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Dharamsala (India) - 10 December 2013

Erklärung des Kashag anlässlich des 24. Jahrestags der Verleihung des Friedensnobelpreises an Seine Heiligkeit den 14. Dalai Lama von Tibet

Aus Anlass des 24. Jahrestages der Verleihung des Friedensnobelpreises an Seine Heiligkeit den Dalai Lama erweist der Kashag im Namen der sechs Millionen Tibeter Seiner Heiligkeit dem Großen 14. Dalai Lama von Tibet seine tiefe Verehrung und seine ehrerbietige Hochachtung.

Der Kashag entbietet auch den tibetischen Landsleuten, den Freunden und Unterstützern auf der ganzen Welt seine herzlichsten Grüße.

An diesem Tag im Jahre 1989 wurde Seine Heiligkeit der Dalai Lama für seine beharrliche Ablehnung, beim Kampf seines Volkes um die grundlegenden Freiheiten Gewalt anzuwenden. mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet. Die Verleihung des Friedensnobelpreises an Seine Heiligkeit den Dalai Lama rückte den tibetischen Kampf schlagartig in das Blickfeld einer größeren internationalen Öffentlichkeit. Das weltweite Prestige Seiner Heiligkeit des Dalai Lama wirkte sich unmittelbar und positiv auf das Ansehen des tibetischen Volkes aus und hat die tibetische Sache grundlegend gestärkt. Tibet wurde zu einem Synonym für Gewaltlosigkeit und Gerechtigkeit.

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Statement of the Kashag on the 24th Anniversary of the Conferment of Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet

On behalf of the 6 million Tibetans, the Kashag pays its deep reverence and humble respects to His Holiness the Great XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet on this special occasion of the 24th Anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Kashag also extends its warmest greetings to fellow Tibetans, friends and well-wishers all over the world.

On this day in 1989, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his consistent resistance to the use of violence in his people's struggle for basic freedoms. The Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama catapulted the Tibetan struggle to greater international visibility. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's global stature directly and positively impacted on the image of the Tibetan people and fundamentally strengthened the Tibetan cause. Tibet became synonymous with non-violence and justice.

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A nome dei sei milioni di tibetani, il Kashag rende onore e porge il suo umile rispetto a Sua Santitŕ il Gande XVI Dalai Lama del Tibet nella speciale occasione del 24° anniversario del conferimento alla Sua Persona del Premio Nobel per la Pace.

Il Kashag rivolge inoltre i suoi i suoi piů ferventi auguri ai compatrioti tibetani, agli amici e ai sostenitori in tutto il mondo.

Nel 1989, in questo stesso giorno, fu conferito il Premio Nobel per la Pace a Sua Santitŕ il Dalai Lama per il suo costante rifiuto dell’uso della violenza nella lotta per il riconoscimento delle libertŕ fondamentali del suo popolo. L’assegnazione del Nobel per la Pace a Sua Santitŕ il Dalai Lama diede un’improvvisa, maggiore visibilitŕ alla lotta dei tibetani. L’importanza mondiale della figura di Sua Santitŕ influě direttamente e in modo positivo sull’immagine del popolo tibetano e ne rafforzň alla base la causa. Il Tibet divenne sinonimo di non-violenza e giustizia.

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Rome (Italy) - 5 December 2013

Testimony of Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Central Tibetan Administration before the Italian Senate’s Extraordinary Commission for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights

President Senator Luigi Manconi, Commission members, I thank you for this opportunity to testify before the Senate’s Committee for the Protection of Human Rights on behalf of the Tibetan people.

Tibet’s association with Italy dates back to 1716, when Tuscan Jesuit Ippolito Desideri arrived in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. He was the first European to have successfully studied Tibetan language and culture. This connection endures to this day with Italy providing a second home to Tibetans who have sought political refuge. Many Italian cities and towns including the great City of Rome have also honored His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an honorary citizen.

