Dharamsala: Democratically elected Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) President Lobsang Sangay on Tuesday urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who is visiting China’s restive Xinjiang region, to visit Tibet too to monitor human rights conditions there.
“We welcome the recent announcement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet’s decision to visit Xinjiang this year,” Sangay said here in a statement on the 61st anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day.
“However, we strongly urge her to visit Tibet and press China for unfettered access in order to monitor the deteriorating human rights conditions in Tibet,” he said.
Sangay said under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the CTA, Tibetans in South Asia are recognized as one of the world’s most successful and effective refugee communities.
“If the Chinese government harbors any hope that the Tibet issue will gradually lose its momentum, we would like to send a clear message that we will persist. The indomitable courage of Tibetans inside Tibet will continue to inspire those of us in exile to strengthen our commitment,” he said.
Reiterating the commitment to the “middle way approach” of not seeking separation from China but genuine autonomy for the people in Tibet, he said: “Peace in Tibet can be only restored through the middle-way approach. Therefore, the Chinese government must resume dialogue with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (IANS)
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