Today marks the 60th year since China occupied Tibet resulting in the death of over a million Tibetans; roughly one-sixth of the entire Tibetan populations. Over the years, Tibetans have shown unwavering courage and resilience in sustaining the struggle for justice through non-violent and peaceful approach. Tibetans and supporters throughout the globe will observe the day by paying homage to the ultimate sacrifice made by many Tibetan men and women alike.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama proposed genuine autonomy for Tibet while remaining under China as a mutually beneficial solution. In pursuit of this solution, Tibetans have engaged in multiple rounds of dialogue but Chinese govt heavy-handed policies continued in Tibet resulting in a nationwide protest in 1987 and 1989. Thousands of Tibetans have since been killed, vanished and tortured to death in prison. In 2002, the second round of dialogue resumed between the two parties. By 2008, due to the repressive policy and with no visible sign of an earnest attempt by the Chinese government to negotiate, a nation-wide peaceful protest broke out in Tibet and subsequently squashed with brutal repression by the Chinese authority.
Tapey, a young monk self-immolated in February 2009 at a market crossroad in Eastern Tibet waving a homemade Tibetan flag. Since then, over 150 Tibetans, young, old, male, female, Mothers, fathers, monks and nuns self-immolated as the last act of defiance under the total authoritarian regime of Communist party of China. Tibet in 2019 according to Freedomhouse.org, stand along with North Korea, Somalia and South Sudan where fundamental human rights are being denied.
The Dalai Lama will turn 84 years old in July this year. Since he was exiled as a teenager, has led the peaceful struggle for the Tibetan autonomy to preserve their cultures and values. Tibetans’ commitment to a peaceful resolution is stronger than ever and is justified by the unending cycle of violence we see around the globe.
While the peaceful struggle for freedom inside Tibet will go on, the education for young Tibetan remains number one priority for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibetan leadership and the youth. It would be a mistake for China to consider the relation of Tibetan and the Dalai Lama to be a mere leader and follower and that Tibetan issue will be lost after his demise. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the emanation of the will and hope of the Tibetan people.
We wholeheartedly thank our friends and supporters for their relentless support for justice and freedom for the Tibetan people.
United Nations For Tibet