EU Delegation To Parts Of Tibet Likely To Posture Again While Tibetans Suffer

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Hans Dietmar Schweisgut participating in a staged-propaganda trip to parts of Tibet

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Today EU Ambassador to China, Mr. Hans Dietmar Schweisgut begins his visit to so-called ‘Tibet Autonomous Region’ (in reality a truncated area of Tibet). He arrives with ongoing reports of Tibetans suffering a range of human rights abuses, Tibet’s environment increasingly polluted and degraded by Chinese mining companies and Tibetan culture and national identity under a genocidal assault. Realities which a 2015 United States Congressional delegation headed by Ms Nancy Pelosi, were not allowed to discuss let alone investigate. Indeed in a report published November 18, 2015 both Ms Pelosi and her Congressional colleagues revealed how controlled their trip was.

‘Jim McGovern, a Democratic congressman on the trip told reporters on Tuesday: “The Chinese government wanted to control as much of our visit as they could. And we saw what they wanted us to see”. Participants said they were accompanied by as many as 30 minders, with Pelosi describing a larger contingent of “people who… had walkie-talkies that may not have been identified as security”. She added that foreign journalists were barred from covering the trip, where chances to speak with ordinary Tibetans were curtailed.’ Source: Times Of India

Mr Schweisgut and his EU Ambassadorial colleagues are following up on a visit made by the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr Stavros Lambrinidis, who traveled to Tibet as part of an official visit to China September 9 to 18 2013.

EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr Stavros Lambrinidis Saw Exactly What China Wanted Him To See

EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Mr Stavros Lambrinidis Saw Exactly What China Wanted Him To See

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Over the years officials from the EU, and US Senators participated in what at best must be described as ‘fact-free’ visits to areas of Tibet. Some requests are flatly rejected, as was the case for Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada’s ambassador to China, whose appeal to visit Tibet was denied in February 2013 SEE HERE Yet even when granted, such trips are not permitted to investigate in a truly independent manner. In May 2009 one such mission to determine the human rights situation in Tibet returned home largely empty-handed, the German Parliamentary group could only wring its hands and offered little in terms of hard facts. We could have expected nothing else. Such delegations accept terms which impose a suffocating restriction on their movements and willingly submit to a series of measures, all designed to conceal the grim realities of oppression. Under such censorship all that can be realized is a distorted and partial reflection. Yet the presumed purpose of these delegations, to determine in situ the factual circumstances, is defeated before departure from Europe or the USA by advance agreements dictated by communist China. Upon arrival representatives face a combination of official banquets, orchestrated tours, constant observation and carefully managed information all of which produce conclusions which are virtually fact-free.

Take the itinerary allowed for the EU’s Special Representative who was escorted by his Chinese minders to visit Tibetan nomads, who just happened to be part of a contented and supposedly thriving ‘socialist co-operative’, followed by a trip to a ‘paradise village’ built for Tibetans, no doubt ever so grateful to the Chinese regime for such generosity! Mr Lambrinidis was also permitted a meeting with staff and students of Tibet University and editors of the Tibet Daily, who presumably were very eager to praise the wondrous development and educational benefits supposedly showered upon Tibetans by China’s regime. A visit to the Potala Palace the Jokhang and Sera Monasteries were also arranged, where the Special Representative was granted an opportunity to hear from monks and members of ‘Monastery Management Committees’ about the freedoms enjoyed by Tibetan Buddhism under Chinese rule.

Such cynical orchestration and manipulation is a reminder of delegations who visited Stalinist Russia and when asked their conclusions declared they had witnessed ‘Utopia in Action’! Perhaps Mr Lambrinidis has forgotten the grim lessons afforded by history, such as the Danish Red Cross praising conditions they found at a Nazi model village?.

