TWA appeal Indian Prime Minister to raise Tibet issue with meeting with Xi Jinping

Tibetan-Womens-Association-logoA week prior to Xi Jinping’s India visit, Central Tibetan Women’s Association has submitted appeal letters to the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the Indian Minister for External Affairs Ms. Sushma Swaraj urging them to raise Tibet.

To

Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi
Prime Minister of the Republic India
South Block
Raisina Hill
New Delhi-110011
India

Date: September 9, 2014

 Subject: Requesting to bring forward Tibet’s issue during Chinese President’s visit.

Your Excellency,

Central Tibetan Women’s Association would like to seek your intervention to bring forward Tibet’s issue during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

We appeal your Excellency to urge Chinese government to review their harsh policies on Tibet, which has incited greater resistance and acted as an unwavering catalyst to the increasing number of self-immolations as well as peaceful demonstrations.

To date we have seen a staggering 131 self-immolations in Tibet alone. At least 107 of these protesters are known to have died. The self-immolators have repeatedly called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet. Leaders across the world and Tibetans in exile have made numerous appeals to China to examine its policies. China, however, instead of responding to these appeals, has further intensified the suppression of Tibetans in Tibet. Moreover, we are now seeing a new level of repression in the punishment of not only the families of the self-immolators, but the entire community.

Last month, Tibetan woman who was seven months pregnant committed suicide when she heard her husband died in Chinese prison. Her husband was identified as Jinpa Tharchin, one of the five identified people from Denma Shugpa Village in Lishu (Ch: Luoxu) Township in Sershul (Ch: Shiqu) County, Kardze, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture who died in the Chinese prison due to severe torturing on August 18, 2014

On August 12, 2014, Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters in Dema Shupa Township in Lishu. According to the sources, at least ten Tibetans were injured. The unarmed civilians were protesting for the detention of Wangdak, a 45-year-old village leader on the previous night. Wangdak has complained local Chinese government for banning the observance of the Denma Horse Festival. Wangdak argued that the celebration of the festival is a part of Tibetan culture and religious practice. He reasoned out that banning such festival is a violation of the religious freedom of Tibetans. Currently, the situation in Denma Shupa village is becoming more intense as the Chinese armed forces have surrounded the village and civilians above the age of 16 were arrested randomly. So far, five arrested civilians have died inside the prison as a result of severe torture and denial of medical care.[1]

To resolve Tibet issue, the Middle Way Approach is the position of the Central Tibetan Administration in Exile. This approach was democratically adopted by the Central Tibetan Administration; its goal is to resolve the issue of Tibet and to bring about stability and co-existence between the Tibetan and Chinese based on equality and mutual co-operation. Therefore, we strongly appeal your Excellency to urge China to respond to the negotiations extended by the Exile-Tibetan leadership.

We believe that only coordinated and swift diplomatic action can stop this crisis. We thereby request you to kindly highlight the current crisis in Tibet during your meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

We remain deeply grateful to the Government of India for all the support and help bestowed upon us and more importantly for providing the requisite security for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to date.

Thanking you,

 Yours Sincerely,

Tashi Dolma
President
Central Tibetan Women’s Association

 

 The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 17,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents- Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

[1] http://www.tchrd.org/2014/08/tchrd-condemns-chinese-police-shooting-of-unarmed-tibetans-in-kardze-2/

 

 

A pregnant woman commits suicide after hearing her husband’s death in Chinese prison.

imageTWA remain concerned about how the political unrest in Tibet and the use of lethal force by Chinese forces against peaceful Tibetan protestors are making the lives of Tibetans including women and children doomed. We urge the Chinese government to review their draconian policies on Tibet and address the legitimate grievances of Tibetan people inside Tibet.

Last week, a Tibetan woman who was seven months pregnant committed suicide when she heard her husband died in Chinese prison. Her husband was identified as Jinpa Tharchin, one of the five identified people from Dema Shupa Township who died in the Chinese prison due to severe torturing on August 18, 2014.

