We are concerned Australian residents who wish to draw to the attention of the House of Representatives the deteriorating human rights conditions in Tibet.
Between 2009 and 2013, 126 Tibetans in Tibet have set themselves on fire in acts of desperate protest against the Chinese government’s policies which continue to undermine Tibetan’s cultural, religious and political rights.
The Chinese government has refused to address Tibetan’s grievances.
Instead, it has intensified the use of force, spread misinformation about the situation and blocked telecommunications to the affected areas.
Tibet remains closed to international media and China remains unwilling to allow visits by Australian diplomatic representatives.
We ask the House of Representatives to urge the Australian Government to:
• Make a strong public statement of concern about the situation faced by the Tibetan people.
• Renew efforts to send the Australian Ambassador in Beijing and a parliamentary delegation to areas affected by the protests and urge China to allow foreign journalists unfettered access to all Tibetan areas.
• Join other concerned countries in an intergovernmental forum dedicated to building stronger international pressure on China to address the crisis in Tibet.