The oppression in Tibet

Tibet Self-immolations Calling For FREEDOM in Tibet & Dalai Lama Return

The website Free Tibet, http://freetibet.org/about, the following information about the situation…

“Tibet has been changed dramatically by the Chinese occupation. It was a country the size of western Europe when it was invaded in 1950. Many lives have been lost and Tibetans in Tibet do not enjoy basic human rights. The Chinese authorities have also introduced policies by which the unique culture, language and natural resources of Tibet are being systematically and irrevocably eroded.“

Ten facts about Tibet

1. The invasion of Tibet began in 1949. Chinese occupation has resulted in the deaths of at least hundreds of thousands of Tibetans, the destruction of over 6,000 monasteries, nunneries and temples, and the imprisonment and torture of thousands of Tibetans.
2. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s political and spiritual leader, fled Tibet in 1959 to Dharamsala, India, followed by over 100,000 Tibetans and established the Tibetan Government-in Exile. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for a steadfast dedication to non-violence, and the highest US civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, in 2007.
3. Tibet, before occupation, was a nation with an established sovereign government, currency, postal system, language, legal system, and culture. Prior to 1950, the Tibetan government also signed treaties with foreign nations. The Chinese government claims that Tibet has always been part of China, yet its invasion of Tibet resembles imperialist aggression that China accuses other powers of exhibiting.
4. The “Tibetan Autonomous Region” (TAR) is not Tibet, nor is it autonomous. The Chinese government has divided historical Tibet into one region and several prefectures and counties, with the TAR encompassing only the central area and some eastern regions of Tibet.
5. The basic freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly are strictly limited, and arbitrary arrests continue. There are currently hundreds of political prisoners in Tibet, enduring a commonplace punishment of torture.
6. The Chinese government increasingly encourages Han Chinese to migrate to Tibet, offering them higher wages and other inducements. This policy is threatening the survival of Tibetan people. Tibetans are becoming a minority in the TAR. Yearly, thousands of Tibetans still flee from Tibet, making the treacherous journey over the Himalayas into a world of exile.
7. Historical Tibet was a vast country, with an area roughly equal to Western Europe. Tibet is the source of five of Asia’s largest rivers, which provide water for two billion people. Tibet’s fragile environment is endangered by Chinese strip-mining, nuclear waste dumping, and extensive deforestation.
8. The Chinese government claims to have “developed” Tibet, with “developments” mainly benefiting the new majority Chinese, not Tibetans. China, neglecting education and healthcare, has spent millions of dollars building infrastructure; many roads, buildings, and power plants directly support heavy militarization, allowing China to maintain Tibet as a police state.
9. The Chinese government aggressively seeks foreign investment for its “Go West” campaign, with use of these international funds to develop Tibet as a resource extraction colony and consolidate regional control. Foreign investments in Chinese companies legitimise China’s colonisation and exploitative projects that harm Tibet.
10. The United Nations and international community have done very little to address the core issue of China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. China represents an enormous market and cheap labour force, and its associated businesses have such a strong lobby that officials are reluctant to take substantive measures. Since western countries adopted policies of so-called “constructive engagement” with China in the 1990s, the human rights situation in Tibet has only deteriorated. In November 2008, the UN agreed with Free Tibet’s report on torture, clarifying that it believes that torture is ‘widespread and routine’ in Tibet.

People in Tibet set themselves on fire to protest the oppressive Chinese forces. More than 30 Tibetans have now set themselves on fire since March 2011 in protest of China’s continued occupation of Tibet. I would definately seek a different solution personally, but this shows how outrageous the situation is. I do not support self-immolation at all, but it shows us how far they are going to protest. It is widely accepted that they are doing this in order to draw global attention to their situation. The link below shows a video of a 40 year-old mother setting herself on fire. This is horrible!! Something has to be done. The Chinese government needs to respect human life and stop taking by force. Globalization is leading to the destruction of the natural world in many ways (strip-mining, nuclear waste dumping, and extensive deforestation). All over the world human rights are being violated. The environment is being destroyed and violence continues to rapidly violate the innocent.

http://freetibet.org/newsmedia/world-sees-tibet-self-immolation-videos

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7 Comments

  1. wdednh said,

    July 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE.

  2. timetales said,

    July 11, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Yes self immolation is not the way, bu8t when you watch the movie “Tibet” you can see why they feel it”s the way. The one positive thing I keep comeing back to is “They lost the fight but won the war” Since now Tibetans seeding the planet with Tibetan Buddhism . Thanks for the post.

    • lukescott313 said,

      July 12, 2012 at 4:08 am

      i’ll have to watch the movie! That is a good way to look at it, focusing on the positive is what we need to do, but solutions to the negative reality in Tibet would be ideal..sad situation

  3. August 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    A brilliant blog, so terribly sad. The Dalai Lama is a most wonderful human being…thanks

  4. Raunak said,

    September 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I was fortunate to get a chance to get a glimpse of some of the Tibet landscape last year. I was on a pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash which is located there. I posted some of the images from that trip here http://wp.me/p2BhPZ-1k

    The landscape of Tibet is absolutely stunning. I have never seen anything like it in my travels. The huge mountains make you realize how small you are in the whole scheme of things designed by the Divine.

    Some locals told me that rivers no longer had fish in them. The reason they cited was that when Chinese workers mined Tibet for natural resources, they would eat fish to survive. The consumption was so high that the rivers ran out of fish.

    A lot of places that I traveled across looked dug up. It was evident that the Chinese had mined and looted Tibet of all its resources and have now left the population in dire poverty and backwardness. The Chinese have made good roadways and communication infrastructure but have left the people poor.

    What’s more worrying is the in your face attempt of the Chinese to eliminate Tibetan language and culture. This has been the policy of Maoist China and is very saddening!

    • lukescott313 said,

      September 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      that must have been an amazing experience. i definately intend to travel there when i can. it is horrible how they have exploited the land and people, justice needs to liberate tibet as soon as possible. i`ll check out your pictures! Great to have crossed paths 🙂


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