BBC: Don’t Sportswash Genocide – London Protest

BBC: Don’t Sportswash Genocide

On 4th January, friends and members of Tibetan Community in Britain, Uyghur Community UK and Hong Kong Community UK took part in an hour-long protest outside the BBC Broadcasting House in central London despite the cold British weather.

4th January 2022 marks the one month countdown until the Beijing 2022 Olympics and more plans are underway for cross-movement groups to take action throughout January and before the opening of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games on 4th February.

Whilst highlighting gross violations of human rights by the #CCP regime, the peaceful protesters urged the BBC not to broadcast #GenocideGames.

The protesters also made a point that the BBC should give balanced airtime on human rights issues and minorities rights in China and its occupied territories.

This latest protest in London was supported by rights groups including Free Tibet, Stop Uyghur Genocide, World Uyghur Congress, Tibetan Community in Britain, Hong Kong Aid and Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities.

More information: http://www.NoBeijing2022.org

ONE MONTH COUNTDOWN – GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION #NOBEIJING2022 (London Protest)

  • BBC: DON’T SPORTSWASH GENOCIDE
  • Date: Tuesday, 4th January 2022 from 3.30pm to 4.30pm
  • Venue: BBC, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA (Oxford Circus station)

Dear Friends,

4th January 2022 marks the one month countdown until the Beijing 2022 Olympics and plans are underway for cross-movement groups to take action on this day and throughout January.

The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities are staging a protest on Tuesday, 4th January from 3.30pm to 4.30pm outside the BBC Broadcasting House in partnership with UK-based rights groups including Free Tibet, Tibetan Community UK, Stop Uyghur Genocide and World Uyghur Congress. The object of this protest is to urge the BBC to not to broadcast the #GenocideGames on its channels.

We appreciate everyone’s concerns on public gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, originated from Wuhan (China), and therefore we urge all those who can make it to the protest to observe the government guidelines closely.

Despite the difficult challenges, we must continue to speak up and condemn the CCP regime for its atrocities committed over these past 100 years and the ongoing occupation of Tibet, East Turkestan as well as curtailment of freedom of speech in Hong Kong.

Please join us and make your voice heard.

Thank you

More information: www.NoBeijing2022.org

A simple New Year Reminder – Commitment for Change (Happy New Year!)

Let’s unite and challenge the #CCP regime altogether. When we’re united front we’re stronger & can defeat the opponents quite easily.

CCP and its #brutalregime continue to torment their own people as well as persecuted communities – Tibetan and Uyghur in China’s occupied Tibet and East Turkestan respectively. The Hong Kong community are the latest victims. Taiwan is said to be the next.

Needless to remind us all that the global community too have suffered a lot in recent years. Over 5 million people died from COVID-19 pandemic and millions more continued to suffer. Death numbers could be much lower had the #CCP regime chose to be more transparent about the source of the coronavirus.

When China Lies, Tibetans die – a popular Tibetan protest slogan. Now, we can safely add: When China Lies, people around the World die.

Curtailment of #freedomofspeech, violation of #humanrights and crackdown on #political dissent are some of the true signatures of the #EvilCCP regime.

As #CCP turns to its 2nd century of existence, we should increase our efforts and challenge the #EvilCCP regime in 2022.

I’m ready for this just fight; it’s my commitment/New Year resolution. Please join me in 2022 to challenge the #EvilCCP regime.
Happy New Year!

Desmond Tutu: Dalai Lama joins tributes to South-African Peace Champion

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, HP, India – Immediately on being informed that his “respected elder spiritual brother and good friend” Archbishop Desmond Tutu had passed away, His Holiness the Dalai Lama composed a letter to the Archbishop’s daughter, Rev. Mpho Tutu.

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences,” he wrote, “and convey the same to your mother and other members of your family. I pray for him.

“As you know, over the years, your father and I enjoyed an enduring friendship. I remember the many occasions we spent time together, including the week here at Dharamsala in 2015 when we were able to share our thoughts on how to increase peace and joy in the world. The friendship and the spiritual bond between us was something we cherished.

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was entirely dedicated to serving his brothers and sisters for the greater common good. He was a true humanitarian and a committed advocate of human rights. His work for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was an inspiration for others around the world.

“With his passing away, we have lost a great man, who lived a truly meaningful life. He was devoted to the service of others, especially those who are least fortunate. I am convinced the best tribute we can pay him and keep his spirit alive is to do as he did and constantly look to see how we too can be of help to others.”

(Source: www.dalailama.com)

https://www.tutulegacy.com/tribute

Further reading: Desmond Tutu’s Tibet support remembered

Open letter to the European Union Leaders: Boycott Beijing 2022

The Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities is delighted to join in forces with over 250 campaigning groups around the world representing Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hongkongers, Chinese, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese, and other affected and concerned communities to urge EU leaders to take strong multilateral action by committing to a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

13 DECEMBER 2021

Dear High Representative and European Union Foreign Ministers,

RE: Joint diplomatic boycott action of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

We are a coalition of over 250 global campaign groups representing Tibetans, Uyghurs, Hongkongers, Chinese, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese, and other affected and concerned communities. Ahead of the European Council Summit, we urge EU leaders to take strong multilateral action by committing to a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

On 9 December an independent tribunal found China was carrying out “a deliberate, systematic and concerted policy” to bring about “long-term reduction of Uyghur and other Turkic people “, and such constituted genocide and crimes against humanity under the 1948 Genocide Convention.

For EU leaders or diplomats to attend the Beijing 2022 Winter Games in the knowledge that the host state is enacting a genocide would be an act of complicity and an enabling of China’s plan to ‘sport wash’ their human rights abuses.

Further to the active genocide against the Uyghur people, new evidence released this week shows that close to 1-million Tibetan children are being housed by Chinese authorities in colonial boarding schools, cut off from their parents, families, culture, and religion, and faced with intense political indoctrination. In Hong Kong, three more democracy activists have been found ‘guilty’ for taking part in a vigil to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and have been sentenced to up to 14-months in jail simply for taking part in a peaceful protest.

