Tibetan women in exile to continue their Free Tibet fight

March 12th, 2009 - 9:27 pm ICT by ANI  

Dharamsala, Mar 12 (ANI): Hundreds of Tibetan women in exile marked 50 years of their failed uprising against the Chinese on Thursday (March 12) by resolving to continue their Free Tibet fight and return to their homeland.

Women of regional Tibetan women’’s association (RTWA), schoolgirls and Buddhist monks commemorated the National Tibetan Women’’s uprising day by staging a protest march while raising slogans and holding banners against the Chinese Government.

“Its a very important for me and all Tibetan particularly Tibetan women who have so far suffered a lot in exile and even women inside Tibet, for not having freedom, freedom to express, freedom to start and promote our religious and cultural integrity,” said Dolma, a Tibetan woman refuge.

Every year on the 12th of March Tibetan women in exile mark their contribution to the freedom movement.

Tibetan exiles staged demonstration outside United Nations office in New Delhi and submitted a memorandum demanding seizure of untoward activities on women in Lhasa.

“Today is 12th March and today is Tibetan women’’s uprising day. In 1959 on 12th March, thousands of Tibetan women protested peacefully outside the Portola palace and today we protested here outside United Nations, to appeal to the United Nations to talk to communist China to immediately seize the violent action against Tibetan women such as assault, torture, rape, unlawful detentions, and government sanctions act for violence against Tibetan women,” said Tenzin, one of the organisers of the protest.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Tibetan Women’’s Association said that even a year after the peaceful 2008 uprising in Tibet, over six thousand Tibetans were still imprisoned and over four thousand were missing. Two hundred people died during the military clampdown.

On March 10, 1959, Chinese authorities quashed an uprising led by the Dalai Lama, which forced him - and many Buddhist men and women - to flee Tibet.

The Dalai Lama marked his 50 years in exile on Tuesday (March 10) by demanding “meaningful autonomy” for his Tibetan homeland, where Chinese authorities tightened security to stifle protests against their rule.

Tibet, and ethnic Tibetan areas in neighbouring provinces of China, are under a security clampdown aimed at stifling protest against Chinese rule.

Tibetans across the globe are marking this week with anti-China protests, demonstrations, photo exhibitions and book launches to look back at 50 years of their failed uprising and ponder over the future course of action. (ANI)

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