Sunday, January 3, 2010

Members of the Tibetan Youth Congress held a strong protest against the Chinese government in New Delhi

New Delhi: 31st December 2009 - The members of Tibetan youth congress held a strong protest against the Chinese government to condemn the suppression of recent peaceful protest in Tibet's Nyaghchuka County. The protest started at 10 am with a prayer and a minute of silence to pay respect to those who sacrificed their life for the cause of Tibet. The protesters were wearing the Tibetan national flag and Tibetan Youth Council flag to protest against deteriorating human rights conditions inside Tibet. Most of the protesters were college students who came to attend the TYC Youth Leadership Workshop. We received very good coverage from local and international media.

Today, as the world celebrates the welcoming of the New Year 2010, we are very concerned about the continuing detention and deteriorating health of Tulku Tenzin Delek. After the hours of protest we submitted the memorandum to Indian Prime Minister and to Hu Jintao, through Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government of India.

Tibetan Youth Congress, on behalf of six million Tibetans, appeal to human rights groups and the international community to call on the Chinese government to exercise restraint, to respect the human rights of Tibetans and peacefully resolve the volatile situation in Nyagchuka County in Karze, Tibet by addressing the legitimate grievances of the local Tibetans.

Lhakpa Tsering made a short note in Tibetan regarding the importance of this protest and urged the United Nations to be more practical.

Just after the protest at Jantar Mantar, protesters went to protest at the UN Information office to urge the United Nations to follow up and fulfill the assurance to Tibetan Youth Congress, upon the demand of our 2004 New York Hunger Strike, to take up the case of Tulku Tenzin Delek with the Chinese Government for his immediate and unconditional release. Protesters also urged for the immediate release of Panchen Gedhun, Choekyi Nyima and all the political prisoners, and put pressure on the Chinese government to improve the Human Rights situation in Tibet. After the half an hour of protest outside the UN Information office, Tsultrim Dorjee (Information Secretary) and Lhakapa Tsering (Cultural Secretary) were called inside to submit the memorandum. Mr. Sharma, the Information Officer of UN Information Center, assured that they will forward this to UNHCHR and to the concerned department. Tsultrim Dorjee and Lhakpa Tsering briefed both the Tibetan and foreign media.

* Tibetan Youth Congress condemns China’s suppression of peaceful protests in Tibet’s Nyagchuka County
* Tibetan Youth Congress expresses deep concerns over the suspicious death of a Tibetan Nun
* Appeal to the United Nations, to follow up on the assurance expressed by the UN

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