There is no prospect of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games playing a positive role for human rights or encouraging the Chinese government to halt the above human rights violations. As the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics showed, the Chinese government will instead interpret the lack of action by governments and the presence of leaders and dignitaries at the opening and closing ceremonies as a message that it risks no serious consequences for its actions.

Governments must now prove that there is the political will to stand up against China’s despicable human rights abuses and crimes against humanity. In this last week we have seen the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia all make commitments to boycott Beijing 2022, and it is now time for every government around to stand on the right side of history. The Chinese government is aware that the EU is in a uniquely powerful position due to its ability to act as a bloc to stand for human rights. A joint boycott by EU countries has the potential to be the strongest statement yet by governments who care about defending human rights.

We, therefore, call on EU leaders to urgently commit to a joint multilateral diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2022.

Yours sincerely,

Mandie McKeown, International Tibet Network
Dolkun Isa, World Uyghur Congress
Frances Hui, We The Hongkongers
Bhuchung Tsering, International Campaign for Tibet
Teng Biao, China Against the Death Penalty
Dorjee Tseten, Students for a Free Tibet
Rushan Abbas, Campaign for Uyghurs
Jenny Wang, Keep Taiwan Free
Lhadon Tethong, Tibet Action Institute
Tashi Shitsetsang, Tibetan Youth Association Europe
John Jones, Free Tibet
Dr Zoe Bedford, Australia Tibet Council
周锋锁 Zhou Fengsuo, Humanitarian China
Mattias Bjornerstedt, Swedish Tibet Committee 
Omer Kanat, Uyghur Human Rights Project
Enghebatu Togochog, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Center

on behalf of the following organisations:

Action Free Hong Kong Montreal
Aide aux Refugies Tibetains
Alberta Uyghur Association
Amigos de Tibet, Colombia
Amigos del Tíbet, Chile
Amigos del Tíbet, El Salvador
Anterrashtriya Bharat – Tibbet Sahyog Samiti
AREF International Onlus
Asociación Cultural Peruano Tibetana
Asociación Cultural Tibetano Costarricense
Association Cognizance Tibet, North Carolina
Association Drôme Ardèche-Tibet
Associazione Italia-Tibet
Association of the New School for Democracy
Atlas Movement
Australia China Watch
Australian East Turkestan Association
Australian Uyghur Association
Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association
Austria Uyghur Association
Bath District Tibet Support Group
Bay Area Friends of Tibet
Belgium Uyghur Association
Bharrat Tibbat Sahyog Manch, India
Birmingham Stands with Hong Kong
Boston Tibet Network
Boston Uyghur Association
Briancon05 Urgence Tibet
Bristol Tibet
Burst the Bubble UK
CADAL
Canada Tibet Committee
Canadian Coalition Against Communism
Captive Nations Coalition
Casa del Tibet – Spain
Casa Tibet México
Centro De Cultura Tibetana, Brazil
China Alarm
Circle of Friends (Philippines)
Citizen Power Initiatives for China
Comité de Apoyo al Tibet (CAT)
Comité pour la Liberté à Hong-Kong
Committee of 100 for Tibet
Core Group for Tibetan Cause, India
Cornell Society for the Promotion of East Asian Liberty
Covenants Watch
Czechs Support Tibet
DC Chapter of China Democracy Party
DC4HK – Washingtonians Supporting Hong Kong
Defend Democracy
Dream for Children, Japan
Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation
East Turkistan Association in Finland
East Turkistan Association of Canada
East Turkistan Education Center in Europe
East Turkistan New Generation Movement
East Turkistan Nuzugum Culture and Family Organization
East Turkistan Press and Media Organization
East Turkistan Union in Europe
Eastern Turkistan Foundation
Eastern Turkistan Uyghur Association in Netherlands
EcoTibet Ireland
Étudiants Pour Un Tibet Libre
Euro-Asia Foundation: Teklimakan Publishing House
European Uyghur Institute
Federation for a Democratic China
Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong
Foundation for Universal Responsibility
France-Tibet
Free Indo-Pacific Alliance
Free Tibet Fukuoka
FREE TIBET ITALIA
Friends of Tibet in Costa Rica
Friends of Tibet in Finland
Friends of Tibet New Zealand
Friends4Tibet
Germany Stands with Hong Kong
Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities
Global Solidarity with Hong Kong – Chicago
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete, Portugal
Hong Kong Committee in Norway
Hong Kong Democracy Council
Hong Kong Affairs Association of Berkeley (HKAAB)
Hong Kong Forum, Los Angeles
Hong Kong Liberty
Hongkongers At McGill
Hong Kong Outlanders
Hong Kong Social Action Movements in Boston
Hong Kongers San Diego
Hong Kongers in San Francisco Bay Area
Human Rights Solidarity
Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan
Ilham Tohti Initiative
India Tibet Friendship Society
International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China
Institute for China’s Democratic Transition
International Pen Uyghur Center
International Society for Human Rights- Sweden
International Society of Human Rights, Munich Chapter
International Support for Uyghurs
International Tibet Independence Movement
International Uyghur Human Right and Democracy Foundation
Isa Yusup Alptekin Foundation
Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People
Japan Association of Monks for Tibet (Super Sangha)
Japan Uyghur Association
Jewish movement for Uyghur freedom
Justice 4 Uyghurs
Justice For All Canada
Kazakhstan National Culture Center
Le Club Français, Paraguay
Les Amis du Tibet – Belgium
Les Amis du Tibet Luxembourg
Liberal Democratic League of Ukraine
Lions Des Neiges Mont Blanc, France
Lungta Association Belgium
Maison des Himalayas
Maison du Tibet – Tibet Info
Mavi Hilal Humanitarian Organization
McGill Hong Kong Public Awareness and Social Service
National Campaign for Tibetan Support, India
National Democratic Party of Tibet
Netherlands for Hong Kong
Never Again Right Now
Northern California Hong Kong Club
Norwegian Uyghur Committee
NY4HK
Objectif TibetPasseport Tibetain
Ontario Hong Kong Youth Action (OHKYA)
Perth Anti-CCP Association
Phagma Drolma-Arya Tara
Power to Hongkongers
The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
RangZen:Movimento Tibete Livre, Brazil
Regional Tibetan Association of Massachusetts
Roof of the World Foundation, Indonesia
Sakya Trinley Ling
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Save the Mongolian Language
Save the Persecuted Christians
Save Tibet Foundation
Save Tibet, Austria
Shukr Foundation
Sierra Friends of Tibet
Society for Threatened Peoples International
Society Union of Uyghur National Association
STAND Canada
Stand With Hong Kong Vienna
Stop Uyghur Genocide Canada
Students for a Free Tibet – Canada
Students for a Free Tibet – UK
Students for a Free Tibet – Denmark
Students for a Free Tibet  – India
Students for a Free Tibet  – Japan
Students for a Free Tibet  – Taiwan
Students For Hong Kong
Sweden Uyghur Education Union
Swedish Tibet Committee
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association (GSTF)
Switzerland East Turkestan Association
Taiwanese Civil Aid to HKers
台灣永社 Taiwan Forever Association
Taiwan Friends of Tibet
Taiwan East Turkistan Association
Taiwan New Constitution Foundation
Taiwan Association for Human Rights
Taiwanese Civil Aid to HKers
Taiwan Labour Front
Tashi Delek Bordeaux
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
The Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, Mongolia and Turkestan
The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan
Tibet Action Group of Western Australia
Tibet cesky (Tibet in Czech)
Tibet Committee of Fairbanks
Tibet Group, Panama
Tibet Initiative Deutschland
Tibet Justice Center
Tibet Lives, India
Tibet Mx
Tíbet Patria Libre, Uruguay
Tibet Rescue Initiative in Africa
Tibet Society of South Africa
Tibet Solidarity
Tibet Support Committee Denmark
Tibet Support Group Adelaide
Tibet Support Group Kenya=
Tibet Support Group Kiku, Japan
Tibet Support Group Netherlands
Tibet Support Group Slovenia
Tibetan Association of Germany
Tibetan Association of Ithaca
Tibetan Association of Northern California
Tibetan Association of Philadelphia
Tibetan Community Austria
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Denmark
Tibetan Community in Ireland
Tibetan Community of Italy
Tibetan Community of Victoria
Tibetan Community Sweden
Tibetan Community, Queensland
Tibetan Cultural Association – Quebec
Tibetan Programme of The Other Space Foundation
Tibetan Women’s Association (Central)
Tibetans of Mixed Heritage
Tibetisches Zentrum Hamburg
TIBETmichigan
Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Torontonian HongKongers Action Group
U.S. Tibet Committee
Uigur Society of the Kyrgyz Republic
Umer Uyghur Trust
United Nations for a Free Tibet (UNFFT)
US Hongkongers Club
Uyghur Academy
Uyghur American Association
Uyghur Association of Victoria
Uyghur Association of France
Uyghur Center for Human Rights and Democracy
Uyghur Cultural and Education Union in Germany
Uyghur Education Union
Uyghur Projects Foundation
Uyghur Refugee Relief Fund
Uyghur Research Institute
Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project
Uyghur Support Group Netherlands
Uyghur Transitional Justice Database
Uyghur U.K. Association
Uyghur Youth Union in Kazakhstan
Uzbekistan Uyghur Culture Center
Vancouver Hong Kong Forum Society
Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement
Viktoria Uyghur Association
Voces Tibet
World Uyghur Congress Foundation