In expression of support, the Italian Chamber of Deputies unanimously adopted a resolution on 8 February 2009 calling on the People’s Republic of China to engage in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Envoys to resolve the Tibet issue. It also called for an immediate end to repression in Tibet and on the Italian Government to promote a monitoring initiative on human rights violations in Tibet at the United Nations. Similarly, the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Committee for Foreign Affairs passed a resolution on 8 February 2012, reiterating the above recommendations to the Italian government. We thank you for these gestures of solidarity.

Today, I come to you to report on the state of Tibet – the daily struggles of Tibetans inside Tibet trying to maintain their dignity under the iron fist of repression, and the continuing efforts of those of us living in freedom, working to preserve Tibetan culture in exile until we can return home. I am proud to say that the Tibetan spirit is strong. Through the visionary leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for all these years, our issue remains alive, our hopes remain buoyant. The rule imposed on us by Beijing may be tough, but the Tibetan people are tougher still.

As you know, in 2011, His Holiness the Dalai Lama took a historical decision and devolved his political responsibilities to the elected leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration. This decision was the critical final step in the realization of his vision of a democratic governance institution for the Tibetan people. Further, this achievement sends a clear message to Beijing that leadership of the Tibet freedom movement has been entrusted to a younger generation. China is calculating that the Tibetan cause will fade when the current Dalai Lama passes away. This will not happen. We remain determined to finding a peaceful resolution to the situation in Tibet through the Middle Way Approach which seeks genuine autonomy within the framework of China's constitution.

In 1950, when the Chinese People's Liberation Army came to Tibet, they promised Tibetans a ‘socialist paradise.’ After more than 60 years of misrule in Tibet, there is no socialism, just colonialism; there is no paradise, only tragedy. News from our homeland is replete with tales of destruction including Tibetan language and environment, disappearances, discrimination, detention, imprisonment, torture and extrajudicial killing. The current number of known political prisoners in Tibet today is estimated to be as high 1,204. This year alone over 254 Tibetans were imprisoned. 22 Tibetans have been sentenced to life imprisonment since 2008.

Political repression, cultural assimilation, economic marginalization and environmental destruction continue in occupied Tibet. The new railway line from Beijing to Lhasa is exporting our natural resources and importing more Chinese migrants. Today, around 70 percent of private-sector firms in Tibet are owned or run by Chinese, and more than 50 percent of government officials are Chinese. Yet, approximately 40 percent of Tibetans with university and high school degrees are unemployed.

A simple example of this is the clandestine photo of a help-wanted sign from a shop in Lhasa a couple years ago. The sign offered two different pay scale, 30 Renminbi for Tibetans and 50 Renminbi for Chinese, a blatant case of economic discrimination. Tibetans have been made second-class citizens in their own land.

Education -- In matters of education, we are extremely concerned about the substitution of Tibetan with Mandarin as a medium of instruction in Tibet. Language is the most important attribute of a people's identity. Tibetan is the primary means of communication, the language in which our literature, our spiritual texts and historical as well as scientific works are written. The implementation of this new educational policy has resulted in large Tibetan student protests calling for the Chinese government to live by its motto "equality of nationalities" through equality of language.

Religious freedom -- Buddhism is a way of life for the Tibetans and is closely linked to our identity. The suppression of freedom of religious belief and practice takes several forms including the Chinese Communist Party running monasteries through so-called "management committees". “Patriotic re-education” sessions during which monks/nuns are forced to denounce His Holiness the Dalai Lama and pledge allegiance to the Party have become the daily routine - this has been one of the key triggers for the wave of self-immolations.

Tibet’s environment and nomad settlement -- Tibet sits between two of the largest countries in the world, and at a crossroads that connects China to South and Central Asia. The Tibetan plateau has some of the largest deposits of fresh water outside the two poles. It is the source of many of the Asia’s major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, Indus, Sutlej, Salween, Mekong, Yangtse and Yellow River, these rivers flow into China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. These river systems and their tributaries sustain the lives of millions of people in the Asian continent.

For millennia, the Tibetan people have served as the guardians of the plateau, its rivers and environment. China’s policies, however, are creating potential disasters. For one, they are forcibly removing Tibetan nomads, the land’s traditional stewards, from the grasslands, while at the same time promoting mining and deforesting.

