His Holiness The Dalai Lama
March 10th 2005 Statement of TYC
The Statement of the Tibetan Youth Congress
on the 46th National Uprising Day of Tibet
March 10, 2005
The massive, popular and widespread uprising of March 10, 1959 ordained the Tibetan freedom struggle as a national movement with the proactive resilience and revolt of common Tibetans to fight for the sovereignty, identity and freedom of Tibet that stirred the collective consciousness of a Tibetan identity that united all Tibetans.
Today, as we commemorate 46 years of the struggle to regain our lost country, since that historic day of 1959, we remember with gratitude and reverence all those Tibetans who have sacrificed and still continue to sacrifice everything they hold dear for this supreme cause.
The past 46 years has seen the linear growth of a super power China which, through its virtue of economic and military strength, entreated and commanded undue respect and unscrupulous recognition from the international community at the cost of indirect encouragement of the state sponsored violation of basic human rights inside China. With the 'go east' policy of the major economies of the world reaping unparalleled profits, human rights issues and concerns for democracy inside China has been placed on the backburner and if recalled at all, serve just as a diplomatic necessity than a genuine effort to foster self determination and human rights inside China.
China's own 'go west' policy, with the investment of millions of dollars in the Tibetan plateau in the form of constructing railway lines through the heart of mainland Tibet, promoting Tibet as an exotic tourist destination and opening up the rich mines of Tibet to foreign investors have not only fastened the irreversible destruction of Tibet's religious and cultural heritage and fragile environment but has also instigated stricter and inconspicuous laws to curb and eventually annihilate the Tibetan identity.
With the completion of the Gormo-Lhasa railway project, it will bring in thousands of Han migrating Chinese into the Tibetan plateau daily, reducing the Tibetans to an insignificant minority in their own land, in addition to the effortless deployment and installation of military personnel and weapons including nuclear warheads on the Tibetan plateau, jeopardizing the peace and stability of whole south east Asia and the world.
The scope that tourism inside Tibet offers for amassing rich foreign exchange has resulted in stricter control and direct state regulation over the religious places and monasteries and has intensified the continued suppression of the civil and political rights of the common Tibetans, inorder to exhibit and showcase a happy and prosperous picture of Tibet to the prying eyes of the foreign tourists. The demolition of Serthar Buddhist Institute, the closure of schools and monasteries such as the Jamyang Choekorling and Geshe Lungpa School amongst numerous others coupled with the renewed emphasis on the Patriotic Re-education campaign, the resumption of the Strike Hard campaign, the establishment of Re-education-through-labour camp, reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution and the systematic obliteration of the ancient Tibetan practice and freedom of religious belief in the past decade by the Democratic Management Committees, an apparatus of Party control which empowers Chinese authorities to tightly control all aspects of religious activities in monasteries and nunneries, all go to ascertain the vicious and age old Chinese policy to completely wipe out from the face of this earth the culture, identity and nation that is Tibet.
Despite years of deepening European and American economic engagements with China, the human rights situation there has worsened significantly with intensified crackdowns on religious organisations and political dissenters, as recurrently vindicated by various independent reports such as the International Religious Freedom Report, the United States Human Rights Annual Report, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention report, the Human Rights Watch Report, the Amnesty International Report etc.
H.H. The Dalai Lama in the pursuit of a mutually beneficial solution of the Tibetan issue has keenly looked forward to genuine negotiations with China but the disheartening fact remains that even after more than a quarter of a century of sincere efforts, actual negotiations are yet to begin, with the latest delegation of envoys failing to strike any solid ground of mutual understanding for discussions. The acknowledgement of 'major and fundamental' differences between our envoys and their Chinese counterparts reveal the ground reality of the non-existence of any scope for future negotiations.
The struggle for Tibet's independence nevertheless, remains the sole unifying factor of Tibetans inside Tibet and all over the world and offers an undisputed platform for the youths of Tibet to express their sense of belonging and hunger to live in a free country of their own. Activities and initiations undertaken by the Tibetans, with the sincere help of various support groups, parliaments and individuals have not only succeeded objectively as campaigns but has also bolstered the confidence and encouraged the Tibetans to rededicate themselves to the supreme cause of Rangzen. The most recent case of Tulku Tenzin Delek warrants the timeless fact that dishonesty and crime has to invariably succumb to truth and justice, even if the perpetrator is an evil giant as powerful as China.
This 10 March, in the spirit of the Tibetan National Uprising Day let us resolve to rise. Rise to the pride of our glorious nation Tibet. Rise to the dignity and identity of being a Tibetan. Rise to the sacrifices made by millions of our countrymen for a Free Tibet. Rise to the true aspirations of millions of our suffering brethrens in Tibet of Rangzen. Rise to the legacy of 2000 years of lofty nationhood.
On this 46th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, let us rise to the commitment and sacrifice that Rangzen beholds of us.
WTN-L World Tibet Network News