledges given as part of the conditions to hosting the Olympic Games in Beijing.

As the Dalai Lama has repeatedly and publicly renounced violence and is committed to autonomy not independence for Tibet, to call on Premier Wen Jibao to act on the assurance given to Gordon Brown that he will enter into meaningful dialogue, without preconditions, with the Dalai Lama, and set a date for a meeting under the auspices of an agreed objective mediator and held in a neutral country in order to find a legitimate and negotiated solution of the Tibetan and Chinese people.

4. To call on UK government officials and dignitaries to withdraw from attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, in order to demonstrate their condemnation, abhorrence and concern at the Chinese authoritiesí overreaction and hostile repression of the Tibetan peopleís right to freedom of expression in the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas.

Donít let the world forget Ö
act now to show your support for Tibetans inside Tibet and solidarity with Tibetans in exile.

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