viernes, abril 25, 2008

Diálogo con el Dalai Lama

El gobierno de la "República Popular" de China comenzaría a dialogar con el Dalai Lama, debido a la gran presión internacional que está habiendo en ese sentido. De este modo, tras acusaciones infundadas de que el líder religioso del budismo tibetano estaría tras la violencia en el Tíbet -a pesar de sus constantes y numerosos llamados a la paz-, el gobierno dictatorial de China continental debe acceder al pedido que la opinión pública democrática le viene exigiendo.

martes, abril 22, 2008

Japón: se permitirán manifestaciones pro Tíbet.

By Patrice Novotny, AFP
Apr 22, 2008

TOKYO - Japan will allow pro-Tibet protests when the Olympic torch arrives this weekend, marking a change from recent legs of the relay, but will limit the rallies’ size, officials and activists said today.
Demonstrators plan a ceremony at a famed Buddhist temple, which backed out of plans to be the starting point for Saturday’s relay, to mourn victims of China’s recent crackdown in Tibet.
"Protesting doesn’t pose any particular problem," Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura told reporters.
He warned, however, that police would intervene if violence broke out at the relay in Nagano, a central mountain town that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Akemi Takahashi, a member of Students for a Free Tibet Japan, said Nagano police had told the group that it would only allow rallies of "around five people" near the torch.Police told demonstrators that areas near the relay route "will be occupied by activities of the IOC" (International Olympic Committee), she told AFP. "We have the right to make big demonstrations, but not close to the relay route," she said.
Kyodo News, quoting local officials, said that hotels in Nagano have also been asked to keep a close eye on the identification of foreign guests.The latest relay legs have been run amid high security following chaotic protest scenes in Western cities, particularly London and Paris.
On the torch’s Asian journey, Indonesian police on today broke up a peaceful rally by pro-Tibet demonstrators in Jakarta.
A day earlier, police in Kuala Lumpur said they detained a Japanese family waving Tibetan flags at the relay who had been hit by Chinese nationals with plastic batons.High-profile protestor Robert Menard, head of Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, is planning to come to Japan to hold a rally.
Menard and two others disrupted the flame-lighting ceremony in Greece by unfurling a banner with Olympic rings replaced by handcuffs, setting the stage for demonstrations throughout the torch relay.Justice Minister Yukio Hatoyama denied reports that Japan was considering barring Menard from entering the country. "If he had received a criminal sentence, it would be a different story, but as of now there are no grounds to discuss denying him entry," Hatoyama told reporters.Japan has been trying to repair ties with China, which are uneasy due in part to memories of Japanese aggression. Chinese President Hu Jintao is due to pay a rare visit to Tokyo from May 6.
The Japan Buddhist Federation, the nation’s largest Buddhist body, gave a letter to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Tuesday calling for a swift resolution to problems in Tibet, which last month saw the biggest protests in nearly two decades against China’s controversial rule.
"We, Japanese Buddhist monks, feel deep sorrow over the serious situation in which clashes in (Tibet capital) Lhasa and its vicinity have caused many casualties," Daijo Toyohara, head of the association, said in the letter."I would like you to make efforts to reach a humanitarian resolution as soon as possible through peaceful dialogue without the use of force," he said.
Buddhist monks said yesterday that they would hold a ceremony of mourning for Tibetans on Saturday at the seventh-century Zenkoji temple, which backed out of being the starting point for the relay.

