Jun 05, 2008

Tibet: UNPO General Assembly Member Resolution

IX General Assembly

Drawing attention to the plight of the Tibetans and strongly condeming the crackdown of the Chinese authorities, the resolution furthermore calls upon China to receive a delegation of the UN Committee on Rights of the Child to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Eleventh Panchen Lama of Tibet.

Below is a Member Resolution as presented and adopted before the IX UNPO General Assembly held during 16-17 May 2008 in Brussels, Belgium:

   IX UNPO General Assembly

16 - 17 May 2008, Brussels Belgium


Member Resolution

introduced by:


The UNPO General Assembly;

Reiterates its previous resolutions, including at the last General Assembly in Taipei, Taiwan, of grave concern on the gross and systematic pattern of violation of human rights and fundamental freedom in Chinese-occupied Tibet*, now for almost five decades

Applauds the Tibetan people under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile for their persistent path of a non-violent freedom struggle;

Takes serious note of the alarming violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Tibet in the aftermath of a massive Tibetan Uprising through more than 90 small and large demonstrations since 10 March 2008, the 49th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day of 1959;

Fully aware that a form of cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet as in Eastern Turkestan and Inner Mongolia due to China's policies to undermine the religious, cultural and national identity of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Inner Mongolians;

Welcomes the sincere Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressed directly to the Chinese people;

Notes with satisfaction that informal talks on the current human rights crisis in Tibet took place between the representatives of the Tibetan Government in Exile and the Chinese Government;

Fully endorses, the Middle-Way Approach of the Dalai Lama to resolve the Sino-Tibetan conflicts;

Encouraged by the global community's expression of concern over tragic events unfolding on the Tibetan Plateau, including the strong resolutions on Tibet adopted by the European Parliament, the Congress of the United States of America and others;

Encouraged that Japan considers Tibet as an international issue to be resolved by China and also that ASEAN Nations took note the informal talks on Tibet;

Also encouraged by a growing number of Chinese people, including intellectuals, lawyers, human rights defenders, journalists and former-officials-Communist cadres are calling for full respect of human rights in Tibet;

Alarmed that some Chinese nationals have been harassed by the Chinese government for expressing their independent views on resolving the Sino-Tibetan conflict;

Disappointed that on 25 March, China again attempted "procedural moves" to stifle discussion on Tibet at the Seventh Session of the UN Human Right Council;

Recognizing that more than 1.2 million Tibetans perished as a result direct of China's occupation of Tibet;

Alarmed by the reported figures of 203 Tibetans killed, over 1,000 injured, over 1,000 disappeared and over 5,000 arbitrarily detained between 10 March and 17 May 2008 and total lack of the independence of judges and lawyers especially when it concerns Tibetans;

Therefore, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization General Assembly,

1. Expresses solidarity with the Tibetans in their non-violent freedom struggle;

2. Recognizes His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the moral authority of the world and a man of peace who promotes secular ethics to bridge human mistrusts and defending human rights, including that of the oppressed and indigenous peoples;

3. Strongly condemn the "people's war" military crackdown launched by the Chinese authorities upon the Tibetan people and the criminalization of the Tibetan struggle as "anti-Chinese" in the minds of the Chinese people;

4. Strongly rejects China's claim that the Dalai Lama has "instigated" the current Tibetan Uprising and China's continued defamation campaign on Tibet's spiritual and temporal leader;

5. Deplores the intensification of China's so-called "patriotic e-education campaign" as it is a direct provocation since Tibetan will never accept to condemn their leader;

7. Considers, the Olympic Torch Rally in Tibet equally provocative, including the reported ascend of the Torch on the holy Mount Everest;

8. Strongly condemns the People's Republic of China for engaging in the extrajudicial killings of Tibetans, including the arrests of over 5,000 Tibetans and deeply concerned that many Tibetan detainees will be tortured in routine interrogation sessions;

9. Remains alarmed at the uncertainties of the current situation of Tibet;

10. Strongly condemn the collective punishment on many monasteries and nunneries by denying the clergy of essential supplies, including food, water and medicine, including military raids which in many circumstances soldiers destroyed the images of the Dalai Lama in the Cultural Revolution madness style;

11. Urges the Peoples Republic of China to publicly apologise and compensate the Tibetan people over its mishandling of the situation in Tibet for the past 49 years;

12. Strongly urges the People's Republic of China to guarantee freedom of movement of the Tibetan people and release all political prisoners;

13. Calls upon China to receive a delegation of the UN Committee on Rights of the Child to visit Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Eleventh Panchen Lama of Tibet, who is living under enforced disappearance for the past 13 years;

14. Calls upon China to release the findings of its investigation on the Nangpa Pass killings of Tibetans as requested by the UN Special Rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions,

15. Fully endorses the call that the UN Human Rights Council immediately hold a Special Session on the People's Republic of China that will specifically address the urgent human rights situation faced by the Tibetan people;

16. Deplores that on 27 March 2008, China refused to receive a fact-finding Mission to Tibet by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, clearly showing China's non-cooperation to an important UN human rights mechanism;

17. Calls upon the UN Secretary-General to Appoint a Special Envoy tasked with securing a fact-finding Mission to ascertain the current situation in Tibet;

18. Calls upon Governments, including the European Union who insists on maintaining their human rights dialogue with China to reassess their policy in this regard;

19. Calls upon the Chinese leadership to show sincerity by engaging into substantive negotiations with the Tibetan Government in Exile which are resulted-oriented to end the human tragedy on the roof of the world;

20. Decides to remain ceased the situation in Tibet and calls on Members to observe special events on Tibet in their regions on 10 March, 2009, the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.

 * The term Tibet in this resolution means the three provinces of U-tsang, Amdo and Kham as Tibetans recognize their country. These regions of Tibet is now divided as "Tibet Autonomous Region" and Tibetan autonomous entities in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of present-day People's Republic of China.


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