Statement of TWA on the 55th Anniversary of the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day

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Today, Tibetans inside and outside Tibet commemorate the 55th anniversary of Tibetan Women’s Uprising. On 12th March 1959, thousands of Tibetan women from all the three provinces of Tibet stood up against the Chinese forces thereby triggering a peaceful resistance that continue even today.

During the uprisings and thereafter, we lost hundreds of Tibetan women in the brutal crackdown enforced by the Chinese forces. We hail them as martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet.

The Tibetan Women’s Association, which was initially established in Lhasa on 12th March 1959, was reinstated in India on 10th September 1984. The core purpose of establishing this association is to continue the works of all the great women of Tibet, who have sacrificed themselves to preserve our identity, freedom and our culture. We pledge that the hardships endured by these martyrs for the cause will not go in vain and that we will continue to stand resolutely united and be of firm commitment the to the cause of Tibet. We also revere all women who made great efforts and sacrifices during the hardest period of early years in exile.

Today, the situation inside Tibet is faced with intensification of crackdown and systematic repression on Tibetan people. The results are evident in the spate of self-immolations that persists. Since 2009, 127 Tibetans in Tibet including 19 women have set themselves alight calling for the return of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans. In exile, since 1998, six Tibetans have self-immolated to protest against the callous crackdowns inside Tibet. We stand in solidarity with all the supreme sacrifices made by these martyrs.

Today in Tibet, any expression of identity and patriotism is dealt with in the most severe manner. The arbitrary arrests and sentencing of Tibetan singers, writers and social activists, who work for the welfare of all the Tibetans, have increased over the years. The Chinese authorities also continue to criminalize the family members, friends and relatives of these self-immolators by calling them as murderers or inciters.

In august last year, the intermediate court in Ngaba region, meted out death sentence to Dolma Kyab, husband of Kunchok Wangmo who self-immolated on 13th March 13 last year. The court charged Dolma kyab for murder of his wife. In December 2013, Geshe Ngawang Jamyang, a senior Tibetan monk from Diru was beaten to death by Chinese police. In January this year, Kunchok Dakpa, a young Tibetan man was beaten to death. He was arrested for his participation in May 2013 protest against mining in Diru in May 2013. These incidences bring to light the harrowing human rights situation inside Tibet.

TWA remain gravely concerned about the continued abduction of the XIth Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima who will turn 25 years old this year. The imprisonment of Tulku Tenzin Delek despite his ailing condition is worrisome.

TWA calls on the Chinese leadership to acknowledge their 60 years of failed policies in Tibet that has proven to be catastrophic and review their policies and deal sensibly with the Tibet challenge.

TWA’s steadfast commitment to resolving the long-standing issue of Tibet through the Middle Way Policy seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet, remain strong. In this light, TWA has sent appeal letters and substantial reports to the concerned UN bodies and other world governments to urge the Chinese government to resolve Tibet’s issue through dialogue and non-violence.

TWA respects His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the spiritual leader of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet and as the global ambassador of peace and compassion. We abhor the Chinese government’s hurling of abuses against His Holiness and the ruthless warnings issued by the Chinese leadership to the world leaders refraining them from meeting with His Holiness.

We also received response letter from the Indian Nursing Council for our appeal to the council to reconsider and reassess the resolution passed as per the letter dated 25th March, 2013 titled ‘Equivalency-Foreign Nationals’.

TWA dedicates this 55th anniversary to the women inside Tibet. This year, TWA announces a fellowship program for young women in Tibet pursuing professional studies. The fellowship will be imparted to the target group through a reliable international foundation.

Despite the draconian policies of the Chinese government to weaken the use of Tibetan language, Tibetans inside Tibet have been taking creative and sustained efforts to preserve and promote Tibetan language, culture and identity. This inspires Tibetans in exile to follow suit.

In a bid to laud their efforts, this year TWA announces two informal researchers’ seats (in Tibetan language) for two Tibetan women in exile. The research topics are ‘Intermarriage between Tibetans and Chinese under China’s rule in Tibet’ and ‘Intermarriage between Tibetans and foreigners in exile’. The details will be made available on TWA’s website after April 1 this year.

