As darkness prepares to give way to the light over East Manhattan, on Day 23 of the Tibetan Hunger Strike, the determined and courageous actions of the three Tibetans opposite the United Nations Headquarters, seems to be creating further, albeit limited, movement from the UN, concerning the demands of the Tibetan Youth Congress for genuine action and support regarding China’s brutal occupation of Tibet, and for a meeting with the UN Secretary General. Following a discussion, Monday, with Assistant Secretary General On Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic it is being reported today by Phayul that Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, has issued comments regarding the health of the Hunger-Strikers.
While such concern for the condition of these Tibetan heroes is welcome, it does not however, address the core issues on which meaningful UN action is being sought. Asked for a response by journalists to these developments, President of the Tibetan Youth Congress, Tsewang Rigzin, remarked that: “It is not enough. We want real UN support for the people of Tibet,”.
No doubt the entirely reasonable demands of the Hunger Strikers were sharpened further by the report yesterday of another self-Immolation in occupied Tibet, as 34 year-old Jamyang Palden, offered a fiery sacrifice for his nation’s cause.