Pains Of Hunger Hit One Tibetan Protester As Pressure Mounts Upon The UN

Graphic via @tibettruth/original photo:TYC

With Ms Tsewang Dolma, one of three Tibetan Youth Congress activists on hunger-strike having earlier today been taken to hospital, the protest continues to demand action on Tibet from the United Nations. Yesterday the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress Wisconsin launched a campaign to phone bomb (September 30) the UN with the demands being pressed by the #TYC3.

These are:

1. Urge the United Nations to raise the issue of Tibet at its General Assembly and Human Rights Council Session.

2. Urge China to address the demands of the Self Immolations in Tibet.

3. Urge China to give evidence that the 11th Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima is alive.

4. Send a fact finding UN delegation to assess the current critical situation in Tibet.

5. Urge China to release all political prisoners.
Anyone wishing to telephone their support please call:

(212) 963-1234 – UN Headquarters
(212) 963-4475 – UN Headquarters

The Dangerous Delusions Of Negotiating With China’s Terrorist Regime


“I believe it is peace in our time” declared Neville Chamberlain September 30 1938. The English Prime Minister had just surrendered to Hitler’s demand that a region of (then named) Czechoslovakia be “given back” to Germany. Hitler was gifted with the Sudetenland the same year by the notorious Munich Agreement. The Allies were rewarded with World War Two.

As evidenced by Chamberlain’s appeasement of fascism there can be no reasonable understanding or accommodation, since within such systems there is a rigidity of ideology that excludes the acceptance of principles such as mutuality or equality operating. Oppressive governments consider such as a dangerous weakness, having the potential to erode their authority. It is the maintenance of control that consumes such regimes, from a psychological perspective totalitarian states exhibit a psychotic attachment to political power, ensured through a range of oppressive measures that generate compliance and subservience from people. The central currency of such governance is fear and violence, lacking, and contemptuous of, democratic accountability such regimes invest considerable economic, political and security resources to ensure a compliant and servile population. Such dictatorship is anathema to the universal values of human rights, civil, religious and political freedoms, it inflicts terror and suffering, promoting injustice, censorship and suppression.


Formerly known as the Exiled Tibetan Government the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is engaged in an effort to seek reason and compromise from just such a regime, dispatching negotiating teams to Beijing, with proposals that have abandoned Tibet’s just and historic nationhood. Headed by Doctor Lobsang Sangay the CTA is seeking autonomy under communist Chinese rule, however the Chinese authorities consistently and forcefully reject such advances as unacceptable and insist upon a complete capitulation to their demands. Given the tyrannical and expansionist nature of the communist Chinese regime, with its fossilized totalitarian ideologies, such a reaction is utterly predictable. What’s surprising, and a source of growing dissatisfaction among Tibetans, is the determination of Doctor Sangay and his colleagues to persist in efforts to negotiate. Particularly when considering that the political reality suggests only one probable outcome, dangerous compromises from the Tibetan side.

Apart from the questionable political wisdom of trying to extract accommodation from a regime like communist China’s (stone and blood spring to mind) there is the broader ethical point of whether engaging in negotiations endorses the tyranny operating inside occupied Tibet. We should not forget that, as former political head of Tibet, in seeking an end to the suffering and cultural erosion of his people the Dalai Lama was acting with the highest of principles and compassion. Yet the fact Tibetan envoys have offered the Chinese regime worrying concessions (and would given a chance concede further) that would extinguish Tibet as an international issue and mean the death of Tibetan national identity, concedes that the tyranny which oppresses Tibetans has been rewarded.


