Tibetan refugees demand UN intervention

March 15th, 2008 - 11:42 pm ICT by admin  

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), March 15 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile based here Saturday urged the UN to mediate into the violent crushing of anti-China protests in Tibet. “The Tibetan parliament-in-exile strongly urges the UN to send a representative immediately to intervene and investigate into the current urgent human rights violations inside Tibet,” said a spokesman of the government-in-exile here.

“The Tibetan parliament is deeply concerned by recent reports emanating from Tibet about random killings, injuries and arrests of thousands of peaceful demonstrating Tibetans against Chinese policies.

“These protests began March 10 on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising day and continue due to a violent crackdown of the repressive Chinese regime. We have unconfirmed reports that about 100 people have been killed and martial law has been imposed in Lhasa,” said the spokesman.

“The recent protests are clearly sending out a strong signal that the Tibetans are deeply discontented with the Chinese rule.”

The Tibetan parliament thanked the European Union, the US and other government and non-government bodies for supporting the aspirations of the Tibetan people and urged China to act with restraint.

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, in a statement released late Friday, said: “I appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence.”

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet with his followers in 1959 after a failed uprising against the Chinese regime.

On Friday, violence erupted in the centre of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, as the Chinese government deployed paramilitary riot police to control protests initiated by Buddhist monks, witnesses said.

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