MCLEOD GANJ, India, 11 December 2012
Mr President Xi Jinping, new cabinet members of the PRC government, and government officials of the regions where self-immolation protests have been taking place:
Respected Mr Xi Jinping, the newly-appointed president of PRC (People’s Republic of China), you and your esteemed government officials of PRC clearly know that over the last 60 years, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the whole of Tibetans have been continuously appealing to the Chinese government to change its faulty policy on Tibet which is the underlying factor for all the restless turbulence inside Tibet, including the so-far 95 immolation cases.
Since the worldwide Tibetan uprising protest in 2008, which was marked as the “earth-rat year grand protest” according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, Tibetans have been solely committed to the path of non-violence and purely voiced for Tibet’s freedom for the sake of global peace. But the Chinese government has been using its full powers of restriction and torture of the peaceful demonstrators that draws discrimination between Tibetans and Chinese, which has fuelled the tense situation. Moreover, China, rather than understanding the deep grievances of the Tibetan people and changing its repressive policy, has carried out more repressions, more arrests, more imprisonments, more killings.
So, under these unbearable inhumane repressions, till date 95 Tibetans inside Tibet have been opting to give up their lives by burning themselves, clearly calling for the “return of the Dalai Lama and freedom to Tibet.” Yet the Chinese government accuses them of mental abnormalities, a life without goals, or some sort of family problems, rather than recognising the real causes for the immolations. At the same time, China has been accusing the Dalai Lama and CTA-led exile Tibetan community to be at the back of these immolations.
But this is the time to remind you, Mr President, and your government, that there is no room for the lie to last, and that the Tibetans’ fight for the truth will never end. So, it is not late to act before facing the tragic consequences.
In fact, some of the Central and local Chinese government officials claim that the on-going self-immolations are localised or regionalised problems, but the fact is that these fiery acts are happening all over Tibet’s regions, irrespective of age, irrespective of religious sect, monks and nuns, writers and educationists, farmers and nomads, in all spheres of livelihood and background, clearly showing the whole world that it is not the problem of an individual person or a localized region.
The desperate crying call for the Dalai Lama’s return to Tibet and freedom for Tibet by the self-immolators during their fiery acts clearly reveals the desperate wishes of the Tibetan people. Despite the materialistic richness and the economic changes in Tibet, Tibetans are cultured more being faith in religion and being in belief of mental happiness.
So we expect you, Mr Xi Jinping and your cabinet will not continue these repressive policies in Tibet. Rather you should understand the underlying grievances and the deep wishes of the Tibetan people to resolve the Tibet issue. Even in the past, there were leaders like Mao Zedong, Hu Yaobang, and your dear father, Xi Zhongxun, who strongly considered Tibet to be of special status in China, and recognised the need to address a more realistic and more effective solution over Tibet’s problems.
The cruel policy of your government to de-link the unique relationship between His Holiness the Dalai lama in exile and the Tibetans inside Tibet is totally a baseless hope which rooted the primary causes of all the peaceful protests inside Tibet. The return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama not only fulfills the wishes of his fellow Tibetans, but also it would benefit the lives of those 13 billion Chinese Buddhist followers inside China.
So, to create a peaceful coexistence among the Chinese and the Tibetan people in the essence of brotherhood, this is the right opportunity for you, Mr President, to invite the Dalai lama back to Tibet.
Moreover, China’s short-sighted policy over Tibet, including permanent removal of His Holiness portrait from Tibetan houses, is the major cause of serious frustrations among Tibetans, which they feel best expressed by sacrificing their own lives in fiery acts of self-immolation rather than living under such oppression.
So we strongly urge your government to base its Tibet policy in accordance with the real situation inside Tibet.
Today the nations of the world and the people respecting human rights, have deep concerns over the on-going self-immolations, but China, instead of hearing the desperate calls of those immolators, oppress the families of the deceased for conducting funeral rituals, and continuously restricts their fellow Tibetans coming together for solidarity, which deepens the crisis rather then creating a harmonious society. Example: The recent distribution of the “5-points rule” by the Chinese officials in Malho region, and also the questionnaire paper “10 points of foresighted perspectives” in Tsolho region, and especially the announcement of monetary reward to those who give information about self-immolations in the Kanlho region may bring an unexpected result in the long run.
So, under these unfavourable situations, China’s calls to develop a “harmonious and peaceful society” can never be achieved, and will always remain nothing more than words.
In the extremes of oppression and pain, self-immolation is the only and highest level of sacrifice, and the ultimate choice, the only one left. When a person has already decided to sacrifice their life, they have surpassed all fear and worries — so nothing can stop them. And therefore anything could happen if the Chinese government doesn’t pay heed to the reality of the situation in Tibet, and try to put an end to the self-immolations by understanding the wishes of Tibetans, not by oppressing them.
Stepping towards equal humanity and harmonious co-existence, we humbly urge Mr President of PRC, to enact the following as soon as possible:
- Form an independent Chinese committee to investigate the deep-rooted causes of the Tibetans’ self-immolations.
- Investigate the ineffectiveness of the local Chinese officials in the regions of self-immolations.
- The present conditions of those self-immolators who were arrested should be made clear, and let them have the proper medications and allow them to live their life by handing them over to their concerned relations.
- Stop the baseless accusations and the untrue branding of the causes and events leading to the self-immolations.
- Listen freely to the true causes of these self-immolations from respectable public figures such as high lamas, officials, retired, educated, elders, and so on.
- The PRC should seriously consider the overwhelming call for His Holiness’ return to Tibet and for the freedom of Tibet by the self-immolators, which are also the wishes of all Tibetans.
- Instead of using violence on the peaceful protesters suchas the self-immolators and the non-violent student uprisings, China must resolve the issue by addressing the desperate wishes of the Tibetans.
- The PRC should properly reply to the recent 8-points demand which was jointly submitted by high school Tibetans, lamas, and monks in the monastery.
- Stop the governmental distributions about the inhuman explanation on the act of self immolations which creates greater disturbances among the Tibetans.
- The best way to resolve the Sino-Tibet issue is to resume dialogue between the two sides without delay.
- We strongly appeal to release all Tibetan intellectuals, particularly Mr Dolma Kyab, who were imprisoned only for exercising their freedom of speech.
Tibetan Educated Youth Group