Exiled Tibetans ask China to stop repressive policyNovember 4th, 2011 - 12:19 am ICT by IANS
Dharamsala, Nov 3 (IANS) Expressing concern over another self-immolation in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) based here Thursday asked China to stop its repressive policy on Tibet and allow more freedom of religion and speech.
“Instead of addressing the real problems that drive Tibetans to commit self-immolations, Xinhua (the official news agency of China) blames the Tibetans-in-exile for instigating such desperate and despairing acts. We strongly urge the Chinese government to stop hurling baseless allegations and to start solving the real problems,” a CTA statement said.
“Tibetans endure continued suppression under the Chinese authorities, whose short-sighted policies have driven, till now, 11 Tibetans to set themselves on fire,” it said.
The latest case relates to the self-immolation by Palden Choetso, a 35-year-old nun from Tawu Gaden Choeling nunnery, near Nyitso monastery in east Tibet.
The CTA said the Tibetans immolated themselves to protest China’s policies, for their demand of freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama to his homeland.
Spiritual leader 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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