In exile, in honor of the 19 Tibetan women who died of self-immolation protests, TWA announces an honorary award of 25,000 INR to Tsering Dolkar, also known as ‘Tibetan Mother Teresa,’ for her work for humanity and the haggard.

TWA believes that the Tibetan struggle is not only a political struggle of the Tibetan people against the Chinese Communist regime, but also essentially a struggle against injustices that bears moral weight on the international community to respond to travesty of justice taking place at an unprecedented stage, thus stirring the human conscience. Beginning March 12, TWA launched an online petition addressed to Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council. The petition urges governments and people of the world to urge China’s government to response to the negotiation extended by the representatives of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Today, Tibetan women across the globe commemorate this day by offering offer our deepest respect to human rights defenders across the globe. We pledge to dedicate ourselves to work for human rights, peace, and freedom in Tibet and the other regions of the world where peace is held hostage by brutal regimes.

This is a request of TWA to the older generation to educate the younger generation about the values that exist in our culture and the younger generation must know and practice the essence of our unique culture. Tibetans in exile should not fail to preserve and promote our culture and tradition while we are struggling for a better livelihood. People inside Tibet endeavor to preserve the culture even under the duress of occupation.

With firm affirmation of our faith in the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we pray for his long life.  May all the Tibetans be soon united in Tibet.  12 March Poster final

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 16,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents; Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

Issued by

Central Tibetan Women’s Association,

March 12, 2014

 

TWA observes the 65th annual United Nations’ Human Rights Day

Dec-10,-2013-banner_facebook2013 marks the 65th annual United Nations’ Human Rights Day and 64th year of Chinese occupation of Tibet, since 1949. Even after more than six decades of China’s violation of human rights in Tibet, this year, China has made it to the 47-seat United Nations Human Rights Council. Either the governments have elected China in the council with hope to see positive changes or to maintain their trade relationship with China as it is the world’s rising power. Which ever the case, we sincerely hope China is serious about improving human rights conditions in Tibet and the United Nations and UN Human Rights Council will maintain its commitments on human rights.

 

In marking this year’s annual United Nations’ Human Rights Day, Central Tibetan Women’s Association earnestly requests Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Amnesty International, International Court of Justice, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Committee Against Torture and UN Women to support for the release of Tulku Tenzin Delek in order to get medical treatment as his physical condition is very critical and we also request to focus on health condition of all political prisoners who are suffering with serious illness in China’s prison and detention centers.

 

In the morning, at the f2ormal function of the Central Tibetan Administration, TWA launched the new researched book ‘The Status of Tibetan Women in Tibet’ and at the main gate of the Tsuklagkhang (Dalai Lama’s temple), three non-governmental organizations (Students for a Free Tibet, Gu-Chu-Sum and Central Tibetan Women’s organization) organized a mass campaign to support the release and well return of Dhondup Wangchen by signing on a thousand of paper cranes made by the three NGOs. The signed paper cranes will 3be posting to the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in New Delhi.

 

In the evening, at 2pm, TWA organized a talk on human rights ’64 years of violation of human rights in Tibet under Chinese occupation, since 1949′ for the foreigners. The guest speakers for the talk were Tenzin Nyingji, a researcher at the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and John Gaudette, a legal intern at TCHRD. Nyingji focused on ‘Human Rights situation in Tibet’ and John focused on ‘Crime against Humanity in Tibet’.

Central Tibetan Women’s Association

                                                Dharamsala

Appeals to the international bodies on Dec 10, 2013

tulku tenzin delek In marking the 65th annual United Nations’ Human Rights Day, Central Tibetan Women’s Association earnestly requests the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Committee Against Torture, UN Women, Amnesty International, International Court of Justice and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to support for the release of Tulku Tenzin Delek in order to get medical treatment as his physical condition is very critical and we also request your excellency to focus on health condition of all political prisoners who are suffering with serious illness in China’s prison and detention centers.

 

Following is the appeal letter we sent to these international bodies.