#NoBeijing2022 #EUSummit #StrongerTogether

Former Tibetan political prisoner and filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen makes “Urgent Call for the International Community to Boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics to be Held in Beijing, China” 

Note: Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan filmmaker, activist and former political prisoner was due to address the Human Rights Rally in London on 10th December at the invitation of Free Tibet. Wangchen was unable to come to London at the last minute. An excerpt of Wangchen’s Speech was read by Tsering Passang of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM), a co-organiser of the Human Rights Day London Protest 2021. Passang said that he accompanied Wangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso, during 2012 UK Speaking Tour, organised by the Tibet Society, who was campaigning for the release of her husband, when he was in Chinese prison. Below is the full speech.

“My Urgent Call for the International Community to Boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics to be Held in Beijing, China” 

By Dhondup Wangchen

“First and foremost, sincere greetings to the people and governments of the world!

My name is Dhondup Wangchen. I come from an ordinary farming family from a small village in eastern Tibet. I never had a formal education, nor do I consider myself a person who knows much about politics. But like any other person, I am an ordinary Tibetan man who very much admires peace and equal rights.

When China was declared as the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Tibetans and human rights activists across the globe were shocked and saddened. The simple reason being that, the host societies of the Olympics games, we believed, should have basic human rights where discrimination against people is abolished and equal justice prevails. The fact that China, a corrupt and authoritarian country, was awarded to host the Olympic Games was unbelievably hard to bear. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under the pretence of “liberation” and “aid”, has undertaken a murderous campaign of illegal occupation of Tibet over three generations, which is unprecedented in any period in the history of Tibet.

Tsering Passang, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM), delivering Dhondup Wangchen’s Speech at the Rally – Piccadilly Circus Piazza, London | Photo: Kit Lee (Lei_uk)

Following the International Olympics Committee’s (IOC) statement on China, an emboldened Chinese regime seized the opportunity to tell the world that people under Chinese rule have freedom of expression and free and independent journalism. With full trust in the IOC, I and a group of friends started a documentary film project called “Leaving Fear Behind”, capturing the ground reality of Tibet and Tibetans’ feelings on the 2008 Olympic games. I was then arrested on 26 March 2008 and detained in an undisclosed location for over a year.

