Until the Chinese military invasion of 1949, Tibet was a sovereign state with its own language, writing system and cultural, religious and social traditions completely diverse to that of any other state. In three successive resolutions 1353 (XIV) in 1959, 1723 (XVI) in 1960 and 2079 (XX) in 1965, the United nations condemned the severe violations of human rights reprimanding China to respect and to guarantee human rights and the fundamental freedom of the Tibetan people including the right of self determination.
The colonization of Tibet, besides causing more than a million deaths and the destruction of 9,000 Buddhist temples, has therefore represented a military aggression which has produced disastrous consequences for the people of Tibet such as the forced immigration of millions of Chinese accompanied by the occupation of all the principal political, economic and administrative posts as a sign of a brutal imperialism.
In 1951, the fourteenth Dalai Lama was forced to accept an agreement formulated in 17 points for the peaceful liberation of Tibet which his delegation, which also had decision-making power, was forced to sign while he was in Beijing (thus this is not legally valid as it was signed “under duress” as defined by the international diplomacy). With the ratification of that agreement, Tibet ceased to be an independent nation and it joined the People’s Republic of China even though in conditions of particular political, cultural, religious and economic autonomy. Since then, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile, have refrained from claiming the independence of Tibet simply asking for a “meaningful autonomy” and the respect for civil rights of the Tibetan people but these conditions have nevertheless never been respected by Beijing.
This strategy, called “middle of the road” based on the hope that a dialogue was possible with the Chinese authorities and that this could lead to a reasonable compromise (acceptable to both sides “in the words of the Dalai Lama), has not produced any positive result, according to his own declarations on 25.10.08. On the contrary, the policy of “strike hard” against all the demands for autonomy of ethnic minorities has led to a growing exasperation of repressive measures against any demand for more autonomy. The tactic of “talk talk fight fight” advocated by Mao Tze Dong was faithfully applied in a practice based on a lengthy diplomatic procedures accompanied by a ruthless crackdown. The elements of modernity brought to Tibet from the Chinese occupation in terms of hospitals, schools, roads, trade and exploitation of resources are enjoyable to a large extent only by the Chinese settlers while almost all the Tibetans are not allowed in practice, to have access to this “development”. The political exploitation of wild resources of the country, deforestation systematic storage of nuclear waste and the hoarding of the water heritage of the Snow Country also causes outraged.
By distancing itself from a “fence sitter” policy and trusting in the willingness to dialogue of the Chinese Communist Party, the Tibetan People Uprising Movement has gradually collected a large amount of Tibetan people who are discontent, who are increasingly intolerant of the occupation of Tibet by China, and asks in clear terms the ‘initiation of a process of de-colonization of the country. The support of a democratic Tibetan government, respectful of the great spiritual tradition of Tibet but autonomous in the exercise of its functions, rooted in popular support and able to openly claim the inalienable right of the Tibetan people, seems to us to the only, although difficult,prospect for the emergence of a new Tibet according to the Declaration of Turin (http://www.dossiertibet.it/Forum2007/Forms/AllItems.htm).
Whilst recognising His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a high spiritual authority of the Tibetan people, the supporters of WAT, however, believe that the policy of the Tibetan government in exile has been proven to be unrealistic, in more than 25 years of experience, in the face of unrealistic demands for the total annexation of Tibet to the popular Chinese republic. WAT is therefore associated with significant organizations such as the Tibetan Youth Congress and the Tibetan National Democratic Party of Tibet who interpret a large and growing component of the Tibetan people who, while remaining within the logic of strict non-violence, aims to confront critically with the government in Beijing, disputing the legitimacy of its colonial domination of Tibet and reassert its inalienable right to self determination and independence.