On August 12, 2014, Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed T10592924_901684919847027_2773610051494619665_nibetan protesters in Denma Shugpa Village in Lishu (Ch: Luoxu) Township in Sershul (Ch: Shiqu) County, Kardze, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. According to the sources, at least ten Tibetans were injured. The unarmed civilians were protesting for the detention of Wangdak, a 45-year-old village leader on the previous night. Wangdak has complained local Chinese government for banning the observance of the Denma Horse Festival. Wangdak argued that the celebration of the festival is a part of Tibetan culture and religious practice. He reasoned out that banning such festival is a violation of the religious freedom of Tibetans. According to the sources, wangdakWangdak was also arrested for complaining against the harassment of Tibetan women by the Chinese authorities. Currently, the situation in Denma Shupa village is becoming more intense as the Chinese armed forces have surrounded the village and civilians above the age of 16 were arrested randomly. So far, five arrested civilians have died inside the prison as a result of severe torture and denial of medical care.

The reports coming from Tibet also said that Dawa Lhamo, a 65 year-old relative of Wangdak has been rendered paralyses due to brain hemorrhage caused by severe torture at the prison, she was taken to a hospital after her condition worsen on August 23. However, her relatives were not allowed to accompany her for the treatment.

 

The detail of the news are also available on:

http://tibet.net/2014/08/27/death-of-tibetan-protestor-in-police-firing-drives-his-pregnant-wife-to-commit-suicide/

http://www.tchrd.org/2014/08/tchrd-condemns-chinese-police-shooting-of-unarmed-tibetans-in-kardze-2/

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/suicide-08262014203210.html

 

TWA appeals Mr Modi to discuss Tibet issue with Chinese Foreign Minister

8945F61F-7CA8-4443-AD09-A258631CB155_mw1024_s_nCentral Tibetan Women’s Association writes an appeal letter to the Prime Minister of India to discuss Tibet issue during his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

TWA would also like to contest the recent statement made by Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei “The door for contact is open but I want to stress that we only talk with personal envoy of Dalai (Lama) and we will only talk about the future of Dalai not anything about Tibet”.

In the letter we have also mentioned the current critical situation ofTibetans inside Tibet.We are very much in hope that the new Prime Minister will consider Tibet during this meeting.

Ref: TWA/OFF/428/14

To

Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi

Prime Minister of the Republic India

South Block

Raisina Hill

New Delhi-110011

India

Date: June 7, 2014

Subject: Appeal to discuss Tibet issue during your meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister

Your Excellency,

Tibetan Women’s Association congratulates you once again for the victory!

The recent news about your government’s plan to set a separate ministry to manage the Himalayan region is thrilling news for all of us. Tibet issue is closely netted to the security of Himalayan region, Tibet issue is not a personal issue of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama as Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said recently[1]. Your Excellency is well aware of depth and importance of Tibet issue and we earnestly request you to discuss Tibet issue during your meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

To resolve Tibet issue, the Middle Way Approach is the position of the Central Tibetan Administration in Exile. This approach was democratically adopted by the Central Tibetan Administration; its goal is to resolve the issue of Tibet and to bring about stability and co-existence between the Tibetan and Chinese based on equality and mutual co-operation. Therefore, we strongly appeal your Excellency to urge China to respond to the negotiations extended by the Exile-Tibetan leadership.

With this letter, we would like you to bring your attention to the current critical state of Tibet and on going crisis inside Tibet. It is undeniable truth that the Chinese occupation of Tibet and more than six decades of rule has incited greater resistance and acted as an unwavering catalyst to the increasing number of self-immolations as well as peaceful demonstrations.

To date we have seen a staggering 131 self-immolations in Tibet alone. At least 107 of these protesters are known to have died. The self-immolators have repeatedly called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet. Leaders across the world and Tibetans in exile have made numerous appeals to China to examine its policies. China, however, instead of responding to these appeals, has further intensified the suppression of Tibetans in Tibet. Moreover, we are now seeing a new level of repression in the punishment of not only the families of the self-immolators, but the entire community.

