His Holiness the Dalai Lama and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev during the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates held in Chicago, Illinois, on April 25, 2012.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev during the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates held in Chicago, Illinois, on April 25, 2012.
YANGON, Myanmar, 18 April 2012
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to travel to Britain and Norway in June on her first trip abroad in 24 years, her party spokesman said Wednesday.
The 66-year-old democracy icon has not left Myanmar for more than two decades because of fears the nation’s authoritarian rulers would not allow her to return.
The junta that ruled the country for almost half a century ceded power to a new government last year that has embarked on a series of widely praised reforms, including opening a dialogue with Suu Kyi and allowing her to run for — and win — a seat in parliament.
Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, said the trip would prove that Suu Kyi “can travel freely. This is a very positive indicator.”
Suu Kyi has not left Myanmar since 1988, when she arrived from Britain to visit her ailing mother and ended up leading the country’s struggle for democracy.
Since then, the daughter of national independence hero Aung San has spent 15 years under house arrest. For most of that time, she was separated from her husband Michael Aris and their two children, who still live abroad. In 1999, Suu Kyi refused to leave Myanmar to visit Aris as he was dying because of concerns that the former ruling junta would not allow her back.
During a brief visit to Myanmar on Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron invited Suu Kyi to visit, saying it would be a sign of progress if she were able to leave and then return to carry out her duties as a lawmaker.
Suu Kyi replied that “two years ago I would have said thank you for the invitation, but sorry. But now I am able to say perhaps, and that’s great progress.”
Nyan Win said the trip would include a trip to Oxford, where she attended university in the 1970s and raised her two children.
Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her democratic struggle but was unable to collect the award in Oslo because she was under house arrest at the time.
She has previously told visiting Norwegian ministers that if she ever travels abroad, Norway would be her first destination, Nyan Win said.
Svein Michelsen, a spokesman for Norway’s foreign minister, confirmed that Suu Kyi is preparing a June visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.
“We’re very much looking forward to it,” Michelsen said. He said the exact dates have not been decided.
The United States, whose top diplomat Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Myanmar in December, welcomed Suu Kyi’s “her ability to go out and travel”and hold dialogue with foreign governments. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said she would always have an “open invitation” to visit the US and continue the dialogue she began with Clinton, but did not know of any current plan for that.
Erlangen. Germany, 27 March, 2012
WISHES OF THE LATEST SELF IMMOLATOR
1. May His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the champion of world peace, live for tens of thousands of years! He must be invited to Tibet. I firmly believe and pray that Tibetan brothers and sisters would gather together in front of Potala Palace and sing the Tibetan national anthem thunderously.Jampel Yeshi wishes in Tibetan
2. My fellow Tibetans! If you care about your happiness and future, you must have the spirit of patriotism. Patriotism is the soul of a nation. Moreover, it is the confidence in search of truth; and also the harbinger of a happy future. My fellow Tibetan! If we are spire to peace and happiness in par with other people around the world, we should hold dear to your heart the word ‘patriotism’. You should make effort in all deliberations, big or small. In general, ‘patriotism’ is the insight that distinguishes truth from falsehood.
3. Freedom is the foundation of peace and happiness of the living beings. Life without freedom is like a lamp amidst the wind. This is our direction: we know it clearly that if the six million fellow Tibetans of the three province of Tibet consolidated our energy / effort we will achieve our goal. I beg you! Never give up!
4. What I express here is the issue of six million Tibetans. I reckon that we need in our struggle for our people are: if you have money and wealth, it is high time to spend on it; if you have knowledge, it is a critical time to bring them together; and if you have a life, this is the day to sacrifice it. Offering the precious human body to the fire in the twenty- first century is a sheer signal of the six million Tibetans telling the people of the world that Tibetans have no human rights and equality. People around the world! If you have concern and compassion, please pay heed to the plight of the poor Tibetans.
5. We want freedom to practice our religious tradition, our traditional fields of learning and the Tibetan language. We want equal rights enjoyed by the people around the world. People of the world, please stand up for us! Tibet belongs to Tibetans.
Victory to Tibet!
Tawu Jampel Yeshi
16 March, 2012
Translated from Tibetan by Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam peltsok along with Tenzin Gyaltsen
GENEVA: 30 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet since February 2009, said Amnesty International on 19 March during the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.
These self-immolations are “protest against these restrictions, and the heavy presence of security forces since 2008 when protests swept across the region. Tibetans have also held prayer vigils and demonstrations against repressive government policies,” said Amnesty International.
On three different days the Chinese authorities have used force to break up some peaceful demonstrations and have detained participants. A delegate from Amnesty International expressing its concern said, Chinese security forces shot protestors, killing at least three and injuring dozens.
