In 1949, the People’s Liberation Army invaded and colonized Tibet despite strong resistance by the Tibetan people;
The 1959 Tibetan National Uprising against the repressive policies of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) resulted in imprisonment and deaths of thousands of Tibetans;
Over 6000 Tibetan monasteries have been destroyed while residents of the monastic dwellings are evicted and prohibited from continuing their practice. In July 2016, Chinese authorities began the demolition of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist academy, Larung Gar, with the goal of downsizing the institute to half its original population.
On May 19, 2017, a Tibetan monk in his 20s set himself on fire marking the 150th self-immolation. The act of self-immolation is what Tibetans have resorted to in protest of heightened persecution and lack of human rights.
Canada is committed to protecting and promoting human rights of Canadians as well as global citizens. Global Affairs Canada recently adopted guidelines on Supporting Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) to provide Canada’s diplomatic officials a tool for helping empower HRDs.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
Urge China to fulfill its obligations to international human rights;
Create a comprehensive report, in line with the guidelines from Voices at Risk, on Tibetan HRDs within PRC that includes a database to document individual cases, information about access to fair trials, legal support, and prisoners' rights; and
Make public interventions on behalf of Tibetan HRDs, particularly the 11th Panchen Lama.
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