UN help sought over repression in Tibet

April 15th, 2011 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, April 15 (IANS) The Tibetan parliament-in-exile based in this Himachal Pradesh town has sought the UN’s intervention over the ongoing repression in northeastern Tibet, an official statement said here Friday.

In a missive to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, deputy speaker Dolma Gyari said: “On behalf of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, I beg to draw your attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet.”

“The security, dignity and the human rights of over 2,500 monks of Kirti monastery, one of the most important monasteries, stand critically threatened,” said the letter dated April 14.

Gyari said the monastery has been virtually turned into a prison with heavy deployment of Chinese military forces.

The tense situation arose when monk Phuntsok set himself afire March 16 to protest the massive repression of the widespread peaceful protests across Tibet in 2008.

According to an official website of the Central Tibetan Administration, the US government has also expressed concern at the Chinese actions.

State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said April 14 the issue has been raised with the Chinese government.

“We have seen that Chinese security forces have cordoned off the Kirti monastery in Sichuan province…we believe these are inconsistent with internationally recognised principles of religious freedom and human rights,” Toner said.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and are obviously concerned by it,” he added.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959, when he fled his homeland after a failed uprising against the Communist rule. His government-in-exile is based here but is not recognised by any country.

Some 140,000 Tibetans live in exile around the world, over 100,000 of them in India.

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