Governments and non-governmental organisations voiced their concerns and rallied for my release but the Chinese government repudiated those calls. After my arrest, I was deliberately and continuously deprived of sleep and food for 7 days and 8 nights. I had to endure the worst unthinkable torture and inhumane beatings. Then I was given a 6 years prison sentence and labelled a separatist. I was denied access to a lawyer. For no good reason, I was punished for my behaviour and sent to hard labour for around 15 to 16 hours a day with constant beatings and starvation. After release, I was punished yet again. This time I was subject to strict surveillance and every move of mine was monitored. I was warned of serious consequences if I travelled to places of my choice and met people including my own friends and relatives. It was like a prison outside the prison. I was forced to live a solitary life for three years and four months. I believed that freedom is a greater cause than my life and thus survived through the harshest of situations and finally made it to the US with help from numerous people and organisations.

I arrived on American soil on 25 December 2017. I had my wife and four children waiting for me. My elderly parents had moved from India to Australia in 2017. When the news of my arrest was first heard by my mother, she had a massive heart attack and had to undergo treatment for a prolonged period. In February 2018, I sought a special travel permit to go and meet my parents and jn June that year I went to the Australian Embassy in Washington. The staff promised to grant me a permit as early as possible but the same staff forced a condition on me to never involve myself in political activism on Australian soil. Just a few days later, the Australian Embassy changed their mind and rejected my visa application. This decision to me was clearly due to pressure from the Chinese government thus in order to appease them, the embassy took the decision accordingly. Sadly my mother passed away on 28 December that same year, the news of which was similar to a dagger to the heart to this day. My mother’s tears and prayers to reunite with her son for over a decade couldn’t be fulfilled. When my mother and I had the perfect opportunity to reunite, the embassy’s desire to appease the Chinese government loomed over them. In the end, everything turned into tears and pain.

Despite imminent danger, many people risked helping me across checkpoints to safely reach the US and reunite with my family. By taking this opportunity, I would like to sincerely thank everyone involved who immensely cared and supported me. For making “Leaving Fear Behind”, a 25-minute documentary film, my parents, wife, and children had to go through immeasurable hardships and pain which can never be summed up in a brief moment.

The people, governments, and non-governmental organizations that cared for human rights and stood for justice had well received the documentary and also expressed solidarity and amplified critical support. Particularly, democracy and human rights-loving Chinese people have supported the cause. Lawyer Mr. Li Donyung has risked so much to help and support me. International non-governmental organizations such as Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), H and several others have given awards and organized rallies for the documentary film. The US and a number of governments have raised their concerns by citing my innocence and demanded my immediate release time and again to the Chinese government. China cannot challenge the international pressure every time and come up with excuses. The kind of recognition received by the documentary was not because it was entertaining but rather the viewers were shell shocked by the reality they have seen in it and decided to stand for truth. The documentary was significant in exposing the Chinese government’s blatant lies to the international media about people enjoying human rights and freedom of expression.

The freedom-loving people of nations under Chinese occupation such as Tibet, East Turkestan, Southern Mongolia, Hong Kong, and China are rounded up and imprisoned for “crimes” that never happened. The IOC had the power and many opportunities to bring change to the authoritarian Communist regime of China. These opportunities couldn’t go to waste. I urge the IOC to adhere to its commitments and values of the Olympic games and seize these critical opportunities. The IOC should use its position to stand up for the truth and speak up for the millions of stateless and persecuted people. Led by the United Nations, the international leaders, politicians, and businessmen can make a difference and hold China accountable. I firmly believe we have the power and ability to prevent or change the reckless Chinese government based on international norms and human rights. We have to unite to fight against the authoritarian regimes in order to bring peace, human rights, and democracy in the world. We have the shared responsibility to make sure that murderous authoritarian regimes never be assisted over fame and profiteering at the cost of human lives. A murderous Communist government that disrupts international norms and order, was in fact awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics has once again frightened and disappointed millions of people. 

The blood that was shed in 2008 is very much fresh. The tears of countless parents have not yet dried. Many children remain orphans and so many innocent people are imprisoned and suffer from “crimes” they have never committed.  In 2008, many Chinese and other occupied nationalities protested against the CCP to host the Olympic games. Particularly, millions of Tibetans peacefully protested in unison against the Communist government to raise their voices and discontent for which the police responded by killing thousands of peaceful protesters with total disregard for human life. A great number of people were arrested and are still in prison and countless others disappeared.

Tibetans have successfully exposed the lies and deception tactics used by the Chinese government to fool the people and governments around the world. Since 2009, 156 Tibetans have self-immolated, out of pure desperation to protest against the brutal policies of the Chinese government. No one can say that a similar 2008 uprising will not repeat itself! But the Chinese government is out there threatening and boasting at the same time to the world in order to fulfill the ultimate goal of the CCP.

The chaos and challenges faced all over the globe in recent years are a direct result of the actions of the Chinese government. The consequences of a curtailed freedom of journalism and information flow have led to the worst pandemic in the history of humankind. Covid-19 that originated in Wuhan, China, has killed over 5 million people, over one billion lives endangered and billions of dollars worth of economic meltdown. The Chinese communist government is the real enemy of humanity in that sense. If we remain indifferent and unmoved, this will embolden the Chinese government to create more harm in the world. An ordinary person like me has been tortured beyond imagination but I am never angry at the Chinese government. On the other hand, I am more inspired to expose the lies and deceptive tactics used by the Chinese government till the end. As a human being, I call for the cancellation or change of the host for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. It is significant to make this move because this is not an individual matter but rather the world peace, overall well-being, and the benefit of humanity depend on it, thus cannot be ignored.