sábado, abril 19, 2008

Gobierno chino detiene a periodista tibetana

The New York Times Company
April 18, 2008 BEIJING ­

The Chinese authorities have detained a prominent Tibetan television reporter and intellectual who is also a popular singer, suggesting that the government crackdown after the disturbances in and around Tibet has yet to run its course.
The reporter, Jamyang Kyi, 42, an announcer at the state-run television station in Qinghai, a western province bordering Tibet, was escorted from her office on April 1 by plainclothes police officers in the city of Xining, according to colleagues and friends. The authorities also confiscated her computer and a list of contacts, they said.
Her husband, Lamao Jia, who is also a journalist and a writer, said he had received no word from his wife for more than a week and did not know where she was being held. “She is in serious trouble,” he said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “I’m very worried for her safety. I’m very sorry. I can’t say more.”There has been no official confirmation of the detention.
Although she has worked in the Tibetan language division of Qinghai Television for two decades, Jamyang Kyi is better known for her singing and song-writing, especially among overseas Tibetans. She has made several trips abroad, and in 2006 she toured the United States, appearing with other Tibetan performers, some of them prominent exiles, and lecturing at several universities.
She is also a respected intellectual and blogger who has written about women’s rights and the trafficking of girls. Chukora Tsering, a researcher at the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Dharamsala, India, said he knew of nothing in her music or writings that might have provoked the authorities. “She is completely apolitical, but she is a proud Tibetan,” he said. “Still, given her background, we are not entirely surprised she has been detained.”
The Chinese government is always sensitive to public expression that could be construed as advocating Tibetan independence, but its vigilance has intensified since the outbreak of disturbances in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, and in Tibetan-populated areas of China last month. The riots have been followed by a spate of protests and clashes in neighboring provinces that have large Tibetan populations. The atmosphere remains especially tense in Qinghai and Gansu Provinces.
According to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, 2,200 people, 519 of them monks, have been taken into custody since the riots began in mid-March. The agency said 1,870 of those had been released after questioning, but officials are still seeking scores of people who took part in disturbances that the government contends killed 19 people, nearly all of them Han Chinese. Tibetan exiles put the figure at 140 and say most of the dead were Tibetan.
In recent weeks, the government-run media have featured a steady diet of articles detailing the crimes of “Tibetan separatists” who they say are being led by the Dalai Lama. On Wednesday, the police said they discovered dynamite, weapons and satellite dishes at 11 Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Gansu, in northwestern China.And on Thursday, Xinhua featured the confessions of two “riotous monks,” Garzang Samdain and Garzang Samzhou, who it said had admitted to setting fire to a government building in Gansu, tearing up the Chinese flag and holding aloft the Tibetan flag, which is banned in China. Last weekend the police posted photographs on the Internet of 14 Tibetans being sought for questioning.
Jamyang Kyi has avoided themes or language in her music and writings that could be construed as challenging the Communist Party’s hold over Tibet. Many ethnic Tibetans complain of government policies they say favor Chinese culture over the traditional religion and language of Tibet, an accusation Chinese officials deny.
“I’m 99 percent sure that there is no basis for the accusations against her, whatever they might be,” said Robert Barnett, director of Columbia University’s Modern Tibetan studies program, a sponsor of her 2006 visit.Asked about Jamyang Kyi’s detention, Jiang Yu, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said she was unaware of the songwriter’s case. She insisted, however, that the Chinese legal system dealt fairly with all its citizens. “China is a country under the rule of law,” she said when asked about Jamyang Kyi on Thursday. “The law protects freedom of speech and other rights of its citizens. Only when a person goes against the law will they be punished by the law.”

sábado, abril 12, 2008

Legislatura de Ontario: por el diálogo sino-tibetano.

