Dharamsala, May 28 – A coalition of the international groups for Tibet has urged the governments around the world to condemn the crisis in Tibet’s Ngaba County in general and the Kirti monastery in particular, which has been under siege since March.
International Tibet Network, which is a coalition of around 200 Tibet support groups, appealed the governments around the world to put pressure on China to end the stalemate at Kirti monastery that has been a centre of political dissent and crackdown for a long time.
“Governments need to tell China’s leaders at every possible opportunity that paramilitary forces must be withdrawn from Ngaba, all detainees must be unconditionally released and unfettered access must be granted to international observers and media,” a statement issued by ITN said.
The International Tibet Network also urged supporters to take part in a global action week for Ngaba from 30 May to 8 June. The week includes 8 activities designed to raise awareness, generate support and pressure China directly. “Groups and individuals are requested to undertake as many actions as possible; they range from seeking support for Kirti Rinpoche’s appeal to religious leaders and lobbying elected representatives, to holding protests on June 4 (Tiananmen square massacre anniversary) in solidarity with Ngaba and Chinese dissidents, to sending text messages to China’s Public Security Minister.”
ITN said the Chinese authorities have detained over 300 Tibetans since March and a few had already been sentenced, and expressed concerns that more will be convicted arbitrarily without due legal procedures.