What you see is a world spectacle where hundreds of young people compete for various sports but for me, I see the suffering and life-and-death situation of people of an occupied nation that is ignored and deprived of much-needed solidarity. The Olympic participants train very hard every day, as do the Tibetans that have to take risks and work tirelessly to safeguard their basic rights. The 2022 Winter Olympics are approaching, hence I also would like to take an oath on the occasion. To the people believing in truth and those who supported me, I would like to assure you that I’ll never abandon this fight for truth. I take this pledge for Tibetans and other persecuted people who suffer continuously. Henceforth, I think the Olympics should be held in a country where equal opportunity and joy is prevalent. The promises made by China for the 2008 Olympics have all been broken and have taken many innocent lives. People had to go through all sorts of hardships. It is our responsibility to make sure that such mistakes don’t repeat. It’s crystal clear that people under the repressive Communist Chinese rule don’t even have the right to express their views. Doing so might cost their lives. I had to go through imminent danger to reach safety. 

So, my dear friends, I request each one of you to support me and make an oath. Thank you.”

For more details, please visit Dhondup Wangchen’s My Olympic Oath

Dhondup Wangchen at the National Olympic Committee of France (Photo credit: SFT France)

Live broadcast of London Rally in Piccadilly Circus Piazzahttps://www.facebook.com/TibetanCommunityUK/videos/198907375778934

Don’t forget the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party over the last 100 years

The free world must work to stop the Chinese Communist Party from using its economic muscle to hoodwink gullible leaders into supporting aims which run counter to freedom and democracy

Chinese Communist Party members and leader Xi Jinping at the Sixth Plenum
(AP) | The Independent

Like many other civilisations in the world, China’s more than 4,000 years of civilisation has greatly benefitted us all. But, not the Communist Party of China (aka Chinese Communist Party or CCP) and its brutal regime, which celebrates 100 years of its existence this year.

Instead, we have all directly experienced an unprecedented level of pain and suffering throughout the world. Had the Chinese regime been a bit more open and transparent about the source of the coronavirus then there might have been fewer deaths. As things stand, over 5 million people have died worldwide from Covid-19. There are ongoing announcements of fourth and fifth waves of lockdowns in countries around the world.

In Tibet and Xinjiang (East Turkestan), the CCP and its brutal regime is still implementing hardline policies against the Uyghur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists. In China proper, the persecution of Falun Gong and Christian faith groups are living examples of the deliberate crushing of what should be private beliefs. And the organ harvesting of innocent Falun Gong practitioners and other persecuted minorities represents a serious crime being committed by the Chinese state.

According to the party’s documents, the Communist Party of China was founded on 23 July 1921. The first National Congress of the CCP was held on the same date. However, the CCP officially marks 1 July as its founding anniversary. With only about 50 members at the beginning of 1921, the CCP has grown over these past hundred years and is currently estimated to have a membership of 90 million. Needless to say, however, that millions are also quitting the party each year as people begin to learn the true nature of this brutal regime.

Mao Tsetung, regarded as the most prominent figure of the Chinese Communist Party in modern history, enjoyed absolute power. Mao’s catastrophic actions against his own people were ruthless and inhumane. He did not hesitate to deploy any means within his power to defeat his opponents. His fatal policies incurred immeasurable losses – of people, traditions and artefacts – not only in mainland China but across China’s occupied territories, which include Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia. The Great Famine alone, from 1959 to 1962, cost 20 million lives or more.

In the memoirs of Mao Tsetung’s personal physician, Dr Zhisui Li’s The Private Life of Chairman Mao, he records that Mao “did not care” when millions of people were dying during the Great Famine. Recalling Mao’s ruthlessness, Dr Li wrote: “In 1957, in a speech in Moscow, Mao said he was willing to lose 300 million people – half of China’s population. Even if China lost half its population, Mao said, the country would suffer no great loss. We could produce more people.”

As the CCP celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding, the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) is releasing a report on the top 100 atrocities committed by the CCP over this period.

The CCP may feel pride in having something to celebrate but the cost has been enormous. Millions of people in China and its subjugated territories have nothing to celebrate, and Chinese people in Taiwan and Hong Kong live in fear of what may be in store for them if the CCP continues unopposed.

President Xi Jinping, who has recently anointed himself on a par with Mao Tsetung, is another crazed Chinese dictator in the 21st century. Contrary to his talk of “win-win” schemes, through his Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in countries around the world Xi Jinping is plainly pursuing his expansionist global ambition. It seems that Xi’s political and military intentions behind the BRI projects are poised to cause severe threats to global peace and security.

Awareness of the reprehensible and ongoing actions carried out by the CCP under Xi Jinping is crucial at a time when the regime is exporting its malign activities outside mainland China. The free world must do all it can to stop the CCP from using its economic muscle to hoodwink gullible leaders into supporting its self-interested aims, which run counter to freedom and democracy. The CCP and its rogue leaders must be held accountable for their crimes against humanity over the past 100 years.

Tsering Passang is the founder and chair of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM)

The original article was published by The Independent (Voices) on 10th December 2021, Human Rights Day.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/chinese-communist-party-xi-jinping-uyghur-b1973573.html

British MP Tim Loughton Welcome Message on the Launch of GATPM’s Report – “100 Atrocities committed by the CCP”

Tim Loughton MP message to GATPM’s launch of Report on 100 Atrocities committed by CCP:

“Hello,

I am Tim Loughton, M.P., and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet in the U.K. Parliament.

I want to send you my greetings on this Human Rights Day, to the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities.

And I welcome this report which you are launching on the 100 Atrocities committed by the Communist Party of China.

There is a whole range of things, that many people will not be aware of and the extent of some of the atrocities committed over many years, and that go back to the early days of the formation of the Chinese Communist Party, right up to date with the treatment of Peng Shuai, the Tennis player who seems to have been “disappeared” for daring to speak out about sexual abuse by a senior Chinese Communist Party official.

So as we prepare for Christmas we can speak out freely in the West, and I am here in the old part of Westminster in front of our Christmas Tree — we should remember those people who don’t have the luxury of free speech, free movement and the liberties which we take for granted in the West.

