So, Why Are Tibetans Right To Demand Independence For Tibet?

 

What you may ask gives legitimacy to

the demands of Tibetans inside occupied

Tibet for independence?

 

That Tibet enjoyed prior to invasion by China in

1950 national governance and freedom?

 

Or is it based upon the fact that Tibetans are a

distinct people, with a unique culture, language

and history?

 

Could such a right be due to the reality

that in terms of international law Tibet may

be correctly defined as an independent nation

under illegal occupation?

 

The reasoning extends beyond these

factors, deriving from the tyranny and

cultural genocide waged against

Tibetans and their culture.

 

It is the fundamental truth that as a people

who are being violently denied their cultural,

political, civil and religious freedom Tibetans

recognize that only an end to Chinese rule

can offer genuine protection to their culture and

national identity.

Another Tibetan Burns To Remind The World That Tibet Demands Independence

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Reports have broken that on February 29, 2016 a Tibetan monk, named as Kalsang Wangdu self-immolated in Kardze, Kham region of occupied Tibet. Engulfed in flames he is reported to have demanded complete independence for Tibet before being fatally consumed in the blaze.

Kalsang Wangdu Sacrificed His Life To Demand Tibetan Independence

Kalsang Wangdu Sacrificed His Life To Demand Tibetan Independence

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Truth Of Tibet’s Independence Written In Stone

9th Century ACE Pillar Inscription A Witness To Tibet's Ancient Independence

9th Century ACE Pillar Inscription A Witness To Tibet’s Ancient Independence

“One of the most important treaties between the Tibetan Empire and the Chinese Empire dates back to AD 821-822. The text, carved in Tibetan and Chinese on a stone pillar near the Jokhang temple in Lhasa states that “Great Tibet” and “Great China” would act towards each other with respect, friendship and equality.” Words & Image Above Courtesy Of Jamyang Norbu

February 13 is Tibetan Independence Day a date to honor and recall the fact that historically Tibet was a sovereign state that enjoyed its own national freedom, government and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries. In the context of international law Tibet remains an independent nation under an illegal occupation, with Tibetans a distinct and oppressed people, with the right to external self-determination, whose basic rights are not being respected and subject to heinous human rights abuses. Such peoples, in theory, have a right to external self-determination, and this signifies that such peoples have a right to remedial secession and independence. Today people around the world who care for Tibet, human rights and justice have an opportunity to express solidarity with the Tibetan people in that rightful cause.

Many thanks for all the messages of support which have been received and to our many friends on Twitter and Facebook who have been actively supporting efforts to ensure that others are made aware of Tibet’s independence. Thanks also to those anonymous activists who have announced their support for Tibetan Independence Day, according to a number of posts on Twitter then a number of Chinese government sites look set to be targeted by ‘Operation Tibet’. If any of our friends have any more information or news on that do get in touch.

Babyboomers Learned About Tibet’s Nationhood

Never fails to amaze, inspire and encourage to see the messages of interest, and friendship the Blog receives in support of Tibet, its people and cause for independence. Thanks to everyone who email and post comments, its awesome to have your input. Take the following just received from Shane

Well Shane thank you so much, your photographs were received and what a treasure they are! Seems that way back when kids could buy gum cards that clearly describe Tibet as a distinct nation and culture, with it’s own flag! From the available information these cards were printed in England, by ABC, although were sold also in the US after a merger with a company called  Topps. More background HERE

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In 1959 the very year that saw the Lhasa Uprising and eventual flight into exile of the Dalai Lama ABC released a series of cards called ‘Flags Of The World’ which featured at Number 52 the Tibetan national emblem, the front cover design is shows Tibet’s flag, the Potala Palace, mountains and what looks to be two climbers in Chinese-looking military uniform.

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The reverse features basic information about Tibet along with some  Tibetan phrases, illustrations of snow-mountains, a yak and what maybe be thought of a lama-type figure. Apart from the collect-ability and curiosity of this card above all it reveals that at one point children across the USA and England were being informed (in the dark-ages of pre-internet) of Tibet’s nationhood. Shane many thanks for taking the time to share, it’s really appreciated.

Solidarity With What Exactly?

