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QUOTE FROM HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA

RELEVANT FACTS

China's military invasion and occupation of Tibet in 1959 has resulted in near destruction of its culture, religion, environment, and human rights for Tibetans.

  • More than 1.2 million Tibetans - one sixth of the population - have died as a direct result of the Chinese invasion and occupation.
  • Since the launching of the high-speed train linking Lhasa to Beijing, 6,000 Chinese flood into the Tibetan capital every day.
  • Lhasa, once known as "abode of the gods" where monasteries, stupas and spiritual objects covered the landscape, today over 650 brothels fill the city.
  • Possessing an image of the Dalai Lama is illegal in Tibet and subject to several years of imprisonment.
  • The Tibetan plateau ecosystem, as well as wildlife, forest and rivers have been devastated for the benefit of the Chinese economy.
  • There are Tibetan political prisoners below the age of 18, including the kidnapped Panchen Lama: second highest Tibetan monk after the Dalai Lama, is missing since the age of six.
  • Human rights abuse through arbitrary arrest, torture and detention without fair or public trial of Tibetans is the daily norms of the Chinese government in Tibet.

From the time China invaded Tibet in 1951 to the present day, the Dalai Lama has been trying to resolve the Sino-Tibet issue with peaceful means.

Since 2002, envoys of the Dalai Lama have travelled to China and parts of Tibet to re-establish direct contact with the Chinese leadership. There were eight rounds of dialogues from 2002 to 2008. However, by the mid 2006, the Chinese government intensified the acccusation of the Dalai Lama as a separatist, and monks and nuns in all the monasteries in Tibet were forced to denounce the Dalai Lama under the name of Patrotic Education.

March 2008, spontaneous protests from all over Tibet, and even some cities in China, is a clear indication of the outburst of physical and mental anguish of the Tibetans and the feeling of deep resentment against the Beijing rule for over half a century. It is high time for the Chinese government to look realistically into Tibet's tragedy and open dialogue with HH the Dalai Lama that could lead to a sincere negotiation.

The middle Way Approach of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve Tibet's issue seeks self-rule and genuine autonomy to the Tibetans within the framework of China's constitution. The First Special Meeting of the Tibetans around the world held in Dharamsala, India in November 2008 reaffirmed their commitment to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's non-violent middle way approach to Tibet's freedom.

The main hope of China to enter into substantive negotiations on the issue of Tibet's future is to exert pressure from the governments and people of conscience around the world. Association Cognizance Tibet, NC appeals to each and every individual of the world to support the just cause of Tibet with every conceivable means.