The Vienna Declaration and Program of Action urges all States to promote and protect the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.
“Freedom of religious worship is guaranteed under the constitution of China and so are the rights of minority nationalities. Nonetheless, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression and religion and on cultural rights continue in the Tibet Autonomous Region,” said Amnesty International.
It criticised China for branding the Tibetans who have self-immolated as “very bad reputations” or “criminal records.”
The rights groups said that following the self-immolation of a young monk in March 2011, three people were sentenced to prison terms of between ten and 13 years for “intentional homicide” following the self-immolation of a young monk in March 2011. No details from their trials were released. The Amnesty International said that from past records these trials would not have been conducted in accordance with international fair trial standards.
Amnesty urged the Chinese authorities to:
· redress violations of the freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and cultural rights which have fuelled resentment among Tibetans;
· provide information about the current whereabouts and well-being of individuals who set themselves on fire in protest and were removed from the scene;
· provide information about lay people and religious people detained
· resume meaningful dialogue with representatives of the Tibetan community who can represent widely-held human rights concerns;
· exercise restraint in policing demonstrations and conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the allegation of use of excessive force
· allow independent monitors into the region.
In its Right to reply, the Chinese delegation said it strongly rejects the groundless remarks made by Amnesty International. China has been promoting democratic rights for over 50 years and Tibet has experience a sea change.
The present situation in Tibet was strongly raised by the EU, US, Germany, France, UK, Czech Republic and Canada. Eight international NGOS including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and International Commission of Jurist made statements on Tibet at this ongoing UN Human Rights Council session.
RIKON, March 15: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern for the health of three Tibetan hunger strikers who have been on an indefinite fast outside the UN headquarters since February 22.
“The secretary general affirms the right of all people to peaceful protest. He is, however, very concerned about the health of the hunger striking protesters,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky was quoted as saying by AFP.
Hours before Ban’s message of concern, Jamyang Palden, a 34 year-old monk from Rebkong, eastern Tibet set himself on fire raising slogans for the return of Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama from exile.
Now into their 23rd day of fasting, the three Tibetans are appealing for UN intervention in the ongoing crisis inside Tibet.
The fiery wave of self-immolation protests in Tibet has witnessed 28 Tibetans torch their bodies demanding freedom in Tibet. Mass protests in recent weeks have been violently suppressed following a call for “war” on peaceful protests by senior Chinese leaders.
Ban’s statement came after a visit to the “Indefinite Fast for Tibet” venue by UN assistant secretary general Ivan Simonovic on Monday.
Ivan Simonovic had expressed his “deep concerns” for the health of the hunger strikers and said that he will “directly contact” Secretary General Ban and Human Rights Commissioner Navannethem Pillay regarding the demands of the hunger strikers.
The UN assistant secretary general had apparently met with China’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations and briefed Ban’s office on his talks with the hunger strikers as well as Tsewang Rigzin, president of the Tibetan Youth Congress, the organisers of the fast.
However, no details have been made public of the meeting.
Rigzin, who heads the largest Tibetan pro-independence group in exile welcomed the UN statement but said, “it is not enough.”
“We want real UN support for the people of Tibet,” Rigzin told reporters.
2012, 13 March
1,212 cities, municipalities and counties all over Germany hoisted the Tibetan national flag on 10 March at town halls and public buildings as well as displaying the flag on their websites.
Several regional capitals – Bremen, Hanover, Magdeburg, Potsdam, Saarbruecken, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden and the parliament of the state Free Hanseatic City of Bremen flew the Tibetan flag.
By hoisting the Tibetan national flag, the cities, municipalities and counties affirmed on behalf of thousands of their citizens “the Tibetan people’s right to self-determination and protest against the violations of human rights and the destruction of the Tibetan people’s culture, religion and national identity,” said Flag for Tibet organisers’ press release.
Tibet Initiative Deutschland, the German Tibet Support Group initiated the project in 1996.
“It is time now for the international community to listen to the Tibetan people and to put the long neglected Tibet problem on its agenda”, said Monika Deimann-Clemens, coordinator of the flag for Tibet, “otherwise we become responsible for a further escalation of the situation in Tibet”.
The press released called on the German government to send a fact-finding delegation to Tibet.
In the Czech Republic, as part of international action “flag for Tibet” campaign, over 400 councils, municipalities and county offices of Czech towns and villages hoisted the Tibetan flags as a symbol of support for the non-violent Tibetan struggle for their rights and efforts to preserve national identity.
In Switzerland 200 local councils and municipalities hoisted the Tibetan flag.
About 20 Italian regional councils have passed motions condemning the Chinese atrocities in Tibet.