‘In the summer of 1944 the Nazi government had perpetrated a hoax against the Danish Red Cross by taking them on a tour of the Theresienstadt concentration camp in the occupied then Czech Republic. They fixed up and cleaned the camp prior to arrival and arranged cultural activities to give the appearance of a happy, industrious community. To cover up the endemic overpopulation of the camp, numerous inmates were deported to Auschwitz before the arrival of the Red Cross delegation.’ SOURCE

What would he felt towards a foreign Diplomat visiting Nazi Occupied Greece whose report was a triumph of dilution and evasion, that glossed over the systemic torture, forced labor camps and summary executions? Yet read the fact-lite, timorous and troubling conclusions of the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights

“During my visit the Chinese authorities allowed for meetings and open discussions with a broad range of stakeholders. I had the opportunity to be informed of progress on a number of important economic and social fronts, including poverty eradication and education. At the same time, I noted worrying trends in key areas of human rights concern, including the heightened monitoring and restrictions placed on freedom of expression on- and off-line, as well as the persecution, arrest, and detention of people for peacefully expressing their views or legally exercising their professional duties,” Source: EU Press Release Brussels, September 20, 2013 (Emphasis Added)

Nazi Germany perpetrated a hoax against the Danish Red Cross by taking them on a tour of the Theresienstadt concentration camp

Nazi Germany perpetrated a hoax against the Danish Red Cross by taking them on a tour of the Theresienstadt concentration camp

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However the path to Lhasa is becoming somewhat eroded by the well-shod feet of politicians and diplomats seemingly embarked upon a search for the truth, untroubled by their collaboration in such propaganda or their singular inability to conduct any meaningful investigation. In light of the constrictions surrounding such visits, their vacuous findings, which are characterized by generalized observation, it is difficult to assemble an intelligent and convincing argument in support of delegations which seem more concerned with surrendering to Chinese demands than establishing the facts. Compromised from-the-start such missions are subsequently distracted and manipulated by a regime with considerable experience in controlling information.

Juergen Klimke-German Parliamentarian Regarded China's Silence as Insightful

Juergen Klimke-German Parliamentarian Regarded China’s Silence as Insightful

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Then there was the 2001 United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) delegation to China, during which over half the period was spent in Beijing, in meetings, banquets and barbecues with communist Chinese officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Family Planning Commission. During half-day visits to Sihui county, Guangdong Province, and Qianjiang, the delegation was accompanied by Chinese officials from the national, provincial, prefectural, municipal and county governments.

Communist China Is A Generous Host

Communist China Is A Generous Host

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Under such circumstances,and with the pleasures of plate-and-bottle providing such distraction is it really surprising to note that a 2002 British Parliamentary delegation found no evidence that UNFPA was supporting coercive birth-control activities. It would be like expecting the Red Cross, having accepted an invitation from Nazi-Germany, to discover damning proof of the forcible sterilization of Jewish or Gypsy women.

The conclusions and observations offered from such trips are not derived from unfettered, independent, exhaustive and informed analysis. They could never be under the ever- present, draconian gaze of the communist authorities. Such ‘requirements’ made a mockery of the US delegation of May 2002, which was constantly monitored, bugged and trailed by communist officials. It was also required to give 24 hours notice to the communist authorities of intended visits, during which time any evidence of coercion would be removed. Such constrictions undermine the integrity and value of such visits and seriously questions any claim that considers them to be either objective or independent. Worse still by participating in what is a propaganda exercise some delegations have been complicit in the concealment of the truth.

Drapchi Prison, Lhasa-Where On May 4, 1998 Seven Tibetan Political Prisoners Were Killed.

Drapchi Prison, Lhasa-Where On May 4, 1998 Seven Tibetan Political Prisoners Were Killed.

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“Two prisoners were reportedly shot dead and another five died from their injuries within several weeks. Human rights activist from Tibet managed to smuggle out Ngawang Sungrab’s blood stained shirt as evidence of the inhumane treatment. Ngawang, a 27-year-old monk from Drepung Monastery, was shot by prison officials during the May 4 demonstration; the same day the EU delegation visited Drapchi Prison. Ngawang is currently reported to be in critical condition in the “TAR” Military Hospital” ( TCHRD-1998)

According to the European Union this event was unnoticed by its representatives, who were visiting Drapchi Prison at that time:

“The delegation [European Union] was not aware of these reports [of disturbances] at the time of their visit to the prison. The delegation was also briefed, they felt unusually, in the open air outside the inner prison gates before the actual prison visit. Nonetheless, there were no visible signs of the after effects of a riot, and naturally the prison authorities made no mention of any such incident. As far as could be ascertained the guarding was normal, with no obvious signs of extra guards or heightened security.” (EU Statement-1998)