So it’s particularly pertinent, that even at this time of the year — particularly at this time of the year – that we should remember the human rights abuses that are still going on at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party and the government of China.

And so I send my best wishes to the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities for the launch of this important event.”

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100 Atrocities Committed by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – A Report by GATPM

Released on Human Rights Day | 10th December 2021 | GATPM | London

100 Atrocities Committed by Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

STOP the Kow-tow NOW.

As the Communist Party of China (CCP) celebrates its 100th founding anniversary this year, the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) wishes to put on record the top 100 atrocities committed by the Chinese regime over the past 100 years. Awareness of these utterly reprehensible actions carried out by the CCP is crucial at a time when the CCP is exporting its malign activities outside mainland China. The free world must do all it can to stop the CCP from using its economic muscle to hoodwink gullible leaders into supporting its self-interested aims which run counter to freedom and democracy.

100 Atrocities Committed by Chinese Communist Party (CCP):

1.    Battle of Kashgar (June 1934), Kashgar, Xinjiang – Confrontation between Uyghurs (Turkic Muslims) and Han Chinese nationals. Several thousand Turkic people were slaughtered.

2.      Yan’an Rectification Movement (1942 – 1945) – First ideological mass movement initiated by the Communist Party of China. More than 10,000 of its own citizens were killed in the “rectification” process as the Party made efforts to attack intellectuals.

3.    Siege of Changchun (23 May 1948 – 19 October 1948), Changchun and proximity – The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) forces refused to let civilians leave the city of Changchun in order to exhaust the food supply of the Kuomintang (KMT) defenders, resulting in mass civilian casualties.  Between 150,000 and 200,000 civilians are estimated to have died due to starvation.

4.      Annexation of East Turkestan (1949) – The PLA entered East Turkestan in October 1949 and controlled most of the vast region by the spring of 1950.

5.      Annexation of Southern Mongolia (1949) – China annexed Southern Mongolia in 1949.

6.     Claim over Taiwan (1949) – The Communist Chinese Government claims that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China.

7.     Annexation of Tibet (1950) – The PLA troops launched the invasion of Tibet. A year later, in May 1951, China forced the Tibetan delegation to sign a “17-Point Agreement” in Beijing.

8.     Chinese Land Reform (1949–1953) – The campaign was launched by the CCP Leader Mao Tsetung. It involved mass murder of landlords by tenants. Zhou Enlai, the Chinese Premier, estimated that 830,000 had been killed whereas Mao Tsetung estimated that as many as 2 to 3 million were killed.

9.     Campaign to suppress Counter-revolutionaries (1950 – 1953) – Implemented by the CCP to eradicate opposition elements and those who undermine the CCP. A significant number of “counter-revolutionaries” were arrested and sentenced. According to the CCP’s official statistics in 1954, at least 2.5 million people were arrested; 1.3 million imprisoned and 712 were executed during the campaign.

10.  The Three ‘Anti’ Campaigns (1951) – The campaign was launched by the CCP and directed against members within the CCP, the former Kuomintang (KMT) members, and bureaucratic officials. Victims of the campaign were subject to terror and humiliation and were subsequerntly killed or sent to labour camps.

11.  The Five ‘Anti’ Campaigns (1952) – Mao Tsetung launched the campaign to target political opponents and wealthy capitalists. The exact death toll is not known. In Shanghai alone, from 25 January to 1 April 1952, at least 876 people committed suicide.

12.  The Sufan movement (Campaign to eradicate hidden counter-revolutionaries) (1955 – 1957) – Purge of perceived opponents in the People’s Republic of China under Mao Tsetung. During the purge, around 214,000 people were arrested and approximately 53,000 died.

13.  Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957–1959) – Political campaign launched by the CCP to purge alleged “Rightists” within the Chinese Communist Party and abroad. The campaign resulted in political persecution of at least 550,000 people. Researchers estimate the actual number of victims is between 1 to 2 million or even higher.

14.  Xunhua Incident (1958), Qinghai – The massacre was conducted by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) towards local civilians. At least 435 people died in the massacre.

15.  Tibetan National Uprising in Lhasa (March 1959) – After the PLA attempted to harm the Tibetan Spiritual Leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, tens of thousands of Tibetans provided human shields to protect him. The Chinese military launched rockets and killed many thousands of Tibetans. The Dalai Lama fled Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, and sought political asylum in India later that month. According to the PLA’s own figures, at least 87,000 people died in the revolt. Tibetans estimate 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a direct result of China’s occupation of Tibet.

16.  Violence in the Great Chinese Famine (1959-1961) – Many extra-judicial killings occurred during the Great Chinese Famine. At least 2.5 million people were beaten or tortured to death, which accounted for 6% – 8% of the total deaths in the Great Famine.

17.  Socialist Education Movement (1963 – 1965) – More than 77,560 people died in the movement launched by the CCP.

18.  Red August, Beijing (August – September 1966) – Origin of the Red Terror in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, triggering the “Daxing Massacre” which killed 325 people in a few days. Statistics from 1985 showed a death toll of over 10,000 due to the Red August movement.

19.  Guangxi Massacre (1966–1976) – Massive cannibalism occurred. The estimated death toll is between 100,000 and 150,000.

20.  Inner Mongolia incident (1967–1969) – During this incident, between16,632  and 100,000 Mongols were killed.

21.  Qinghai Massacre (February 1967) – Conducted by the People’s Liberation Army, over 200 Tibetans died.

22.  Guangzhou Incident (August 1967), Guangzhou, Guangdong – More than 1000 people died due to the Cultural Revolution.

23.  Anti-Peng Pai Incident (August 1967), Shanwei, Guangdong – During the Cultural revolution, more than 160 people died, 800 people were crippled and 3000 were injured.

24.  Qingtongxia Incident (August 1967), Qingtongxia, Ningxia – The PLA killed more than 100 people during this phase of the Cultural Revolution.

