09/23/2009, 00.00
TIBET – CHINA
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Tibetans criticise UN for inviting a polluting and violent power like China

For Tibetan groups, President Hu Jintao’s opening address on climate change and international issues is purely rhetorical. China’s ghastly record on human rights and environmental protection should raise questions.
Dharamsala (AsiaNews) – The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) strongly condemned the United Nations for inviting Chinese President Hu Jintao at a time when the human rights situation inside Tibet and Xinjiang continues to deteriorate. For the exiled Tibetan rights group, the world body should instead put pressure on Beijing to respect human rights.

The Chinese leader is scheduled to address the UN Summit on Climate Change, speak at the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations and participate in UN Security Council Summit on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

For the TYC, Tibet over the past 50 years has been subjected to a policy of cultural genocide. More than 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed during this period. Thousands are currently missing and hundreds are in prison. At the same time, over six thousand monasteries have been destroyed. At present, the government is launching a new brutal campaign of “patriotic re-education”, especially targeted at monks for the purpose of indoctrinating them Beijing-style and force them to repudiate the Dalai Lama, their exiled spiritual leader.

The TYC blasts China for turning Yibet into a huge armed camp with a number of air and ballistic missile bases, supported by more than 500,000 troops and a network of railways, roads, bridges and tunnels. In building this infrastructure, China has completely disregarded the environment, causing serious damages to the region’s fragile ecosystems.

Far from protecting the environment, China has been harming it. Now it plans to divert the waters of the Indus, Sutlej, Brahmaputra, Salween, Mekong, Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, which flow out of China in a southern and south-eastern direction.

For the TYC, China is not a credible player in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, considering that it has provided nuclear technology to countries under United Nations sanctions like North Korea and Iran.

For the TYC, the UN invitation to Hu is out of place. For the Tibetan youth group, the international community should demand that Beijing protect people and respect human rights rather than provide it with a platform where it can make rhetorical promises that are real only on paper.

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