There exists among an international community (with a vested and invested interest in maintaining the status quo with China’s regime on the subject of Tibet) support for a peaceful resolution, with Tibetans under Chinese rule with improved cultural autonomy. An objective not desired by Tibetans inside Tibet whose protests make very clear a demand for national freedom! However we cannot escape the reality that communist China is a totalitarian state that terrorizes its own people, and those of occupied lands such as Tibet, East Turkestan, Inner Mongolia and Manchuria. By negotiating with China, and offering such seismic compromises, the Central Tibetan Administration is submitting both legitimacy and support to that regime. Moreover, its preoccupation with securing progress in talks has had a corrosive influence upon its willingness or ability to forcefully criticize China’s catalog of atrocities which have been waged upon Tibetans. Indeed some have observed a distinct dilution of political critique, the emergence of a language that avoids creating negative reactions from Beijing. The illusion being manufactured here is one of two sides participating in a civilized and reasonable discourse, a reasonable effort to resolve some form of internal conflict. Not only is that a gross distortion of the facts, a betrayal of the political struggle operating inside Tibet which seeks independence, not autonomy, but reveals a craven appeasement, designed to encourage the Chinese regime. Yet the unjust and iniquitous nature of Chinese rule in Tibet should invite condemnation and resistance, not collaboration.


No analogy is ever perfect of course, and whenever we are exposed to the term Nazi-Germany there is an understandable reaction from some to assert no equivalence can be applied to current totalitarians states, given the unique horrors of that fascism. That well maybe the case. There are however a number of features of communist China’s rule in Tibet which form a disturbing reminder. A crude racism abounds in which Tibetans are seen as backward, uncultured and under developed compared to Han Chinese, while a policy of educational, health and economic Apartheid exists which discriminates against Tibetans in favor of Chinese colonists. Oppression of religion too, where the ideology-of-the-state is forced upon people through violence and intimidation. Censorship is endemic with no genuine civil and political rights. Tibetans are denied any fair and independent legal process, with arbitrary arrest common and politically motivated trials. A network of forced-labor camps house untold numbers of political prisoners, where systemic torture and abuse is common. Across Tibet women are subject to forced sterilizations, courtesy of a state-engineered population control policy, a chilling demographic assault upon Tibetans that serves up harrowing memories of Nazi Sterilization Laws. Meanwhile, China’s imperialistic ambitions in Tibet continue as it expands its control and assimilation policies, aimed at removing any trace of a Tibetan national identity. These oppressive measures are very much China’s Final Solution for Tibet.


The current initiative to negotiate, by its nature condones, excuses, marginalizes, rewards and justifies the tyranny China has waged upon Tibetans. It is a shameful placation of a regime which is adamantine in its resistance to offer concessions or agreements, and appeases China at the expense of Tibet’s right to nationhood and self-determination, which have been offered up as a political inducement. It is a difficult and painful process to observe Tibetan delegates conspiring with the communist Chinese authorities, issuing sweetened words of support and encouragement for China, offering concessions which trample across the political aspirations of Tibetans. History has shown time and again that appeasing tyranny does not secure greater freedoms or guarantee peace. What is observed by reasonable people as intelligent compromise and political realism, is ruthlessly exploited by authoritarian regimes as political weakness. The Central Tibetan Administration’s determination to negotiate a solution for Tibet may attract praise for its commitment to peace and human values, but within a political sense, the illusory consolation of appeasing Beijing will, as Winston Churchill observed on the 1938 Munich Agreement prove a “total and unmitigated defeat”.

China’s Regime Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of World’s Largest Prison

Graphic via @tibettruth

The insanity, paranoia and desperation, which has been at the very core of the Chinese Regime since it came to power, continues to blight the citizens of China and territories invaded and occupied by China, such as Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia. With financial instability undermining the economy and raising the dreaded prospect of social unrest and popular uprising the tyrants of the Communist Party Of China (CCP) resort to their tried and tested solution to such political and economic vulnerabilities, increased oppression and censorship. At the time of writing Chinese journalists are being jailed for publishing reasonable critiques of the meltdown of China’s stock-markets, seems their articles and subsequent rumors are to blame for the downward spiral of an economy undergoing transition from manufacturing towards a service-based model. The internet too is being targeted for any subversive posts which the Regime are blaming for inciting disharmony, so the censorship police are out in force, cell-phones monitored, social media sites covertly patrolled, and the invisible army of informers are on active duty. Meanwhile if it’s not those pesky journalists who are responsible for market chaos it’s the supposedly nefarious activities of the Dalai Lama, who has been reported by a number of Chinese sources as being linked to the economic crash.

