04/27/2012, 00.00
CHINA - TIBET

“Cultural genocide underway” in Tibet

The International Campaign for Tibet report: "Since the Communist nothing has changed: Beijing wants to destroy the language, culture and especially the religion of Tibet." Meanwhile, the Party sends false Panchen Lama to Hong Kong (who speaks of "harmonious society") as the true Panchen turns 23: under arrest since 1995.

Dharamsala (AsiaNews) - Chinese authorities "are committing cultural genocide" in Tibet through policies that are laying the foundation for comprehensive, systematic destruction of the Tibetan people, states a lengthy report to the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).  The nongovernmental organization, which monitors the situation in the region, ask the international community to "act quickly" to stop the repression taking place.

The Chinese restrictions include a ban on teaching the language and religion of Tibet, the imposition of inappropriate development policies, all in favor of the Han and continued and different kinds of attacks on the cultural and intellectual elite of Tibet. According to the document - entitled "Sixty years of Chinese domination: towards the cultural genocide in Tibet" - Tibetans "are subject to continuous discrimination because of their ethnicity, religion and political beliefs."

In support of its argument, the authors cite a report published in the early 1960's by the International Commission of Jurists, a group of eminent lawyers and judges based in Geneva, who analyzed the invasion of Tibet by the Army People's Liberation. The lawyers at the time wrote that "the Communists have put in place acts of genocide in Tibet in an attempt to destroy the Tibetans as a religious group".

The most important (and dangerous) is attempted destruction of Tibetan culture operated by Beijing regarding the destruction of the Buddhist establishment, led by the Dalai Lama. According to tradition, there is a political-religious unbroken line from 5 centuries of alternating the Dalai Lama (the most important figure in saffron Buddhism) and the Panchen Lama, his advisor and mentor. China kidnapped Gedhun Choekyi in 1995, the Panchen Lama recognized by the Dalai Lama, and replaced him with Gyaincain Norbu, its own puppet.

Three days after the birthday of the true Panchen Lama, who turned 23 years old and has lived since the kidnapping in a secret location, Norbu was sent by the Communist authorities to Hong Kong to attend the World Buddhist Forum. This is the first time that the young monk, much disputed by the faithful, has moved from mainland China. His speech at the forum focused on the "harmonious society", which is the leitmotiv of the Communist President Hu Jintao,.

 

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