China’s convenient truths about Tibet

Letter to The Editor: guardian-logo

The Guardian, Wednesday 30 November 2011 21.00 GMT

Dai Qingli has entirely failed to recognise the Chinese government’s wronged policies in Tibet that subsequently led to 12 young Tibetans resorting to self-immolation since 2009 (Letters, 26 November). The allegation that it is highly likely these Tibetans have “fallen victim to the control of an abnormal force” is clearly an affront to what are actually desperate bids towards highlighting the deteriorating situation under the Chinese rule in Tibet. Had Dai Qingli’s government in Beijing taken corrective and progressive measures by allowing the Tibetan people to freely exercise their aspirations and rights, then those young Tibetans would never have had to resort to such desperate acts.

Dai Qingli writes: “People in Tibet have legal channels to make their voices heard.” This statement could not be further from the sad truth. Countless legal cases for Tibetans are quashed by Chinese authorities, and are now clearly overdue the attention they deserve. For example, Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker, was arrested in March 2008 for making a documentary, Leaving Fear Behind. In his film, Wangchen travelled across Tibet seeking Tibetans’ views on the Beijing Olympics, Chinese policies in Tibet and the Dalai Lama. On 28 December 2009 Dhondup was charged with “inciting separatism” and “subversion of state power” for simply making his documentary. He is serving a six-year jail sentence and has struggled to get legal representation, as the authorities have threatened to close law firms if they attempt to represent him.

This is the reality of the Chinese government’s convenient truth about the availability of legal channels in Tibet.
Tsering Passang
London

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/30/china-convenient-truths-about-tibet

 

Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Tsering Passang is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. He was born in a Tibetan refugee camp in western Nepal. An NGO professional with nearly 20 years of experience in international development charities, Tsering has led Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. Amongst his pioneering initiatives as the Community Leader, Tsering spearheaded "Tibetans Helping Tibetans" initiative and within months, it resulted in securing the sponsorship of 30 Tibetan refugee children for their education in India from 25 UK-based Tibetan families. Prior to his current appointment as the Director of Tibet Foundation, Tsering served as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, the world's oldest Tibet support group. He also worked for Tibet Relief Fund for over eight years, raising vital funds for Tibetan children’s education in India and Nepal. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for Tibet Foundation as Art & Culture Programme Manager. Tsering has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades. After returning from his 2008 personal trip to Mustang, Tsering saw a need to provide training to those Tibetan teachers working in rural areas. Within a year, with the support of western teaching professionals, Tsering initiated the vital training programme for the teachers. Over 50 Tibetan refugees and ethnic Tibetan teachers from Mustang, Manang, Dhorpatan, Pokhara and Kathmandu attended the trainings delivered in Mustang, Kathmandu and Pokhara. He developed partnerships with the local NGOs and schools in Nepal. From 2014 to 2016, Tsering served on the boards of Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. He also served as the Chairman and a Trustee of the Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust. Tsering continues his advocacy work on Tibet. He has attended and engaged with parliamentarians, special advisers and officials from the UK, UN, the US and EU. Tsering has also spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included governments representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is also frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington-based) and former Representative (London-based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel – LondonNey Production. Tsering’s personal blog: www.tsamtruk.com Tsering's latest initiative is the creation of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - an advocacy group with the object of highlighting the issues affecting the Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims as well as other peoples persecuted by the Chinese regime.

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