We believe that only coordinated and swift diplomatic action can stop this crisis. We thereby request you to kindly highlight the current crisis in Tibet during your meeting with the Foreign Minister of China.

We remain deeply grateful to the Government of India for all the support and help bestowed upon us and more importantly for providing the requisite security for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to date.

Thanking you,

Yours Sincerely,

Tashi Dolma

President

Central Tibetan Women’s Association

 

 The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 17,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents- Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

[1] http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-open-for-talks-but-not-on-tibet-autonomy-says-china-call-the-dalai-lama-an-out-and-out-separatist-1993879

TWA demands the Chinese government to declare the 11th Panchen Lama’s status by 25th April, 2015

 

TWA observes the 25th birthday of XIth Panchen Lama

 

 

April 25, 2014: Tibetans and Tibet supporters are today marking the 25th birthday of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama of Tibet. But, there will be no party or celebration; Gedhun Choekyi Nyima will once again be spending his birthday in an unknown location having been abducted by the Chinese authorities in 1995, following his recognition as one of Tibet’s most important religious figures. Nineteen years ago on May 17, 1995, 6 year old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was imprisoned for no crime and for purely political reasons.

 

The Tibetan Women’s Association and its global network of 56 regional chapters call on the Chinese leadership and the Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), to disclose the whereabouts of the 25-year old Panchen Lama of Tibet. Panchen Lama’s parents are currently placed under house arrest in their home town- they are not allowed to make any outside contact and police officials reportedly escort and monitor all their movements.

 

Tibetans, Tibet supporters, Human Rights Organizations and World Governments have consistently urged China to release Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, but these appeals continue to go unheeded. For nearly two decades the Chinese authorities have denied requests from governments and the United Nations for access to Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family.

 

In September 2013, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Child (CRC) in its concluding observation on China mentioned its concern over the disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. CRC mentioned that, “the situation of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, who disappeared at the age of six years in 1995, and despite the State party’s information, mainland China has not allowed any independent expert to visit and confirm his whereabouts, fulfillment of his rights and well-being. Immediately allow an independent expert to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and verify his health and living conditions.”

 

In 2010 Padma Choling, the former Chairman of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), made a statement saying that “Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is living a normal life,” but there is no evidence of his current state. We demand that he provide evidence to this.

 

To mark his 25th birthday and in remembrance of Xth Panchen Lama, Choekyi Gyaltsen, TWA is organizing a panel discussion on the topic- “The indomitable Spirit of the Xth Panchen Lama and significance of the 70,000 Character Petition” in Mcleod Ganj. This will discuss the significance of the “70,000 character petition” (described by Mao Zedong as), which essentially is a significant document ‘systematically critiquing and making recommendations about the work in Tibet and other Tibetan areas.’ It is also one of the most important documents in modern Tibetan history. It was denounced by China’s former leader Mao Zedong in 1962 as “a poisoned arrow shot at the Party” and called Panchen Lama as “a reactionary feudal overlord”.

 

According to the Tibetan astrological predictions, the 25th birth year is the year of astrological hindrances to an individual’s life. Therefore TWA and its regional chapters will be organizing massive prayers and elaborate rituals including ‘Kagyur’ reading to ensure the immediate release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima from the clutches of Chinese government.

 

At the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meetings and the recent Universal Periodic Review in October 2013, China confidently claimed that all its ethnic minorities have human rights- political, economic, cultural, social, educational, religious. But the case of continued abduction of Tibet’s spiritual leader Panchen Lama reflects China’s gross violation of religious and political rights of the Tibetan people in Tibet. It also shows that even after 55 years illegal occupation of Tibet, the Chinese government has failed to assert its political or religious legitimacy and authority over Tibetan people and in Tibet. Last year in November, China was re-elected in the UNHRC thus making them obligated to improve the human rights situation in both China and Tibet.

 

TWA calls on the Chinese Government to implement all its national and international commitments on human rights and to ensure the immediate release of the XIth Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as a step towards such staying true to its affirmations.