 

Ref: TWA/OF/34/13

To

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
8-14, avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

 

Date: Dec 9, 2013

Subject: Support for the release of Tulku Tenzin Delek in order to get medical treatment as his physical condition is very critical.

 

Respected Sir/Madam,

 

2013 marks the 64th year of Chinese occupation of Tibet. Since 1949, thousands of Tibetans have been killed and thousands of sacred monasteries destroyed. It is inevitable that Tibetans are still suffering under this brutal occupation.

 

In marking the 65th annual United Nations’ Human Rights Day, Central Tibetan Women’s Association earnestly requests that the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to support for the release of Tulku Tenzin Delek in order to get medical treatment as his physical condition is very critical and we also request your excellency to focus on health condition of all political prisoners who are suffering with serious illness in China’s prison and detention centers.

 

The well-known religious leader Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has been imprisoned for eleven years; during this time his family members and relatives were able to visit him only seven times, most recently on August 16, 2013 at Chenduan prison in Da-Zhu town near Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. During the latest visit, it was observed that Rinpoche’s physical condition has become very critical, he has heart problems, often falls unconscious and his whole body shivers when he speaks.

 

On April 7, 2002, he was arrested and falsely charged with being involved in the April 3, 2002 bombing in the Central Square of Sichuan’s capital Chengdu. Falsely alleging that Rinpoche had exploded the bomb and that he had splitist motivations, the Intermediate People’s Court of the

 

Dartsedo (Chinese: Kangding) county, Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (TAP) passed verdicts on December 2, 2002 for his disciple Lobsang Dhondup to be sentenced to death, while Rinpoche’s death sentence was suspended for two years.

 

On January 26, 2003, the People’s High Court of Sichuan Province executed the disciple Lobsang Dhondup on the basis of the verdict issued by the Intermediate People’s Court of Kardze TAP, and left unchanged the two years’ postponement of the Rinpoche’s death sentence.

 

Later, on January 24, 2005, Rinpoche’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and since then there has been no change to his circumstances.

 

Chinese authorities are continuously accusing and arresting innocent Tibetans on false charges. In August 2013, Lobsang Kunchok, a 40-year-old monk from Kirti monastery in Ngaba, and his 31-year-old nephew Lobsang Tsering were arrested for allegedly inciting eight people to self-immolate. The Intermediate People’s Court of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) prefecture further charged Lobsang Kunchok with passing on information about the self-immolations to overseas media – he was given a death sentence suspended for two years and denied political rights for life. Lobsang Tsering was given a ten-year prison sentence and denied political rights for a further three years.

 

On March 14, 2013, self-immolator Kunchok Wangmo’s husband Dolma Kyab was arrested for refusing to accept that his wife’s death was due to their family feuds. Five months later, the Intermediate Court of Ngaba region announced that he was to be sentenced to death, stating that he strangled his wife to death and burned her body after an argument over his drinking problem.

 

It is, tragically, an undeniable fact that China continues to falsely convict the family members, friends and relatives of self-immolators as murderers or inciters. We request that Your Excellency intervene in the unjust trials and arbitrary detentions of innocent Tibetans.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Tashi Dolma

President

Central Tibetan Women’s Association

www.tibetanwomen.org

 

 TWA has 56 regional chapters spread across the globe and over 16,000 members outside Tibet. Today, TWA is the second largest Tibetan NGO and the only women’s NGO in exile that advocates human rights for Tibetan women in Tibet and works to empower Tibetan women in exile. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for home, Action in exile.’

G20 Leaders – Unite for Tibet

G20Tibetan NGOs urge G20 leaders to tackle Xi Jinping over failed policies and call for Multilateral Action for Tibet

[DHARAMSALA] On the eve of the G20 summit, 5 Tibetan NGOs have sent a strong message to G20 leaders to “Unite for Tibet”, and called on them to tackle Xi Jinping about his Party’s 60-year occupation of Tibet and appalling human rights abuses during the G20 summit in St Petersburg (5 and 6 September). Staging a protest in Dharamsala, the NGOs highlighted the Tibetan peoples’ increased resistance to China’s rule through protests, cultural resistance and the drastic act of self-immolation, and the urgent need for Governments to stand together in address the crisis in Tibet.

“China needs the world as much as the world needs China,” said Ms Tsewang Dolma, Information and International Relations Secretary of Tibetan Youth Congress. While we understand the need to further strengthen economic ties, we must remember that principles and values that sustain human rights, respect and dignity should be treated with equal importance. Tibetan Youth Congress believes that in order for there to be genuine progress in either economic or political field, G20 members must respect the right for people to have freedom and then hold accountable those nations who deprive people of basic human rights.
Tashi Dolma, President, Tibetan Women’s Association said “The situation in Tibet is fast deteriorating. China’s priorities of economic growth and political stability are implemented through hard-line policies inside Tibet and the exploitation of its fragile environment, without respect for human lives or human rights. The recent instances of Chinese security forces opening fire on Tibetans celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Tawu [1] and beating crowds of Tibetans protesting illegal diamond mining in Gedrong Zatoe [2] are examples of the intensified crackdown.”Exile Tibetans-Protest-G20

The more China tightens its grip, the stronger the Tibetan spirit of resistance becomes, and the more each new wave of protest provokes a brutal military, judicial and propaganda crackdown. Conversely, the international community’s response to the suffering of the Tibetan people under China’s rule is the exact opposite; with China’s economic and political rise, explicit support from governments has fallen away, Governments have been bullied and threatened into silence by an increasingly intransigent China.
“The worsening situation in Tibet, where there have now been more than 120 self-immolations, warrants urgent attention from world governments. We call on G20 leaders to devise a new robust mechanism that has the potential to bring about genuine progress on the 60-year occupation of Tibet, whilst safeguarding each other’s diplomatic relationships with China” said Gelek Jamyang, President, National Democratic Party of Tibet.

“Since Xi Jinping came to power, nations occupied by China such as Tibet, Uyghur, and the Chinese Mainland Democracy activists, have come to fear what Xi terms the ‘Chinese dream’. G20 leaders have to be fully aware of (and accept) the fact that the power and pride that the Chinese government is currently parading is built on the blood and destruction of fundamental human ethics and values.” Lukar Sham, Acting President of Gu-Chu-Sum Movement of Tibet addresses.

The NGOs have joined international calls to urge G20 leaders to adopt a new approach to seek progressive concrete support on Tibet, through the creation of a coordinated, multilateral initiative that will advance international policy on Tibet [3].

“Since 2009, over 120 Tibetans have lit their own bodies on fire to protest China’s brutal occupation [4]. Tibetans are crying out for freedom and human rights and China is bullying world leaders to stay silent on Tibet. People worldwide are calling for action and I urge the Indian government to take multilateral action for Tibet!” said Rashi Jauhri, Deputy Program Director, Students for a Free Tibet, India.

International Governments must recognize that China’s threats to reverse or cancel trade ties are hollow. China is in need of the support of its G20 partners, just as G20 countries share the need for a relationship with China. However it is a relationship of interdependence, Governments must be on equal terms with China and ensure that the core values and democratic principles are not compromised.

After almost a year at the helm of China’s Communist Party, it is time for Xi’s fellow leaders in the G20 to hold him to account for his failed policies in Tibet. For Tibet, the situation has never been more critical. It is time to Unite for Tibet.

 

 

 