Canadian Press
April 10, 2008TORONTO —
As hundreds of pro-Tibetan protesters gathered outside the Ontario legislature Thursday, politicians inside voted in favour of a motion calling on China to engage in dialogue with Tibet in a gesture made by a government that flatly refuses to scuttle plans for a trade mission to Beijing.
The Liberals have been taking heat all week over Economic Development and Trade Minister Sandra Pupatello's visit to China this weekend, with human rights activists and the opposition parties condemning the timing of the trip.
Deputy Premier George Smitherman introduced the motion that described Ontario as "a long-standing friend of China" and expressed the legislature's "concern with the current situation in Tibet and encourage the parties to engage in meaningful dialogue."
Smitherman called it a "very, very strong opportunity for Ontarians to be united" in their stand against human rights abuses in Tibet.But Conservative critic Randy Hillier mocked the Liberal motion, saying it was the wrong time to ask China's communist government to talk with Tibetans while tanks and riot police were being used to crack down on riots in Tibet.
"This is a weak, fluffy motion of no importance whatsoever," Hillier told the legislature.
"You cannot have constructive dialogue when one side is so overwhelmingly powerful and the other side so overwhelmingly weak; when one side is willing to use force, when one side is willing to use violence and has no regard and no respect for freedoms, for justice, for any of our democratic values."
The Conservatives and New Democrats both complained that the Liberals failed to notify them of the China motion when the three party house leaders met earlier Thursday. They said they only learned of the proposal when Smitherman raised it in the legislature, following the protests on the front lawn.NDP critic Cheri DiNovo told the legislature that Pupatello's office tried to hide the planned mission to China, and said the New Democrats had nothing against increasing trade with a country that has 1.3 billion people."We do have something against the timing of this trip, and we certainly have something against the fact that this minister of trade will not promise to speak about human rights violations in Tibet," said DiNovo."Why did they try to hide this trip? Because it's a shameful trip."
Kalsang Tsomo, a Tibetan who now lives in Toronto, said Thursday she wished Pupatello had cancelled her visit to China but hopes the minister will raise the human rights abuses with Communist authorities."If she really could not postpone her trip, at least she could take the message on our behalf about the human rights that are being violated in Tibet, and about allowing the international media in so the world can see what is going on in Tibet," said Tsomo.
"We also request her to take the message (to China) to have a dialogue with the Dalai Lama."As a crowd of about 400 people chanted "Long live the Dalai Lama" and "China out of Tibet" outside the legislature, a tearful Naaang Diki, 57, wiped away tears and kneeled as another protester shaved her head.Describing herself as a "political refugee," Diki said she came to Canada from Tibet a mere 14 months ago to live in freedom."A lot of people have died and are suffering, so cutting my hair is no big deal," she said through a translator."In Tibet, we don't have freedom and we can't speak out. That's why I came to Canada, because it's a better place. We're in Canada because we're prisoners back home."Chinese communists troops occupied Tibet in 1951, and Beijing continues to rule the region with a heavy hand.China clamped down hard on Tibet a month ago after anti-government protests erupted. Dozens of people were killed and scores arrested.
China says it has ruled Tibet for centuries, although many Tibetans say they were essentially an independent state for most of that time.
Earlier in the morning, Tibetan-Canadian Jangchp Dorjee was one of several hundred who gathered at the Chinese consulate in Toronto to shout slogans and sing protest songs.
"We're getting support from all over the world," he said, referring to the recent decision of world leaders like British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who said he would not attend the opening ceremonies of Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games this August.
"And we expect the same support from all levels of government in Canada."

domingo, abril 06, 2008

Mensaje del Dalai Lama a todos los tibetanos.

