Dharamsala: Expressing concern over human rights violations in Tibet, three German parliamentarians have appealed to their country’s leadership to seek an immediate end to the violence, said a post on the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) website Monday.
In a missive to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the three MPs said: “We hope that you can use the G20 Summit (in Cannes) to call on the Chinese government to respond to the Tibetan people’s legitimate demands with a meaningful dialogue instead of force.”
The Oct 21 letter, by Sabine Weiss, Harald Leibrecht (both members of the ruling coalition), and Sabine BÃ¤tzing-LichtenthÃ¤ler, said: “The situation inside Tibet is currently escalating at a dramatic pace.”
On ongoing self-immolation protests by monks in Tibet, they said: “The recent self-immolations of eight Tibetan monks and one nun are adding up to a dangerous and possibly explosive atmosphere. In a massive show of force, the Chinese government is deploying more military and police to brutally suppress all forms of resistance.”
“The Tibetan people are suffering and living with a feeling of cultural and religious genocide,” the parliamentarians said, urging Merkel to use all her leverage, so that the Tibetan people’s basic human rights – enshrined in the Chinese constitution – will be respected.
The 76-year-old exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama too expressed concern over the ongoing self-immolation protests in Tibet.
“It’s a sign of deep desperation. Chinese leaders need to look into these incidents more seriously. Ruthlessness only will not be good for all,” he told reporters on reaching Japan Saturday.