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What’s going down at Twitter? For a second time they have locked-out @tibettruth effectively censoring their activism for Tibet. It’s kinda ironic given that Twitter allowed, and still does Chinese political spammers to clog threads on the issue of Tibet, yet silences a dedicated voice which speaks out against censorship, human rights violations and the genocidal occupation of Tibet. So what prompted this latest censorship? The following tweet was posted to a handful of followers who regularly exchange communications with @tibettruth
this was linked to the image below:
Is this truth too hot for Twitter? How can updating interested followers be regarded as spam?
If you have an account on Twitter we request you to kindly tweet @support and ask Twitter to unlock @tibettruth
Many female activists today celebrate International Women’s Day and may be arranging last minute travel arrangements to attend the United Nations’ Commission On The Status Of Women’s meeting (CSW59) beginning March 9. Meanwhile in a world far away from the chrome and tinted glass gatherings scheduled to reflect on two decades since the Beijing Declaration was agreed; which in theory secured and advanced women’s human rights, in occupied Tibet and indeed China itself women continue to be subject to a range of disturbing human rights atrocities.
On Friday March 6, in the Ngaba area of Amdo region of occupied Tibet, a 40 year-old woman, named as Norchuk died following her self-immolation protest against the illegal and violent occupation by China of her homeland. Her body was confiscated by Chinese paramilitary and hastily cremated, denying her relatives any chance to conduct traditional Buddhist ritual.
Her sacrifice and the oppressed condition of women inside Tibet though is absent from the Twitter streams on the subject of International Women’s Day and CSW59, you will find virtually no mention of the suffering relating to Tibetan women. Nor indeed reference to China’s forced sterilizations, a gross violation of women’s human rights that has been greeted by evasion, silence and denial from the mass ranks of the ‘Concerned Sisterhood’.
The same day that Norchuk offered up her life a team of Chinese security police raided the Beijing home of activist Ms Li Tingting and arrested her. Yet a deafening silence seems to have greeted news that she and three other Chinese female activists, who were planning to hold a peaceful protest in Beijing against sexual harassment, have been jailed, their whereabouts presently unknown and facing possibly disturbing consequences. http://www.livenewspak.com/china-detains-at-least-4-feminists-ahead-of-international-womens-day/ Despite this latest example of state oppression against women by China’s regime instead of outrage and opposition from those attending the CSW59 we witness a callous indifference.
Will anyone attending the CSW59 meeting raise a word in protest or concern about such injustice? Can we hope that the tyranny, inequality and marginalization suffered by Tibetan women since China invaded Tibet in 1950 will be condemned? Is it likely that women’s NGOs will be speaking out against China’s vicious policy of population control, in which women are brutally denied the most basic of rights and forcibly sterilized? What words of opposition will be made against the censorship, and torture that targets any women who express the slightest dissent against the grim excesses of the Chinese regime?
Women do not enjoy human rights under the totalitarian nightmare enforced by the Chinese regime, there exists only fear, pain, repression, censorship, you comply to the dictates of the state or suffer the consequences. That their plight is consistently ignored, denied and evaded by women NGO’s and the United Nations, makes a mockery of any claim that such bodies are dedicated to championing women’s human rights.
Not content with denying Tibetan users of Facebook the freedom of choice to select on their profile, Lhasa, Tibet as their hometown the social forum colossus now it seems is censoring a page dedicated to providing news and information on China’s tyranny in Tibet.
The Dossier Tibet page has been locked, denying people a respected and important source of bulletins on the situation in occupied Tibet. An action which no doubt receives the applause of China’s regime.
This latest action by Facebook seriously erodes any credibility it has concerning its commitment to freedom of expression and human rights, by expunging Dossier Tibet, a portal that stands for justice, freedom and democratic principles; and in forcing Tibetan users to describe themselves as coming from ‘China’ it is essentially endorsing censorship and allying itself with the oppressor.
We hope you may choose to add your voice to the call for Facebook to end its censorship of Tibet and to unlock Dossier Tibet. Sign The PETITION
Seemingly not content with the oppression of peaceful protest and enforcing a censorship designed to appease China, the Indian authorities’ decision to close a legitimate and just hunger strike, to expose China’s genocidal occupation of Tibet, nearly cost the lives of the three Tibetan activists currently under arrest in New Delhi by Indian police, who we understand are continuing their hunger-strike in Tihar jail.
“New Delhi, 5th Sept, 2012–Day 3 of the Indefinite hunger strike bears even more peril for our three hunger strikers as late last night they were taken to Tihar jail where the authorities did not accept to have them there and sent them back to the Tuqhlaq Police station at 2.30am.
The bus ride which took them back to the police station turned out to be a nightmare resulting in incident where the three protestors were seriously injured. Dhondup Lhadar, TYC’s VP, one of the hunger strikers, had two of his teeth knocked out of its foundation, his mouth and tongue were cut badly causing massive bleeding. His hands and legs were also injured badly from the ride. Penpa Tsering, Organizational Secretary of TYC, also participating in the indefinite hunger strike, injured his nose and lost a lot of blood. He also got effected in his hands and feet, due to the dangerous behaviour of the driver. Jigme Sholpa, Cultural Secretary of TYC, also one of the three hunger strikers, was hurt in his hands and legs. The Police authorities, inspite of being aware of the incident of the bus ride and the accident, ignored the injured state of those who were in their custody and did not even provide any medical help.
At around 12.30pm in the afternoon, some of the TYC members and supporters took the hunger strikers to the hospital for medical check up and to get them proper treatment. The doctor diagnosed the condition of the three men and offered to give them the required treatment but all of them decided not to go with it. They believed that the injections and the IVs being inserted into their bodies would hamper with their oath to not intake any food until the demands and appeals have been met. They simply left the hospital in the same condition they came in.
At around the same time, Tenzing Norsang, Joint Secretary of TYC, held a press conference in their regional office of Majnu ka Tilla, Tibetan colony in New Delhi. He briefed the media about the events of the previous night and explained the situation to them in detail. He shared that they were hurt and disappointed with the way the Indian government and the authorities have treated them ending up by causing physical injury to the hunger strikers. TYC declared that they are not going to stop their activities, however worse the situation turns. They will continue with the hunger strike until they achieve what they had set out to do. This was followed by a Question and Answer session with the media. All the TYC members and supporters along with the hunger strikers, went to the Court of Magistrate on Parliament street to update them with what had transpired the previous night and were sent to Tihar Jail around 3.20 PM.” Report courtesy of Tibetan Youth Congress
In a shameful display of craven appeasement towards China’s regime the Indian authorities closed down the peaceful Tibetan hunger-strike, which has earlier today started in New Delhi. The protest which was organized by the Tibetan Youth Congress sought to highlight the suffering of Tibet’s people surviving under China’s brutal and illegal occupation. Sadly it appears the government of India regards economic and political relations with China’s bloody regime as taking precedence over the basic human rights of freedom of expression and peaceful dissent.
We are asking our subscribers and visitors to our Blog to kindly consider emailing their concerns at this development and call upon the Indian authorities to reinstate the Tibetan hunger-strike by emailing the relevant Indian mission in your county.Some are listed below (grateful thanks to @tibettruth for the info)
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