According to UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter’s report dated 20 January 2012, stating Chinese sources, that in the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Chinese government has provided “comfortable housing” for 1.43 million people (300,000 families), as targeted in its 2006-2010 Five-Year Plan, and announced that another 185,500 families (about 880,000 people) are expected to move into new homes by 2013 as part of the continuation of its sedentarization and rehousing of the Tibetan rural population. The authorities in Qinghai province reported in March 2011 that they had built 46,000 settlements between 2009 and 2010, and planned to build 25,000 more for 134,000 families.

A chief aspect of the policy regarding herder communities, and one that upsets many Tibetans is its impact on Tibetan culture. Another concern is that without adequate long-term planning as to how they will subsist after being made to abandon their traditional way of life, the negative social impact in these communities is beginning to be felt with rising incidence of crime and alcoholism.

Once vacated by nomads, Tibetan land is open for exploitation by Chinese companies. Tibet is rich in natural resources, including gold, copper and water (for hydro-electric power). Mining companies and damming operations have replaced farmers in many areas. Tibetans are protesting against the consequences of these environmentally damaging projects which are being implemented without proper local consultation and environmental/social impact assessment.

Changes in Tibet’s ecology could have negative effects far beyond the plateau. Temperatures are rising faster on the plateau than the global average. Glaciers are melting. Water flows and monsoon patterns are more variable. At the same time, China is undertaking massive dam construction on these major rivers. Additional projects to divert waters to China’s drought-ridden areas could have major consequences for downstream nations like India, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Laos whose livelihood depends on rivers that flow from Tibet.

Another important threat is the massive influx of Han Chinese into the Tibetan areas. The demographic transfer has marginalized and assimilated the Tibetan people in their own homeland. This has not only adversely affected the socio-economic conditions of Tibetan people, but it has also disrupted the fragile ecological balance on the roof of the world.


Just 2 days ago, on 3 December, another self-immolation took place in Meruma town in Ngaba, Eastern Tibet. Since February 2009, 123 Tibetans have committed self-immolation in Tibet. Sadly, 105 have died. Such form of political protest is unprecedented in Tibetan history. This number includes Tibetans from all walks of life - men, women, monks, nuns, nomads, farmers and students. They include Tibetans from all regions of Tibet U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo including the capital city of Lhasa. Their universal aspirations are His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet and freedom for Tibetan people. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Italy over 25 times since 1973. During these visits, thousands of Italians have met and heard His Holiness the Dalai Lama. But, that right is denied to Tibetans inside Tibet.

The Central Tibetan Administration does not support or encourage self-immolations. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's position has also been clear and consistent on any form of drastic action. He has always appealed to the Tibetans not to resort to such desperate acts. As Buddhists, we consider life sacred, yet in the absence of conventional space for protest, Tibetans are left with few options to send an unequivocal message to the world that Chinese policies in Tibet are clearly failing. The Tibetan Administration feels a moral responsibility to speak on their behalf so that the world may understand their actions. Rather than looking into the root causes behind the self-immolations, the Chinese authorities have criminalized the self-immolators and resorted to the blame game by accusing His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan exile community as instigators. This has gone as far as preventing families of the self-immolators from holding proper traditional funeral rites for the latter. The Tibetan Administration has invited the Chinese government to come to Dharamsala and visit our offices for any evidence supporting their baseless allegations.

In reality, both the blame and solution lies with Beijing. The self-immolations result from decades of Chinese misrule in Tibet. The self-immolations are Tibetan people’s protest against misguided policies. Beijing has the power to change the situation on the ground by reviewing its policies in Tibet to reflect the wishes of the people and responding peacefully to civil expression of discontent. Here are a few examples to illustrate the current situation:

In the past year, the Ngaba Court sentenced to death, without due process, two Tibetans accused of involvement with a self-immolation incident - Lobsang Kunchok on 31 January 2013 and Dolma Kyab on 15 August 2013.

On 24 June 2012, a 17-year-old girl, Jigme Dolma protested in Kardze county center in Eastern Tibet. She called out for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, freedom for Tibetans, and Tibetan political prisoners release. The Chinese security forces beat her. She was hospitalized for two months. Then, she was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

On 6 July 2013, the indiscriminate firing upon Tibetans by Chinese security forces with 11 Tibetans being shot upon and 16 beaten for celebrating His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Tawu, Eastern Tibet.