25.  Yangjiang Massacre (1967–1969), Yangjiang, Guangdong – A series of massacres took place during the Cultural Revolution in which more than 3500 people died.

26.  Daoxian Massacre (August – October 1967), Daoxian, Hunan –  The massacre took place in more than 10 counties, mainly in Dao County. 9093 people died.

27.  Shaoyang County Massacre (July – September 1968), Shaoyang, Hunan – Influenced by the Daoxian Massacre. 991 people died.

28.  Dan County Massacre (August 1968), Danzhou, Hainan – Part of the Guangdong Massacre. Over fifty thousand people were jailed and thousands more permanently disabled. Conducted by the People’s Liberation Army and local militias, more than 700 people died.

29.  Ruijin Massacre (September – October 1968), Ruijin, Jiangxi – Took place in Ruijin County, Xingguo County, and Yudu County. More than 1000 people died.

30.  Zhao Jianmin Spy Case (1968–1969), Yunnan – The Central Committee of the CCP took charge to purge and persecute more than 1.38 million civilians and officials.

31.  Shadian Incident (July – August 1975), Yunnan – Conflict between the CCP and local Hui (Muslim) people resulted in the deaths of more than 1600 civilians.

32.  Tibetan Unrests (1987-1989), Tibet –  A series of protests and demonstrations calling for Tibetan Independence turned into riots and the PLA killed hundreds of Tibetans during this period.

33.  Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre, Beijing – Between 200 and 10,000 civilians were killed. The Red Cross states that around 2,600 died. The official Chinese government figure is 241 dead with 7,000 wounded.  The event, though well recorded, has been “written out” of Chinese history.

34.  Ghulja Incident (5 February1997), Ghulja, Xinjiang – Demonstrations in Ghulja were violently put down by the police after two days of protesting. Official reports put the death toll at 9.

35.  Tibetan Protests (2008, 16 March), Lhasa, Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu – To commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising of 10 March 1959, some Tibetans started protests collectively in Tibetan areas of China and parts of central, eastern and northern Tibet. It later evolved into widespread protests across the Tibetan plateau.

36.  July 2009 Ürümqi Riots – More than 1000 Uyghurs died in the massacre carried out by the PLA  on protesters demanding freedom for East Turkestan (Xinjiang).

37.  CCP’s support for the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia – In the 1970s, the Khmer Rouge were largely supported and funded by the CCP, receiving approval from Mao Tsetung. It is estimated that at least 90% of the foreign aid which was provided to the Khmer Rouge came from China. Deaths under the Khmer Rouge range from 1.5 million to 2 million.

38.  Establishment of mass internment camps in Xinjiang (2016 onwards) – The CCP has tortured ethnic minority populations by forcefully detaining them in internment camps and contínues to do so, despite widespread condemnation..

39.  Hong Kong Extradition Bill 2019 – Two people died, more than 10,000 people were arrested and more than 2,600 people were injured when Hong Kong residents  protested against the Extradition Bill.

40.  Hong Kong Protests 2014 – During the 2014 protests, 955 people were arrested and some 470 people were injured. Hong Kongers were demanding democracy in Hong Kong.

41.  Persecution of Falun Gong (1999 – ongoing) – The CCP launched anti-religious campaigns in 1999 to ban spiritual practices in China. Over 3,700 Falun Gong practitioners died, due to torture in custody. Many of these peaceful practitioners faced organ harvesting for the benefit of the CCP regime.

42.  Arbitrary detentions in Hong Kong – Hong Kongers are currently being jailed for speaking up for freedom and resistance against the CCP regime’s interference in Hong Kong.

43.  Ban on Tiananmen Square Commemoration events (2020) – The CCP banned annual Tiananmen Square commemoration events in Hong Kong, citing COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. A year later, in 2021, the Chinese government imposed bans on any form of commemorating this event in Hong Kong and other regions within China, resulting in further restrictions of freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

44. Suppression of the so-called “Evil Cults” such as The Church of Almighty God, The Shouters, Mentuhui, Unification Church, Guanyin Famen, Bloody Holy Spirit, All Ranges Church, Sanban Puren Pai, True Buddha School etc. in the name of clamping down on superstitions and illegal activities.

45. Discrediting local ethnic dialects such as Cantonese, Hakka and other languages in the region across China to promote the Mandarin language and Han culture all over China.

46. Ethnic Cleansing of the ethnic minority populations through religious and cultural suppression. Despite 70 years of Communist Party control the need for constant repression suggests widespread resistance.

47. Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities.

48. Forced Labour – The use of forced labour in China’s cotton-picking industry.

49. Rewriting history – Revising, and rewriting history, with each successive handover of power in Beijing’s leadership suggests continuing resistance to the CCP.

50.  Abduction of the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995 – The then six years old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was abducted by the CCP to gain control over Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally, the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama have engaged in the search of each other’s reincarnations. With this interference by the Chinese government, the Beijing-appointed “Panchen Lama” is poised to search for the next Dalai Lama –  a major meddling in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

51.  Sinicization of Tibetan Buddhism – China is meddling in the centuries-old sacred traditions of the Tibetan Buddhist system of reincarnation. In January 2007, China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs issued a new regulatory measure called “Order No. Five” on “management measures for the reincarnation of living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism”. The decree makes it compulsory for all the “tulkus” (reincarnated beings) to get approval of the CCP before starting studies and teaching as “tulkus”.

52. Destruction of cultural heritage of Tibetan and Uyghur peoples through so-called “Development projects”.

53. Destruction and desecration of monasteries and nunneries in Tibet – In 2013, the Chinese government forcibly shut down Gaden Dhargyeling monastery in Nagchu County, north-east Tibet, over its alleged link with the Dalai Lama.

54.  The CCP government severely restricts the movement of Tibetans even for religious purposes. Tibetans have to seek permission to go on pilgrimage even within the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

55. Demolition of Tibetan learning centres, 2016 – Larung Gar and Yarchen Gar, two of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Centres in the world were demolished and down-sized to less than half of their size prior to 2016.

