China's relentless, iron-fisted policy has turned Tibet into an oppressive occupation zone.
Colonizing the entire country, using political repression to squelch the people's voices and freedom,Â assimilation to commit cultural genocide and environmental destruction to destroy precious resources.
These factors, along with others are the genesis of problems in Tibet making thisÂ over half century occupation one of long-standing unresolved human rights global issues. There is no visible difference, whether they call it Chinaâs third era, the end of reform, growth, or stability. What the people of Tibet know is that China wants Tibet but not the Tibetan people.
However, the situation in the homeland of Tibetan people has only become worse with time. During the last eight years, over 150 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest of repressive Chinese policies are aimed and drafted to stifle basic freedoms like expression, faith and language. The Chinese government has left no stone unturned in systematically attempting to eradicate the Tibetan cultural way of life and belief.Â
The international community must first understand that Chinese government is still a authoritarian communist regime founded by Mao Zedong, known as the greatest mass murderer in world history, violating not only the rights of people of Tibet but also it's own citizensâÂ strengthening the terroristic suppression against dissidents, human rights lawyers, and all types of religious and faith groups. It also continue to perpetrate extreme acts of aggressionÂ against freedom of expression, including blockade and control of the Internet, broadcasting, and print media.
China as a nation continues to be one of the top ten worst human rights violators in the world. The pervasive and increased regime control on the freedom of press whether in form of censorship or with new surveillance tactics is limiting freedom of expression and amplifying self-censorship among the internet users in the country. The succession of dictators having their dream of becoming the next global superpowerâ morally and politically even further removed from reality as the world becomes more aware of their subtle and overt tactics. This nightmare, like those we have in our sleep will remain in the ether and never come true.
Leading Chinese state-run media initially published news articlesÂ falsely stating that the reason some Tibetans have set themselves on fire were for their family or personal reasons. Later China switched on its leading propaganda machines and blamed Tibetans in exile, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Tibetan self-immolation protests, without a single piece of evidence, claiming they have instigated the "extreme acts" against Chinese rule.
However, the Central Tibetan government immediately responded, saying the fundamental reasons for the increasing number of self-immolations in Tibet lies in Chinaâs massive policy failure in Tibet over the course of more than 60 years of its rule that so many young Tibetans in Tibet to self-immolation, is driven by political repression, cultural assimilation, social discrimination, economic marginalization and environmental destruction, have been widely covered in the domestic and international media and in social media.
People care deeply about the values of freedom, democracy and justice. Many nations in the world won their independence through a freedom struggle by different rebellions, but India won based on the principles of nonviolence, non-cooperation and civil disobedience. This legacy of resistance has been a source of inspiration for independence struggles all over the world, and continues to motivate the people of Tibet in their freedom struggle. Tibet and India have shared a peaceful border for many centuries, owing to close cultural and spiritual ties. Following the illegal occupation of Tibet by China, the new Indo-Tibet border became one of the most highly militarized in the world.
The United Nations Security Council Resolutions No 1368 (UNSC, 2001a) and No 1373 (UNSC, 2001b) were passed in the days following the attacks on World Trade Centre and Pentagon. Both opened up new approaches to stop and prevent political violence. One direct result of the global efforts by states to fight âterrorismâ is an expansion of the definition and use of the term âacts of terrorâ. Due to lack of consensus on what constitute âacts of terrorâ or who are âterroristâ these resolutions left it to each state to come up with their own definitions and use of such labels.
A particular event in history cannot be generalized into a universal definition of terrorism or terrorist in modern society. Because it is not adequately drawing up of clear boundaries between âterroristsâ and âfreedom fightersâ. When the UN General Assemblyâs Ad Hoc Committee (AHC) on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism concluded its 15th Session on April 15, 2011 they had still not reached agreement on the draft Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT). The AHCâs report of April 15, 2011 states thatÂ âseveral delegations reiterated that the convention should contain a definition of terrorism, which would provide a clear distinction between acts of terrorism covered by the convention and the legitimate struggle of peoples in the exercise of their right to self-determination.â (UNGA, 2011)
The opportunity has became an important part of the communist regime's efforts to delegitimise opponents by making ordinary political actions illegal and labeling them âterrorism.â Most of China's recent new laws include tougher punishment, less rigorous civil rights, and that the burden of proof is less strict than otherwise. Party support is huge for a tough policy against anyone labelled 'terrorist' in China, particularly in Tibet and other occupied territories. No matter whether they are freedom fighters or dissidents, China went to the extreme to label op-positional voices terrorists. However, China must know that many UN members have strongly expressed that human rights and the provision of fundamental freedoms must be ensured while speaking about fighting terrorism. "The main principles of international law, especially international humanitarian and human rights law, should be respected."
When the Tibetans in exile decided to have their first ever democratic elections for their political leader in 2011 the Chinese propaganda got a lot of governmental support for their criminalisation of Tibetan people exercising their right to participate in elections. Similarly a so called People Daily editor Li Hongmei unhappy with the success of exile Tibetan democratic election in 2011, wrote an hate article four years ago, titled "Terrorist poised to rule Tibetan government in-exile. " He labeled Dr Lobsang Sangay Tibetan Prime Minister-elect a terrorist for once serving as an executive member in the pro-independence Tibetan Youth Congress. This all turned out to be a sham. It drew a sharp reactions from the International Media and served as a reminder to the international community that Tibetan people continue to engage in peaceful and non-violent forms of resistance and have openly and defiantly expressed their reverence and faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
China has completely failed in its efforts in labeling Tibetan people as terrorist. No one in the world call Tibetan people a terrorist or Tibetan government a terrorist group. Instead, the world formally recognise people of Tibet a peace loving and non-violent people and their struggle for freedom and justice as a symbol of nonviolent and peaceful movement. As a result, there has been significant disagreement between the Chinese government and international community.