On 3 September 2013, Dayang a 68-year-old Tibetan man was sentenced to two years and five months imprisonment. He had called for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s return and freedom for Tibetans during a cultural show in Tsachu Township in Driru County, Nagchu in Central Tibet.

On 28 September 2013, in the run up to the Universal Periodic Review of China at the UN Human Rights Council, the Chinese security forces cracked down heavily on local Tibetans in Mowa Village in Driru County (Central Tibet) refusing to raise the Chinese national flags on their rooftops. The Chinese authorities detained a total of 17 Tibetans.

A few days later, on 6 October 2013, again in Driru County, the Chinese security forces are said to have shot and wounded at least 60 Tibetans who were demanding the release of a villager who had led protests against Chinese orders to hoist the flag. Two days later, the Chinese security forces shot dead four Tibetans. At least 50 were injured on October 8. The stand-off continues to this day.

Middle Way Approach

I would like to conclude today's statement by re-iterating Tibetan people's firm commitment to non-violence and dialogue. We do not view the Chinese nation and people with malice, but with respect. Tibetans with their distinct culture have lived alongside our Chinese brothers and sisters for thousands of years. The Central Tibetan Administration strives for a resolution to the situation inside Tibet through the Middle Way Approach which seeks genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution. We have formulated this vision through two documents: the “Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy For the Tibetan People” and “Note on the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People.” Both documents were presented to the Chinese government in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The documents outlines "11 basic needs" for which Tibetans wish genuine autonomy: 1) Language, 2) Culture, 3) Religion, 4) Education, 5) Environment Protection, 6) Utilisation of Natural Resources, 7) Economic Development and Trade, 8) Public Health, 9) Public Security, 10) Regulation on population migration and 11) Cultural, educational and religious exchanges with other countries.

We see in the new Chinese leadership of President Xi Jinping, an opportunity for countries like Italy, with extensive experience with regional autonomy, to engage with China and share its successful experience.

Tibetans have subscribed to non-violence and democracy for these many decades as a reflection of our deeply-held beliefs and value system. As governments and the international community constantly speak of peaceful conflict resolution, the strength of those convictions is being tested when the moment comes to publicly support steadfast non-violent political movements such as Tibet. It is mistaken to believe one's government must choose between Tibet and China. A true friend of China will understand that the resolution of the Tibet question has become one of China's key barometer as a mature peaceful global power.

We seek the support from friends like you who believe in freedom, who believe in democracy, that the Chinese government ought to enter into dialogue to solve the issue of Tibet peacefully.

Finally, we request the Italian Senate to recommend to the Italian Government to request the following to the Chinese government to

  • Engage in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Envoys to resolve the Tibet issue on the Middle Way Approach, which seeks genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese Constitution.
  • Immediate end to repression in Tibet
  • Guarantee the use of Tibetan as a medium of instruction in Tibetan areas
  • Suspend the forceful settlement of Tibetan nomads

And request the Italian Government to

  • Engage with the Chinese government on the issue of regional autonomy

I express once again our appreciation to the members of the Italian Senate who are here today and who have been long-term friends of Tibet and its people. I urge you at this critical time to help us realize the aspirations of the Tibetan people. As we see justice prevail in different parts of the world, so it should be for Tibet with your support.

Thank you



Dharmasala (India) - 2 September 2013

Statement of the Kashag on the 53rd anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day

Today on the occasion of 53rd anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, the Kashag, on behalf of the people of Tibet, offer our heartful reverence and gratitude to His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama and extend warm greetings to all fellow Tibetans, both inside Tibet as well as outside.

Fifty-three years ago, it was on this day, that the first Tibetan people’s representatives took oath of office at Dharamshala, India. This was the initial step towards a future in exile, guided by the principles of democracy envisioned by His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet.

