Thursday, October 1, 2009

TYC condemns the Communist Party of China’s celebration of 60 years of violence, lies, oppression and occupation of Tibet

[Dharamshala: October 1, 2009]

Tibetan Youth Congress strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Communist Party’s rule recognizing it as a celebration of 60 years of violence, lies and oppression against the people of Tibet, East Turkistan and China. Just like the Beijing Olympics, this new spectacle put forth by the Communist Party is another attempt to improve China’s image in the world and win recognition for China as a world leader in global affairs.

China will showcase its finest and most advanced military weapons in its televised National Day parade. Its constant race to acquire and build its military hardware is not only alarming, it is an admonition to the world of the so called ‘peaceful rise’ of China. The show of force displayed at this national celebration inside China is also a propaganda tool to boost and glorify the degenerating image of the Communist Party of China.

Since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China by the Communist Party on October 1, 1949, the Chinese government has not only illegally occupied and colonized Tibet, East Turkistan and Southern (Inner) Mongolia; it has carried out many wrong and disastrous policies that have resulted in the death of over 30 million Chinese people. The Communist Party’s struggle to maintain its monopoly over political power through the use of brute force has simply led to the party losing the respect of its own people, which was largely displayed at the massacre of the student led protests demanding democratic reforms and end to government corruption at the Tiananmen Square in 1989. The party’s failure to admit its mistakes has also resulted in large scale social unrest and gross human rights violations inside Tibet and China.

Even today, the rising number of social unrest, the growing rich-poor divide and the continued information restriction and censorship to silence dissent shows that the party faces growing challenges to its legitimacy. The Communist Party’s secret operatives enforced through the use of a million thugs and criminals the state employs as “secret service personnel’s” to eradicate dissent and silence over a billion Chinese people shows that the party’s strength lies on a thin ground that is largely executed through military prowess.

China continues to carry out its policy of genocide with impunity as Tibetans, Uighurs of the East Turkistan, People of Southern Mongolia and Manchuria face a grim future under its colonial occupation. The rapid population transfer of millions of Chinese migrants into Tibet is the final solution adopted by the Chinese government to transform Tibet into a Chinese colony marginalizing Tibetans and making them a minority in their own Country. The vast military camp with airfield and missile base supported by more than 500,000 troops and a network of railways, roads, bridges and tunnels in Tibet is also in preparation to clamp down any form of dissent with force.

The quick deployment of thousands of People’s Liberation Army forces to crackdown on the widespread protests in Tibet since March 2008 demonstrated that even after 50 years of tragedy and suffering that the Tibetan people have endured, the Chinese government lacks legitimacy in Tibet and exercises control over Tibet through military force. The brazen attempt by the Chinese government to incite ethnic conflict and exploitation of it during the widespread protests in Tibet last year and East Turkistan this year prove against China’s commitments of seeking a harmonious society. This further illustrates that the Tibetans and Uighurs stand defenseless at the hands of the Communist Party’s draconian policies. Imposing restrictions on freedom of movement, freedom of association, freedom of speech, closings off Tibet to foreigners and International media before the so called 60th anniversary of China’s National day reveal that Tibet and Tibetans refuse to celebrate the illegal occupation of Tibet.

China voted to adopt the Universal Declaration in 1948, and pledged to uphold human rights through international agreements and its own constitution. However, it continues to ignore and violate all the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Covenants it has signed. The deliberate failure to implement the articles of UDHR inside China proves that the signing of these documents remains void of any meaning.

Until, the People’s Republic of China can address the legitimate grievance of the people of Tibet, find a solution to the political situation in Tibet and East Turkistan and allow for a period of reconciliation, China can not be recognized as a leading authority in world affairs. Until there is more transparency and accountability in the handling of its governance, recognizing an authoritarian China as a world power will be an appalling blow to the principles and dogma enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Until the Tibetans, Uighurs, and Chinese people’s voice is respected and not silenced, China’s celebrations will only be in vain.

Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) while reiterating its stand for the complete Independence of Tibet appeal to the world to not allow China’s economic or military might to trump human rights and international law. We appeal to the world leaders to respect the genuine aspirations of the 6 million Tibetans by not going against the historical truth, to renew open discussion on the issue of Tibet in the UN and implement the three resolutions passed on Tibet in 1959, 1961 and 1965 by the UN General Assembly.

Issued by: The Office of Central Executive Committee, Tibetan Youth Congress
Contact Dhondup Dorjee, Vice-President: 09899769790

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