29 december 2011

ICT in actie voor Kirti

Om aandacht te vestigen op de zorgwekkende situatie in en rond het Kirti-klooster, worden op dit moment wereldwijd acties ondernomen. In Nederland organiseerde ICT verschillende activiteiten. ICT drong er bij de EU en de Nederlandse regering via een urgent appel op aan om de ernstige en aanhoudende schendingen van de mensenrechten in Kirti en de rest van Tibet op de agenda te plaatsen van de EU-Chinatop die op 25 oktober 2011 in China plaatsvond. Op 14 oktober organiseerde ICT samen met de Tibetaanse gemeenschap en TSG-Nederland een gebedsactie bij de Chinese ambassade uit solidariteit met de Tibetanen in Kirti. Tevens overhandigde ICT samen met deze organisaties een memorandum aan de Chinese ambassade gericht aan Hu Jintao, president van het Volksrepubliek China (zie hieronder). Hierin werd opgeroepen tot de onmiddellijke terugtrekking van de veiligheidstroepen rondom Kirti en het stoppen van de religieuze repressie in Tibet.

Op de website van ICT kunnen mensen een petitie ondertekenen aan minister Rosenthal.

Teken de petitie hier!


President Hu Jintao
People’s Republic of China
? The Embassy of PRC
Willem Lodewijklaan 10
2517 JT  The Hague
The Netherlands

Amsterdam, 14 October, 2011

Your Excellency,

Tibetans and their supporters gather here today in front of your embassy to express our solidarity with all those who have lost their lives and with all the other Tibetans who are incarcerated in Tibet for their courage to speak up for the rights of the Tibetan people. We are deeply concerned for the escalating situation in Ngaba, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the ongoing suppression of their basic human rights by the Chinese authorities.

Since the protests of 2008 in the region your government has imposed severe restrictions on Tibetan monasteries in the Ngaba area and other parts of the Tibetan plateau. These measures include security raids, arbitrary detention of monks, increased surveillance within monasteries, and a permanent heavy police presence inside monasteries to monitor religious activities.

These increased security measures appear to have been a major factor in the escalation of tensions that have led to several protests in which monks set themselves on fire to bring attention to the desperate situation in Ngaba. Since March 2011, 7 monks have taken their lives or are severely burned by settings themselves on fire, namely Phuntsok Jarutsang, Tsewang Norbu, Khaying, Choephel, Kelsang Wangchuk, Lobsang Kalsang, Lobsang Konchok.

The reaction to these self immolations has been extremely harsh and instead of looking for the cause, the government has taken to repressive measures and collective punishment of the entire community in Kirti. If the Chinese government is genuinely pursuing harmony, we sincerely think this use of excessive force and suppression must be stopped immediately and we urge you to change these current repressive policies and search for a constructive solution based on dialog.

Today the non-violent freedom struggle of the Tibetan people generates increasing support and attention by governments, parliamentarians, human rights organizations, individual citizens and from a growing number of Chinese people from both inside and outside China.

As a party to many international human rights treaties and declarations, China has to assume its full responsibility to actively protect and promote all human rights of both Tibetans and Chinese without discrimination.

Therefor we call upon you and your government to:

1   Immediately withdraw the security forces from Ngaba and across Tibet and stop the ongoing harassment and torture of monks.

2   End excessive restrictions on Kirti monastery and lift similarly heavy handed security measures imposed on other lay communities and monasteries in the region.

3   Abide by its obligations to international human rights conventions and to invite UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on a fact-finding mission to investigate the overall human rights situation in Tibet

4   Stop the harsh restrictive policies on religion in Tibet and allow foreign journalists and observers into the area.

5   Resume the dialog with the representatives of the Dalai Lama towards a genuine autonomy for Tibetans with the border of the People’s Republic of China.

Thank you for giving your full attention to these urgent matters of worldwide concern.

Tsering Jampa, Executive Director
International Campaign for Tibet

Norbu Dhondup, Chairman
Tibetan Community in The Netherlands

Thom Wennekes, Coordinator
Tibet Support Group Nederland

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