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Dharmasala (India) - 2 September 2013

Statement of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on 53rd Tibetan Democracy Day

Fifty-three years ago, on this day the 2nd September in 1960, the Tibetan democratic system formally came into existence with the first directly elected representatives taking oath of office in accordance with the advice and wishes of Tibetan people’s supreme leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who believed that Tibet should follow the democratic system which was congruent with the general trend of the modern world.

It is also more than two years since His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolved all the political and administrative authority to the people’s elected leaders. During this period, constant endeavour was made and continues to be so primarily to advance the Tibetan people’s struggle for truth and improve the efficiency of the main as well as the branch offices of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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Bylakuppe (India) - 6 July 2013

Erklärung des Sikyong zum feierlichen Anlass des Achtundsiebzigsten Geburtstags Seiner Heiligkeit des großen XIV. Dalai Lama Tibets



Zum freudigen Anlass des achtundsiebzigsten Geburtstags Seiner Heiligkeit des XIV. Dalai Lama, verbeuge ich mich in tiefster Ehrfurcht und entrichte ihm im Namen des Kashag und aller Tibeter innerhalb und außerhalb Tibets meine Ehrerbietung. Meine Kollegen im Kashag und Tibeter überall wünschen, zusammen mit Millionen von Bewunderern auf der ganzen Welt, Seiner Heiligkeit viel Gesundheit und ein langes Leben. Wir beten für ihn und bekräftigen unsere unerschütterliche Hingabe und Loyalität zu Seiner Heiligkeit dem Dalai Lama - Ngawang Lobsang Jetsün Jamphel Yeshi Tenzin Gyatso Si-Sum-Wang gyur Tsungpa Me-Pey Dhe Pal-Sangpo Chog. Wir drücken den liebevolle Eltern Seiner Heiligkeit unsere tief empfundene Dankbarkeit dafür aus, dass sie uns mit ihren kostbaren Sohn Lhamo Dhondup gesegnet haben, der am 6. Juli 1935 in eine Bauernfamilie im Dorf Taktser in der Region Amdo Tibet hineingeboren wurde.

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The Statement of the Sikyong on the Auspicious Occasion of the Seventy-Eighth Birthday of His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet

On this joyous occasion of the seventy-eighth birthday of His Holiness the Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet, I bow in deepest reverence and pay obeisance on behalf of the Kashag and Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. My colleagues in the Kashag and Tibetans everywhere join millions of admirers across the globe in wishing His Holiness good health and a long life. We offer our prayers and re-affirm our unflinching devotion and loyalty to His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshi Tenzin Gyatso Si-Sum Wang-Gyur Tsungpa Me-Pey Dhe Pal-Sangpo Chog. We express our deepest gratitude to His Holiness’ loving parents for blessing us with their precious son, Lhamo Dhondup, born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family in Taktser village in the Amdo region of Tibet.

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Dichiarazione del Sikyong nella fausta occasione del settantottesimo compleanno di Sua Santitŕ il Grande Quattordicesimo Dalai Lama del Tibet

Nella festosa occasione del settantottesimo compleanno di Sua Santitŕ il Grande Quattordicesimo Dalai Lama del Tibet, mi inchino con il massimo rispetto e gli rendo omaggio a nome del Kashag e dei tibetani dentro e fuori il Tibet. I miei colleghi all’interno del Kashag e i tibetani tutti, ovunque si trovano, si uniscono ai milioni di persone che in tutto il mondo lo ammirano nell’augurare a Sua Santitŕ buona salute e lunga vita. Offriamo le nostre preghiere e riconfermiamo la nostra immutabile devozione e lealtŕ a Sua Santitŕ il Dalai Lama Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshi Tenzin Gyatso Si-Sum Wang-Gyur Tsungpa Me-Pey Dhe Pal-Sangpo Chog. Esprimiamo la nostra piů profonda gratitudine agli amati genitori di Sua Santitŕ per averci concesso la benedizione del loro prezioso figlio, Lhamo Dhondhup, nato il 6 luglio 1935 in una famiglia di contadini nel villaggio di Taktser nella regione tibetana dell’Amdo.

