June 28, 2017

UNPO’s XIII General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Tibet

On 27 June 2017, a representative of the Office of Tibet, London, Mr Tenzin Kunga, presented Tibet's resolution to the UNPO General Assembly. Mr Kunga underlined the continuining sysmetic human rights violations imposed on the Tibetan people, which have intensified since the 2008 Uprising. The UNPO General Assembly adopted the resolution calling for China to end the persecution of Tibetans, and depriving them of their most fundamental human rights.

 

Recalling and reaffirming all previous resolutions adopted on Tibet;

Recognises that the People’s Republic of China continuous to commit gross and systematic violations of human rights in Tibet with an intensified form of repression since the 2008 Uprising;

Welcomes that UN Human rights mechanisms, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights continues to monitor the human rights situation in Tibet;

Also recognise that the situation in Tibet is that of foreign occupation with the Tibetan people denied of their right to self-determination;

Aware that a series Sino-Tibetan talks took place between 2002 and 2010 during which the Tibetan side presented to the Chinese authorities, a Memorandum and Note on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan people;

Recognises the important and crucial role of the international community can play to resolve the issue of Tibet by supporting the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan people;

Gravely concerned by the unprecedented number of self-immolations that have taken place in Tibet since 2009;

Gravely concerned by the continued enforced disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Eleventh Panchen Lama of Tibet and plight of the increased number of Tibetan political prisoners;

Commends the non-violent freedom struggle of the six million Tibetan people as inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the spirit of dialogue and reconciliation;

Commends and applaud the democratic institutions established by the Central Tibetan Administration in India and the successful elections of the political leadership and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile in 2016;

1. Condemns in the strongest terms the People’s Republic of China for committing grave violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms upon the Tibetan people, including that of the threat of “cultural genocide”;

2. Also condemns the current repressive policies in Tibet, especially that of population transfer of Chinese settlers which threatens the very survival of the national, cultural and religious identity of the Tibetans;

3. Urges the People’s Republic of China to withdraw the policy of the forceful eviction of nomads in Tibet as recommended by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food of the UN Human Rights Council;

4. Also urges the People’s Republic of China to halt all mining operations on the Tibetan Plateau which is now recognised as the “Third Pole” of the world;

5. Calls upon the People’s Republic of China to invite the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and respond to the outstanding requests for missions by Special Procedure mandate-holders of the UN Human Rights Council;

6. Also calls upon the People’s Republic of China to receive an independent expert to visit the Eleventh Panchen Lama of Tibet recognised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as recommended by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and to release all political prisoners in Tibet;

7. Appeals to the Tibetan people not to resort on the path of self-immolations;

8. Urges the People's Republic of China to provide free and unhindered access to foreign media to all Tibetan areas, including where self-immolations have occured;

9. Strongly urges that the People’s Republic of China resume the Sino-Tibetan talks without preconditions;

10. Also strongly urges the international community to exert pressure on the Chinese authorities to open Sino-Tibetan talks as this path is the best opportunity to resolve the issue of Tibet.

To take a look at the Tibetan Resolution, please click here

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