In Solidarity with Hong Kong

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With the introduction of China’s ‘White Paper’ and their decision to control over the upcoming election for Chief Executive in 2017, the Chinese government has started to wipe the democracy that people of Hong Kong have been enjoying till today.

 

Starting from 22 September 2014, a peaceful protest was started by student groups in Hong Kong demanding Universal Suffrage. The protesters also call for Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying to step down from the post.

 

DSC06989Tibetan Women’s Association is impatient to all the harsh policies that China implements. We can feel the in-depth significance of the protest that people of Hong Kong are carrying today.

 

This morning, TWA initiated a campaign in support of the protest that people of Hong Kong are carrying on their soil for democracy and universal suffrage. TWA’s in-solidarity campaign was started at 10:00 AM at Mcloed Ganj and concluded at 3:00 PM.DSC06993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWA Urges Indian PM Modi to raise the crucial issue of Tibet with the Chinese President

Calls on Xi Jinping to face the Tibet Challenge by holding talks with Tibetan Leadershipcampaign poster

The campaign video ‘Xi Face the Tibet Challenge’ can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/Z_uMMg5IeaI

 

September 16, 2014, Dharamsala:

On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), the largest women’s political organization in exile, while wishing Shri Narendra Modi ji a happy 64th birthday, urges the Indian Prime Minister to raise the crucial issue of Tibet with his Chinese counterpart.

TWA calls on Xi Jinping to face the Tibet Challenge by holding talks with the Tibetan leadership in exile, particularly with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On the eve of Xi Jinping’s India visit, TWA is re-releasing a campaign video titled #Xi Face the Tibet Challenge. This campaign was initially launched on March 14, 2013, the day Xi Jinping formally assumed the Chinese presidency. Over 200 Tibetan women representing 33 regional chapters of TWA staged the campaign at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi with three key slogans: Xi Jinping, end the repression in Tibet, Xi Jinping, resolve the Tibet crisis now, and Xi Jinping, face the Tibet Challenge.

“Sadly, over the last 18 months, we didn’t see the Chinese Government under Xi’s leadership address the legitimate grievances of Tibetan people inside Tibet,” said Ms. Tashi Dolma, President of TWA.

The situation in Tibet is exacerbated by a deepening crackdown by the Chinese government on any forms of peaceful expressions for freedom by the Tibetan people, thus deepening the anguish Tibetans feel. Human rights situation in Tibet is marked by deterioration of rights protection and an intensification of clampdowns. There have been arbitrary shootings, arrests, and the indiscriminate use of force – actions which have reduced Tibetans to the level of a subject people. The denial of religious freedom and large-scale government sponsored settlements by non-Tibetans threaten to obliterate Tibetan identity.

For the last 18 years of TWA’s history in exile, TWA has been calling on the Chinese government to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet. But their stringent and repressive policies have engendered a forbidding situation that has spiraled a spate of self-immolations inside Tibet, of 131 Tibetans including 21 Women.

“Therefore today, as Xi Jinping steps into India, the exile homeland for Tibetans, we call on him to review China’s failed policies in Tibet, to end the crisis inside Tibet and significantly to fulfill the genuine aspirations of the Tibetan people who sacrificed their lives calling for ‘freedom for Tibetans inside Tibet’ and for ‘the dignified return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama back to Tibet’,” said Tashi Dolma,

A week prior to Xi Jinping’s India visit, TWA has submitted appeal letters to the Indian Prime Minister and the Indian Minister for External Affairs urging them to raise Tibet. TWA leaders will also engage in a two-day direct lobby campaign with the Indian leaders.

 

 

Press contacts:

Tashi Dolma, President – 9459553953
Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary – 9882502821

 

 

 

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

11th_PanchenLama2It has been 19 years since the abduction of the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima. On 17th May, 1995, 6 year old Gendun Choekyi Nyima was imprisoned for no crime and for purely political reasons. Then he was the world youngest political prisoner.

There isn’t a bit of news about the wellbeing of 11th Panchen Lama since the former secretary of the Communist Party of China committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region Zhang Qingli’s brief statement on him. Zhang Qingli said Gendhun Choekyi Nyima is doing well. 17th May, 2014 marks 19 years of disppearance of Gendun Choekyi Nyima, his family and caretaker. Many international media and his faithful followers doubt his survival and start debating on “what we have to do if 11th Panchen Gendun Choekyi Nyima is no more alive?” This enforced disappearance of Panchen Lama for 19 years saddened hearts of all his followers.

We the Tibetan Women’s Association encompassed of 17,000 members across the globe call on the Chinese leadership and the secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region Chen Quanguo to disclose the wehereabouts of the 25-year old Panchen Lama of Tibet. We demand to declare Gendun Choekyi Nyima’s status by 25th April, 2015.

On 12th November, 2013, China was re-elected in the United Nations Human Rights Council and this election brings obligation to China to improve the human right situation in both China and Tibet. We remind China to implement its pledges to imporve the human rights situation inside Tibet.

The 10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen died on 28th January, 1989. (The sudden death of the 10th Panchen Cheokyi Gyaltsen was also suspected as a planned murder by the

Chinese government.) The 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choeyi Nyima was born on April 25, 1989 at Lhari Zong of Nagchu District in Tibet, and was recognized as the 11th Panchen Lama by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is the son of Kunchok Phuntsok and Dechen Choedon. On 15th day of third month of Tibetan wood pig year (14th May, 1995) Gendun Choekyi Nyima was annouced as the 11th Panchen Lama, at that time he was only six years old and now he is 25.

Chinese government’s abduction Gendun Choekyi Nyima for many years has not lessened the faith and belief of Tibetan people in him. We demand to disclose whereabouts and wellbeing of Gendun Choekyi Nyima.

 

Central Executive Committee of Tibetan Women Association.

17th May 2014