European Union Whitewashed Shooting of Tibetans At Drapchi

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So captivated by the hospitality of their communist Chinese hosts, the British, Austrian and Luxembourg ambassadors were apparently completely oblivious to the ear-splitting burst of automatic gunfire, the terrified screams, or any sound of the violent suppression inside the prison. Clearly on a mission to report anything except the facts the delegation was a willing accomplice in what resulted in an official cover-up of the cold-blooded killing of political prsioners, within hearing of the EU troika. A shameful event that received mimimal examination https://tibettruth.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/euresponse.pdf

The subsequent EU Report was a master-class in omission, excuse and evasion, a whitewash of the first-order that revealed a craven placation of the communist Chinese authorities. It diluted the nature and degree of restrictions demanded of the visit by asserting and willingly complying with close supervision and the presence of an entire entourage as being “…the normal way of conducting such interviews in China.”. The report claimed that “no attempt was made [by the entourage] to put obstacles in the way of carrying out the programme.”

Diplomatic Requirements For Delegations to Tibet and East Turkestan

Diplomatic Requirements For Delegations to Tibet and East Turkestan

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This was not the experience of the previously mentioned German Parliamentary delegation, which reported on Monday April 20th 2009 that they were constantly escorted by Chinese ‘minders’ during their trip. Would they have anticipated anything else from totalitarian regime? Herr. Holgar Haibach, the head of the four-member delegation from the human rights committee of the German Bundestag, conceded that many of the group’s questions were not answered. He also revealed that there were always two “red lines” in the discussions with the communist Chinese authorities, no discussion on Chinese national unity, nor the authority of the Communist Party. Note then the comments of fellow delegate, Herr. Juergen Klimke who described the visit a success even when many of its questions went unanswered. “When they say nothing, that also provides insight,”. A conclusion that could have been gained from the considerable comforts of the Bundestag. The raison d’être of this delegation was to investigate, observe and determine facts, not to extract flecks of speculation from China’s lack of cooperation and admantine silence.

In light of the constrictions surroundings such visits and their vacuous findings, characterized by generalized observation, such trips benefit the Chinese regime in its efforts to perpetuate the mythology of a supposedly benign occupation. If Beijing considered such missions posed a danger of any genuine exposure it would not tolerate the suits from the United Nations or the European Union. Clearly it is contemptuously confident of securing the uncritical cooperation of such delegations, which naturally raises questions as to the motives of such efforts. Are the diplomats of Berlin, London, New York or Paris genuinely engaged in an independent effort to secure the facts and assemble a forceful critique of any oppression they catalog? In agreeing to a long list of demands that virtually guarantee a neutered investigation how can the politicians of the liberal west justify what is a conscious complicity in a process engineered to conceal and distort?

Glastonbury Artists Show Solidarity With #teamGlasto4Tibet

                                  UK Band ‘British Sea Power’ Showing Solidarity With #teamGlasto4TIBET

As the Glastonbury Festival launches in England more excellent news from #teamGlasto4TIBET who have announced that this year their activism for Tibet, which they organize at the event annually , is being partnered by three hugely creative and significant artists who are performing at the festival.

Critically acclaimed UK band ‘British Sea Power’ have expressed their solidarity, (they’re performing on The Other Stage from 1.15 on Saturday June 24) as have two exciting groups from Columbia, ‘Masilva’ ( are playing the Gully Stage Friday 23rd from 21.45) and ‘Colectro’ ( onstage at The Gully Friday  June 23rd from 18.15)  who will be rocking audiences with hot beats and hypnotic melodies. Congratulations to @Glasto4TIBET for the amazing work they do in ensuring the cause of Tibet is raised at Glastonbury.

                         Columbian Artists ‘Colectro’ And ‘Masilva’ In Solidarity With #teamGlasto4TIBET

Respect also to these artists for choosing to show support the just cause of Tibet.

China Should Get The **** Out Of Tibet And Lobsang Sangay Needs To Support The Tibetan People!

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Once there was unity between the struggle waged by the brave Tibetan people and their exiled government. The shared vision was to regain the rightful national freedom of Tibet. Now, as Tibetans inside occupied Tibet suffer the terrifying oppression of Chinese tyranny and yet still demand independence for Tibet, in exile an elite Tibetan political cabal is on its knees to the Chinese regime seeking a dangerously compromised ‘solution’.

