Swiss lawmaker, Lisa Mazzone with Tibetan Peace Marchers and members of the Tibetan Community, in Bern, the capital of Switzerland 11 September 2020. Photo: OOT

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Geneva — 'We should never give up and keep fighting for Tibet and the rights of the Tibetan people. ‘We will continue to support and raise Tibet in Swiss Parliament, never give up,’ the Swiss Tibet parliament group said, showing solidarity with the Tibetan Peace Marchers who appeal the Swiss Government and the UN to hold China accountable for the human rights violations in Tibet.

The Tibetan peace marchers, walking from Zurich to Geneva reached Bern, the capital of Switzerland on September 11, 2020. The peace marchers were welcomed by the Tibetan community of Bern and commended them for their initiative.

Lisa Mazzone, member of the Council of States, the upper chamber of Swiss Parliament, and Vice-President of the Green Party- Switzerland welcomed peace marchers at Casino Platz, Bern. Calling the peace-march an “initiative for peace,” she said, “it is very important to fight for the rights of the Tibetan people which has to be respected. We should never give up and keep fighting for Tibet and the rights of the Tibetan people.”

She further raised serious concerns about the alarming situation in China, especially in Tibet, East Turkestan, and Hong Kong, and said that the current situation is driven by the repressive policies of China. Mazzone is also an active member of the Swiss Parliamentary Group for Tibet, according to the Tibet Bureau Geneva.

“As a member of the Tibet parliament group it is important to continue to work towards a free Tibet. We advocate for the rights of the Tibetan people in Tibet and also for the rights of the Tibetans in Switzerland,” she said. Calling on the Swiss Government, she said, “Swiss government should prioritise human rights over the economic relationship with China.”

Wishing the peace marchers' success, she said, “we from the parliament group will continue working for Tibet. I urge Tibetans to continue their fight for Tibet and I assure you to come again and support you.”

After the gathering, the peace marchers went to the Chinese Embassy in Bern and submitted a petition to the government of China. The petition calls on China to hold genuine talks with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for peaceful resolution of the issue of Tibet.

It reads, “With the growing economic power, China has been trying to assert global leadership. However, to be respected and commended as a leader in a true sense, China needs to step up and act according to the fundamental values that guide humanity. The global image that China is trying to portray as the next global leader will be shallow if it continues to suppress the Tibetans who are seeking justice and dignity as human beings."

"Despite six decades of China’s rule, the voice of the Tibetans is growing and so is the support for peaceful resolution of the issue of Tibet. Therefore, the only way forward would be to engage in genuine and effective dialogues with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and resolve the issue of Tibet peacefully,” it added.

The peace marchers are now on their way to Geneva, home to the United Nations, and other important international organizations. They are expected to reach Geneva on 18 September 2020 coinciding with the demonstration by the Tibetan community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein before the United Nations building while the 45th UN Human Rights Council will be in session.

The Tibetan Community of Zurich organized this peace march from Zurich to Geneva via Bern starting from September 8, 2020, and arriving in Geneva on September 18, 2020, the Tibet Bureau Geneva said.

The peace march will cover around 300 kms with the objective to appeal to the Federal Government of Switzerland and the United Nations to hold China accountable for the egregious human rights violations being carried out in Tibet and the other occupied territories under the regime of the Chinese government. The peace marchers will submit petitions to the UN, Swiss Federal Government as well as the Chinese Embassies.

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