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Prohlášení sikjonga Lozang Senggeho při blahověstné příležitosti 78. narozenin Jeho svatosti velkého 14. dalajlamy

Při radostné příležitosti jeho 78. narozenin se hluboce klaním před velkým 14. tibetským dalajlamou a jménem kašagu a všech Tibeťanů v Tibetu i v exilu mu vyjadřuji naši nejhlubší oddanost a úctu. Všichni členové kašagu, stejně jako všichni Tibeťané, mu společně s miliony obdivovatelů po celém světě přejí pevné zdraví a dlouhý život. K Jeho svatosti dalajlamovi Džecün Džampal Ngawang Lozang Ješe Tändzin Gjamccho Sisum Wanggjur Cchungpa Mepä De Palzangpovi směřujeme své modlitby a projevy nehynoucí oddanosti a věrnosti. Naše vděčnost patří především milujícím rodičům Jeho svatosti, v jejichž rolnické rodině se ve vesnici Tagccher v oblasti Amdo v Tibetu 6. června 1935 narodil převzácný syn Lhamo Döndub.

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A sikyong közleménye Őszentsége, a nagy XIV. dalai láma hetvennyolcadik születésnapjának különleges alkalmából

Őszentsége, a nagy XIV. dalai láma hetvennyolcadik születésnapjának örömteli alkalmából a legmélyebb elismeréssel hajolok meg és adózok tisztelettel minden Tibeten belül és azon kívül élő tibeti és a kashag nevében. Munkatársaim a kashagban, tibetiek a világ minden pontján, együtt milliónyi csodálóval kívánnak jó egészséget és hosszú életet Őszentségének. Felajánljuk imáinkat és megerősítjük rendíthetetlen odaadásunkat és hűségünket Őszentsége, a dalai láma – Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshi Tenzin Gyatso Si-Sum Wang-Gyur Tsungpa Me-Pey Dhe Pal-Sangpo Chog felé. Legmélyebb hálánkat fejezzük ki Őszentsége szerető szüleinek, amiért megáldottak bennünket drága gyermekükkel, Lhamo Dhonduppal, aki 1935. július 6-án született egy parasztcsaládba Amdó régió Takcer nevű falujában.

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Geneva (Switzerland) - 17 May 2013

"Weshalb Tibet brennt" - Weissbuch der tibetischen Zentralverwaltung

Bis zum heutigen Tag haben die Flammen des Feuers, das in Tibet wütet, das Leben von 117 Tibetern gefordert. Diese sich verschärfende Krise in Tibet wird befeuert durch Chinas völlige Missachtung der religiösen Überzeugungen, kulturellen Werte und vernünftigen politischen Bestrebungen des tibetischen Volkes. Die Krise erwächst aus Chinas politischer Repression, kultureller Assimilation, wirtschaftlicher Marginalisierung, sozialer Diskriminierung und Umweltzerstörung in Tibet.

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  Gesamtes Weissbuch in Englisch


"Why Tibet is Burning" - White Paper of the Central Tibetan Administration

As of this moment, the flames of fire raging in Tibet have consumed the lives of 117 Tibetans. This deepening crisis in Tibet is fuelled by China’s total disregard for the religious beliefs, cultural values and reasonable political aspirations of the Tibetan people. The crisis grows out of China’s political repression, cultural assimilation, economic marginalisation, social discrimination and environmental destruction in Tibet.

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Other languages

  "Perché il Tibet Brucia" - Il Libro Bianco dell'Amministrazione Centrale Tibetana | [ Video ]

  "Proč hoří Tibet" - Bílá listina Ústřední tibetské správy

  "Miért lángol Tibet?" - Központi tibeti kormányzat Fehér Könyv



Dharamsala (India) - 10 March 2013

Erklärung des Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay zum 54. Jahrestag des Tibetischen Nationalaufstandes

The Statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the 54th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day


Im Jahr 1959 haben sich genau an diesem Tag Tausende Tibeter aus allen Schichten der Gesellschaft und aus allen drei Regionen Tibets (Ü-Tsang, Kham und Amdo) in Lhasa versammelt, um sich der chinesischen Invasion und Besatzung Tibets zu widersetzen und gegen sie zu demonstrieren. Wir sind die Kinder dieses tragischen und doch historischen Moments in Tibets einzigartiger, reicher und mehr als 2’000-jähriger Geschichte. Heute sind wir hier versammelt, um an den mutigen Kampf dieser selbstlosen, älteren Generation zu erinnern. Wir gedenken all derer, die ihr Leben für Tibet geopfert haben. Die Sehnsucht nach Freiheit, die sie dazu bewegte, am 10. März 1959 Widerstand zu leisten, leitet uns auch heute noch in unserem Kampf um Freiheit, Identität und Menschenwürde.

