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With an assurance from the United Nations, detailed today in a communication to the Tibetan Youth Congress, that it will appoint its officials to investigate the situation inside occupied Tibet and has reportedly requested a meeting with China’s government to discuss the situation, the hunger strike has been ended, having achieved major elements of the demands it sought from the UN.
Tibettruth wishes to express its admiration, respect and congratulations to the three Tibetan hunger-strikers for their remarkable protest, in addition we must recognize and applaud the tireless work and leadership of the Tibetan Youth Congress and in particular its President, Tsewang la. It has been an amazing journey over the last thirty days, inspirational, emotionally difficult but always determined to ensure Tibet’s true cause would be heard.We could not have realized te progress made without the 24/7 support of all at @tibettruth and so many wonderful friends on Twitter and Facebook. To each of you gratitude and respect.
We are getting a report that having received a response, in the form of a formal communication from the United Nations, the Tibetan Youth Congress has called of its 30 day hunger -strike outside UN Headquarters in New York. A senior UN official is reported a response to the demands made by the three hunger -strikers, although the contents have not yet been made available. Soon as we have details shall post a further update.
It now seems confirmed that the Hunger Strike has been ended following an assurance from the United Nations, in a communication handed to the Hunger Strikers, that UN special rapporteurs have been requested to investigate the situation in Tibet, and reportedly called for meeting with Chinese government, according to the letter from the UN. Details to follow
Dorje Gyalpo la (ABOVE) who was forcibly removed from the Tibetan Hunger Strike, opposite the United Nations Headquarters in East Manhattan on Monday by NYPD, is continuing his fast. The doctor advised him again this morning to eat considering his grave health but he refused. He even refused the doctor to contact his family to update on his health saying “I have already told my family that whatever happens to me is something they should be proud of”. He asked the doctor to contact the UN instead and tell them to respond to the 5-point appeals of the hunger strikers.
Report: courtesy of Tsewang Rangzen/TYC
“The forced removal of Dorjee Gyalpo la from the hunger strike site by NYPD yesterday has neither deterred nor dampened the spirit of the two remaining hunger strikers. In fact, it has further strengthened their resolve to continue to knock on the doors of the UN.
When asked today by Richard Roth of CNN (UN Correspondent) whether he is ready to die at the hunger strike site, Shingza Rinpoche replied, “if the UN truly does not value human life, I have no regrets to die here for my country and I will be proud of it”.
Yeshi Tenzing said this to CNN today, “I think the international community and the UN is not paying enough attention to our issue because ours is a non-violent struggle and Chinese pressure”.
More Tibetans than usual visited the hunger strike site to show their solidarity. Many have also come forward to take the place of Dorjee Gyalpo la but we have declined the offers for now. Thank you to the Tibetan Children of Boston for sending personal messages and drawings to show their solidarity with the hunger strikers. Thank you Tibetan Association of Colorado for the generous donation. CNN, Al-Jazeera and New Yorker visited the hunger strikers today following a visit by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) yesterday”.
Report: Courtesy of Tsewang Rangzen
As visitors may have read, our colleagues over on @tibettruth have been extremely active in spreading news about the Tibetan Hunger-Strike, currently outside the United Nations building in East Manhattan. We have also been asking mainstream media why it has so far chosen to offer virtually no coverage of this inspiring and moving protest. It was entirely understandable therefore that Tibetans were encouraged to see yesterday the arrival of a CNN news team at the Hunger Strike, as it provided an important opportunity to reach a wide audience on their demands to the United Nations regarding China’s viciouis occupation of Tibet. Now that such a major media player has reported many will be hoping other news channels will also report the protest, we trust that any such coverage allows these courageous Tibetan voices to be heard and that mainstream media will not color such reports with any pro-China bias.