Amid the flood of such volatile currents the perverse burlesque  of official propaganda continues as the CCP celebrates today the establishment of the so-called ‘Tibet Autonomous Region’. It is but one of the many ‘big lies’ that China’s government is forced by its own delusion and desperation to maintain, as it knows that in truth its power and position springs not from the will or choice of its citizens (or those peoples whose lands and national freedom it has stolen) but is forged from imposing a merciless and bloody control. Such ‘governance’ like its efforts to manipulate and stem the financial crisis cannot be sustained and its terrorism and corruption are sowing its inevitable downfall, that is a celebration all suffering under the grip of the CCP look forward to!

Runggye Adak Released Yet His Protest Continues To Be Censored By Tibet Support Groups

Image: phayul

Runggye Adak a prominent Tibetan political prisoner, arrested on August 1st 2007 has according to reports from Tibet been released, a development greatly welcomed by all supporting human rights and justice. His case has received international attention and any internet search of his name reveals the extent of coverage and various supportive actions. Indeed Runggye became something of a cause célèbre for Tibet support groups.

It is less well known that from the day of his arrest the courageous action of this Tibetan hero was deliberately misrepresented by organizations supposedly dedicated to the Tibetan cause. So was set in motion a partial and selective truth. Indeed Runggye Adak’s protest was about the return of the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama a call for Tibetan unity along with environmental issues. However groups such as the International Campaign For Tibet chose not to inform the wider Tibetan movement that Runggye had on that day demanded Tibet’s rightful independence. Yet that fact was reported at the time by the Tibetan Center For Human Rights and Democracy, Link Phayul Link and Dossier Tibet Link all respected sources on Tibet.

Image: file photo

So why the omission? Well before anyone cites administrative oversight it may prove instructive for readers to be aware that Tibetan independence is a taboo for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and its ‘support group’ friends. So it’s not too difficult to calculate why the demands made by a very brave Tibetan were censored. Despite these being carefully reported and confirmed by the previously mentioned Tibetan news sources, many Tibet support groups erased Runggye’s call for an independent Tibet from their reportage. A video of his protest was also released although whether due to happy coincidence or judicious editing absent from the footage is any reference of Tibet’s independence!

Even as news of his release was announced the International Tibet Support Network, via a website ‘Free Tibetan Heroes‘ while expressing its joy at the news repeated the censored version of his protest.

“When on stage Runggye Adak boldly grabbed the microphone and addressed a crowd of several thousand Tibetans who had gathered for the annual festival. He said: “If we cannot invite the Dalai Lama home, we will not have freedom of religion and happiness in Tibet.” adding that “Eye-witnesses also say that Runggye Adak’s speech called for local Tibetans to stop fighting among themselves about land and water issues..” Source

We salute Runggye Adak’s incredible courage and patriotism, what he has endured is beyond the darkest of nightmares. We respect too and applaud his just demands for an independent Tibet an action that has cost him dearly. Given his sacrifices, the torture and degree of misery he has experienced there many who will  such censorship as a despicable act. That so many folks across the Tibetan scene chose to betray his actions by promoting a falsehood engineered in the safe and comfortable offices of the Central Tibetan Administration, International Campaign For Tibet and International Tibet Support Network is deeply disappointing.

As noted August 6th 2014 by our Facebook page:

Dear Tibetans how would you feel if in occupied Tibet you had decided to protest at a public festival to call for the return of Kundun, to urge unity among Tibetans and to declare support for Tibetan independence ONLY to learn while you are in prison being tortured by the,psychopaths of China’s regime that, in exile, Tibetan organizations were reporting your action BUT had censored any mention of your supportive call for Tibetan independence! That is precisely what happened in the case of Rongay A’drak!