A message for Xi Jinping

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A Message for Xi Jinping

    Global Tibet movement calls on new generation of Chinese Leaders to acknowledge policy failures and seek resolution to the crisis in Tibet

    Tibetan resistance in Tibet strengthens despite China’s intensified crackdown

As thousands of Tibetans in Rebkong, Amdo in eastern Tibet (Ch: Qinghai Province) staged protests [1] against Chinese rule after the 63rd self-immolation protest [2], exiled Tibetans and Tibet campaigners around the world have issued China’s leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, a Tibet Challenge; to address the endemic policy failures and seek a just solution to the occupation of Tibet [3], or face growing resistance.

“At this critical moment in history, as China’s Communist Party is on the cusp of handing power to a new generation of leaders, Tibetans in large numbers are taking every opportunity to denounce six decades of policy failures in Tibet; policies that have created this immolation crisis” said the International Tibet Network [4]. “It is increasingly clear that Tibetans in Tibet are determined to shape their own future. China’s Communist Party leaders will ignore this at their peril; or the 5th generation could be the last generation.”

China’s failed Tibet policies have contributed to a society in which Tibetans’ human rights are routinely abused, and where they are marginalised politically, socially and economically. Decades of intense suffering in Tibet have led many Tibetans to feel compelled to engage in extreme acts of protests, reflected in the ever increasing wave of self-immolation protests taking place. To date at least 63 individuals have set themselves on fire in protest against China’s rule and at least 54 have died. On 2 November, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Chinese government to immediately address the long-standing Tibetan grievances that have led to this dramatic escalation in protests stating, “Social stability in Tibet will never be achieved through heavy security measures and suppression of human rights. Deep underlying issues need to be addressed, and I call on the Government to seriously consider the recommendations made to it by various international human rights bodies, as well as to avail itself of the expert advice being offered by the UN’s independent experts on human rights.” [6]

Today Tibetans and Tibet supporters around the globe are gathered in solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet, to expose the Chinese government’s brutal policies and ensure the incoming leaders know the challenges that lie ahead. Tibet groups in various countries are challenging Xi outside Chinese embassies, in front of government buildings and on-line, supporters are spreading the message that Xi Jinping and the rest of the 5th generation leaders must take this opportunity to address the urgent need for change in Tibet, or go down in history as yet another failed generation of leaders who refused to end the violent and illegal occupation of Tibet [6].

“Ultimately China has failed to crush the Tibetan desire for freedom, and the resistance we see in Tibet today is stronger, more unified and more widespread than ever before” said the International Tibet Network “Xi Jinping must now decide whether he can afford to continue down the same path of repression and brutality, or find the courage to face the Tibet challenge and seek a constructive resolution to the occupation of Tibet.”

1. Mass Protest After Fatal Burning, Radio Free Asia – http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/ blaze-11042012105433.html

2. On 4 November Dorjee Lhundrup, a young Tibetan farmer, became the 63rd Tibetan to self-immolate in protest against China’s rule of Tibet. For more information about the self- immolation protests see www.standupfortibet.org/learn-more

3. Xi Jinping’s Tibet Challenge: a report highlighting China’s failed policies in Tibet and outlining the Tibet challenges facing Xi Jinping as China continues to maintain its occupation through Three Pillars of Coercive Control: Military Occupation, Colonial Rule, and Fear and Intimidation. Read and download from Issuu http://bit.ly/QXfT3V and/or Google Docs http://bit.ly/RDLYPO

4. The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of over 180 Tibet-related organisations dedicated to ending human rights violations in Tibet and to working actively to restore the Tibetan people’s right under international law to determine their future political, economic, social, religious and Cultural status. See www.tibetnetwork.org for more information.

5. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Statement: “China must urgently address deep-rooted frustrations with human rights in Tibetan areas.” http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=12729&LangID=E

6. China’s Communist Party seized control of Tibet in 1950. Tibet is comprised of the three provinces of Amdo, Kham, and U-Tsang. Amdo is now split by China into the provinces of Qinghai and part of Gansu. Kham is largely incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Gansu and Yunnan, and U-Tsang, together with western Kham, is today referred to by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). Tibet’s traditional territory accounts for one quarter of the landmass of today’s People’s Republic of China.







今年十一月二日,聯合國人權組織負責人 Navi Pillay 女士向中共政府要求即刻解決西藏長期存在的問題:“





Released by:
Tibetan Women’s Association:
National Democratic Party of Tibet:
Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet:
Students for a Free Tibet India:
Coordinated by International Tibet Network

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