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UN Human Rights Commissioner Fails To Understand Tibet’s Cause

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay

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Today the UN High Commissioner’s office released a statement on the current situation in occupied Tibet, before we expose and correct some of the comments made by Ms Pillay’s office, we ask you to try the following exercise. Using a search engine of your choice try the following inquiry: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay+China+ forced sterilizations. What results? Anything at all? Strange don’t you think that the United Nation’s senior human rights officer seems to have remained deathly silent on what is clearly a major violation of human rights! Of course could be we overlooked some link that reveals a blistering condemnation of China’s birth-control atrocities, if so do let us know, as we would be most interested to see such a challenge from Navi Pillay.

However we digress, back to her statement on Tibetan self-immolations, calling on China to allow for independent human rights monitors to visit Tibet, and the release of Tibetans currently jailed, while no doubt greatly welcomed by Tibetans, seeking some crumb of support from the UN, it contains some troubling notions, which we are most happy to correct.

Firstly Ms Pillay you need to understand one important fact regarding where these self-immolations are taking place, which your spokesperson  Rupert Colville wrongly stated as occurring beyond Tibet

“We don’t see any progress in dealing with the underlying problems facing Tibetans both in Tibet and in other areas, because quite a few of the self-immolations have been in Tibetan areas outside Tibet itself.

The fact is that ‘Tibet’ is not just the so-called ‘Tibet Autonomous Region’ (a bogus claim and political construct imposed following China’s invasion of Tibetan territory in 1950) but an illegally  occupied nation comprised of three regions, U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo, self-immolations are happening in all of those areas. The latter two in particular have seen the highest incidence of such protests. So for the record Tibetans self-immolate not in ‘Gansu’ or ‘Sichuan’.

We move now to another serious misconception expressed by the UN High Commissioner, who seems to believe that Tibetans are sacrificing themselves in such a harrowing manner to express a series, of what she described as “long held grievances”. Can Ms Pillay truly be unaware of the real motivation that has fuelled Tibetan resistance to China’s occupation for over six decades? The protests, collective and individual, along with a number of major uprisings have not been to assert improved social or economic rights or issue complaints against various policies but to demand the national freedom of Tibet, the return of the Dalai Lama and in support of Tibet’s Buddhist-based culture. As her office knows Tibetans face cultural genocide, assimilation,aggressive colonization and a widespread oppression imposed by  an occupying military of over 300, 000 Chinese personnel. The ongoing protests seek an end to that tyranny and are not ‘grievances’ but a legitimate struggle for Tibetan national identity and independence.Perhaps Ms Pillay would care to reflect upon her Indian roots and ask herself if India’s struggle for independence was in fact merely ‘long term grievances’? If only Imperial Britain had exercised more enlightened policies, to address the ‘grievances’ of India’s people then presumably the British would be ruling still over a grateful Indian population!I

We are also not pleased by the High Commissioner urging religious and other leaders to exert an influence to dissuade Tibetans from self-immolating, she should realize that an oppressed and terrorized people, so long denied their rightful independence, have every right to determine the nature and course of their struggle, no matter how traumatizing it may be to witness from the comfort of an office in Geneva. Would she prefer Tibetans remain in their homes subdued, obedient slaves under China’s rule, avoiding protests for fear of injury or loss of life? Would she have advised her fellow South Africans not to demonstrate too violently against Apartheid, called upon  the people of Soweto not to vigorously oppose the racist oppression? While Navi Pillay is phoning religious leaders to call for an end to Tibetan self-immolations maybe she would care to ask them to issue also a public statement demanding an end to China’s forcible sterilization of women?!

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UN Finally Crawls Into Limited Action On China’s Killings

At last the United Nations decides to crawl into action as communist Chinese troops shoot, arrest and abuse Uyghurs in East Turkestan for daring to protest at the continuing oppression in their land and oppose the injustices and human rights violatiosn which characterises China’s occupation. 

A senior level United Nations human rights official on Tuesday called on Chinese authorities and what it chose to describe as ‘ethnic groups’  in the region to refrain from further violence after what the UN representative termed “a major tragedy.” Ms.Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said demonstrators had the right to protest peacefully and that those arrested should be treated in line with international law.

Ms Pillay demanded a  full and transparent investigation which she insisted should be conducted into the causes of the deaths following Sunday’s peaceful protests,  and called on Communist Chinese authorities to publish the identities of those killed, and exactly determine what happened.  

“I urge Uighur and Han civic leaders, and the Chinese authorities at all levels, to exercise great restraint so as not to spark further violence and loss of life,” Pillay said in a statement. “This is a major tragedy.”

The former U.N. war crimes prosecutor was also concerned that China’s response should be measured. “However, it is vital that the authorities only resort to lethal force when it is strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.” She also called upon Communist China to treat humanely those arrested and use methods of questionning in compliance with international norms and that fair judicial process and investigation take place