Dec 02, 2013

Tibet: Icelandic Parliamentarians Denounce Actions of Chinese Government

Icelandic MPs have submitted a parliamentary resolution drawing attention to the violence and persecution of Tibetans. The resolution also encourages the UN to investigate the human rights violations.

Below is a press release published by the Iceland Review:

Ten MPs from all Icelandic political parties except Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð’s Progressive Party have submitted a parliamentary resolution denouncing the Chinese government’s actions in Tibet, reports.

The resolution urges the Icelandic parliament to highlight concerns over growing violence against and oppression of Tibetans by the Chinese government. The resolution also encourages parliament to condemn the crackdown on peaceful protests in Tibet and insist that the Chinese government not stand in the way of the UN sending a delegation to investigate human rights abuses in Tibet. 

The Chinese are also encouraged to initiate public peace talks with a special delegation from the Dalai Lama. The MPs suggest that peace talks could take place in Iceland.

A statement accompanying the proposal indicates that many parliaments around the world have made resolutions regarding the situation in Tibet. Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have sent letters to the Chinese government encouraging them to continue peace talks with the Tibetan people.

The MPs believe that the Icelandic parliament should take a stance, particularly given that senior officials of the Chinese government have visited Iceland on a regular basis. “We Icelanders have a moral obligation under our free trade agreement with China, which takes effect in early 2014, to highlight that we will not accept human rights violations of the kind outlined in the statement.”