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  The Statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the 54th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

  Discorso del Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay nel 54° Anniversario dell'Insurrezione Nazionale Tibetana

  Lobsang Sangay, szikjong közleménye a tibeti nemzeti forradalom 54. évfordulóján



Geneva (Switzerland) - 9 March 2013

At UN session, China urged to allow Special Rapporteur to visit Tibet

Mr. Tenzin Samphel Kayta (1st from left in middle row) making oral statements in the current Human Rights Council session in Geneva on 6 March 2013.

UN Special Procedure Mandate holders, who play a significant role in the human rights mechanism, will present their reports during the Human Rights Council’s 22nd session. Their reports include specific country visits and communications of human rights violation concerns to respective governments.

On 5 March, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has presented its annual report to the plenary session. This was followed by interactive dialogue.

Mr Tenzin Samphel KAYTA, speaking on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples, said that since the 2008 uprising on the Tibetan plateau, hundreds and thousands of Tibetans faced arbitrary detentions leading to many cases of enforced disappearances, custodial deaths, unfair trails and harsh prison sentences.

He said that on 13 July 2012, five mandate holders wrote to the Chinese authorities about the “allegations of arbitrary deprivation of liberty and ill-treatment of a 17 year old girl following the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of opinion and expression and assembly.”

He further expressed deep concern over growing number of relatives and friends of Tibetans who self-immolated. In late June 2012, a week after Ngawang Norphel and Tenzin Khedup self-immolated, Ngawang Norphel’s wife, Drolma Dekyi and two other family members were detained for questioning.

On 5 March, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom on Religion or Belief presented their annual reports. Both had sent official communications to China asking clarification on allegations with regard to individual case and several thematic issues.

Speaking on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples on 6 March, Mr KAYTA said that the practice of enforced disappearances continues to persist in many countries in Asia and particularly in China as stated in the WGEID continues to document.

He drew the plenary session’s attention to China’s failure to issue official clarifications on status of residence or well-being of 300 monks of the Kirti Monastery. Chinese paramilitary police took the monks away in ten military trucks to unknown destination in April 2011.

Speaking on religious freedom or belief, Mr KAYTA said though the Chinese constitution guarantee’s freedom of religion; China’s introduction of new management policies on monasteries and intensification of so-called “patriotic education” campaign has put pressure on religious institutions in Tibet Regions.

During such campaigns, the communist cadres force monks and nuns to pledge allegiance to the Communist Party and denounce their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The six million Tibetans who follow Tibetan Buddhism regard His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the manifestation of the Buddha of Compassion.

The Special Rapporteur on Freedom on Religion or Belief in his report expressed major concern about State interference in the direct proper functioning of religious institutions referring to China’s “Democratic Management Committee” that oversees the overall day-to-day affairs of monastic and religious activities in Tibet.

In his final oral intervention, Mr Tenzin Samphel KAYTA urged China –

  1. To fully cooperate with UN mechanisms by fixing early date of the visit of Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or belief including in Tibet regions where situation is reported to be grim and serious.
  2. To respond to the WGEID’s allegation transmitted on 6 August 2010 0 (A/HRC/16/48, paras. 118-21) with regard to detention of hundreds of Uighur and disappearance of some of them on in the event of unrest in Urumqi, Xinjiang in July 2009.
  3. To take legislative action that will abolish “reeducation through labor”
  4. To clear path for the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which was signed on 5 Oct 1998.