Sunday, April 06 2008

While extending my warm greetings to all the Tibetans in Tibet, I would like to share some of my thoughts.
1. Since March 10 this year, we have witnessed protests and demonstrations in almost all parts of Tibet, even in a few cities in Mainland China by students, which are the outburst of long pent-up physical and mental anguish of the Tibetans and the feeling of deep resentment against the suppression of the rights of Tibetan people, lack of religious freedom and for trying to distort the truth at every occasion, such as saying that Tibetans look towards the Chinese Communist Party as the "Living Buddha", is an ultra leftist statement and smacks of Han chauvinism. I am very much saddened and concerned by the use of arms to suppress the peaceful demonstrations of Tibetan people's aspirations that have resulted in unrest in Tibet, causing many deaths, and much more causalities, detention, and injury. Such suppression and suffering are very unfortunate and tragic which will reduce any compassionate person to tears. I, however, feel helpless in the face of these tragic incidents.
2. I pray for all the Tibetans as well as Chinese who have lost their lives during the current crisis.
3. The recent protests all over Tibet have not only contradicted but also shattered the People Republic of China?s propaganda that except for a few "reactionaries", the majority of Tibetans enjoy a prosperous and contented life. These protests have made it very clear that Tibetans in the three provinces of Tibet, U-tsang, Kham and Amdo, harbor the same aspirations and hopes. These protests have also conveyed to the world that the Tibet issue can no longer be neglected. These protests highlight the need to find a way to resolve the issue through "finding truth from facts". The courage and determination of those Tibetans who have, for the greater interests of Tibetan people, demonstrated their deep anguish and hopes by risking everything is very commendable as the world community has acknowledged and supported the spirit of these Tibetans.
4. I deeply appreciate the acts of many Tibetan government employees and Communist Party cadres who have, without losing their Tibetan identity, shown grit and sense of what is right during the present crisis. In future, I would appeal to the Tibetan Party cadres and government employees not to look always for their personal benefit, but to work for safeguarding the larger interests of Tibet by reporting the real sentiments of the Tibetan people to their superiors in the Party and try to give unbiased guidance to the Tibetan people.
5. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Nobel Laureates, Parliamentarians, and concerned citizens from every part of the world have been sending clear and strong messages to the Chinese leadership to stop the present ongoing harsh crackdown against the Tibetan people. They have all been encouraging the Chinese government to follow a path where a mutually beneficial solution could be reached. We should create an opportunity for their efforts to bring out positive results. I know you are being provoked at every level but it is important to stick to our non-violent practice.
6. The Chinese authorities have been making false allegations against myself and the Central Tibetan Administration for instigating and orchestrating the recent events in Tibet. These allegations are totally untrue. I have made repeated appeals for an independent and respected international body to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter. I am sure this independent body will uncover the truth. If the People's Republic of China has any basis and proof of evidence to back their allegations, they need to disclose these to the world. Just making allegations is not enough.
7. For the future of Tibet, I have decided to find a solution within the framework of the People's Republic of China. Since 1974, I have sincerely remained steadfast to the mutually beneficial Middle-Way Approach. The whole world knows this. The Middle-Way Approach means that all Tibetans must be governed by similar administration that enjoys meaningful National Regional Autonomy and all the provisions in it, self-rule and full decision-making, except for matters concerning foreign relations and national defense. However, I have said it from the beginning that the Tibetans in Tibet have the right to make the final decision for the future of Tibet.
8. The hosting of the Olympic games this year is a matter of great pride to the 1.2 billion Chinese people. I have from the very beginning supported the holding of these Games in Beijing. My position on this remains unchanged. I feel the Tibetans should not cause any hindrance to the Games. It is the legitimate right of every Tibetan to struggle for their freedoms and rights. On the other hand, it will be futile and not helpful to anyone if we do something that will create hatred in the minds of the Chinese people. On the contrary, we need to foster trust and respect in our hearts in order to create a harmonious society, as this cannot be built on the basis of force and intimidation.
9. Our struggle is with a few in the leadership of the People's Republic of China and not with the Chinese people. Therefore we should never cause misunderstanding or do something that will hurt the Chinese people. Even during this difficult situation, many Chinese intellectuals, writers and lawyers in Mainland China and other parts of the world have sympathized and shown us their solidarity by issuing statements, writing articles and offering pledges of support that is overwhelming. I have recently issued an appeal to the Chinese people all over the world on 28th March, which I hope you will hear and read.
10. If the present situation in Tibet continues, I am very much concerned that the Chinese government will unleash more force and increase the suppression of Tibetan people. Because of my moral obligation and responsibility to the Tibetan people, I have repeatedly asked the concerned leadership of the PRC to immediately stop their suppression in all parts of Tibet and withdraw its armed police and troops. If this brings result, I would also advise the Tibetans to stop all the current protests.
11. I want to urge my fellow Tibetans who live in freedom outside Tibet to be extra vigilant as they voice their feelings on the developments in Tibet. We should not engage in any action that could be even remotely interpreted as violent. Even under the most provocative of situations we must not allow our most precious and deeply held values to be compromised. I firmly believe that we will achieve success through our non-violent path. We must be wise to understand where the unprecedented affection and support for our cause stems from.
12. As Tibet is currently virtually closed and no international media is allowed there, I doubt my message will reach the Tibetans in Tibet. But I hope through media and by word of mouth, it will be passed on to the majority of you.
13. Finally, I want to reiterate and appeal once again to Tibetans to practice non-violence and not waver from this path, however serious the situation might be.

