Respect rights of Tibetans: European Parliament

October 28th, 2011 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Oct 28 (IANS) Expressing concern over self-immolation protests in Tibet, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution asking the Chinese authorities to respect the rights of Tibetans.

“The resolution urged the Chinese authorities to lift restrictions and heavy-handed security measures imposed on Kirti monastery (in Tibet)… It urged the Chinese authorities to allow independent international media and human rights monitors to visit the area,” said a post on the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Friday.

The resolution called on the People’s Republic of China to take proactive steps to resolve the underlying grievances of Tibetans.

The European Parliament resolution called on Chinese authorities to cease promoting policies threatening the Tibetan language, culture, religion, heritage and environment.

It asked China to suspend and review religious control and security policies implemented in Ngaba in Tibet since 2008 and to open a transparent dialogue with the leaders of the Tibetan Buddhist schools.

The resolution also asked the European Union and its member states to call on the Chinese authorities to resume dialogue with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and his representatives.

The unique Tibetan culture and religion are in peril, the CTA said, asking the Chinese to resolve the issues in Tibet through dialogue.

The Dalai Lama along with many of his supporters fled Tibet and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.

He then headed a Tibetan government-in-exile which never won recognition from any country.

India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans.

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