INPaT Calls for Parliamentary Solidarity Day for Tibet
In view of the human rights crisis faced by the Tibetan people, the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) calls on parliamentarians worldwide to observe a “Parliamentary Solidarity Day for Tibet” on 20 June, 2012.
On this occasion, all freedom-aspiring parliamentarians are invited to wear a khatag on the day, the Tibetan white scarf, as a worldwide symbol of nonviolence, peace and solidarity with the people of Tibet.
INPaT calls on all democratic parliamentarians to utilize the opportunities offered in their respective countries by parliamentary procedures and political praxis to highlight the plight of the people of Tibet. This may include raising points of order, asking questions to government, proposing interpolations, making member’s statements, proposing motions with or without notice, and delivering speeches.
INPaT calls on all parliamentarians who believe in a democratic China and that in a Tibet human rights, fundamental freedoms and genuine autonomy are respected, to hold a media conference on June 20, 2012 to highlight within their country the global dimension of this parliamentarian mobilization on Tibet through various initiatives planned.
INPaT suggests the following themes for aforesaid parliamentary activities and media conferences:
· Calls on China to acknowledge and respect cultural differences and freedom of opinion, assembly and religion in Tibet and elsewhere in its territory
· Calls on international public opinion and media to highlight the six decade-long freedom struggle of the people of Tibet and the current wave of Chinese atrocities and human rights violations in Tibet, including arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances
· Calls on international public opinion and media to highlight the deteriorating situation inside Tibet since 2008 Uprising leading to the alarming and increasing cases of self-immolations by 38 Tibetans as of 31 May, 2012
· Calls on democratic governments to request the Chinese authorities to engage in good faith negotiations with the Central Tibetan Administration to provide Tibet with political, cultural and religious autonomy, to respond positively to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People presented in 2008 and its Note in 2010 and reject threats of abrogation of the nominal minority status for Tibetans provided for in the Chinese constitution, thereby removing the basis for negotiations of real and substantive autonomy
· Calls on respective governments to include human rights protection as an agenda item in all bilateral and multilateral discussions, venues or engagements with China so as to hold China to the same standard of human rights protection as any other country without lowering the measure of human rights protection expected of China on account of Chinese economic, financial and trade power
· Calls on all democratic governments to request China to
¨ end its crackdown after the self-immolations in Tibet
¨ comply with Amnesty International’s request that its security forces either charge anyone arrested with recognizable criminal offense or immediately release anyone arbitrarily detained in Lhasa since 27 May 2012, when two young Tibetan men set themselves ablaze outside the Jokhang Temple, including releasing the as many as 600 Tibetan residents detained, many of whom are held at Tsel Gungthang detention center and other sites in Lhasa
¨ comply with Amnesty International’s and Human Rights Watch’s request that the Chinese authorities carry out a comprehensive review of the human rights situation and end legal and policy restrictions that breach human rights in the regions
¨ end the massive security build-up in Lhasa where more than 3,000 security personnel, inclusive of armed police, soldiers, and special forces, have been deployed following the first Tibetan self-immolation in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa and where, in as little as a 24 hour period 11,731 vehicles and 28,046 individuals were searched
¨ end the policy of violating the right to travel by requiring people to carry permits and sending back to their native places those without such permits, including 13 monks and nuns
¨ end the controls and censorship imposed on the Internet and telephone lines
· Release Tibetan political prisoners, including Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the Eleventh Panchen Lama of Tibet.
· Motions of remembrance for the 38 people who performed self-immolations, including the latest self-immolation on May 30, 2012 of a Tibetan mother of three, in Sichuan province (29 of the 38 are known to have died following their protest)
Finally, INPaT calls on all parliamentarians to urge the Chinese authorities to receive the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to conduct a fact-finding mission to Tibet, including in Tibetan areas where many of the self-immolations have taken place. Also urge parliamentarians to call upon their governments to raise their concern over the chronic human rights violations in Tibet at the 20th session of UN Human Rights Council which meets in Geneva on 18 June, 2012.
Issued by INPaT Working Group Members*:
Hon. Thomas Mann (European Parliament)
Hon. Matteo Mecacci (Italian Parliament)
Hon. Birgitta Jonsdottir (Icelandic Parliament)
Hon. Santosh Kalyan (Parliament of South Africa)
Hon. Mario Oriani-Ambrosini (Parliament of South Africa)
Hon. Son Chhay (Cambodian Parliament)
Senator Consiglio Di Nino (Senate of Canada)
Hon. Michael Danby (Australian Parliament)
Hon. Thomas Sangma (Indian Parliament)
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* INPaT Working Group Members were mandated by the Sixth World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet (WPCT) which was held from 27-29 April 2012 in Ottawa, Canada.