The Dalai Lama
April 6, 2008

sábado, abril 05, 2008

Tíbet, Darfur, perritos y gatitos...

Por Rebecca Novick

The Huffington Post,
NYApril 4, 2008

'The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle'.

- Pierre de Coubertin, Founder of the modern Olympic Games

Seven years ago, I was nursing a sunburn in a tent on a sidewalk outside the offices of the Vice President of the United States Olympic Committee in a rough neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. I was one of a handful of activists there to protest the 2008 Summer Olympics being handed to Beijing.
When the verdict came down in favor of China, it felt like a low point in the struggle for human rights. Little did we know back then that these Olympics would become a lightening rod for social causes across the planet--from human rights to animal rights, to labor rights and the environment. The Beijing Olympics has engaged and inspired activists like never before, and made activists out of those who were only sideline sympathizers. It is simply the best thing to have happened to the Tibetan cause in 50 years. And I find myself asking, 'What were we thinking?' But as long time Tibet activist, Tseten Phanucharas says, "It was important to protest then, and it's important to grasp the opportunity now."The opportunity now is loaded with potential. The Olympics is good for Tibet, and Darfur, and puppies and kittens, but not for the reasons that the IOC thinks. IOC president Jacques Rogge buoyantly proclaimed his conviction that the Olympic Games "will improve human rights in China". But it seems the opposite is true. Amnesty International is reporting that China's human rights record has actually deteriorated since being awarded the Games as it engages in a pre-Olympic Spring-cleaning of potential troublemakers.
The IOC said that the Olympics would open China up. It's opened China up all right--not to a relaxation of their repressive policies, but to the scrutiny and attention of the free world. And this is what is creating pressure for change in China. It's thanks to the journalists on the front line of our much-maligned media, and the bureau chiefs at CNN, BBC, Reuters and AP, who are bringing the stories to our attention that then creates public pressure on politicians to act.
And, now, like a scenario dreamed up by Human Rights Inc., the torch is being carried across the continents of the globe, looking less like a glowing beacon of the human spirit than a symbol of violence and repression. The torch's journey is igniting protests, discussion and debate, and shedding even more light on the issues that China would rather ignore (including the grievances of middle-American blue collar workers who are waking up to find their jobs have relocated to Jiangsu).
And carrying the torch is feeling, well.... icky. The captain of India's national soccer team has refused to carry it, as has a disabled British comedienne. It's getting harder to find people who want to touch the thing. San Francisco's Board of Supervisors have said that the city will receive the torch in a spirit of "alarm and protest"--not exactly the reaction China had in mind, I'm guessing.
Separating politics from the 2008 Beijing Games will be like trying to separate heat from fire. Who is going to watch the opening ceremonies in August and not think about Chinese police firing live ammunition into crowds of Tibetan monks, or the torture of prisoners, or the horrors of Darfur, or the muzzling of journalists?
Tibetans know that this is their year; that the Olympics have given them a once in a lifetime opportunity to be heard among the ka-ching! of trade interests that always seems to drown out the calls for freedom and decency. The IOC has repeatedly said that it doesn't want to involve itself in politics. It keeps talking about something called the "Olympic spirit". But in trying to crush the human spirit, it is China's leaders who have made the Games political. And they couldn't have done a better job.

Rebecca Novick is the Executive Producer of The Tibet Connection radio program.

viernes, abril 04, 2008

Primer ministro canadiense no asistirá a la inauguración en Beijing.

