Sunday, June 29, 2008
efore I head off to the airport, one last post until next weekend.
Chushi Gangdruk ("Land of Four Rivers, Six Ranges") volunteer self-defence force is celebrating 50 years since its establishment in June 1958, in the Lhoka area south of Lhasa. A conference is being held (details at the link) this weekend with guest speakers including Jamyang Norbu, Rebiya Kadeer and Wei Jinsheng.
The organisation has issued an appeal to all member states of the United Nations. The UN has spoken about Tibet in the past, but it's too far in the past to be of much use today. It's time for Tibet to be on the agenda again. As the appeal says, only UN member states who actually believe in the Universal Declaration have the power to bring justice to Tibet's people.
Oh, and member states? Never mind about China's veto. Justice should never be vetoed.
APPEAL LETTER SENT TO ALL 192 UNITED NATIONS MEMBER STATESTIBET - AN URGENT APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Since the forceful occupation of Tibet in 1949, The People's Republic of China has violated every article of the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". The United Nations has stood as a silent spectator to all the atrocities and allowed China to blatantly violate the very principles that the Declaration stands for. Even as the events in Tibet unfold right now, the United Nations still maintains its silence.
Though long overdue, the time has come for the United Nations to open its eyes and take action by immediately sending a fact finding mission into Tibet with full media coverage. Through the eviction of tourists and journalists, China has completely sealed off Tibet from the rest of the world. By controlling the media, China now has free control over an unmonitored and brutal crackdown on the recent demonstrators demanding their freedom and independence of Tibet. A team of observers should be sent to Tibet immediately to oversee the so called 'trial process' of those demonstrators who have been arrested and ensure their unconditional release. (Preamble to the Declaration of Human Rights, Paragraph 3 states: "Whereas it is essential if a man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law).
The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his speech of 10th December 2007 on the Human Rights Day stated that: "it is our duty to ensure that these rights are a living reality-that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists and that it exists for them".
On the 3rd March 2008, the Secretary General remarked to the opening session of the Human Rights council in Geneva that: "You must respond to crises as they build up or unfold and address situations of concerns that are neglected or forgotten by the international community".
Sadly, the United Nations has done nothing so far to ensure that these rights are a living reality in Tibet today. We are responding to his remarks requesting him to address the situation in Tibet urgently as the crisis worsens.Appeal To The Member States Of The United Nations
We are requesting you to exert your privilege as member states to the United Nations despite the veto power of China, to take urgent action as the human rights of our brothers and sisters in Tibet are being severely violated. Only the solidarity of the member states who believe in the true meaning of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can bring justice to the people of Tibet.
Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk