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Tibetan Parliament Passes Resolution of Solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet, Resolution of Mourning

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Over the last nearly 67 years since China began its invasion and occupation of Tibet, more than 1.2
million Tibetans have been killed or driven to meet with untimely death. More than six thousand
places of worship, held by Tibetans as more precious than their lives, were totally destroyed. These
were but only two parts of the destruction wreaked by China on Tibet and its natural and human
resources on a scale unprecedented in the territory’s entire history. This was not all. Even today,
China continues to destroy Tibetan religion, culture, linguistic heritage and so on – these being the
symbolic embodiments of the Tibetan identity. In particular, it continues to implement a vicious
policy of transforming the land of the Tibetan people into one overwhelmed by Chinese people,
rendering the situation in Tibet tragic and critical.

Starting from 10 March 2008, when all the three traditional provinces of Tibet were engulfed by
peaceful Tibetan protests, China has been continuously carrying out a policy of violent repression,
including by killings, imprisonments, abductions and torture, and merciless beatings. Under such
hardline, brutal policies of the communist government of China, the Tibetan people in Tibet have
been subjected to a life of ill-treatment and torture of such magnitude as if the realm of hell has
been transferred to the land of the living. Subjected to a life of constant fear and anxiety, the
Tibetan people in Tibet find themselves in endless despair, wondering whether even if they had
managed to live through one more day of it, they will be able to endure the coming night. Unable to
take it all anymore, the Tibetan people snapped up; and they carried out campaigns of peaceful
uprising protests one after another in an unending series of actions to give vent to their feelings. In
particular, since 2009, until 29 February 2016, when Kelsang Wangdu-la, a monk of Tsokha
Aryaling Monastery in Kham Nyarong Dzong, set himself on fire for the sake of the fundamental
cause of the Tibetan people and died, there have been a total of 143 verified cases of protest selfimmolations by Tibetans in Tibet.

Tibetans living in exile too have continued to carry out various kinds of campaigns to protest
against the Chinese occupation of their homeland, and against China’s hardline policy of violent
repression of the Tibetans in Tibet. In particular, there have been a fair number of Tibetans who
carried out their peaceful protests by means of self-immolation. In that respect, on 29 February
2016, Dorje Tsering-la, a Class X student of Tibetan Homes Foundation school, Mussoorie, set
himself on fire for the sake of the fundamental cause of the Tibetan people and died while uttering
calls for a free Tibet. Such actions show that Tibetans in Tibet and in exile are of one mind in their
aspiration and also indicate that for as long as the just cause of the Tibetan people does not prevail,
it is impossible that the Tibetan people will ever give up their struggle.

In that respect, the main demands of the Tibetan people living in Tibet and in exile, which have
been especially raised by those who have carried out protest self-immolations, remain that His
Holiness the Dalai Lama should be able to return urgently and speedily to Tibet, his homeland of
snows, and that the Tibetan people should be able to enjoy full freedom. However so far the
government of China has not only refused to pay any heed to these totally justified demands or
aspirations of the Tibetan people but also routinely carried out an absolutely brutal policy of violent
repression and aggression against them. Under it, China’s invariable response to every incident of
peaceful raising of these demands and aspirations – whether by top religious leaders such as lamas,
khenpos, and geshes; or by ordinary monks and nuns; or by scholars and artistic professionals; or by
government officials and students; or by ordinary masses from the nomadic, farming, and other
Tibetan communities – has been to unlash its police and paramilitary People’s Armed Police Force
troops to carry out instant violent crackdowns. China thereby routinely tramples on the basic human
rights of the Tibetan people. In particular, having run out of its reserviours of deceptive actions and
false utterances, China has now embarked on an insane recourse of fabricating stories designed to
allege that the peaceful protest self-immolations that have been carried out by Tibetans had been
instigated by people and groups from outside the country, including among them His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration, and so on.

Making efforts to attain the common aspirations of the Tibetan people in Tibet and in exile, to
address the critical situation in Tibet today, and, especially, to achieve definitive and speedy
freedom from the state of unimaginably brutal persecution and torture that the Tibetans in Tibet
continue to be subjected to, the Kashag, the executive organ of the Central Tibetan Administration,
as well as the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile have carried our numerous kinds of successive
campaigns, including in the form of making appeals directed at governments and organisations on
the global stage. These campaign actions continue even today and have won appreciable responses,
including in the form of official resolutions in many countries expressing support for the Tibetan
issue, issuing of statements, and media remarks expressing concern. These have been directed at
calling on the government of China to put an end to its current policy of tight restrictions in Tibet
and strongly urging it to enter into talks with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a
move directed at resolving the Sino-Tibetan dispute. And these actions from the international
community remain ongoing.