Geneva (Switzerland) - 28 February 2013

UN Special Procedure quiz China on human rights in Tibet

Five UN Special Procedure mandate holders had made a joint urgent appeal to China on 13 July 2012. They asked for information on Jigme Dolma, a 17-year-old girl who was beaten by the Chinese police for her peaceful protest in the main market of Kandze (Ganzi) County, Sichuan on 24 June 2012. She was hospitalised for two months and then sentenced to prison.

In the response China said, “our investigation reveals that we have no knowledge about the case but there is a similar case”. China while referring to Article 51 and 54 of the Constitution said “… instigated Tibet’s independence and the splitting of the country. She has violated the laws of China and has gone beyond the scope of freedom of expression.”

However, Radio Free Asia report dated 7 September 2012 said that Jigme Dolma had gone to protest “without informing her family,” quoting a Tibetan woman living in the area. She threw leaflets in the air and called out for freedom for Tibet, the return of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and the release of Tibetan political prisoners, the source said.

“When she reached the main part of town, police overwhelmed her and took her away, beating her at the same time,” said the news report.

On 9 August 2012, eight UN investigative bodies had made a joint urgent appeal communication to China. It sought information on systematic undermining of the autonomous functions and the right to freedom of religion, culture and expression of the Tibetan Buddhist community. The communication addresses on the following issues.

1. Replacement of existing “Democratic Management Committees” to “Monastery Management Committee”

2. Patriotic re-education and legal education campaigns including closure of monasteries

3. Self-immolations in Lhasa on 27 May 2012 led to rounded up around 600 Tibetans and also several hundred Tibetans from the eastern areas of Tibetan plateau were arbitrarily expelled from Lhasa without accused of any political involvement in the past or wrongdoing.

4. A notification by TAR Committee for Disciple Inspection and Supervision Department banning party members, cadres, government officials and students from participating in religious activities such as Saka Dawa. The notification further warned of severe punishment even with immediate dismissal from their post if participated.

5. Arrest of over hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims including some seventy five or eighty years old upon their return to the TAR in January 2012. The Tibetan pilgrims returning to TAR via Nepal were searched and arrested at the border for “illegally crossing the border to attend the Dalai Lama’s teachings” despite they had travelled from China with valid Chinese travel documents.

6. Cases of over 64 Tibetan intellectuals who have been arrested and/or sentenced, or who have been fired from their jobs or demoted since March 2008. It also raised detention and whereabouts of singer Lolo, aged 29; a popular Tibetan comedian Arther, aged 33 who was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment; detention of handicapped singer Phulchung in June 1012; and Tibetan writer and poet Ms. Tsering Woeser who wasn’t allow to collect the prize at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing due to house arrest.

7. Closure of a Tibetan school established twenty years ago by the Chinese authorities on 2 April 2012 for teaching and promoting Tibetan culture and language at Khadrok village in Rongpo Tsa Lema Tounship in Kardze County. The school director Nyendak and teacher Yama Tsering were arrested by the Kardze County Public Security Bureau officers and whereabouts remain unknown. It also raised case of another closure of a Tibetan orphanage school in Kanlho (Gansu Province) which housed 50 students on ground of teaching Tibetan language, speech and culture.

China has not provided any response to their allegations in the house arrest of Tsering Woeser and closure of the orphanage school cases.

The UN sent the above communications to China in 2012. These communications were published by the UN on 20 February 2013 in run up to the UN Human Rights Council’s 22nd Session which started in Geneva on 25 February.

Five written statements on Tibet were submitted to the UN Human Rights Council by five NGOs with ECOSOC Status. They covered religious freedom, language, freedom of speech, assembly, independence of judges and fair trial, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, forced resettlement of nomads and herders for their attention and consideration.

Since mid January, Representative Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa and Tenzin Samphel Kayta of Tibet Bureau in Geneva had met with 17 diplomats from EU, USA, Canada, Asian and Latin countries as well as UN officials and international NGOs briefing on the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet.



Geneva (Switzerland) - 20 February 2013

Kalon Dicki Chhoyang speaking at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Dicki Chhoyang, Cabinet Member of the Central Tibetan Administration, Head of Department of Information and International Relations. Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democacy, Feb. 19, 2003.





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