Target: The United Nations
Goal: Halt the involuntary relocation of Tibetans
The abuse of Tibetans by the Chinese government continues, as the government is ordering millions of Tibetans to relocate to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Socialist Villages. The Chinese government claims this move is done to promote a New Socialist Countryside. 200 million Tibetans have been rehoused in government issued houses, while the nomadic herders in the region have turned sedentary, forced by the authorities in the area. In doing so, the government is violating basic human rights. The Tibetan people have not been consulted about the relocation, nor have they been consulted by the change in lifestyle. Condemn these actions and demand the United Nations tackle this issue in upcoming sessions.
A 115 page report titled, “They Say We Should Be Grateful: Mass Rehousing and Relocation in Tibetan Areas of China” chronicles how the Chinese government have violated Tibetans’ basic human rights. The report includes ‘an absence of consultation’ and compensation given by the Chinese government are not adequate to what the Tibetans lost. Some have been given land inferior to what they owned before, causing both the nomads and their herds to suffer. The report also mentions how the new renovated houses are defective.
The changes have struck fear in the hearts of the Tibetan people, worse it is making them feel powerless. If the Chinese government are able to relocate their homes, what more could they do? Access to the TAR region by journalists and diplomats are few and limited, but satellite imaging has shown the massive change in the area. What used to be a vast area of land, are now rows of homes. Protesters have responded in extreme ways, by lighting themselves on fire in some cases, and yet the Chinese government remains unmoved.
Be for the voice for these people, sign this petition and halt their relocation. Tell the United Nations to address this issue more assertively and sincerely in the next General Assembly this September.
Dear United Nations,
I request at your next General Assembly in September that you address the human rights of the Tibetan people with more severity. It greatly saddens me that these people are being relocated – without their consent or consultation – to government issued homes that are inadequate. Furthermore, that Tibetans’ lifestyle and culture are being threatened by the Chinese government is a violation of their basic rights as human beings.
The plight of the Tibetan monks and Tibetan people have made headlines in the news. For years their suffering has gone unheard by the Chinese government, despite how vehemently other countries have protested the government’s actions. I ask that you demand a change to the status quo and do whatever you can in your power to halt the relocation. It is not right to eliminate a culture for the sake of economic progression.
[Your Name Here]