Dharamsala, January 2: Tibetan Women’s Association and Tibet Third Pole have launched a petition to the Ministry of Environment Protection of The People’s Republic of China. The petition appeals to the PRC to halt the forced removal of nomads from Tibet’s pastureland since this is not a climate mitigation measure but rather a disastrous environmental policy that threatens the survival of the ten downstream countries. We also alert the Ministry of Environment of Nine Downstream Nations dependent on Tibet’s rivers (India, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal) to the urgency of this issue and beseech that immediate pressure is put upon the PRC government to cease current policies of forced and coerced displacement.
[important]Please support the Tibetan nomads by signing and sharing the online petition here
(this petition page will also be updated with the number of offline signatories).[/important]
The petition was launched at the Buddhist Kalachakra teaching in Bodh Gaya this month, where TWA have a stall campaigning for nomads’ rights and showcasing TWA’s recent activities, including the November 2011 publication of a book on the critical situation currently facing Tibet’s nomads – Purging the Treaure House: displacement and the status of the Tibetan nomad.