Bod Rangzen !
Coordinator, Citizens Against Communist Chinese Propaganda
STATEMENT AT FLORIDA SPLENDID CHINA
Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1950's, China has
committed gross violations of the human rights of the Tibetan people.
Following the September 11 attacks in the US, the Chinese Government
has renewed its campaign against Tibetans. During the 9th National
Peoples Congress meeting on October 27, 2001, the state council
approved China's decision to join the international campaign against
terrorism. China made it clear that this campaign would be targeting
"splittists and fanaticists."
The people of Tibet, under the guidance and leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate, have maintained a nonviolent struggle in an effort to gain the basic human rights outlined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Unfortunately, the People's Republic of China equates the struggle to assume these rights as grounds for brutality, imprisonment, and even death. Since September 11, non-governmental organizations have documented widespread detention of Tibetans. On September 21, 2001 alone, CNN News Agency reported that the Chinese Government arrested more than 100 Tibetans who were said to be involved in "separatist activities."
The Tibetan Government-in-Exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the international community are concerned about the People's Republic of China's definition of "terrorism" and we are not alone. During an official visit to China on November 8, United Nations High Commissioner Mary Robinson warned China that it should not use this opportunity as a pretext for suppressing peaceful movements of ethnic groups. She also expressed deep concern about the situation of the Tibetan people.
The Tibetan Government-in-Exile denounce the Chinese propaganda that says Tibetans are 'terrorists.' Taiwan, Inner Mongolia, and East Turkestan are placed under the same terrorist umbrella by the Chinese government because of our combined goal to obtain self-determination. We urge interested parties to examine the true situation instead of accepting the agenda of the Chinese government.