China’s Regime Fooling Western Media Over One-Child Policy

One of the great fictions subscribed to by a number of prominent Tibet related organizations is that Tibetans are exempt from the atrocities generated by China’s notorious birth-control program. Such groups form this conclusion based upon the official declarations of the Chinese regime, interviews with a handful of Tibetans or the claims of anthropologists whose career interests require a pro-China line!

Curiously such credulity towards an authority expert in deception and propaganda does not extend to other human rights issues. Seems there’s a disconnect at work, with salaried lobbyists simultaneously rejecting China’s claims that Tibetans are not subject to human rights abuses, yet willing to accept without critique assertions from the Chinese government that the grim excesses of China’s one-child policy, including forced sterilizations, are not applied in occupied Tibet!

There exists however a considerable body of detailed information, testimony and witnessed accounts that reveals Tibetans have indeed suffered such abuses and continue to do so. Moreover statements from a number of Chinese officials have over the years conceded such a reality, the most recent was featured in a report by Zee News, an Indian based news-site.

Sadly mainstream media has a tendency to repeat as factual the official pretensions served up by China’s regime, a habit much to the delight of the Ministry Of Disinformation in Beijing which uses such gullibility to spread various propaganda aimed at diluting and deflecting international concern on any range of human rights issues. Meanwhile of course the violations continue, as women in China who suffer forced sterilizations would testify.

The Zee News report however, while displaying a naivete of breathtaking proportions, reported a concession from  Yang Wenzhuang that Tibet and East Turkestan had not yet relaxed the regulations pertaining to the one-child policy, now the propaganda line is that so-called ethnic minorities were exempt from such restrictions. Yet here we have a leading Minister in China’s Family Planning Commission acknowledging without qualification that these occupied territories have indeed been subject to such regulation!

http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/most-chinese-provinces-relax-one-child-policy_946530.html

International Cyclists Taken For A Propaganda Ride By China’s Regime

Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling team winners of a propaganda cycling event in Amdo Region of occupied Tibet

Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling team winners of a propaganda cycling event in Amdo Region of occupied Tibet

Image: amore & vita-selle smp/facebook

Is the quest for sporting glory and achievement possessed of sufficient honor and integrity to absolve an individual from having any accountability to principles of human rights and the values of freedom?

It’s a question we are placing before Mr Mattia Gavazzi and the cycling team of Amore and Vita-Selle Smp who this month took part in a cycling event in so-called Qinghai Province, China, which in reality is formed mostly of Amdo Region in occupied Tibet.

We are appealing to Mattia Gavazzi and his cycling colleagues to reassess their participation in that race, and would advise that while he may gain success and elation cycling in what is a propaganda event authorized and backed by the Chinese regime, the Tibetan people continuously suffer the most appalling oppression and injustice.

We request  Amore and Vita-Selle Smp to show solidarity with Tibet, human rights and freedom for people and reconsider any future involvement in this event. Surely this Ukrainian linked cycling team is aware of the freedom struggle to realize Ukraine’s nationhood? How would it have felt towards a race being held, organized and endorsed by the Soviet Regime in which Ukraine was described as being within Russia, while away from the cameras people were being oppressed and tortured?!

Anyone wishing to express their support on this appeal may contact Amore and Vita-Selle Smp via:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aevprocycling

Twitter

Email info@team-amoreevita.com

China’s Regime Launches Nazi-Style Anti-Uyghur Poster Campaign

Some people, usually not informed about the nature and scale of oppression and cultural genocide waged by China’s regime against Tibetans, recoil from analogies between the terrorism inflicted by the Chinese state and the atrocities engineered by Nazi-Germany. At face value of course such a comparison may seem misplaced, however look a little deeper and there are some disturbing parallels, forced labor-camps, the industrialization of executions with mobile death vans and regarding the issue of forced sterilizations China has gone way beyond the insane dreams of Himmler and the SS and administers a state run program that targets countless millions of women.