Dharamsala, February 4: In reports coming out of Tibet, three Tibetans have self-immolated on February 3 in the undersieged town of Serthar in eastern Tibet.
A Tibetan in exile with contacts in the region told Phayul that two Tibetans survived the self-immolation but one is feared dead.
“The three Tibetans called for the unity of the Tibetan people and protested against the Chinese government,” the Tibetan who didn’t want to be named said.
The two who have reportedly survived have been identified as Tsering, around 60 years of age and Kyari, around 30. The third Tibetan who is feared dead cannot be identified at the time of reporting.
Serthar has been under an undeclared martial law with a heavy military lockdown since the January 24 mass protests. At least six Tibetans were reportedly shot dead in indiscriminate police firings on unarmed Tibetans.
Preceding the mass demonstrations, Tibetans in rural villages in Serthar had carried out protests on January 18 and 22 while a larger demonstration was also reported on January 23 in Serthar town where a banner reading: “We protest against failed Chinese policies in Tibet” was unfurled.
The same source told Phayul that in the January 18 protests, a large number of ‘wind horse’ prayer scrolls with the Tibetan national flag and slogans calling for the Dalai Lama’s long life and ‘Victory to Tibet’ printed on the backside were spread in the region.
Following the protests, the entire region has been cut off from the outside world with no phone or internet connections. The roads leading into the region remain blocked as earlier shown by a CNN report in which its reporters were detained and sent back while trying to enter the region.
In photos received by Phayul of the January 24 Serthar protests yesterday, Chinese military personnel could be seen severely beating and dragging Tibetans on the road.
Since Tapey’s self-immolation in 2009, 19 Tibetans have set themselves on fire demanding the return of the Dalai Lama and protesting China’s occupation of Tibet.
Amnesty International in a release last week called on China to avoid using excessive force in response to Tibetan protests and expressed fear of “further violence and bloodshed” in Tibet.
Source: www. tibet.net, 3.2.2012
DHARAMSHALA: Expressing its deep concern over the reports of killing of Tibetans by the Chinese security forces in northeastern Tibet and the lockdown of Tibet, the International Parliamentarians has called for a UN-led fact-finding mission to observe the situation in Tibet.
In a statement on 31 January, International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) said it is extremely concerned for the news that several Tibetans in Draggo, Kardze and in Dzamthang, Ngaba have been shot dead by Chinese security forces last week.
“INPaT considers the use of force not an acceptable response on the part of the Chinese authorities toward peaceful protests carried out by Tibetans to excercise right to freedom of expression and assembly,” the statement said.
“INPaT remains deeply concerned that these cases of extrajudicial killings of Tibetans has happened in the background of self-immolation protests by 17 Tibetans since 2009 with 12 of them having succumbed to their injuries.
“INPaT deplores that according to various sources there is a massive deployment of security forces in Tibet with journalists and other independent observers prevented from visiting Tibetan areas, especially in Sichuan province.
“INPaT calls upon the Chinese authorities to provide adequate information on the well-being and whereabouts of Tibetans who have been detained since the first self-immolation last year by Ven. Phuntsok on 16 March and to withdraw the security measures imposed, including at religious institutions.
“INPaT welcomes that parliamentarians in many countries have expressed their concerns on the overall human rights situation in Tibet, especially after an alarming number of self-immolation protests by Tibetans. While remaining in solidarity with the aspirations of Tibetan people, INPaT joins the call upon Tibetans not to sacrifice their valuable lives through self-immolations but instead maintain their collective voice and strength to face the challenges from the Chinese authorities.
“INPaT calls upon the Chinese authorities to promptly follow-up on its invitation to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a fact-finding mission to China and that such a visit ensures adequate time for observing the situation in Tibet. INPaT believes that such a visit by the United Nations chief human rights official can help convey an independent assessment on the human rights crisis faced by the six million Tibetans,” the statement noted.
133 Members from 33 worldwide Parliaments who took part in the 5th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (18/19 November 2009, Rome) adopted the “Rome Declaration on Tibet” which constituted the International Network for Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT).
DHARAMSHALA: The organising committee of the 32nd Kalachakra Initiation released a statement of income and expenditure incurred during the 32nd Kalachakra Initiation at Bodh Gaya.
A total income of Rs 32,93,33,249.00 (Thirty two crores ninety three lakhs thirty three thousand two hundred and forty nine) was earned while expenses of Rs 25,78,33,249.00 (Twenty five crore seventy eight lakhs thirty three thousand two hundred and forty nine) was incurred for the Kalachakara Initiations, the statement said.
The remaining 7 crores and 15 lakhs has been disbursed for charitable purposes through registered organisations, it noted. “Kalachakra Organising Committee Declares Account Statement” མུ་མཐུད་ཀློག