56. “Patriotic re-education camps” continue – Monks and nuns are routinely subjected to “patriotic re-education camps” where they have to show love to their country by denouncing His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

57. Discriminatory policies against ethnic languages, 2021 – The CCP is imposing mono-linguistic policies in every region where the ethnic population is in majority such as Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet etc.

58. The CCP attempts to forcibly change the traditional self-sustainable ways of lives of minority ethnic populations.

59. Mass Han Chinese population transferred to Tibet and Xinjiang to change the demography of these occupied regions.

60. Forced inter-ethnic marriages to assimilate Tibetans and Uyghurs.

61. Forced sterilization and forced abortions to regulate birth control in Xinjiang and Tibet.

62. Shortage of resources for local ethnic population due to Han population influx.

63. Depriving the indigenous population of good job prospects by giving preference to Han Chinese.

64. Social degradation and social marginalization of local populations in Tibet and Xinjiang with no social benefit given to local language speakers to ensure that all business is done in the Mandarin language.

65. Forcible shut down of primary schools in Tibet and Xinjiang regions and forcing the students to live in boarding schools in order to sinicize the children.

66. Tibetan students, officials and ordinary people are banned from participating in religious activities.

67. The traditional medicine systems of Tibet and Xinjiang were destroyed. The traditional monastic Chagpori College of Tibetan Medicine in Lhasa was destroyed in 1959 by the PLA troops.

68. The forcible integration of ‘hostile border regions’ to make them indistinguishable from any other province in China.

69. Huge income gap between urban areas predominantly inhabited by Chinese migrants and rural areas predominantly inhabited by local Tibetans, Uyghurs or any other ethnic minority community.

70. Forcible relocation of local populations to disrupt the traditional way of life in Xinjiang and Tibet.

71. Taking control of nomadic lands for the extraction of resources and ending traditional agricultural practices.

72. Forcing Tibetans and Uyghurs to work in factories and depriving them of their preferred traditional livelihood.

73. Rounding up minority populations in labour camps in the name of “poverty alleviation” policies.

74. China’s flawed environmental policies and dam building projects in Tibet have caused a huge climate crisis in Tibet as well as in the lower riparian regions. Tibet, described as the Third Pole, is facing rapid glacial retreat as temperatures are rapidly rising in the region. It is estimated that two-third of the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau will be depleted by 2050.

75. China’s extractive industry is determined to exploit the rich deposits at the cost of widespread environmental damage, including land erosion and contamination of water sources. The excessive deforestation in Tibet has caused the loss of biodiversity and environmental crisis in the region.

76. China has set up nuclear testing sites in Xinjiang (East Turkestan) and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) which have a huge impact on the local population and environment.

77. Destructive and irresponsible mining practices coupled with extensive mining of rare earth material have led to large scale environmental degradation. Relentless construction of dams and mega dam projects directly contributed to the increased occurrence of natural disasters.

78. Tibetans and Uyghurs are often subjected to unfair trials with no possibility of defending themselves. All the court documents are only in the Mandarin language.

79. Illegal and incommunicado detention of Tibetans and Uyghurs without any official charges for months, where they are subjected to inhuman treatment and torture.

80.  No freedom of expression for Uyghurs and Tibetans – Tibetan and Uyghur Human rights activists are detained and tortured for raising their voices against the CCP.

81. Uyghurs and Tibetans are subjected to intrusive surveillance by state authorities through state-of–the-art technology. The introduction of a grid-based surveillance system uses grouping of households to keep an eye on each other, which creates an aura of fear and distrust among the local population.

82. Collection of biometrics of Uyghurs, Mongols and Tibetans for creating AI software that could detect and track them.

83. Marginalising ethnic minorities through the Social Credit System – This on top of a biased education policy for Ethnic minority and Han students in mainland universities.

84. Neo-colonial policies to expand the territory in the neighboring regions through hegemonic behaviour.

85. China’s expansion in the South China Sea is creating regional instability, fuelling neo-expansionism in the 21st century. China’s ambition is to capture the Indo-Pacific region for its own interest.

86. China’s unethical exploitation of natural resources in the poor African nations  forces poor countries to fall into a debt trap through policies of the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative).

87. BRI is a military and political problem for the countries that have agreed to the BRI projects.

88. China’s use of poor nations such as in Africa as a dumping-yard for its inferior quality products and exploiting these nations economic condition for the benefit of China’s own industries.

89.  China purchases raw material from economically weak nations and pumps back finished refined goods which leads to increased trade deficit with the economically weak countries.

90. Chinese companies utilize their overcapacity through BRI projects and bring their own labour and materials into other countries, bringing unemployment to those regions.

91. China has established the first offshore military base in Djibouti for controlling the main business route (Suez Canal) on the pretext of countering Somalian pirates.

92. China is the prime culprit behind the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the death of over 5 million people across the world and disastrous economic consequences.

93. China has made covert use of International organisations such as the WHO to cover up the origin of the fatal virus.

94. China has used vaccine diplomacy to force countries (such as Turkey) to sign extradition treaties and to make poorer countries (such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) subservient to China.

95. China’s illicit use of Interpol to issue red notices to Uyghurs, Tibetans and human rights activists living abroad.

96. China has exerted pressure on international agencies and organisations to act in favour of China through planting CCP’s puppet leaders into the organisations and pumping huge financial subsidies into the organisations.

97. China’s theft of data and technology has posed a threat to cyber security worldwide.

98. China is trying to brainwash students and opinion makers through the establishment of Confucius Institutes in the universities of advanced countries which primarily serve as a vehicle for industrial and military espionage.

99. China’s rapid expansion of nuclear weapons is threatening the peace and stability of the region.

100. The recent “disappearance” of China’s female star tennis player, Peng Shuai, (2021), is a reminder of China’s disregard for international norms of law and justice and the rights of citizens to speak truth to power.