There is still no clarity of information on the situation of many political prisoners, including in the
case of the young Panchen Lama reincarnate, who remain under tight restrictions of the government
of China. Those who have already been tried in Chinese courts and given jail sentences too continue
to suffer unimaginably brutal ill-treatment in prison, with the number of cases of those resulting in
deaths continuing to increase. The clearest example of a known case of such ill-treatment and death
is that of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, one of the best known political prisoners in Chinese ruled
Tibet. According to the most recent annual report of the Dharamshala-based Tibetan Centre for
Human Rights and Democracy, there were currently a total of 2081 known Tibetan political
prisoners in Chinese prisons, and that of them 967 were monks and nuns. In the year 2015 alone
there were 68 known cases of Tibetans tried and jailed for political reasons. In addition, the report
said, there were unknown numbers of other cases of detentions, arrests, and imprisonments. It also
especially bears mentioning that many international human rights organisations have stated in their
different reports that there was no improvement in the human rights situation in Tibet over the past
one year. In particular, Freedom House, a rights organisation based in the United States, said in its
latest annual report under the theme of Freedom in the World that the state of political freedom and
civil liberties in Tibet was such that it ranked the second worst in the world. From this one could
gauge how critical the situation in Chinese ruled Tibet today really is.

From every part of the Three Provinces of Chinese ruled Tibet today, emerging reports continue to
speak of ever tightening restrictions on the Tibetan people. And among those places where the
situation is reported to be most dire is the Kham Driru Dzong area. Different departments and
agencies of the local Chinese government there were reported to be continuing to issue numerous
directives in the names of orders and decrees, making the area one of the most tightly restricted in
Chinese ruled Tibet.

Likewise, over the past more than one year, many young Tibetans have carried out lone protest
marches on market streets, holding up in their hands portraits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
shouting slogans. Such Tibetans have all been instantly detained and taken away, to remain
disappeared thereafter. One of the latest examples in this regard was that of a woman named
Manga-la who on 1 March 2016 carried out such a protest in Village No. 1 of Meuruma Township
in Ngaba County of Amdo Province. She has remained disappeared ever since, bearing testimony to
the existence of such a deplorable situation in Chinese ruled Tibet. Examples like these show that
Tibetans in Tibet have no freedoms of religion, speech, and movement. Besides, China has made
additional deployments in such places of soldiers and paramilitary police to greatly strengthen
restrictions and enhance surveillance over the local Tibetan people.

In addition to an already existing state of very high restrictions on religious freedom, Mr. Chen
Quanguo, the Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region committee of the Communist Party of
China, recently explained how ethnic Tibetan officials of the Chinese government who secretly
believe in religion and who follow the “Dalai clique” should be especially targeted and severely
punished according to law. China also recently launched an online database of what it calls
authentic Living Buddhas of Tibetan Buddhism. Likewise, China’s ethnic minority and religious
affairs official Mr. Zhu Weiqun has made unabashedly false assertions that the Chinese government
had the right to take decisions about the recognition of the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama. And On 1 September 2007, China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs issued
regulations saying all reincarnations of “Living Buddhas” in Tibetan Buddhism must receive
approval of the Chinese government. With regulations and laws such as the above meant to
legitimise its nefarious actions, China has been especially focusing on actually implementing in a
systematic manner a policy of total destruction of Tibet’s unique historical attributes such as its
religious institution, culture, linguistic heritage, as well as customs and traditions. These actions of
the Chinese government speak for themselves with damning clarity.

The environmental situation in Tibet is not directly concerned with politics. However, the fact
remains that the river systems, mountains, grasslands, forests, lakes large and small, and so on in
Tibet have a direct bearing on the sustenance of the other living beings inhabiting them and
especially on the lives of billions of people. It is imperative that these ecologically balanced
geographical formations of natural beauty are obviously given greater amount of care and attention
than they have received in the past. However, contrary to this, the government of China has taken
recourses to damming the rivers to distort the natural course of their flows, dug up the mountains to
explore for mineral ores, carried out deforestations, newly build hydropower stations over the lakes
of different sizes, and railroaded the grasslands. As a result, the environmental situation in Tibet
today continues to worsen considerably day by day and has, in fact, become critical.

The government of China has over the years published 13 so-called white papers on Tibet to assert
claims such as that it respected the freedom of movement in the Tibetan territory, and, likewise, that
it had continued to make improvements in the Tibetan people’s enjoyment of freedoms in such
matters as their linguistic heritage and in the protection of the region’s environment, with plans
being claimed to be underway for further progress in these fields. Also, the top leadership of China
has so far held six so-called forum meetings for the undertaking of development work in Tibet.
However, actions like these, while being grandiose in claims have been empty of any substantive
meaning or result. They have been designed only to hoodwink both the international community
and people within Tibet as well as in China. The stark ground reality remains that the Tibetan people have no freedom even to put on display a picture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, their
object of undivided faith and devotion. Likewise, in the monasteries as well as in residential
neighbourhoods, permanently resident so-called work teams of party cadres have been stationed to
exercise strict control and supervision over every aspect of religious and day to day life activities of
the Tibetan people, including when they are eating or sleeping, resting or moving. Situations like
these show that Tibet today has come to resemble a vast labour camp for incarcerating prisoners. It
is only fitting and of utmost importance therefore that given the critical and continuously rapid
deterioration in the situation in Tibet, bringing untold suffering to the Tibetan people there, the
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile adopt the following official resolutions of solidarity.


