Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel delivering the statement of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on Human Rights Day, in Dharamshala, on December 10, 2021. Photo: TPI/Yangchen Dolma

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Dharamshala, India — “The government of China remains relentless in carrying out immeasurable oppression and torture on the Tibetan people in Tibet. Likewise, it remains continuous in paying no respect at all to the fundamental human rights of the people of East Turkestan (Xinjiang), South Mongolia (Inner Mongolia), and Hong Kong,” said Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE), while marking Human Rights Day, on December 10, 2021.

The Central Tibetan Administration marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as Human Rights Day at the Sikyong Hall, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on December 10, 2021.

On the remarkable occasion celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel peace prize on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile released a statement expressing their gratitude. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 10, 1989, for his advocacy of peaceful solutions based on tolerance and mutual respect to preserve the history and cultural heritage of his people.

“Today is a momentous occasion of an outstanding event in our annual calendar, marking the 32nd anniversary of the conferment of the world’s most renowned and prestigious award, the Nobel Peace Prize, on His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama, the crown ornament of the material and spiritual world including the heavenly spheres, the spiritual lord of the three world realms, a champion of peace in this world, the master of the entire corpus in this world of the teachings of the Buddha, the destined deity of the Snowland of Tibet, the most exalted protector of the world who has appeared in human manifestation, the protector of the entirety of the Tibetan people and their irreplaceable leader, a common treasure of mankind, and the omniscient victorious one,” said Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Speaker of the TPiE.

On behalf of the people in Tibet as well as in exile, the Speaker congratulated His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “Such is the auspiciousness of the occasion on which we with joy, faith and gratification offer our greetings and congratulations to His Holiness on behalf of the Tibetan people both in Tibet and in exile. It is no doubt an occasion on which we fondly remember the immense debts of gratitude we owe to His Holiness,” he said.

“His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama had consistently opposed the use of violence and instead advocated peaceful solutions that are fundamentally based on tolerance and a mutually beneficial middle way approach. The Committee lauded His Holiness for having come forward with constructive and forward-looking proposals based on negotiations for the solution of international conflicts, human rights issues, and global environmental problems,” he added.

The Speaker also congratulated the recipients of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov of the Russian Federation, who was awarded the Prize for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression. “On behalf of the entire Tibetan people – both in Tibet and in exile – the Tibetan Parliament in Exile wishes to extend its greetings in admiration, compliment, and congratulations for the contributions of these two outstanding personages,” he said.

“Today is also the world Human Rights Day. Though having used armed aggression to invade and occupy Tibet, China claims to have peacefully liberated it and commemorated its 70th anniversary of that occasion this year. Along with it, the government of China published a so-called white paper titled “Tibet Since 1951: Liberation, Development and Prosperity” which was nothing but a compendium of lies and distortions of historical facts of various kinds,” the Speaker mentioned.

“The government of China remains relentless in carrying out immeasurable oppression and torture on the Tibetan people in Tibet. Likewise, it remains continuous in paying no respect at all to the fundamental human rights of the people of East Turkestan (Xinjiang), South Mongolia (Inner Mongolia), and Hong Kong. In particular, it has imposed enormously tight restrictions on people throughout the three traditional provinces of Tibet. Under it, Tibetan political prisoners are still being subjected to immeasurable ill-treatment and torture. Numerous places of religious worship and study have been destroyed. At both monasteries and in communities throughout Tibet, people are being forced to put on display portraits of top leaders of the Communist Party of China. And they are being routinely subjected to indoctrination sessions of various kinds of the Communist Party of China with the objective of wiping out the cultural and religious traditions of the Tibetan people. Likewise, in all the major areas of Tibet, influxes of Chinese immigrants are being encouraged to transfer as much as possible of them for permanent settlement. The aim is to turn the Tibetan people into an insignificant minority in their own homeland and to transform them into Chinese people in their nature and character. The Tibetan Parliament in Exile wishes to urge the government of China to put an immediate end to the ongoing implementation of this heinous policy,” the Speaker said.

The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile also urged the international community to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and not endorse China’s ongoing human rights abuses.

“Finally, we pray a countless times that with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the core, all the great religious leaders of Tibet, irrespective of their sectarian affiliation, may live for a hundred aeons, that their noble wishes may be seen fulfilled with spontaneity, and that the just cause of Tibet may be seen resolved so that the very fortunate event of Tibetans in Tibet and in exile being reunited will be seen definitely accomplished,” the Speaker concluded.

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