The decision yesterday by the New York Police Department to forcefully remove to hospital Mr Dorje Gyalpo, a Tibetan Hunger-Striker, who has been without food for 27 days outside the United Nations in East Manhattan poses some interesting questions. Not least of all, was this intervention based entirely upon humanitarian concern for the health of this brave Tibetan, or was it a result of less observable political considerations? To address that we need to assess which parties benefit from seeing an end to this protest, most obvious is China’s Regime, ever sensitive to the issue of Tibet, quietly it must be incandescent with rage to witness, at the very doors of the UN, a demonstration reminding the world of its genocidal occupation of Tibet. Interestingly the Chinese authorities have maintained a singular silence on the event, behind the scenes though it is not unlikely that they are exerting various pressures at their disposal to undermine and end the Hunger Strike. To that end their economic and political influence is considerable, more so within the United States, a nation in financial slavery to China, it has many friends within mainstream media, does that partly explain what has been a virtual news blackout on the Tibetan protest? What can be said with certainty is that China’s Ministry of Disinformation is engaged in an ideological war relating to Tibet, the last thing it wishes to see is media exposure of a high profile protest highlighting China’s tyranny in Tibet. Meanwhile, within the United Nations China’s presence, as a permanent member of the Security Council, is formidable, its representatives would be un-sleeping in efforts to dilute and distract whatever limited support or sympathy as may (or not) exist with the UN towards the Hunger Strike.
Which brings us to contender number two, the UN itself, in what way would this troubled institution gain from an end to the protest opposite its Headquarters? Well, in terms of public relations, a subject of major importance to that organization, the presence of the Tibetan hunger-strikers, and the demands of the Tibetan Youth Congress is exposing, with greater clarity as each day passes, the shameful lack of action or support extended to Tibet by the United Nations. The fact that these Tibetans were forced, through the silence and callous indifference of the UN, to offer their lives to appeal for their attention and action is colossal indictment. As people around the world read of the sacrifices of these courageous Tibetans, in peaceful demonstration, the questions grow louder. Why has not the United Nations helped the people of Tibet? Why are Tibetans being tortured and killed, yet the UN does and says nothing?
In addition to these uncomfortable questions for Ban Ki Moon his office is also disadvantaged by the truth of Tibet’s cause, the fact it was an independent nation, invaded and illegally occupied by China, and the reasonable, yet politically demanding nature of the objectives being pressed by the Hunger Strike. These call upon the United Nations to go beyond the usual platitudes and sympathy, usually directed to Tibetans, by pressurizing China to end its violent repression of Tibet, its people and culture. Now the Secretary General and his office are entirely resistant to even considering that course of action, because in so doing they would be inviting major political repercussions from China, that would prove highly disruptive within the United Nations. Furthermore they are able, when challenged by appeals such as those being made by Tibetans, to hide behind a central pillar of UN orthodoxy, which is non-interference within a member state (unless of course it is Iran or some other target of interest of the United States). Yet the demand for action is given a very public and intensified profile by the Hunger Strike, it crystallizes the apathy of the United Nations towards Tibet and exposes for all to see, an accommodation towards China based on double-standards and political self-interest, in which its atrocities against Tibetans are largely ignored. Clearly this is tubful of dirty washing that the Secretary General would prefer was not laundered on the sidewalk opposite his administrative center! Given such sensitivities would the forcible removal of Mr Dorje Gyalpo, by the NYPD, be welcomed by Ban Ki Moon? Does the prospect of this protest being ended avoid difficult politics for the United Nations, and in terms of public profile, evade it being seen as uncaring towards Tibetans and appeasing of China?
While both China and the administration of the United Nations have motive and a political desire to end the Tibetan Hunger Strike, we must remember that any efforts to do so, or undermine its presence cannot be realized without the political and logistical support of the New York authority, its police department, Mayor Bloomberg’s office, and indeed at a higher level, and probably ultimately more significant the State Department, no doubt irritated by an action it knows is causing difficulties for its Chinese counterparts. Are such forces conspiring to stifle the protest? What of the right to peaceful demonstration? Has a decision been reached that it’s politically expedient to have these inspiring Tibetans locked away in a hospital away from the UN Headquarters? What do you think?
Three Tibetans (Shingza Rinpoche (32), Dorjee Gyalpo (59) and Yeshi Tenzing (39) have been on hunger strike in front of the United Nations since February 22nd 2012 to demand immediate UN’s intervention in the ongoing genocide in Chinese occupied Tibet.
30 Tibetans (mostly Buddhist monks and nuns) including 17 just this year has set themselves on fire in Tibet demanding return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and Independence for Tibet.
Today around 5:30 pm on the 27th day of not eating any food, NYPD called in EMS to check on the three hunger strikers and when the oldest of the three hunger striker, Dorjee Gyalpo had difficulties getting up, he was forcefully removed from the hunger strike site by NYPD in an ambulance and taken to hospital. Many Tibetans at the hunger strike site resisted the police and blocked the ambulance for around 20 minutes.
He has vowed to continue not eating even in the hospital.
Report courtesy of: Tswang Rangzen/Tibetan Youth Congress