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In an interview in today’s Times of India  the political leader of the exiled Tibetan Administration, Doctor Lobsang Sangay, when asked if  he did not wish to break with China offered the following response:

“We are not challenging China’s sovereignty or territorial integrity. We seek genuine autonomy within the People’s Republic of China. That they refused.”  See Here

Such comments are to be expected from an individual who has been advocating the surrender of Tibet’s nationhood since his appointment to office, a similar appeasement was on display during last week’s meeting in New Delhi, promoted as the ‘Tibetan People’s Solidarity Campaign’. The event, featuring prominent Tibetan and Indian speakers, drew several thousand people and  launched a series of events across India and beyond, including a march lead by  Doctor Sangay and his colleagues.

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It attracted the uncritical support of Tibetans and has been widely promoted across the Internet on social sites such as Facebook, yet a closer look at this campaign reveals it to be not entirely what it seems. No one publicly has even questioned with what exactly is the outpouring of solidarity dedicated? Is it directed towards the Tibetan struggle inside occupied Tibet? An action offered unreservedly in support of the demands made by the Tibetan people for independence? Does it have an altogether different purpose? Although hidden in plain sight, and thankfully invested with integrity by individual Tibetans who chose to carry their nation’s flag (take note Doctor Sangay) anyone with an eye for detail could not fail but notice indications that this campaign had been engineered by Lobsang Sangay and his advisers as a public mechanism to promote what has been a recent re-branding of the Tibetan issue. At this stage it’s useful perhaps for those with little knowledge of Tibet’s cause to offer a brief breakdown.

In essence Doctor Lobsang Sangay and his Administration have inherited, and become very enthusiastic advocates of, a strategy first proposed by the Dalai Lama in which Tibetan independence is abandoned, in favor of improved cultural, social and local governmental autonomy. Known as the Middle Way policy it has proved a singular failure,  a reality conceded by the Dalai Lama during a television interview. Despite being forcefully and consistently rejected by China’s regime, this proposal, formalized into a written document; the Memorandum On Meaningful Autonomy For Tibetans continues as the central strategy of Doctor Sangay’s Administration.

Now before the suicidal compromises of that proposal are considered China’s authorities have to be ‘encouraged’ to continue with what have previously been fruitless  negotiations. The Chinese leadership has made a number of thoroughly inflexible demands while remaining deeply suspicious of, and hostile towards these proposals, claiming them to be no more than a disguised attempt to restore Tibet’s sovereignty. This has resulted in the exiled Tibetan leadership jumping through an endless series of hoops in an effort to assuage Chinese suspicions and prove that it is acting in good faith. Within this context there is for Lobsang Sangay at least, no place for Tibet’s rightful nationhood and independence, as those issues are far too toxic and would mean the demise of ongoing efforts to seek negotiation with China.

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This then is the background, the corrosive forces operating behind the so-called ‘Tibetan People’s Solidarity Campaign’ which explain the words of appeasement from Doctor Sangay, remarks that trample across the common political aspiration for independence expressed by decades of Tibetans protests in occupied Tibet.  In light of these circumstances was it any surprise that organizers of the meeting in New Delhi chose not to display on stage a single Tibetan flag, a symbol of Tibetan national identity, was it considered an action too negative for Chinese consumption? Did such considerations equally inform the timorous wording of the orchestrated slogans, which were made available by the exiled Tibetan Administration to participants?
The on-stream message of the event was tightly focused upon saving Tibet’s culture, protecting language, appeals to China to act compassionately, and requests for international and media support. Clearly the campaign was no display of political solidarity with the quest for Tibetan independence, but part of continuing restructuring of the Tibetan cause, imposed by an elite desperate to satisfy Chinese demands.

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Meanwhile inside occupied Tibet the resistance to China’s illegal and brutal occupation continues, Tibetans face torture, forced labor and Chinese bullets to demand Tibetan independence, while in exile a handful of prominent Tibetans seek surrender with China and mobilize Tibetans onto the streets to support what has proved an inane and vacuous policy of appeasement. The people of Tibet deserve so much more than this cynical betrayal, they have every right to expect a genuine solidarity movement, in unison with their just struggle for an independent Tibetan nation.

Time For Doctor Lobsang Sangay To Listen To The Demands Of Tibetans

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We respectfully suggest to Doctor Lobsang Sangay to consider the heroism, patriotism and sacrifice made by Sangay Dolma, who on November 25, offered up her life in fiery sacrfice to assert Tibetan independence. Report HERE Perhaps next time the exiled Tibetan ‘political leader’ repeats his jaded mantra that ‘we (sic) are not seeking independence’ he will hear how hollow and bogus such a claim truly is!