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The decision of India’s government to cancel the visa issued to World Uyghur Congress leader Dolkun Isa to visit Dharamsala to attend a conference and meet the Dalai Lama reveals a worrying level of appeasement towards the Chinese regime. That the Indian authorities accept as credible China’s claims that this activist for human rights and freedom is a terrorist makes a mockery of all normal understanding and intelligence. Especially when viewed against the genocidal terrorism which China’s tyrannical government wages against the culture and national identity of Uyghurs in East Turkestan, Tibetans in occupied Tibet, Mongolians, and Manchurians. All of whom, along with the people of China itself, are subjected to a state engineered machinery of terror that violently denies individual freedoms and rights.
What makes such claims even more ridiculous is that the Indian Foreign Ministry has announced that the decision was reached in view of Dolkun Isa’s name being present on Interpol’s so-called ‘Red List’. That hardly constitutes conclusive irreproachable evidence, particularly as Interpol operates without any meaningful transparency, is unaccountable and operates like a private police club. Moreover it has been increasingly exploited and manipulated by its police membership of various states, including China, to harass and intimidate political dissidents. So much an impartial finding!
Dolkun Isa has released a statement on the decision, which can be read here: HERE
Right now over in Scotland the political establishment is preparing for elections due to take place next month, meanwhile Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) are in full ‘vote for me’ mode. What increasing numbers of voters are waking up to is the disturbing truth that their candidates, while presenting themselves as dedicated to values of justice, freedom and equality, are consciously choosing to ignore a major human rights issue which is casting a shadow over an institution in the very heart of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSE) is a prestigious medical organization and a highly respected member of Scotland’s national establishment, it is also a body that honors Professor Huang Jiefu, an individual with close links to harrowing medical atrocities in China; the forced extraction of organs from prisoners of conscience, political prisoners and others.
This issue has been presented via our activism to each and every Scottish MSP, we have also contacted the office of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labor and Liberal Democrats (Scotland) and the Church of Scotland. They have been asked to make clear their position and asked to support the growing calls to RCSE that it withdraw it’s fellowship to Huang Jiangfu.
Here’s the thing, not one MSP has responded to our communications, while a spokesperson for the First Minister offered only an evasive reply, the Church has chosen to remain silent. Scotland’s Labor and Liberal Democrat parties have also ignored appeals sent to them regarding this issue.
What do we draw from this reaction? Well it appears that the Scottish political and religious establishment is more concerned with protecting the reputation and status of Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh than standing against China’s human rights atrocities. Ethics are being relegated and callously ignored and Huang Jiefu, around whom so many disturbing questions swarm continues to receive the uncritical support of the RCSE.
No matter the solidarity of silence from Scotland’s politicians and its church every effort will be made to continue exposing and challenging Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh on this matter, Meanwhile for any Scottish readers if your prospective Parliamentary candidate comes knocking urge them to actively support those who are justly want Huang Jiefu’s association with the RCSE ended.
So there we have it the exiled Tibetan community has endorsed Lobsang Sangay and re-elected him as the ‘Political Leader (Sikyong) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). That’s democracy apparently, the people have spoken, right? Well kind of. The application of democratic electoral process upon Tibet’s unique and ancient culture has not been without its challenges, some argue that the traditional social structures operating within Tibetan society make it impossible for democracy to flourish. Whatever the contested views Tibet’s cause, at least in exile, looks set for five years of appeasing China’s regime as Doctor Sangay and his CTA colleagues promote the surrender of Tibet’s rightful nationhood in exchange for improved autonomy under the dubious ‘rights’ of China’s regional and national laws. Over in occupied Tibet where some 90% of Tibetans live, enduring a genocidal assault against their culture and national identity democracy is prohibited by the totalitarian ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. That does not though vexe Lobsang Sangay, who while happy to embrace the advantages of a democratic election in exile declared during a Washington DC interview that he’s not seeking democracy or democratic freedoms for Tibetans in Tibet. Nope he just wants his compatriots to enjoy some improved rights as defined by Chinese law. Video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Z8A0B2sIM
Not sure how the courageous Tibetans of Tibet would feel hearing such appeasement from the head of the Central Tibetan Administration, one thing for sure though in exile Tibetans have decided to invest their hope and trust in Lobsang Sangay. Well they can be certain of one thing about his leadership, it will continue to betray the struggle and political aspirations of Tibet’s people. Welcome to democracy!
We have just received a communication from an official within the Scottish Government in response to our concerns regarding Edinburgh College Of Surgeon’s honoring of Professor Huang Jiefu. An individual closely linked with medical atrocities in China, the forced extraction of human organs from executed political prisoners and others.
The contents were evasive and displayed a worrying credulity towards Chinese reports that such abuses were to be stopped from January 2015, an assertion issued by the very same Professor Huang! No such moderation has taken place, a fact investigated and reported upon by the New York Times. The newspaper noted that under the new regime of supposedly not using organs from executed political or criminal prisoners, China’s organ supply showed no decrease!
..”organs from prisoners, including those on death row, can still be used for transplants in China, with the full backing of policy makers, according to Chinese news reports, as well as doctors and medical researchers in China and abroad. “They just reclassified prisoners as citizens,” said Huige Li, a Chinese-born doctor at the University of Mainz in Germany. Source: NYT November 16, 2015
Not surprisingly we shall be dispatching a further correspondence to the office of Scotland’s First Minister, we shall keep our subscribers and visitors posted on developments.
A couple of years back we wrote a post questioning if the exiled Tibetan Administration was funding trips of overseas Parliamentarians to its Dharamsala base in India. In particular we highlighted the case of English MP Mr Norman Baker, around whom at that time there was some controversy regarding expenses. He had visited India in October 2007 and September 2008, on trips reportedly sponsored by the Tibetan Administration (and the Tibet Society of UK, of which he was then President). The Parliamentarian found himself in hot water for alleged breaches of Parliamentary protocols that govern expenses and overseas trips. According to the British Parliamentary rules, any MP who undertakes an overseas trip, sponsored by a foreign government (Editor’s Note does this mean that this Parliament considers the exiled Tibetan Government as a legitimate and operating political administration?) is required to register it within four weeks. In addition they must declare a financial interest if it “might reasonably be thought by others to influence the speech, representation or communication in question”.
It would appear he weathered that particular storm, so much so that over the past few days Mr Baker has again been in Dharamsala, acting we understand in the capacity of observer overseeing voting for the head of the Tibetan Administration.
It’s not clear if he funded his trip or if his expenses were covered by the Tibetan Administration, International Network of Parliamentarians, or the International Campaign For Tibet. Our previous post on this issue raised concerns at the idea of the Administration bankrolling politicians trips to India. Not only would that be a profligate use of funds, with a questionable return in terms of political advancement for the Tibetan cause, but an extravagance subsidized directly or indirectly by Tibetans. Who face all manner of economic and social deficiencies.
There were many troubling questions. How many politicians have had their flights and accommodation subsidized? What amounts of money has been spent on such trips? Were details placed before the exiled Tibetan Assembly? Tibetans scratching a precarious living across India have every right to know if their exiled Administration is wasting precious resources on funding affluent Parliamentarians. When there is so much need within the exiled Tibetan community. Others may well be wondering if foreign politicians, who express support for Tibet, have not reached into their own cash-lined pockets to fund trips to Dharamsala?