Prevent China from Criminalizing Self-Immolation

Target: President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China

Goal: Stop China from defaming self-immolators by branding them as terrorists and criminals

Two more Tibetans set themselves on fire in protest against China’s authoritarian rule, which brings the total number of self-immolators to 51 since 2009.  It is the official policy of the Chinese government to brand this act of protest as criminal, and the self-immolators as terrorists. This fact is important because it is believed that at least half of the 51 survived their immolation, and are now being held captive indefinitely by the Chinese government. Force the People’s Republic of China to stop branding the Tibetan immolators as terrorists, and criminalizing their noble protest efforts.

The Chinese government blames the Dalai Lama for inciting acts of immolation among his people. They are clearly desperate to funnel the cause of these unspeakable acts towards someone other than themselves. If over 50 people are willing to light themselves on fire and sacrifice their life in protest against a government, clearly that government needs to re-think its policies with respect to the protesters and their cause. China, however, refuses publicly to assume any wrong-doing on their part; instead they seek to criminalize the self-immolators and hold them captive if they survive immolation.

We must call on China to end this current policy of labeling Tibetan self-immolators as terrorists. The world must stand up and announce that we will no longer tolerate this injustice of criminalizing the protest efforts of the Tibetans. Help change this backwards policy, and bring respect and acknowledgement to these unbelievable sacrificial acts of protest.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Hu Jintao,

As global citizens who are interested in the well-being of all peoples, we are shocked and saddened by the unspeakable acts of self-immolation carried out by the Tibetan people in protest against your government. This act is an attempt to bring attention to the plight of the Tibetan people; and if Tibetans are willing to light themselves on fire to make their grievance known, then they deserve your full attention, and not to be branded as terrorists.

A republic is supposed to be a representative form of government. I ask you sir, who in your government represents these brave souls who are willing to set their skin on fire to communicate their level of displeasure with the status quo? I seriously doubt anyone in your government cares or understands what the Tibetans are feeling, and if that is the case then your republic is failing to complete its most basic function. We call on you to end this policy of branding self-immolators as terrorists and criminals. The world is watching, and we will no longer accept this shameful attempt at deflecting blame away from yourself and towards the people you are supposed to represent and protect.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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