Notes:
[1] Tawu link eg Tibet Network statement http://www.tibetnetwork.org/sites/default/files/InternationalTibetNetworkStatementonTawuShootings.July9_.pdf
[2] Diamond Mining Source: http://goo.gl/9JNYHi
For example, in 2012, UK exports to China rose 7.5% according to China Daily, despite the fact that David Cameron met the Dalai Lama in May of that year. Even Norway, not a G20 nation but incurring China’s wrath through its Nobel Peace prize award in 2010 to Chinese dissident and Tibet supporter Liu Xiaobo, saw a 14% rise in exports to China during 2011.
[3] See recommendations in the report “Unite for Tibet”. Coordinated by the International Tibet Network, the report clearly illustrates the abject failure of the current policy to address China’s occupation of Tibet through bilateral approaches. It questions why Governments bow to China’s blatant bullying tactics whenever Governments and leaders decide to meet Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and challenges the widely held view that angering China over Tibet will lead to onerous economic and diplomatic penalties, contending that most of China’s punitive reactions are more hot air than genuinely damaging in the long-term. The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of more than 180 Tibet Groups, http://www.tibetnetwork.org/. The report was co-authored by the Australia Tibet Council http://atc.org.au/
US Tibet Committee, http://www.ustibetcommittee.org/, Students for a Free Tibet, https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/ and Tibetan Women’s Association, https://tibetanwomen.org/
[4] The latest instance of self-immolation is an 18 year-old monk named Kunchok Sonam, who died following his protest on 20 July 2013 in Ngaba, eastern Tibet. For details of all self-immolation cases in Tibet see http://standupfortibet.org/learn-more/ or www.tibetanyouthcongress.org

Justice to the late self-immolator’s husband

To voice against recent tra04gic case of late self-immolator Kunchok Wangmo’s husband Dolma Kyab, TWA wrote appeal letter addressed to the UNHRC’s high commissioner Navanethem Pillay, UNICEF, the International court of Justice and Executive Director of UN human right Section for women Ms. Michelle Bachelet.

The appeal letter says:

On 13th March 2013, a Tibetan woman named Kunchok Wangmo set herself on fire and soon passed away in her fiery protest. The day also marked the eve of Xi Jingping’s formal selection as the new President of China.

Kunchok Wangmo is from Dzoege region of Ngaba, eastern Tibet. She is a married woman in her 30s, her husband’s name is Dolma Kyab and they have an eight year-old daughter. According to the sources, Chinese authorities took possession of Kunchok Wangmo’s body and carried out the cremation without a permission of her family members. They later handed over the remains.

So far, 121 Tibetans inside Tibet have self-immolated. Kunchok Wangmo become the 15th Tibetan Woman and 109th Tibetan to set on fire to protest against hardcore policies of China and demand for the return of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and freedom for Tibetan people.

Kunchok Wangmo’s husband Dolma Kyab was arrested on 14th March, 2013 for refusing to accept his wife’s death was due to their family feuds. He bravely told that he will take this injustice to the higher court of Sichuan province. However, it is apparent that he hasn’t received the justice and on 15th August, 2013, the intermediate court in Ngaba region has announced to sentence him to death.

The intermediate court in Ngaba region stated that Dolma Kyab murdered his wife Kunchok Wangmo. The state-controlled media Global Times reported that Dolma Kyab strangled his wife to death and burned her body after an argument over Kyab’s drinking problem. In reality, there isn’t such argument between them; a Chinese official media quoted Kyab’s lawyer Su Haijun as saying that Kunchok Wangmo’s parents would not believe that their son-in-law killed their daughter as the couple “were generally on good terms with each other.” 4

Now the eight year-old daughter of Dolma Kyab and Kunchok Wangmo became an orphan, who lost her parents under the injustice or the ruthless rule of Chinese authority in Tibet. This eight year-old girl is not only a child who became orphan due to the callous rule of People’s Republic of China in Tibet; there are hundreds and hundreds of children who lost their parents under similar circumstances. We earnestly urge UNICEF to defend these children by investigating the cause and pressuring Chinese government to stop the human rights violation.

It is unbearable fact that China continues to plot the family members, friends and relatives of self-immolators as a murderer or inciter and the world remains silent. It is high time that the International court of Justice handles the cases of these innocent Tibetans and make world believe that there is a court for all the defenseless people, which gives fair trials, judgement and enhances the confidence of the public in truth and justice.

The death penalty clearly violates fundamental rights of an individual; therefore Tibetan Women’s Association strongly condemns the death penalty. We seek immediate and urgent intervention from the UNHRC’s high commissioner the honorable Navanethem Pillay and we appeal that the fundamental human rights of every Tibetan inside Tibet be valued and protected.

Yours sincerely,

Tashi Dolma

President, Central Tibetan Women’s Association