US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi-led delegation of five Democratic lawmakers who visited Taiwan this week met seven human rights activists at the island’s National Museum of Human Rights, including Office of Tibet representative Kelsang Gyaltsen who remarked that Tibet has now become a ‘giant prison, according to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
The activists included pro-democracy activist Wuer Kaixi, Taiwanese human rights activist Li Mingzhe, who has been persecuted by China, and Lin Rongji of Causeway Bay Bookstore in Hong Kong, and they engaged in an hour-long roundtable discussion on varying subjects involving democracy and human rights.
Pelosi called on the gathered human rights defenders to make Taiwanese aware of the Chinese dictatorship and defend Taiwan’s democracy.
Representative Gyaltsen addressed Pelosi on the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet and the increasingly extreme policy of ethnic, religious, and cultural genocide in Tibet by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), said the CTA.
He apprised her of CCP’s so-called boarding schools technique as bait to coerce Tibetan children to study in boarding schools away from their parents, thus achieving the assimilation of Tibetan culture and religion, among other issues.
He also called on joint organizers of the global democracy meetings to be held in October to invite the Dalai Lama to the conference, stating it would send a clear and strong message to the CCP of the global solidarity to Tibet.
“Current CCP’s chairperson Xi Jinping’s approach to Tibet, the so-called The Party’s New Generation Policy on the Governance of Tibet” focuses on the annihilation and assimilation of the Tibetan people, as well as eliminating the Dalai Lama’s influence in Tibet. These measures have stirred up even stronger resistance from the Tibetans,” said the representative of His Holiness in Taiwan, remarking that Tibet has now become a ‘giant prison’.
He further attested that the decades-long genocide in Tibet should continue to receive much attention and support even though the world now is gripped by the Ukraine crisis.
Lamenting the initial lack of support and attention from the international community when Tibet was being occupied, the representative mentioned things could have been different had China received the same pressure as Russia does now from the international community.
As much criticism as Russia received for its presence in the UN’s Human Rights Council, the representative added China also deserves to be ridiculed and criticized for its presence in the UN and other international organizations considering its depreciating record of human rights violations.
“No one can be certain that the tragedy that befallen Ukraine would not happen to Taiwan, a free, democratic, and robust country. Only when China transforms itself into a full-fledged democracy, can we truly eliminate the CCP’s destruction and threat to Taiwan and to the rest of the world?” he added.
A community of exiled Tibetans, settled in this town in the Himalayan foothills with the Dalai Lama, considers the CTA to be their legitimate government, but no country recognizes it.
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