A network of parliamentarians in more than 30 countries condemned China’s actions in the troubled region of Kardze, eastern Tibet, calling the official crackdown, ‘state-sponsored terrorism’.
The International Parliamentarians Network on Tibet (INPaT), a global organisation constituting of law makers, in a release today expressed concern over the tense situation in Kardze and urged the Chinese authorities to immediately end the ongoing repression.
“INPaT is deeply concerned about the continuing arrests of Tibetans, including nuns and youths who courageously took to the streets to openly express their aspirations for human rights and fundamental freedoms and their wish to see the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet”, the release said.
INPaT joins a growing chorus of appeals being made by ogranisations and individuals the world over for an immediate end to the repression of peaceful voices in Kardze region.
INPaT’s statement comes days after there were reports of Chinese security forces using live fire on unarmed Tibetan protestors.
“INPaT believes that China’s policy of taking forceful measures to crackdown on these peaceful demonstrations in Kardze is like a state-sponsored form of terrorism”, the release said.
Kardze in the Tibetan province of Kham has witnessed a wave of anti-China protests since June 6 with monks and nuns from surrounding monasteries carrying protests in Kardze town, raising slogans for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet’s independence. Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, a Dharamshala based rights group in a statement this week reported the deployment of thousands of security troops in Kardze while describing the situation there as ‘very tense’ with ‘people living in a climate of fear’.
The parliamentarians also urged their respective governments and international bodies to swiftly act to stop the ongoing crisis in which there have been atleast 39 known cases of arrests.
“While deploring the systematic and gross violations of human rights in Tibet being committed by the Chinese authorities, INPaT calls upon governments, parliamentarians, NGOs and United Nations human rights mechanism to immediately intervene to end the harsh repression currently faced by Tibetans in Kardze”, the release said.