Monday, December 1, 2008

50 Years Dream of Homeland, Half a Century in Exile

50 Years Dream of Homeland, Half a Century in Exile
TIBET! You should know……

60 years ago on December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, to promote and protect Human Rights of the world.

59 years ago, China made a forceful entry by devastating and condemning the Tibetan people, culture and religion and completely suppressed the Tibetan’s human rights beginning in 1949.

19 years ago on December 10, 1989 the spiritual leader of Tibet, 14th Dalai Lama was awarded Nobel Peace Prize for his work on peace and non-violence. He advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Tibet.

Acts of Violence>>
Tibet was an independent nation. Tibet had its own government, its own language, currency, postal system and legal system. Tibet also had her own unique culture and religion.

Ever since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1949, it has caused:

In the 1970’s
1.2 million Tibetans had died as a result of the Chinese occupation (approximately 20% of the total Tibetan population)
6,259 monasteries have been totally destroyed. Only 13 notable monasteries remain.

In the year 1997
At least 1,216 political prisoners were confined.
2,827 Tibetan Buddhist monks were forced to leave their monasteries.
165 people were arrested as they refused to abandon their religion.
About 10 people died under severe torture in Tibet.
9 monks and nuns died of severe persecution.

March 2008 Demonstration
Over 200 Tibetans died as a result of their demonstration.
1,200 people were beaten.
6,000 people were arrested.
Thousands have “disappeared”.
All the monasteries are now in complete control by the Chinese troops.

In Exile>>
Tibet has 6 million people. In 1959, approximately 80,000 Tibetan refugees followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama and left from their homeland to go into exile in India.
Since the 1990’s, Tibetan exiles to India amounted to 3,000 each year.
Today, over 130,000 Tibetans are in exile.

Tibet was invaded by China
Tibetans have been in exile for over half a century
There is a severe suppression on Tibetan’s human rights, Tibetan culture and religion is going under genocide.

Despite Tibetan’s desire for human rights, religion and national autonomy, China has continued to use military force in Tibet.

Tibetan people’s resistance is not against China, but to display their desire to protect the legitimate rights of the Tibetan people and their rich and valuable culture.

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