El primer ministro de Canadá, Stephen Harper -de signo conservador-, no participará de la inauguración de los Juegos Olímpicos en Beijing.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called on China to respect human rights but suggested it is premature to think of boycotting the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies -- though he said he has no plans to personally attend the event.
Harper was speaking to reporters in Bucharest, Romania where a key NATO summit is taking place.
At the same news conference, Harper announced his goal of convincing other members to ante-up 1,000 troops, as well as equipment, had beenachieved and Canada would be extending its military role beyond the February 2009 deadline.
Harper said Canada would be sending high-ranking representatives to the opening ceremonies. He suggested the world is watching China's behaviourclosely.
"I would continue to urge China to respect human rights and peaceful protest, not just in Tibet but everywhere," Harper said.
"And I would also encourage the government of China to understand that its growing wealth, its growing profile in the world and of course theprofile of the Olympics will put a greater and greater spotlight on its record in this regard."
International concerns about China's handling of recent unrest in Tibet will only escalate if things don't change, Harper said.
"My strong advice would be to take these concerns seriously because I think they are likely to grow rather than diminish if we see a repetition of the current pattern," Harper said.

jueves, abril 03, 2008

Llamado del Dalai Lama

Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
April 2, 2008

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the world leaders, Parliamentarians, NGOs and public who have expressed their concern over the recent deeply saddening and tragic events in Tibet. We are also grateful for their efforts in persuading the Chinese authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with the peaceful protesters, while at the same time calling for meaningful dialogue to resolve the issue.
I believe the recent demonstrations and protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment not only of the Tibetan people in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), but also in the outlying traditional Tibetan areas now incorporated into Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, where there exist substantial ethnic Tibetans.According to reliable sources, the Chinese authorities have deployed large contingents of troops in these traditional Tibetan regions and have not only started to crack down heavily on the Tibetans allegedly involved in the unrest, but also sealed off the areas where protests have taken place.
I therefore appeal for your continued support in calling for an immediate end to the current crackdown, the release of all those who have been arrested and detained, and the provision of proper medical treatment. We are particularly concerned about the provision of adequate medical facilities, as there are reports of many injured Tibetans being afraid to go to Chinese-run hospitals and clinics.
I would also request you to encourage the sending of an independent international body, to investigate the unrest and its underlying causes, as well as allow the media and international medical teams to visit the affected areas. Their presence will not only instill a sense of reassurance in the Tibetan people, but will also exercise a restraining influence on the Chinese authorities.

Dharamsala, India

miércoles, abril 02, 2008

Radio tibetana en el exilio exige detener interferencias en sus transmisiones.

The Associated Press
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
OSLO, Norway: The exile radio network Voice of Tibet on Wednesday accused Beijing of stepping up jamming of its shortwave news broadcasts into the Himalayan province during a crackdown on anti-Chinese demonstrations in Tibet and ahead of the 2008 Olympics in China.
"There has been enormous focus on journalists not getting free access to Tibet. The other side of the coin is that information from the outside is not getting into Tibet," said Oystein Alme, a Norwegian who runs the nonprofit foundation's business office in Oslo.
Most of the Voice of Tibet's 13 staff work at its main editorial office in Dharamsala, India, with Alme handling administration and funding in Oslo. The network started broadcasting in 1996, and has daily evening newscasts about Tibet in the Tibetan language and Mandarin Chinese.
"They started jamming us nearly 13 years ago," Alme told The Associated Press. "Now they have been stepping it up in connection with the demonstrations."
Tibetans have been protesting and rioting in the longest challenge to China's rule in the Himalayan region since 1989. The crackdown by Chinese authorities has focused international attention on the country's human-rights record in the run-up to the Beijing Games in August.
The protests started out peacefully among monks on March 10 ? the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule ? but they turned violent four days later. The province has been all but closed to independent news media. Chinese officials say 22 people have died in the protests, while Tibetan exiles say nearly 140 people were killed.
Alme said the Chinese use ground stations in Tibet to transmit two or more additional signals on the frequency used by the Voice of Tibet to make the broadcasts incomprehensible.
"The Chinese jamming transmissions contain a mixture of dragon dance music, drums and noise, and affects listening also in India, Nepal and Europe," said Alme. The Chinese are "denying Tibetans access to uncensored news and information from the outside world."
Alme said Chinese jamming violated international treaties giving the network exclusive rights to its registered frequency.The Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing had no immediate comment on the allegation.China's Communist government maintains strict controls over the media. Domestic news outlets are entirely state-run and Beijing limits access to foreign news broadcasts and Web sites.International organizations, including Reporters Without Borders and the World Association of Newspapers, also have protested China's crackdown on information to and from Tibet, particularly considering its promised of press freedoms when it was awarded the 2008 Olympics."The Chinese government is trampling on the promises it made linked to the Olympics and preparing the ground to crack down on the Tibetan revolt in the absence of witnesses," said a recent statement from Reporters Without Borders, which also protested Chinese jamming of the Voice of Tibet, the Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.During pro-democracy protests in Myanmar late last year, the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma was a crucial source of information about what was happening in that country after the military dictatorship cut off most information during a brutal crackdown. The independent Burma radio managed to smuggle out pictures and information through the Internet and by mobile phones.
"It is very different for us," said Alme about Tibet. "We don't have any information. The grip on the Tibet is much stronger."Alme refused to say where Voice of Tibet transmitters are based or who funds it, fearing Chinese efforts to force them to withdraw support.

