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Tibet NGOs Criticize EU For Not Sponsoring China Resolution at UN Rights Commission

Geneva, 10 April, 2002 - Three Tibet-related NGOs today criticized the European Union for its failure to propose a resolution on China's human rights practices in Tibet at the current session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

In a press statement from Geneva, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy, the International Campaign for Tibet and the Free Tibet Campaign criticised the fact that the deadline passed for putting forward resolutions on Agenda Item 9 (Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in any part of the world) without any resolution against China tabled.

"The EU clearly neither possesses the courage or political will to make an objective defense of the Tibetan people's rights, despite expressions of profound concern about China and Tibet in February's General Affairs Council," said Tsewang Lhadon of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

"We fail to understand this selectivity of action by Commission members when Beijing is responsible for more than 50 years of gross and consistent human rights violations in Tibet. This sends the wrong signal to the Tibetan people," added Tsering Jampa of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).

"The EU had a chance to show leadership on the China issue this year, knowing that the United States would not be a major player at this Commission, but here in Geneva they and the USA have done little more than play ping-pong with the issue of some of the most serious violations of human rights in the world." said Alison Reynolds of Free Tibet Campaign (FTC).

The EU has consistently failed since 1997 to take on the China issue at UNCHR, preferring to leave it to the United States. Human rights are a global responsibility and this dangerously political approach undermines the very integrity of the Commission, and the weakness of this strategy of relying on one member state to act on an issue has been exposed this year by the USA's reduction to observer status. The EU's refusal to sponsor a resolution on China is based on the flawed premise that action on China at the Commission will compromise its failing dialogue and provoke political reprisals from China.

A half-hearted lobbying effort by the United States failed to persuade any EU member to give procedural support to a draft text on China circulated in recent weeks. The United States cannot sponsor resolutions this year, although procedures do allow for observers to submit proposals, which may be put to vote on the request of any member of the Commission. Additionally, the chair of UNCHR can accept proposals from observer states where a consensus is understood to exist for their adoption by the Commission.

China's success in politicizing criticism of its human rights record means that no chair of UNCHR would be prepared to accommodate such a request without sponsorship by a Commission member.

Amnesty International's Annual Report published yesterday stated that China executed at least 1,800 people last year; three quarters of the 2001 global total. Repression in Tibet has intensified since the last CHR and Beijing continues to ignore the Dalai Lama's repeated commitment to talk "anywhere, anytime."


For more information contact:

Tsering Jampa, International Campaign for Tibet
Tsewang Lhadon TCHRD. Tel + 31 629 004547
Alison Reynolds, Free Tibet Campaign. Tel + 44 7711 843884
More information on these NGOs can be found on their respective websites:

ICT www.savetibet.org
TCHRD www.tchrd.org
Free Tibet Campaign www.freetibet.org


Le dalaï-lama a été reçu personnellement mercredi 23 mai 2001 par le président George W. Bush pendant une demi-heure, au grand dam de Pékin qui célébrait le jour même le 50ème anniversaire de la capitulation du Tibet face aux troupes chinoises. M. Bush a tenu à s'entretenir personnellement avec le chef spirituel des Tibétains qu'il a reçu dans les appartements présidentiels, un honneur rarement accordé. Il a exprimé au dalaï-lama son soutien pour la préservation de l'identité tibétaine en matière religieuse, culturelle et linguistique, et lui a promis d'encourager la Chine au dialogue avec lui, a déclaré le porte-parole de la Maison Blanche Ari Fleischer. 24 mai 2001 (AFP)
la Chine demande aux Etats-Unis de cesser de s'ingérer dans ses affaires intérieures

La Chine demande aux Etats-Unis de cesser d'utiliser le problème du Tibet pour s'ingérer dans ses affaires intérieures.

« Le problème du Tibet est purement une affaire interne de la Chine, où aucun pays n'a le droit de s'ingérer,".

C'est ce qu'a affirmé M. Sun Yuxi, porte-parole du Ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères lors d'une conférence de presse tenue jeudi en répondant à une question sur la nomination prochaine par le gouvernement américain d'un coordinateur spécial pour le problème du Tibet.

« Nous demandons à la partie américaine de respecter strictement le fait que le Tibet est une partie inaliénable du territoire chinois, et de ne pas soutenir l'indépendance du Tibet », a-t-il dit.

C'est la troisième fois que le gouvernement américain nomme un prétendu « coordinateur » pour le Tibet.

Du point de vue de l'oppresseur:

"Selon Lie Que, la sollicitude de l'autorité centrale assure la stabilité et le développement du Tibet

Le président du gouvernement de la Région autonome du Tibet Lie Que a déclaré dimanche à Beijing que la sollicitude et le soutien du gouvernement central et de diverses régions du pays constituaient la garantie la plus sûre de la stabilité sociale et du développement rapide de l'économie du Tibet.

Il a tenu ces propos le même jour à Beijing lors de la cérémonie d'ouverture de l'exposition sur les réalisations du soutien du pays au Tibet qui se tient à Beijing.