 

 

Tibetan Women’s Association

Central Executive Committee, Dharamsala

 

 

TWA urges the UN Delegation visiting China to heed to status of Tibetan Women in Tibet

bookThe Tibetan Women’s Association [i] is pleased to learn that an experts team representing ‘United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice’ will undertake its first visit to the People’s Republic of China [ii] from 12 to 19 December 2013, to appraise the progress made towards achieving gender equality and the protection and promotion of women’s human rights.

 

TWA also takes note of that commitment made by Ms. Francas Raday, chair of the Working Group, towards assessing the legislative reforms and policies that have been implemented by the Government of China to promote women’s rights and gender equality. In addition to the expert groups’ area of focus- women’s economic and social life, achievements and good practices to eliminate discrimination against women and also obstacles to their empowerment, TWA urges the team to pay special attention to the status of Tibetan Women inside Tibet.

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A research report published by TWA titled ‘The Status of Tibetan Women inside Tibet Mirrors China’s Critical Disengagement with its International and National Commitments-2013’ launched today in  Dharamsala on the occasion of World Human Rights Day, covers the status of women in the fields of Education, Employment, Prostitution, Healthcare, Family-Planning Policy, Justice, Torture, Religious Freedom, Political Freedom and Employment. The report has made 15 recommendations[iii] for the Chinese Government and the United Nations. Whilst it calls for international intervention to address the status of women in Tibet, it sense the need for adequate reforms to ameliorate the living standards of women in Tibet and significantly to keep China a strict adherent of its national and international commitments.

 

TWA also would like to reiterate that much is expected from this visit as it is the first Special Procedures visit since the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter went in December 2010. TWA urges the Working Group to pay attention to the recommendations enclosed with this letter.

 

TWA will closely follow the delegation’s preliminary findings which will be delivered via a press conference scheduled to be held on 19 December 2013 in Beijing.  TWA also anticipates a veracious account and a substantial report with conclusions and recommendations which the team will present to the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014.

 



[i] Largest Tibetan Women’s Organization based in Dharamsala, Exile India, with a global network of 16000 women members.

[ii] The team is scheduled to visit Beijing and Shanghai in addition to Kunming and the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, both in the Yunnan Province.

[iii] Recommendations

The Tibetan Women’s Association calls on the Chinese Government to:

  • Abide by its national and international commitments in the field of human rights, education, employment, health, freedom of expression and environment.
  • Modify the education policy of the PRC, to take into greater account Tibetan language and cultural particularities.
  • Engage in a combat against human trafficking, in pursuance of the PRC’s legal commitments.
  • Implement the principles of gender equality so that Tibetan women are given alternatives for earning a living.
  • Provide greater transparency in terms of public health–transparency that will bring an end to censorship regarding information on public health of Tibetans.
  • End discrimination in the health field towards all Tibetans, including Tibetan women and children.
  • End socio-economic and political pressures that force women to undergo abortion and sterilization.
  • Implement in concrete terms the mechanisms of complaint and enforcement guaranteed by the Chinese constitution.
  • Ensure and respect the rights of people living in territories controlled by China for access to a fair and transparent judicial system.
  • Include in its legislation a definition of torture that incorporates mental torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, thus conforming to the United Nations Convention against Torture.
  • Authorize visits to Chinese prisons by independent control organizations, and for these visits to take place freely, without intimidation or censorship by the authorities.
  • Release Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, Tibet’s Panchen Lama and allow him to freely fulfill his religious vocation.
  • Abolish its patriotic re-education campaign, as its elements qualify as inhumane and degrading treatment, if not torture.
  • Secure and protect Tibet’s fragile environment and respect Tibetan stewardship.

 

TWA calls on the United Nations, World Governments and the International Community to

  • React to the Chinese Government’s failure to abide by its national and international commitments.
  • Ensure that the Chinese Government doesn’t not make a mockery of the UN and International Conventions, which protect human rights and human dignity.
  • Pressure China to heed to the 14 recommendations placed by TWA in this publication.