Central and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association organize the “Tibetans Stand Together in Joy and Sorrow” Movement
12 March 2013, New Delhi: The oppressive policies of the Chinese government in Tibet continuously push Tibetans from all walks of life to self-immolate. Since Tapey self-immolated on 8 February 2009, one hundred and four Tibetans inside Tibet have set themselves on fire in protest. Out of this number, eighty-seven have died, and the status of the rest is still unknown. The unified demands of all the self-immolation call for freedom of Tibet and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
To express their solidarity, the Central and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association have organized this peaceful movement “Tibetans Stand together in Joy and Sorrow” in the capital. “We would like to state that Tibetans are unsatisfied with he status of occupation and with the harsh policies implemented in Tibet. This oppressive rule has, against its intention, incited greater resistance, and acted as an unwavering catalyst to the increasing number of self-immolation as well as peaceful demonstration” said Pema Choedon. She adds, ” We call for China to recognize more than 60 years of failed policies in Tibet. At the same time we firmly deny China’s invalid accusation that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Central Tibetan Administration are encouraging self-immolation among Tibetan people.”
The central and regional Tibetan Women’s Association comprised of more than 16000 members across the globe. T.D Bhutia, one of the women campaigners said ” We want that UNO must send their peacekeeping force to Tibet, The International committee must recognize all the non-violent protest adopted by Tibetans, including self-immolation and ask China to show respect towards the Tibetan community.”
Tenzin Dekhyi, another Tibetan says, ” The international committee must call for China to open Tibet to international free media, pressure China to review its policies on Tibet, and also carry out a thorough research on Human Rights status of Tibetans inside Tibet.”
The Association has campaigned to encourage International Tibet Support groups and organisations who champion Human Rights to speak for the freedom of Tibet.