AHMEDABAD: The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile today urged Centre to adopt a more “assertive and aggressive” foreign policy and issue an official statement condemning human rights violations by China in Tibet.
“We urge the Indian government to adopt a far more assertive and aggressive foreign policy in the backdrop of gross human rights violations by China in Tibet,” Tsering Youdon, MP, Tibetan Parliament-in-exile told reporters here.
Youdon said it was time for India to release an official statement condemning the rights violations by the Republic of China in the Himalayan frontier.
The MP was part of a four-member delegation which met Gujarat Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal, Chief Minister Narendra Modi and State Assembly Speaker Vaju Vala last week in Gandhinagar and submitted a memorandum to them, saying, “Over 25 lakh Tibetans have been removed from their land and replaced with over 100-120 lakh Chinese from the mainland China”.
The delegation also asked the Indian government to open their mission in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
“China has opened its missions and trade centres in major cities of India. We urge India to open their mission in our capital, Lhasa,” Youdon said.
More than 12 lakh Tibetans have died since China’s occupation of Tibet in 1950, and over 120 Tibetan martyrs have self-immolated since February 2009 protesting against China’s oppressive policies, the delegation alleged.
Apart from asking India to urge the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Tibetan government-in-exile for an early resolution of Tibetan issue, the delegation also asked India to send an independent fact-finding team in Tibet to assess the actual conditions.
The Parliament-in-exile is the unicameral and highest legislative organ of the Central Tibetan Administration.
The delegation alleged that nine rounds of talks initiated by China between 2002 and 2009 to resolve the China-Tibet issue was an “eyewash and attempt to deceive the global community”.
The Chinese have exploited the minerals and diverted water, stationed over 5 lakh army personnel and dumped nuclear waste in Tibet, the memorandum said, adding this demographic aggression has emerged as a major threat to the future of Tibet and India.
The delegation, which has toured eight states so far, will go to Rajasthan tomorrow and meet the state government.
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