This treacherous surrender has been going on for a number of years now, but since the election, as ‘political leader’ of Doctor Lobsang Sangy the pace of capitulation has increased. His latest public overture on the subject was given to the US Heritage Foundation May 25, 2017 during which he repeated the mantra of a negotiated settlement. The aim of which would be autonomy under Chinese rule.

“If the Chinese government implement their own laws listed in the Constitution and minorities nationalities act, we could take that as genuine autonomy,” Lobsang Sangay ‘Political Leader’ Central Tibetan Administration May 25 2017 Address To The Heritage Foundation)

This is a universe away from the objectives and dreams which are held in Tibetan hearts, no accommodation with China’s tyranny is sought, no appeal for autonomy raised by Tibetan protests. As the final words of Ms Sangay Dolma, and other Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives testify:

“Look up, Tibetans, look at the snow mountains. The snowland’s era has begun. And Tibet is free and independent”

Any reading of Tibetan political protest inside Tibet reveals the goal is, and has been consistently, one of national independence for Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama.

Anonymous Donation Secures Our Domain Name Against Chinese Scam

 

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Recently we have been targeted by an online scam, based in China, due to our digital activism on Tibet we maintain secure operating protocols, thankfully our computers were not compromised and no breach made on our data. The nature of this latest attempt threatens to ‘cyber squat’ a domain name, with the prospect of diverting traffic away and lowering search-engine rankings, it is though an empty intimidation. An email gets sent from a seemingly legit domain registry website that alerts you of a company which is trying to register your domain name in China. This is aimed to produce an over-reaction, a touch of scare-mongering. After all the thought of your site being hit in such a way is a cause for concern. But the scam seeks a response, it’s looking for dialog, and a hook into concerns.

Next you receive an email from the company supposedly seeking to register your domain name, in which they assert that no matter the claimed concerns of copyright abuse they are going to register anyway. This is a second-stage frightener. By now they are hoping you are scrambling around trying to prevent such an action, but just when all seems lost, guess who comes along with a solution? Yep you got it the supposed domain registry website that first contacted you! They offer a secure and lasting way to avoid your hard-earned and respected domain name from being misappropriated, register those URLs with them! Then the sting is completed when they announce that for a reasonable charge they can host the offending domain names and so protect your actual domain from abuse. That is the scam!!! Due to the vigilance and experience of folks who look after our online presence we were able to recognize this criminal action at a very early stage, and so avoid the con.

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Meanwhile our Facebook team reached out for advice to an Anonymous activist who has been extremely helpful in our work on Tibet and to our amazement, as an additional layer of protection, she/he registered the offending .cn domain names. While the object of the scam was to threaten the registration of such domains, in reality that was only a bait, in all reality they would not have wasted money registering a number of names. That though misses the main point, the incredible solidarity and generosity offered by Anonymous who took action as a precaution to protect our site https://tibettruth.com

We would love to name the individual and offer our genuine thanks for such support but as Anonymous that’s not possible, she/he knows who they are and so to that person we say ‘Thank you for caring and standing with us in our activism for the just cause of Tibet’s national freedom!’

US Lawmakers Offer Platitudes That Fail The People Of Tibet

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An eight member delegation of the US Congress, headed by Nancy Pelosi has arrived in Dharamsala, India, the exiled base of the Tibetan Administration, to hold talks with the Dalai Lama and Doctor Lobsang Sangay the administration’s political leader.

They will be accorded considerable praise and gratitude as friends of Tibet, yet in truth their support is constrained to issues of human rights and culture, while this may be regarded as positive assistance it fails to address the just and historic right of Tibet’s people to national independence. The reason why Ms Pelosi and her Congressional colleagues are silent on that core subject is, that while appearing to be champions of the Tibetan cause, they are advocates of the US policy which recognizes Tibet as an integral part of China. This explains their carefully worded emphasis on cultural issues and human rights, to avoid any mention of Tibet’s status or reference to the struggle being waged inside Tibet.

It is not the Tibetan people, or their rightful determination for national liberation which is being supported by this delegation. Indeed their is something distasteful and disingenuous about these political dignitaries serving up such cynical platitudes, while across the mountains in Tibet a cause is being waged to demand (what these defenders of freedom are afraid to voice for fear of upsetting China and their own State Department), national freedom for Tibet!