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Day long hunger strike on first day of Tibetan new year, Feb. 22,<br />
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    Statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) on the occasion of the  day-long Hunger Strike by its Members and the public on the first day of the Water-Dragon Tibetan New Year on 22nd February, 2012 at the Theckche...
    Statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) on the occasion
    of the  day-long Hunger Strike by its Members and the public on the
    first day of the Water-Dragon Tibetan New Year on 22nd February,
    2012 at the Theckchen Choling, Main Temple, Dharamsala.

    Amongst
    the patriotic Tibetan men and women who have been committing the
    heroic act of self-immolations in Tibet under the two main slogans
    demanding the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and
    freedom and human rights for the Tibetan people, Venerable Tapey of
    Kirti Monastery set the trend on 27th of February, 2009. Since then,
    between the 16th of March, 2011 and 19th of February, 2012, some 23
    Tibetans both lay and ordained, have committed self-immolation in
    Tibet for the sake of Tibet and its people. Two Tibetans have done
    the same outside of Tibet totaling 25 so far. Fifteen of them
    including three nuns have lost their precious lives in the process
    and we have not been able to ascertain the condition and whereabouts
    of the rest.

    We have also come to know from reliable sources that
    on the 23rd of January, 2012 which was the occasion of the
    celebration of the Chinese New Year, Tibetans in Tibet observed it
    as a day of mourning by holding peaceful demonstrations. But the
    Chinese police and the militia opened indiscriminate gun-fire on
    them and 4 Tibetans in Draggo, 2 in Serta and 1 in Zamthang
    totalling 7 were massacred. We have further come to know that on the
    8th of February of this year, the same type of peaceful
    demonstrations had taken place in other places like Nangchen,
    Trindu, Zatoe, Golok, Chuchen, Chabcha etc while observing White
    Wednesday which is the favourable prayer day for the long life of
    His Holiness The Dalai Lama. However, as the Chinese government had
    sealed of all internet and phone connection in most of the places in
    Tibet and especially those where demonstrations had taken place, we
    have not been able to ascertain the scale of oppression and the
    number of people killed, tortured or arrested. There is in effect,
    an unapparent military rule in Tibet at present and the Chinese
    government has declared an open war on the Tibetan people as
    whole.

    The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has continuously been
    appealing to the Government of China and the International Community
    regarding the urgent situation in Tibet through its series of press
    statements. Recently, a special delegation of the TPiE travelled to
    New Delhi to brief a number of Embassies of different countries
    about the fast deteriorating conditions in Tibet. We also wrote an
    open letter to the Chinese President.

    Through this statement, we
    once again appeal to the Government of China and the International
    Community as follows

    Appeal to the Chinese leaders

    1.
    Withdraw the large reinforcement of military to reduce tension
    immediately and take measures to give due consideration to the
    aspirations of the Tibetan people.

    2. Allow independent,
    non-partisan fact finding delegations to ascertain the ground
    realities. If you have issues with that, allow a Tibetan fact
    finding delegation to visit Tibet.

    3. Stop the policies and
    programs aimed at destroying the identity of the Tibetan people.
    Provide religious freedom and undertake reconciliation measures to
    assuage the hurt sentiments of the Tibetan people.

    4. Stop
    sedentarization of Tibetan nomads and include Tibetan participation
    in environmental stewardship by using their centuries old wisdom of
    having lived on the Tibetan Plateau.

    5. All developmental
    activities in Tibet must give due consideration to Tibets fragile
    environment and should accrue due benefit to the native
    Tibetans.

    6. Release all political prisoners including Panchen
    Rinpoche Gedun Choekyi Nyima, just as Burma did so to create more
    trust between the people and the government.

    7. Resume dialogue
    with the Tibetans with the commitment and conviction to seek a
    lasting solution to the Issue of Tibet, and peace and stability in
    the whole geo- strategic region.

     Similarly to the International
    Community, we call upon the leaders of the free world to not only
    express your concern but also seek your intervention in
    de-escalating the prevailing dangerous situation inside Tibet and
    help find a lasting solution to the Issue of Tibet for a mutually
    beneficial agreement through dialogue.

    We are confident that
    while engaging constructively with China, you will not refrain from
    voicing your concern for the values of democracy, equality, justice
    and basic human rights that you so very much cherish.

    Tibetan
    Parliament-in-Exile
    Dharamsala Dated February 22, 2012
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