What Action Have These Swiss Parliamentarians Taken To Oppose Their Government’s Armed Suppression of Peaceful Tibetan Protests?

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As these Swiss Parliamentarians would agree, meeting with the Dalai Lama is indeed an honor and privilege, yet we wonder if they would also concur that as friends of the Tibetan people and their cause for national freedom, they’ve a moral obligation to show solidarity with Tibetans, especially when their rights are being oppressed and denied.

With that in mind we ask what action these politicians took in expressing their opposition to the censorship and repression which peaceful Tibetan protesters suffered at the hands of the Swiss Authorities during the recent visit to Switzerland by China’s Xi Jinping? Not only where they victims of excessive and inappropriate policing, but had Tibetan flags and banners calling for Tibet’s independence torn from them by aggressive policemen. Did these Parliamentarians take action on this issue?

As we reported at the time, during the same visit, in the city of Bern armed snipers trained high velocity rifles at non-violent Tibetan demonstrators, revealing a willingness by the authorities to resort to the shooting of unarmed civilians! 

https://tibettruth.com/2017/01/17/swiss-cops-prepared-to-murder-non-violent-tibetans-to-protect-xi-jinping/

This ‘security’ response was demanded and authorized by the national, regional and local governments of Switzerland, a fact which we exposed and challenged, highlighting the role of Mr Reto Nause, Director of Security for Bern. We issued an open letter to Mr Nause and the Swiss Government, unfortunately he refused to respond! 

https://tibettruth.com/2017/01/18/open-letter-to-swiss-authorities-on-disproportionate-and-discriminatory-policing-of-tibetan-protest/

We also wrote a detailed account of these events and our concerns which was sent to virtually all Swiss Parliamentarians, requesting their support in raising such issues with their Government, only one individual had the courtesy to reply!

While it must have been a wonderful occasion to meet with His Holiness, and come away with a precious photo to add to the family album, in light of the serious abuse of human rights and civil freedoms which were forced upon Tibetans in Switzerland , Maya Gref, MP, Green Party, Rosmarie Quadranti, MP, Civil Democratic Party, Marianne Streiff, MP, EPP, Prisca Birrer Heimo, MP, Social Democratic Party, Barbara Gysi, MP, SP and SG, Gina Ruetschi MP should be taking determined and forceful action in bringing their Government to task!

Organized Hypocrisy Of UN Women Again Selects To Ignore Forced Sterilizations

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For the next eleven days our activism will be focused upon the United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and associated women’s Non-Governmental Organizations.  Timed to cover the sixty-first session of the UNCSW that commences at UN headquarters, New York from 13 to 24 March 2017.

As our friends and subscribers to our Blog will know we’ve consistently exposed and challenged the UNCSW and women’s NGOs for their refusal to oppose and condemn forced sterilizations. In particular their silence on China’s coercive population control program. Anyone supporting human rights would be troubled that a UN body and NGOs,  apparently dedicated to defending and promoting women’s rights, selects to ignore these harrowing violations. Yet that’s precisely what is happening.

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Something is very wrong indeed especially when their collective silence and evasion on this issue is in opposition to the findings and concerns of other divisions of the United Nations! Unlike the UNCSW (and @UN_Women) the UN’s Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) is sufficiently concerned about the plight of women suffering under the harrowing realities of China’s population policies to take action. It also is not inhibited to express its concerns:

“In November 2015, the UN Committee against Torture conducted its fifth periodic review of China’s compliance with the Convention.18 In its concluding observations, the Committee stated its concerns about China’s coercive implementation of the population policy, such as coerced sterilization and forced abortion, and the lack of information on investigations into such allegations” (Source: CECC Report 2016).

We would like to thank the UN Committee Against Torture for its concern on this most disturbing of human rights violations and welcome their decision to investigate and challenge the Chinese authorities on this matter. A few months earlier they had requested China’s regime provide information on ‘‘the total number of investigations or prosecutions launched against officials and other persons” with respect to coercion within China’s population program. Responding during October 2015 China’s government failed to furnish the Committee with the relevant data sought by UNCAT. No surprise there then!

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This clear refusal to comply with a official UN inquiry into reports of violations imposed by China’s population control program provides further evidence (not that much more be needed) that women in China remain subject to a range of draconian measures that contravene a number of human rights principles and breach the United Nations’ Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995, endorsed by UN General Assembly resolution 50/203 of 22 December 1995).

That document, to which China is a signatory, states that governments which participated in the Fourth World Conference on Women reaffirmed their commitment to: ‘‘Ensure the full implementation of the human rights of women and of the girl child as an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms; . . .’’ (para. 9) and ‘‘are convinced that . . . [t]he explicit recognition and reaffirmation of the right of all women to control all aspects of their health, in particular their own fertility, is basic to their empowerment; . . .’’ (para. 17).

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The UNCSW and its NGOs may be seen across social media and the internet as being deeply motivated to ensure that women are empowered in all sorts of areas, education, employment, social mobility and human rights. Indeed who would oppose such calls. The priority theme for 2017 is ‘economic empowerment’, no doubt limitless energy and arguments will be advanced to champion that cause. However their take on empowerment does not extend to a woman having a right not be forcibly sterilized,  they do not advocate what any right-thinking person would consider as constituting a fundamental freedom. Even when their prestigious UN colleagues in the Committee Against Torture document their concerns on the subject and expose the Chinese authorities blatant refusal to cooperate, they remain mute!

Meanwhile the parallel NGO Forum, which runs as ‘Side Events’ over the same dates is hosting a series of meetings, presentations and discussions. These for the most part will mirror the theme of ‘economic empowerment’ but other issues feature, including: ‘intimate partner violence’, ‘violence against women in peacebuilding’, ‘preventing violence against women and girls in the digital age’, ‘femicide/gender related killing of women’, violence against women politicians’, and the global response to ‘eliminating female genital mutilation’. Now while these are worthy causes and to be supported the key point is that the very same community of women’s NGOs that will be actively engaged in such issues, has once again chosen not to give exposure to the forced sterilization of women. Yet those organizations are very aware of those atrocities, especially with regard to China, despite such knowledge they have once more cast a veil of indifference over the subject. This censorship and denial occurs each year at the UNCSW and NGO Forum, making a mockery of the claim that such bodies are committed champions of women’s human rights. If truth be known it is an agenda, or ideology which is being supported, not human rights as a universal principle, hence the politically correct themes and issue selectivity on display.

 

 

 

 

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Twitter Again Censoring @tibettruth

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

Share & Display A #Poppy That Remembers The Living Who Suffer #PoppyAppeal #RememberThem #trueTibet

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

Two Decades Later And China’s Tyranny Against Women Remains Ignored

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.

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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.

Norchuk, Offered Her Life In Protest At Chinese Rule

Norchuk, Offered Her Life In Protest At Chinese Rule

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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’.

Li Tingting, Arrested At Her Beijing Home On Friday March 6

Li Tingting, Arrested At Her Beijing Home On Friday March 6

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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.

Tibet Being Censored By Facebook

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