1) While expressing admiration for the patriotically inspired heroic men and women of Tibet
who for the sake of the Tibetan religious, national, and ethnic causes have carried out
protests by setting themselves on fire, as well as those who for the sake of the Tibetan
religious, national and ethnic causes remain imprisoned and endure untold suffering for their
courage and determination, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, while also expressing solidarity
with them, offers condolences to their surviving family members and close relatives. The
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile fervently prays that those who have died may be taken in by the
lotus-holding supreme Bodhisattva to be reborn in the Snowland of Tibet where the sun of
freedom and joy may rise once again with urgency and in all speediness, while those who
continue to endure untold suffering under detention and imprisonment by the government of
China may win a speedy release.

2) Under its ongoing anti-corruption drive today, China has issued orders such as that officials
should also be investigated to find out whether they have maintained any sort of link with
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In Kham Draggo Dzong and other places too, China has
enhanced the restrictions on putting on display pictures of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Likewise, China also continues to restrict with criminal charges Tibetans from holding
prayers services for the good health and success of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On the
other hand, however, China makes assertions about having the rights to have a decisive say
in matters concerned with the entire process leading up to the recognition of the
reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thus it makes remarks and engages in actions
of various kinds which are patently self-contradictory. China also recently launched an
online database of what it calls “living Buddhas” of Tibetan Buddhism. There is absolutely
no way the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile can accept any such courses of action taken by the
government of China. As a matter of fact, with regard to all matters pertaining to the
reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a clarification has already been issued during
the 11th conference in India of the four great schools of Tibetan Buddhism and of the
Yungdrung Bon tradition. We wish to make it emphatically clear that apart from what has
been explained in that conference, no one else has any say on any matter concerned with the
process for the recognition of the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

3) The government of China all too frequently likes to make utterances about the great family
of the motherland. However, in reality, it carries out rampant exploitation of the Tibetan
territory and its natural and human resources by rendering the region an area of colonial
domination; by ethnic discrimination, economic marginalization, and denigration of the
Tibetan linguistic heritage; and by destruction of the region’s natural environment. We emphatically demand that China end all such practices, review them, and come to a decision
to implement a policy which is based on equality and fairness.

4) On its part the Central Tibetan Administration will continue to strive to arrive at a settlement
of the issue of Tibet based on the mutually beneficial middle way approach. This being the
case, if the leaders of China are sincere and unequivocal without any inconsistency in their
utterances and actions, and desire to achieve a positive solution to the Sino-Tibetan dispute,
it should forthwith start the process of entering into talks aimed at actual implementation in
the entire Tibetan territory a meaningfully autonomous governance in keeping with the
provisions of China’s law on regional autonomy for ethnic minority regions.

5) The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has to date adopted a number of resolutions to express
gratitude to governments across the world which have acted on the critical situation in Tibet
through gestures designed to express concern for and solidarity with the Tibetan people and
to parliaments across the world for having adopted resolutions thereon. Likewise, through
various types of totally peaceful, non-violent means, Tibet Support Groups, nongovernmental
organisations, Chinese democracy movement groups, as well as individuals
who support justice from across the world have carried out all sorts of campaigns in support
of the Tibetan cause. To all of them we express our gratitude. At the same time, we request
all of them to continue to lend support to our just cause with efforts directed at resolving the
just cause of Tibet in general terms and especially for the purpose of seeking an urgent and
immediate end to the tragedy of Tibet and the untold suffering of the Tibetan people. During
the past year of 2015, a delegation of members of the United States Congress and the
Federal German Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian
Aid were able to especially visit Tibet and to look at the actual situation there. These visits
have proved beneficial. We request that efforts be directed at making ever more such
delegation visits. In particular, we reiterate our appeal to the United Nations to dispatch
urgently and as soon as possible a representative delegation to investigate the tragic and
critical situation in Tibet today.

Adopted unanimously by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on 22nd March, 2016
The above resolution was adopted unanimously by the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile at its 11th session on 22nd
March, 2016
* In case of any unintended discrepancy between this translation and its original Tibetan text, the latter should be treated as authoritative and final.
Dans la plupart des pays, les citoyens possèdent la liberté de parole. Mais dans une démocratie, ils possèdent encore la liberté après avoir parlé.
André Guillois


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