The sixth day for the TYC hunger-strikers, whose self-less action for Tibet is demanding action from a United Nations that appeases China’s regime and offers platitudes to Tibetans.
As three executive members of the Tibetan Youth Congress enter the fifth day of their hunger-strike, in Delhi, India, to demand active engagement on Tibet from the United Nations (UN) we should remind our subscribers and friends that in 2012 outside the New York headquarters of the UN a trio of Tibetans went on a 30 day hunger-strike. Their protest was called off 22nd March after Mr Parfait Onanga (Representative of the UN Secretary General) and Richard Bennett (Representative of the UN Human Rights Office) issued statements and assurances to the hunger-strikers and organizers that action would be taken. Indeed Tibetans were promised by a UN investigation into the situation inside Tibet and were assured that official would be arranging a meeting with China’s government to discuss the plight of Tibetans.
Those pledges it would appear turned out to be, what an optimist may describe as well intended platitudes, a more cynical view would suggest that in making such assurances UN officials knew very well that China’s regime would of course reject any inquiry into the plight of Tibetans. Thus making their promises to Tibetan hunger-strikers little more than self-serving rhetoric, after all it would have been a public relations nightmare to have witnessed Tibetans dying at the very doorsteps of the United Nations!
That the institution is corrupt and toothless in regard to the political dictates of China is well known, that reality however should not discourage those who seek to hold the United Nations to account for its silence, appeasement and hypocrisy in its dealing with the Chinese regime. In that context the bravery, determination and sacrifices of the three Tibetans currently on hunger-strike deserve our solidarity and active support, if nothing else their action is highlighting the tyranny which Tibetans are enduring under an illegal and vicious occupation. For that we salute them!
The Tibetan Youth Congress has today launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at China’s oppression of Tibet and to demand action from the United Nations. Three of its Executives, Tenzin Wangchuk, Tamding Hrichoe and Ms Tsewang Dolma are staging their action at at Jantar Mantar in Delhi the capital of India.
Subscribers to our Blog may recall similar demands made by courageous Tibetans to the United Nations, including a hunger-strike outside the very doors of the UN’s New York headquarters. That protest resulted in a number of assurances being made by officials to Tibetans, although the follow-up and subsequent action was woefully absent. it is hoped that the Tibetan Youth Congress will be as determined as ever to ensure that any assurances offered by UN officials are not simply empty gestures.
We need your help urgently, if you live in the US Canada Spain, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Australia Germany, France, Sweden or the UK please email the Indian Commission in your country to demand Delhi Police show full respect to the arrested Tibetan Hunger-Strikers (detained September 22 and forcibly medicated) and to allow them to continue their action.
Much appreciation to @tibettruth for the information and links
There’s wealth of questions and arguments regarding the ethics of self-harm, as applying to political protest, yet actions such as self-immolation or a hunger-strike remain a powerful individual expression and whatever the moral aspects of such protest, demand to be respected and responded to with understanding and awareness. Unfortunately the politics of the state often tramples over such considerations to realize short-term aims in bringing an end to such actions, take the troubling case of Irish political prisoners under the tender care of British rule being forcibly fed via stomach pumps!
Well looks like history is set to repeat itself, as on September 22 India sent in the police to close down the Tibetan hunger-strike, that has for twenty days been taking place in New Delhi in protest at the indifference of the United Nations and European Union to the plight of the Tibetan people under China’s tyranny. Clearly the courageous efforts of the three Tibetan involved and the global attention it attracted has become something of a political difficulty and the order was given to shut it down.
The scenes which took place today were deeply troubling and distressing, Tibetans who have for nearly a month denied themselves food, exhausted and in pain roughly man-handled by policemen who showed not an ounce of respect or consideration for the condition or peaceful action of these brave Tibetans.
Witnessing events, which seemed to take place in slow-motion was very difficult, even writing this brings tears flowing, recalling the efforts of the hunger-strikers to resist arrest, utterly drained yet still crying out to be allowed to continue their action. It was heartbreaking to see such patriotism and courage. There was also anger in being informed that the Indian authorities, in a gross violation of individual rights, then forcibly injected the Tibetans with glucose solutions, clearly desperate to prevent any loss of life not in terms of compassion or medical grounds (the excuse released by the authorities) but as a political response. No doubt the bloody tyrants of Beijing would be most pleased with the odious behavior of the Indian police.