Forty-five lawmakers from 23 countries took part in the 6th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (WPCT) in the Canadian city of Ottawa discuss furthering Tibet resolution.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland: 1st May, 2012
Expressing concern over violations of human rights in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), the democratically elected body of the Tibetan exiles, has called upon Beijing to restart dialogue to end the ‘conflict’, an official statement said here Monday.
“The conflict can be resolved through sincere and constructive dialogue and negotiations at the highest level between the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representatives,” said the statement quoting a declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet that concluded in Ottawa on Sunday.It said: “Unilateral action in Tibet by China, such as the imposition of new policies that do not reflect the aspirations of the Tibetan people, cannot lead to a solution.”
Clarifying its stand on the issue of Tibet, the convention said: “A sustainable solution can be achieved through genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the PRC.”
Calling upon the Chinese to end accusations against the Dalai Lama and the CTA, it said: “The Tibetan proposals expressly formulate a solution within the constitutional framework of thePRC.”
But the declaration said the CTA was alarmed at continuing grave violations of human rights in Tibet by the PRC authorities in reaction to peaceful protests by Tibetans.
“We call upon the PRC to end the repression in Tibet, provide access to all Tibetan areas in thePRC, schedule the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ mission to China, especially to Tibet, and to resume the dialogue with the envoys of the Dalai Lama,” it said.
The last round of talks — the ninth — between the Chinese and the Dalai Lama’s envoys was held in Beijing in January 2010.
The CTA submitted an ‘explanatory’ note to the Chinese leadership in 2010 to clarify its stand on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people.
China, however, said after the talks that the two sides had ‘sharply divided views as usual’.
Those who spoke in the panel discussion included Mr Jayadeva Ranada, Distinguished Fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi; Ms Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China, New York, and Mr Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, DC.
The Kalon Tripa continued where the Dalai Lama left off, speaking about the democratic legitimacy of the new exile Tibetan leadership; referring to the desperateness of the human, political and environmental situation in Tibet today; drawing attention to the brutality and intransigence of the Chinese government, and urging strong international support for the Tibetan struggle. He acknowledged with gratitude the actions many lawmakers had taken in their respective countries, including in Italy, the EU, the USA, and Japan to draw attention to the Tibet issue and to the seriousness of the situation in Tibet today which had seen 35 self-immolations by protesting Tibetans since 2009, resulting in at least 25 deaths.
The convention was jointly organized by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet and Canada Parliamentarian Friends of Tibet.
The first WPCT was held in New Delhi in 1994, followed by those in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 1995, Washington, DC in 1997, Edinburgh in 2005 and Rome in 2009.