China’s regime also shares a similar psychosis in that it is inherently racist and considers Han Chinese as ultimately superior to Tibetans or other peoples whose freedom and culture it viciously denies. Another feature, found in both the Nationalist Socialist Party Of Germany and the Chinese Communist Party, is the central role played by propaganda to sway public opinion and reinforce party ideology.

Image:Liuzhou Laowei/bbc

Most recently, as reported by the BBC the Chinese authorities have released a poster campaign targeting the dangers of ‘terrorism’ (not sure if we should cry or laugh at the irony at work there) that seeks to manipulate people into seeing Uyghurs and Islam as the great enemy.

Nazi Illustration from 'The Poisonous Mushroom', that depicts religious Jews from Eastern Europe as dirty, ugly, and dishonest

Nazi Illustration from ‘The Poisonous
Mushroom’, that depicts religious
Jews from Eastern Europe as dirty,
ugly, and dishonest

We have all been here before, the depiction of ‘others’ as something less than human, not to be trusted and feared has a depressingly familiar and fascistic ring to it!

Check That Bar-Code & Don’t Buy ‘Made In China!’

Folks often ask ‘what action can I take against China’s oppression of Tibetans?’ of course there’s a whole lot of activism, ranging from online lobbying of Governments Senators and Congress Members, exposing via the internet and social media cases of political prisoners, joining rallies and awareness raising events. There’s online actions right here on our Blog for people to get involved with, but you know sometimes it’s hard to devote time or maybe for some it’s kinda intimidating to join a political cause. So what about such folk is there any way they can get involved and oppose the tyranny of the Chinese Regime? You betcha! It’s as easy as looking at your watch, next time you go to the Mall or Supermarket simply check the bar-code of any product you are considering and if its first digits are 690 to 699 then you can be sure its produced in China. Now why on earth would a consumer choose something that may well have been produced by child-labor, as recently evidenced by Samsung’s decision to suspend a Chinese company as a supplier which was exploiting children under 16 years of age! or in one of the many forced labor camps which are run by the Chinese regime. An alarming insight into such abuse emerged with a  recent item purchased from an English company, Primark that contained a handwritten note which said:  “We work 15 hours per day and the food we eat wouldn’t even be given to dogs or pigs,”

So next time your out shopping take some action against human rights violations, choose to not fund China’s Regime and show active solidarity with Tibet!

 

What Happened To Doctor Lobsang Sangay?

Graphic: Adapted From Chattanooga Times Free-Press

After John Tenniel By @tibettruth

There are a number of characteristics by which we may recognize a politician, the majority of which are less than flattering, those who present themselves as champions of the people often find themselves criticized for corruption, indifference and of course double-standards. Curious how political parties are returned to office by an electorate that has previously suffered as a result of the policies and failed assurances given by politicians. Is it a masochism? A delusion that sees hope spring forth from the cynical rhetoric of those who promise so much, if only we grant them the keys to power!

The ability to sway public opinion is a critical necessity demanded of politicians, playing to a gallery, dropping words, concepts and emotions into a crucible of dreams, xenophobia, greed, prejudice, ignorance, bias and desperation. Like a conjurer it is all about distraction, timing and presentation, suspending the critical and replacing it with a belief in the illusory. Politics is surface and appearance,

No wonder then that principle finds it difficult to survive across the political landscape, at best it is allowed to bloom fleetingly, like everything in politics an ethical stand-point is disposable, a tool for the great game that has its moment only.Yet how we cheer and applaud when hearing a politician speak with conviction, now here’s someone who really cares, right?

Back in 2008 Tibetans gathered outside the United Nations to hear an address from Doctor Lobsang Sangay in which he moved people with his determination, sense of committment and assured dedication to the cause of Tibetan freedom. Here’s an extract:

Now let’s fast forward to 2013, an interview in which those former affirmations of  Tibetan nationhood were replaced with a narrative of surrender, compromise and appeasement. In this short extract Doctor Sangay insists that he is not seeking democratic rights for Tibetan in Tibet but only the application of Chinese national and regional laws on autonomy!