Selon Lie Que, à l'heure actuelle, le Tibet se trouve dans une des meilleures périodes depuis sa libération pacifique où règnent la stabilité politique, l'unité nationale, le développement économique rapide, le progrès social global, et l'aisance de la vie des habitants. Seul sous la direction du Parti Communiste Chinois, en persévérant dans la voie du socialisme à la chinoise, les habitants du Tibet pourront avoir un avenir prometteur."




Bush welcomes the Dalai Lama
China's condemnation of the meeting doesn't quell president's support for reconciliation efforts

Thursday, May 24, 2001


WASHINGTON -- President Bush extended a carefully measured welcome to the Dalai Lama yesterday despite complaints from China. He said he supported the exiled Buddhist leader's efforts to begin talking with Chinese leaders about preserving Tibet's religious and cultural identity.

China, while marking the 50th anniversary of its rule over Tibet, condemned the White House meeting, saying that the reception and the U.S. visit of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian indicated a toughening stance against China.

White House aides stressed that President Bush received the Dalai Lama in his capacity as a religious leader, and that the visit did not indicate a shift in policy toward China. / Associated Press
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Bush, along with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, greeted the Dalai Lama in the White House residence, not the Oval Office. Bush aides stressed that he received the Dalai Lama in his capacity as a religious leader, and that the visit did not indicate a shift in policy toward China.

"The president commended the Dalai Lama's commitment to non-violence and declared his strong support for the Dalai Lama's tireless efforts to initiate a dialogue with the Chinese government," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said. "The president said he would seek ways to encourage dialogue, and expressed his hope that the Chinese government would respond favorably."

In China, however, state television reported that Luo Gan, the Communist Party's top cadre for law and order, told officials the Dalai Lama was "traveling further and further down the separatist road." The official Xinhua News Agency said Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhou Wenzhong lodged a formal diplomatic protest of Chen's visit with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

State media portray modern Tibet as an increasingly prosperous land where religious freedom thrives, education is universal and residents rally behind the government in Beijing. The "peaceful liberation" of Tibet by Chinese forces in 1950 "marked the first step for people in Tibet toward sunshine and happiness from darkness and suffering," Xinhua said.

China regards Tibet as part of its traditional territory and sees the Dalai Lama as a supporter of Tibetan independence. The Dalai Lama said he told Bush that he is seeking "genuine self-rule" as "a mutually equitable solution" for Tibet and China, and Bush shared that approach.

"I assured to him that in the future, whenever the president has an opportunity to meet with the Chinese leader, he can assure the Chinese government I'm not seeking independence," the Dalai Lama said.

He said Bush showed him "very genuine, human, warm feelings. That I very much appreciate."

Fleischer said Bush repeated that the United States would "support the preservation of Tibet's unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity, and the protection of the human rights of all Tibetans."

When asked whether Bush was trying to send a signal to China by greeting the spiritual leader more openly than former President Clinton did, Fleischer told reporters that it was Clinton who opted to have "drop by" sessions with the Dalai Lama, as opposed to full meetings.

"The president is maintaining the long-standing tradition of meeting with the Dalai Lama," Fleischer said. "Previous presidents, of course, have met with the Dalai Lama, so there is no change in the U.S. policy."

Lodi Gyari, the Dalai Lama's special envoy, said the spiritual leader stressed that there would be "dangerous consequences to the Tibetan identity" if China's policies toward Tibet don't change, and felt encouraged by the reception he received from the Bush administration.

When asked about China's bid for the 2008 Olympics, the Dalai Lama said he would support it if democracy advocates feel it can lead to more openness in China, but not if it could have a demoralizing, "world don't care" effect.

"When I look (at) one problem, I always look from various angles, so sometimes (that) makes me more indecisive," he said.

The Dalai Lama met Tuesday with Secretary of State Colin Powell. The monk told reporters that Powell "listened very keenly" as he discussed his ideas about promoting human and religious values and the situation in Tibet.



A nun showing the use of a chinese torture instrument



Lyrics of the Imprisoned Tibetan Nuns’ Songs
Translation by Yeshe Khedrup, Norbu Samphel, Namgyal Shastri, and John Buescher;
Voice of America Tibetan Service

Song 1
The soul of happiness is religious and political freedom.
Where is my root lama?
The Red Chinese have expelled him.
Buddhas who dwell in the ten directions,
Please consider our mournful truth.
Land of snows, land of snows,
My beloved nation,
The nation’s soul is Tenzin Gyatso,
My root lama, the wish-granting jewel.
When all Tibetans inside and outside Tibet are united,
The sun will come out again from behind the clouds.

Song 2
Tibetans place their confidence
In the all-knowing Conqueror [the Dalai Lama].
The place of his birth he has been made to leave,
He has had to swell in an alien land.
The Chinese have seized his place of birth
And have put Tibetans in prison.
Even if we wear Chinese clothes,
We must get rid of the Red Chinese.
When Tibetan compatriots from the three provinces
Are united
Throughout the land of the Dharma,
We must get rid of the Red Chinese.
Even if we have to sacrifice our lives,
We must have full freedom
In a year or two.
We must get rid of the Red Chinese.

