09/06/2007, 00.00
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Tibetan exiles slam absurd and cruel reincarnation law

by Nirmala Carvalho
For Tibetan government in exile in India, Beijing’s attempt to control reincarnation is intended to strike at the Dalai Lama and “brutally repress innocent Tibetans under their tyrannical rule.”

Dharamsala (AsiaNews) – For Tibetan exiles in India new regulations introduced by the Chinese government on Saturday under which Tibetan Buddhist reincarnations require Communist Party approval are “absurd and cruel”, designed only to strike at the Dalai Lama. They are clearly in violation of Chinese law on preserving traditional cultural practices in the country’s autonomous regions.

“These stringent new measures strike at the heart of Tibetan religious identity,” Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, a special envoy of the Dalai Lama, was quoted as saying. “They will only create further resentment among the Tibetan people and cannot override the Party’s lack of legitimacy in the sphere of religion.”

“This is the China’s attempt to solve and seal the issue of Tibet once and for all, forever,” said Gelek Namgyal, executive secretary of the Tibetan Parliamentary and Policy Research Centre (TPPRC). “The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet” and the “Chinese government thinks that if they choose the Dalai Lama, they will succeed in wiping out the Tibet issue from this world [. . .]. This is not going to happen, at all.  Whomever the people shall follow as Dalai will be recognised by the International community—not the one recommended by the Chinese.”

“For me, these new regulations indicate China’s long term plan to misuse Tibetan religion for its own political benefits,” said Penpa Tsering, TPPRC executive director.

Religion and Culture Kalon (Minister) Lobsang Nyima of the Tibetan government in exile slammed the Chinese decision. In a long press release, he rejected China’s historical and religious arguments. In his view, the new regulations are but a “big tool for the Chinese government to brutally repress innocent Tibetans under its tyrannical rule.”

At the end of his seven-point review of China’s mistakes, Kalon Losang makes an appeal to the people and government of the Tibet Autonomous Region to reject the infringement on their rights by using China’s own laws because these regulations contravene the People's Republic’s own legislation on autonomous regions.

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