China: se deteriora el respeto a los derechos humanos.

Amnesty International denuncia que debido a los Juegos Olímpicos en Beijing, el gobierno de China continental está restringiendo las libertades fundamentales, por lo que llama a las democracias del mundo a denunciar esta situación, informa la BBC. Está creciendo el pedido a George W. Bush para que no asista a la inauguración de los Juegos, como una forma de demostrar la protesta, sumándose a la postura de Angela Merkel y, probablemente, de Nicolas Sarkozy.

martes, abril 01, 2008

Dictador Fidel Castro apoya el régimen represivo chino.

Como no podía ser de otro modo, el dictador cubano Fidel Castro apoya abiertamente al régimen represivo de la China comunista en Tíbet, negando descaradamente la independencia que este país gozó en el pasado. Está claro que su régimen oprobioso está siguiendo los pasos de sus camaradas en China continental, violando sistemáticamente las libertades fundamentales y esclavizando al pueblo chino y las minorías étnicas y religiosas.

Durante la "revolución cultural", Guardias Rojos destruyendo la milenaria cultura tibetana.

Futbolista indio se niega a llevar la antorcha olímpica.

India's football captain Baichung Bhutia has refused to carry the Olympic torch during its journey through the Indian capital Delhi later this month.
He told the authorities the move was in protest against China's crackdown on Tibetan demonstrators, officials said.
India has not allowed large-scale Tibetan protests against China, which is hosting the Olympics this year.
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959.India is also home to more than 150,000 Tibetan exiles.
Tibet's government-in-exile, based in India, says up to 140 people were killed in a crackdown by Chinese security forces since anti-China riots began two weeks ago.
Beijing disputes this, saying rioters killed 18 civilians and two police officers during the protests.


"I sympathise with the Tibetan cause. This is my way of standing by the people of Tibet and their struggle. I abhor violence in any form," Bhutia told the Times of India newspaper.
Bhutia is a Buddhist who comes from the north-eastern Indian state of Sikkim which has long been claimed by China as its own territory.
The footballer told the newspaper he had not been requested by any group to pull out of the torch run.
"This is an absolutely personal decision. I feel what is happening in Tibet is not right and in my small way I should show my solidarity," he said.
The Indian Olympic Association, which is organising the flame's journey through Delhi on 17 April, has invited several top athletes to participate.

Fuente: BBC News, 1º de abril del 2008.

Nancy Pelosi con el Dalai Lama

La presidenta de la Cámara de Diputados de Estados Unidos, Nancy Pelosi, tras su encuentro con el XIV Dalai Lama.