Song 3
The red palace [the Potala] on the mountaintop
Is the abode of the all-knowing one.
Though the all-knowing one dwells in India.
His blessings are all over.
The light rays of the pale Moon
Have pervaded the whole world.
His great blessings
Have made our snowy land of Tibet free,
Have made our snowy land of Tibet free.

Song 4
The summit of Mount Kepel [1]
Is circumambulated by clouds,
And onto the snowy land’s temple [2]
Pearls rain down. [3]
The Conqueror Tenzin Gyatso—
It is not that his place of abode does not exist,
His government [4]
Is flourishing more than ever.

[1] The tall mountain just behind Drepung Monastery.
[2] The Jokhang.
[3] This verse’s language from folk songs recalls a happy past and the sight of clouds and fog swirling around Mount Kepel, then proceeding down the valley to rain on the Jokhang Temple.
[4] Literally, "the place of government, the Garden Palace" – that part of Drepung Monastery from which the Fifth Dalai Lama extended his governance throughout Tibet.

Song 5
Though India’s mountains are tall,
It is not his native land.
The various flowers
In Lhasa’s Norbulingka Park
Are beaten down by frost and hail.
But holding one another’s hands.
Tibetans united
Will give love and compassion.
The all-knowing Conqueror [the Dalai Lama]
Has come to his native land.
Let us offer him a white ceremonial scarf,
Let us go and seek an audience with him.

Song 6
The children of Tibet living in the land of India,
Should study for the sake of Tibetan freedom.
To achieve Tibetan freedom is the blessing of the Conqueror.
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama is not far away,
Freedom is not far away,
Not far away.
Tibetans of the snowy land,
Tibetan people strive for freedom,
His Holiness is not far away.

Song 7
The wonderful land on the roof of the world
Is our homeland.
That is the land of the Dharma,
The land of the most excellent Conqueror Avalokiteshvara [the Dalai Lama].
Under his compassionate guidance
The people of that land like peace.
The people of that land like freedom.
The people of that land enjoy happiness and glory.

Song 8
Our root lama is the Panchen Lama.
When he was living, the Tibetans who were in prison
Would quickly be released after a little while.
A crowd of Red Chinese savages
Gave poison to our root lama and murdered him,
Murdered him.
What there is to eat is no better than slop for pigs.
The beatings are severe.
The years are endless,

Song 9
Iron-barred windows and strong walls
[line indistinct]
Tibetans who are outside and
Tibetans who have the experience of suffering inside prison,
Are [all] Tibetans.
The Red Chinese inflict horrible suffering.
The generation of Tibetans who are suffering
Have had to endure all this hardship for a moment.
May we be free from Chinese oppression,
May we be free quickly.

Song 10
The beautiful snow land of Tibet
Is your native land, O highest protector.
The happy people, the Tibetans,
Are your children, O highest protector.

Song 11
I sing a song of torment
From Drapchi Prison.
Of Tibet [words indistinct] I sing in my song.
Our land of the Dharma has now become a prison camp.
Today, though I’ve been put in prison,
My spirit will never be discouraged.
Oh, how sad!
The barbarians have beaten us horribly.
We have no independence
We are oppressed by the barbarians.
Our minds [words indistinct]
Will come from Drapchi Prison.
Through the blessings of the all-knowing one [the Dalai Lama],
We are in a state of happiness and peace.

Song 12
Alas, this sad song in my mind
I send to those who help prisoners.
These feelings in this dark season
[line indistinct]
I’ll never forget the horrible tortures.
May this present misery in prison
Never be inflicted on any sentient being.
This land, encircled by snow mountains,
Is the source of compassion and peace.
May Avalokiteshvara Tenzin Gyatso
Live forever.

Song 13
Looking out from Drapchi Prison
There is nothing to see but sky.
The clouds that float in the sky
I wish were my parents.
Though we imprisoned friends
In Norbulingka were beaten down.
Our linked arms were not separated.
The beautiful white cloud in the east
Is not a patch that is fixed. [1]
The time will come when the sun
Will appear from behind the cloud.
I am not sad.
If you ask why,
Though days follow on days,
There is the Moon at night.

[1] A patch sewn on clothing does not move, but the cloud will move away from blocking the sun.

Song 14
The fragrance of the lotus
Is eclipsed by the sunlight.
The lotus stalk is tall
[line indistinct]
The mountains of snowy Tibet
Are melted by the rays of the sun.
The flourishing of the grasslands and lakes
Is the blessing of the emerald water from the snow mountains.
The long-wished-for-gem
[line indistinct]
Committed youths
Should rise up for freedom.

Song 15
To our land
We send a song of our sentiments
As if the wind were conscious
And would carry it to our land.
Parents of this life
Do not be sad.
We will meet once again
In our land.
We send a note of our sentiments,
We have a few words of consolation.
Parents of this life
Do not be sad.
We will meet once again.

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