Shall we add ‘flexibility’ as another term into the lexicon of characteristics that identifies a politician, perhaps ‘realism’ could also explain the volte-face from Doctor Sangay? However from the perspective of Tibetans suffering under China’s tyranny, who are sacrificing their lives and well-being to assert Tibetan national freedom, very different words would apply!

Tibet @ Glastonbury Seeks Your Support

Image: stevegarrington

Blue skies and Summer sunshine are back, along with music festivals, none of course bigger than England’s Glastonbury, which attracts an amazing range of musicians and artists. The idyllic countryside surrounding that English town are transformed into a tented city for over a hundred thousand folks, it is the biggest celebration on the planet, until that is Tibet regains its independence :)

We are working 24/7 on that one, meanwhile our friends there will be running a Tibet action at the festival, working with our Twitter colleagues @tibettruth we hope to repeat the success of last year, during which in a totally fun and positive way we helped to raise awareness of Tibet.

If you are going to Glastonbury Festival, or know someone who is, and wish to help then do tweet our colleagues @tibettruth

Stay tuned good people :)

China: The World’s Execution Capital

Massive Rise In State Executions in China

Massive Rise In State Executions in China

Courtesy of FOT-India

According to a 2013 report from Amnesty International, “China once again executed more people than the rest of the world put together.” The precise figures remain difficult to verify due to such information being deemed a state secret by China’s regime, although the human rights organization has determined that “monitoring continued to indicate death sentences in the thousands.” Source: Amnesty 2013 Report

Prisoners In China Are Denied Basic Rights Or Fair Legal Process

Prisoners In China Are Denied Basic Rights Or Fair Legal Process

Courtesy of The Age-AU

Prisoners on China’s ‘death-row’, often denied a fair legal process and subject to draconian and state controlled legal system suffer a range of abuse that violate a number of international treaties. Such injustices and violations have a long record in China, a report from British newspaper The Independent in March 24 2009 recorded that: “Chinese prisoners on death row are handcuffed with their feet shackled despite the prohibition under international prison standards on leg-irons and chains as instruments of restraint. Chinese lawyers also report that defendants on capital crime charges are normally brought to interviews at the detention centre in chains”.

Image:archivenet

Meanwhile in a grisly reminder of Nazi-Germany’s industrialized killing machine, China now employs a fleet of mobile execution chambers, where prisoners are killed with a lethal cocktail of poisons.

See Video Here http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5f0_1175771241&p=1

China's Mobile Killing-Chambers

China’s Mobile Killing-Chambers

See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/mobile-death-chambers-take-capital-punishment-on-the-road-1652594.html

For more information on this issue http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty

Tibetan Lama Found Hanging In Delhi Apartment

Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, was found hanging in his apartment

        Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, was found hanging in his apartment

Image:bcpsociety

The issue of suicide within Buddhist thinking and teaching no doubt invites a complex analysis, on a more general level, life is precious in terms of our existence, more so as a human being, we are considered as very fortunate indeed to incarnate with a human mind. Such is the broader understanding. To take one’s life therefore, from the standpoint of laity, has generated a perception of what other religious followings could describe as a ‘sin’. Buddhist philosophy is not as simplistic.

“From a Buddhist perspective, what a suicidal person wants is to eliminate not his or her own life, but his or her pain, suffering, despair, torment, affliction, depression, stress, or other physical or mental pains which he or she experiences. The suicidal person has confused two things: the elimination of life and the elimination of suffering and pain.” SOURCE

Reading such wisdom infused words it is difficult to understand the reported suicide of a prominent Tibetan Rinpoche, a Buddhist scholar and practitioner of many years who would most surely have known such core principles.

Yet if we are to accept the account featured by the Times Of India then Tsona Gontse Rinpoche, hanged himself possibly due to an electoral loss by one of his relatives! SOURCE

Are witnessing a tragic reminder that no matter the degree of enlightenment or spiritual practice religious teachers are as prone to emotional instability and despair as the layperson? One thing for sure Tibetans will be shocked and baffled at this sad event, others may be wondering if some darker actions may have been behind this death?