The gross violation of even the most basic forms of democracy, the stubborn refusal of investigation missions to the UN, Red Cross or Amnesty International and the closure of Tibet to witness all forms of independent journalism, put China outside of the civil association of states that recognize the international law and in the ideal of peaceful coexistence among peoples. Today China represents, through its veto in the Security Council of the United Nations, the biggest obstacle to the progress of human rights worldwide. As an evidence of this there are the 10,000 executions a year imposed without any legal protection for the offenders, in accordance with the legal system of China which stipulates that “before there is the verdict, then the trial.” The introduction of the crime of “threat to social security” and the consequent right of arrest and detention procedures under a “state secret”, in fact deprive the ones investigated of every possible defence and put children through ultrafast trials which are often followed by the immediate execution of the death sentences often accompanied (often even before the death) by the removal of organs in order to support the costs of the health system and the apparatus of repression.
As citizens of the world who are involved in the dramatic events of the Tibetan people and also consider their responsibility to protect the great spiritual heritage, culture and environment of Tibet as being a common treasure of all humanity, we intend to encourage global action of solidarity with the Tibetan cause by promoting a massive media campaign and public awareness through CONCRETE ACTIONS TO FIGHT such as:
- Sensitizing the international public opinion to the oppression suffered by the Tibetan people (conferences, petitions, concerts, shows, web sites, exhibitions, screenings, conferences, events with strong media coverage on those implemented during the Olympics, seminars).
- Helping to create a network connection and synergy with other associations with similar objectives in Italian, European and international contexts by promoting the spread of efforts across paper, digital, audio-visual and electronic channels of communication.
- Stimulating the European Parliament, national and local governments to recognize the right to self-determination of Tibet in compliance with UN resolutions which reaffirm the inalienable legitimate and not give in to blackmail and supine economical blackmail habitually threatened by China.
- The distribution of posters, publications and other forms of media awareness (such as flags, clothing, stickers, etc..) to give visibility to solidarity with the right of the people of Tibet independence.
- Supplying support to organizations that are working to create a Tibetan government on democratic foundations.
- Supporting the process of decolonization of Tibet by China through the gradual and agreed restoration of its independence as a sovereign country
- The promotion of initiatives to support the process of democratization in China, from the right to information, freedom of speech, religious practice, the protection of labour rights and equal opportunities for Chinese women, the right of defence in the face of accusations and death sentences without legal proceedings.
- Promoting and supporting events with a strong media impact such as the sabotage of the inauguration of the Olympic Games in 2008 in order to give a broad vision to the legitimate struggle of the Tibetan people to achieve the independence that has been cruelly taken away in 1949 through a military invasion and consequent suppression of independence movements.
- Sabotaging Chinese products and services until the policy of this country will not cease its imperialist ambitions of annexation of Tibet (and the Eastern Turkestan and Southern Mongolia) by sending faxes and e-mails to ordinary citizens, representatives of local governments and national, to Chinese embassies and consulates).
- Asking for the abolition of torture, respect for civil rights and the release of political prisoners, the immediate halt of the mistreatment of detainees in custody, condemnation of organ trafficking as outlined by the ONU Committee against Torture on China November 2008.
NO WESTERN COUNTRY CAN ESCAPE THE CHINESE ECONOMIC BLACKMAIL ALONE, BUT A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES TOGETHER, WOULD HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO.
ONLY WHEN CHINA WILL EVALUATE IT AS BEING CONVENIENT, ESPECIALLY UNDER THE ECONOMIC PROFILE, AND WHEN IT COMES TO ITS IMAGE IN THE WORLD, WILL IT GIVE UP THE OCCUPATION OF TIBET AND ITS COLONIAL DOMINION
TO AVOID OTHER BLOODSHED AND GIVE SUPPORT TO FIGHT FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF TIBET, WE ASK TO THOSE WHO ARE SENSITIVE TO THE TIBETAN JUST CAUSE FOR A CONTRIBUTION TO THE IDEAS AND ACTIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE CONCRETE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF FREEDOM AND SELF-DETERMINATION OF THE TIBETAN PEOPLE.