Yungdrung set light to himself in Dzatoe, Amdo, the 52nd Tibetan confirmed to have done so in Tibet...

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1 October 2012

Dear Friends,

 

Today is China's National Day, when the ruling Communist Party celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China. On Friday in the midst of scandal and intrigue, the Party finally announced that its 18th Congress, scene of a once-a-decade transition in the Party's leadership, will take place from 8 November. On Saturday, a young Tibetan named Yungdrung set light to himself in Dzatoe, Amdo, the 52nd Tibetan confirmed to have done so in Tibet, and the 39th this year alone. It is not certain whether he lived or died.

 

Report Cover.jpgThis Wednesday 3 October, the International Tibet Network, together with Member organisations Australia Tibet Council and Students for a Free Tibet, will publish a report called "Xi Jinping's Tibet Challenge", which lays out the nightmare that Xi, the man who will be at the helm of China's 5th generation of Communist Party leaders, is due to inherit.

 

The report highlights China’s failed policies in Tibet; policies that, despite six decades of unfettered control, have left Tibetans resolutely opposed to China’s rule. Xi’s challenge is a Tibet in crisis, devastated by four generations of colonial exploitation but possessing a population whose sense of the Tibetan nation, and whose spirit and diverse resistance to China’s rule is undiminished since the day the People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet over 60 years ago.

 

China’s policy failures have spurred a new generation of Tibetans whose resistance is threatening the very stability and endurance the 5th generation of the Chinese Communist Party so desire. Xi’s challenge is to resolve the Tibet issue swiftly and peacefully, or risk creating an even greater crisis of geopolitical significance, as Tibetans continue to protest against Chin'a occupation.

 

What you can do:

  • Join the Xi Challenge. Make a date for Wednesday 3 October and visit www.xijinping-tibetchallenge.org to view and share the report and watch a promotional video. A live press conference will be broadcase on this link at 5am North America east coast time, 10am UK time, 11am Central European Time, 2.30pm Indian time, 5pm Beijing time and 7pm Australian time. 
  • Make a donation to support the International Tibet Network, which exists to strengthen the worldwide Tibet movement.

 

Many thanks for your support, 

Alison Reynolds
Executive Director, International Tibet Network Secretariat

 

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3 October 2012

Dear Friends,

 

Today the International Tibet Network, together with Australia Tibet Council and Students for a Free Tibet, launched the report "Xi Jinping's Tibet Challenge", which addresses China's leader-in-waiting and challenges Xi to both acknowledge 60 years of human rights abuses and policy failures, and take immediate steps towards a just and lasting resolution to the occupation of Tibet.

 

Report Cover.jpgJoin the Xi Challenge:
1. Read the report and watch the global online press conference via www.xjinping-tibetchallenge.org. The report is currently available in English, French and Chinese. More languages are coming shortly. 

 

2. Watch and share a short promotional video (2 minutes long) about the report, which you can find on our home page - http://www.tibetnetwork.org/. 

3. Show your support by contributing a photo to a 'Xi Jinping Tibet Challenge' Flickr Stream. Download, print and cut out a Xi Jinping mask, write your own (polite) message "from" Xi on a speech bubble and post your photo to http://www.flickr.com/groups/xijinping-tibetchallenge/ 

 

Many thanks for your support, 

Alison Reynolds
Executive Director, International Tibet Network Secretariat