Exiles urge fellow Tibetans to stop self-immolation protests

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay addresses the closing ceremony

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay addresses the closing ceremony of the Second Special Meeting of the exile Tibetans in Dharamshala, India, on 28 September 2012. Tibet Sun/Lobsang Wangyal

By Lobsang Wangyal | Tibet Sun

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 29 September 2012

Exile Tibetans urged their fellow Tibetans in Tibet to stop giving up their lives in self-immolation protests.

More than 400 Tibetans from 26 countries gathered at their exiled headquarters in Dharamshala to find out ways to stop the current grave situation in Tibet as a wave of self-immolation protests has seen 51 Tibetans burning themselves since 2009. Out of this figure 41 have died from their burn injuries.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of exile Tibetans, said that the self-immolations were due to Chinese occupation of Tibet and the repressive policies of the Chinese government.

“We send a strong message to China that we will not tolerate these repressive policies.”

The delegates asked China to investigate the reasons why the self-immolations were occurring, failing which the situation may become worse and that they will hold China responsible for the crisis.

The delegates have resolved to seek more international support to pressure China to ease the situation in Tibet.

After four days of deliberations, the delegates adopted 31 different recommendations to resolve the Tibetan issue in the immediate and long-term basis.

One of the recommendations urges the Kashag, the executive body of the exile administration, to make efforts to re-establish the stalled talks with the Chinese government. Nine rounds of talks between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and Chinese officials since 2002, the most recent in January 2010, have failed to produce any tangible result.

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