Stop India from Restricting Tibetans’ Right to Protest

Target: New Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna

Goal:  Stop the Indian government from blockading Tibetan neighborhoods in New Delhi, India, out of fear that the Tibetans will protest the arrival of Chinese diplomats.

Chinese President Hu Jintao recently made a visit to India for a summit between the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.  In an effort to avoid confrontation and protests that the Indian government anticipated could arise in New Delhi’s Tibetan communities as a result of the Chinese President’s visit, paramilitary officers closed-down New Delhi’s Tibetan neighborhoods, and activists say that more than 250 people were jailed.  India must not follow China’s example of governmental oppression of Tibetan freedom advocates, and must not restrict the right to protest by Tibetans in India.

For many decades India has provided a safe-haven for Tibetan refugees – including the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.  However, India has become wary of the political image that protesters represent, and has subsequently authorized the recent crackdown on protesters as a means of saving-face in front of foreign – and specifically Chinese – diplomats.  The Indian government has invoked a special legal provision that enables it to restrict public gatherings in the area surrounding the summit talks.  Using this legal precedent, the Indian government hopes to avoid visible demonstrations against the Chinese President, even at the expense of its own residents.

While India has proven to be a haven to oppression-fleeing Tibetans, the recent moves by the government to save-face in front of the Chinese, instead of protecting Tibetans’ rights to demonstrate and protest, are unjust steps in the wrong direction.  The Tibetan people – who have long suffered at the hands of the Chinese – must not be marginalized in India as well as China; India must allow public demonstrations and put an end to the law that allows for the detainment and oppression of Tibetans in India.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Khanna,

The recent visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao has prompted a disturbing response by the Indian government towards Tibetans living in India.  In New Delhi, where the Chinese President visits for summit talks among several nations, the Indian government has invoked a special legal procedure giving them the ability to restrict public gatherings and close-down Tibetan neighborhoods.  250 people have been jailed as paramilitary forces shut-down predominately-Tibetan areas.

Tibetans have long-faced persecution and oppression from the Chinese government.  Many have fled to other countries, one of the most important of which is India.  The recent treatment of Tibetan protesters in New Delhi, however, is not acceptable, as it encourages the silencing and submission of Tibetans even after being forced from their home.

Tibetans must retain the right to protest and voice their argument with the Chinese government.  Instead of attempting to accommodate the comfort of the Chinese President, India should allow struggling, displaced Tibetans to demonstrate their discontent with China and its continual mistreatment of Tibetans.  Please do not contribute to the repeated persecution of Tibetans, and repeal the law that bans public demonstrations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. WTF? To heck with the mainland Chinese idiot imperialists! India had better wise up and help their smaller neighbour nations defend themselves from the Chinese Communist imperialists because once nations like Tibet go, India is next!

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