Today, China is still a communist country. It is therefore logical for observers to simply understand its true nature as a monolithic communist authoritarian state or a totalitarian regime. Starting in 1949, Tibet was invaded by 35,000 Chinese troops who systematically raped, tortured and murdered an estimated 1.2 million Tibetans, one-fifth of the country's population. Since then over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed, and thousands of Tibetans have been imprisoned. It is estimated that up to 260,000 people died in prisons and labor camps between 1950 and 1984. Because of it's long policy failure to win the hearts and minds of the Tibetan people. Instead, China has also lost its international reputation and any remaining right to moral leadership by defending their failed policies with an iron fist in the past six decades. Chinese people must know that historically Tibet and China were two different entities as enshrined in the Treaty of 821-822, which states that "Tibetans shall be happy in the land of Tibet and Chinese will be happy in the land of China."
Xinhua is considered to be one of the biggest news agency in China, but in hurry to discredit a proper historical background, claims "the titles of Dalai Lama and Panchen Erdini were conferred by the Central Government of the Qing Dynasty", which later proved to be false. It drew sharp reactions from International media for many days. The simple historical fact accounts that the title "Dalai Lama" was offered by the Mongol Price Altan Khan to Sonam Gyatso in 1578, who became known as the Third Dalai Lama, while his two previous recognized incarnations came to be referred to retrospectively as the first and second Dalai Lamas.
The other claim that the Qing Dynasty originally conferred the title "Panchen" is similarly untrue. The title "Panchen" came to be accorded to the abbots of Tashilhunpo Monastery in the following way. Gedun Drup, who was retrospectively recognized as the First Dalai Lama, founded Tashilhunpo Monastery in 1447. When he met Panchen Choglay Namgyal, another erudite contemporary, Gedun Drup answered all the spiritual questions the great master put to him. Deeply impressed, Panchen Choglay Namgyal bestowed on him the title "All-knowing".
Subsequently, Gedun Drup came to be known by the titles "All-knowing" and "Panchen". The word Panchen is made up of the first syllables of two words, "Pandita", a Sanskrit word meaning scholar, and "Chenpo", a Tibetan word meaning great. In 1731 Manchu Emperor Kiang-shi offered the title Erdini to the Fifth Panchen Lama, Lobsang Yeshi. Erdini is a Mongol word meaning "Precious Jewel" and is merely a complimentary title shared with many Mongolian lamas. If respect for Tibetan Buddhist tradition and customary methods are the criteria for the legality and validity of the search and recognition of the reincarnation of the Tibetan Lamas, there are no grounds for opposing His Holiness the Dalai Lama's decision.
Then The Chinese state-controlled propaganda of the longest-lasting repressive regime in Modern history continued to claim that Tibetans are happy in Tibet and enjoying a "socialist paradise." In the past six decades, they have depicted Happy smiling Tibetans in posters and propaganda as living in a "Maoist socialist paradise" where all their needs have been taken care of by the benevolent communist party. They took away our freedom and our country in the name of liberation and development, was unacceptable to people of Tibet â legally, historically and politically, which will never be tolerated by Tibetan people. When China invaded Tibet in 1949, it promised the Tibetan people a "socialist paradise." First, roads were built and, along these roads, Tibet's untapped and abundant mineral and other natural resources were carted to China. Forests were logged. Countless and priceless statues and cultural artifacts housed in destroyed monasteries and temples made their way to China. In reality, the "socialist paradise" the Tibetans were promised turned into colonialism, with Tibet's resources used to fuel China's development. The Tibetan people resisted this development with determination but the resistance was crushed with military might. This is the Tibetan experience of China's "Socialist paradise." Was it so hard to get checked all these fact before publishing?
In criteria of being unbiased, none of the state-run newspapers and channels fare well. Way of reporting same news by different state-run newspapers and channel will tell the side how they are so biased. On Barack Obama inauguration in 2009, the CCTV ran a news âhave begun censoring President Barack Obama's inaugural speech, cutting references to "communism" and "dissent" from transcripts even as the speech was being broadcast. Some but not all, of the major news websites quickly followed suit, posting the full transcript of the speech but with offending words removed. Similarly on US Secretary of State Hillary Clintonâs speech calling for China to lift their restrictions on citizensâ use of the internet, most of Chinese media dismissed US call to lift internet censorship, but the critical Chinese reports were then cut from websites.
The media in China has no history, which have been part of a long-lasting campaign of propaganda elaborated by the state-run press. In China, authoritarianism has reached a completely different level. Political analysts have used terms like âbrainwashingâ and âpropagandaâ to describe the main reasons explaining the survival of this autocratic system. While deciding this, shouldnât we see reason behind violence? By that criteria every violent act by non-Chinese will be a terrorism and every confrontation between minority and Chinese a racial act. More shameful is the fact that Chinese media announced the guilty even before police registration, only on basis of âallegationâ of a Chinese street vendor in Lhasa, who admits that she has seen a Tibetan "splitist". Her allegation was based only on one side of the incident light when the Tibetan man has argued that her price increase is not necessarily. It is very probable that her allegation is very truly useful tool for mass Chinese migration into Tibet.
To the peace-loving international community and the people of Tibet, the Western media have performed their every possible corresponding dutiesÂ in the best of their efforts. Its the Chinese propaganda machines who have made obvious errors, especially in their coverage of the widespread peaceful protests in Tibet in March 2008. For Tibetans, Chinese state-run media is the most dangerous propaganda group in the world. Otherwise, we call them an unsuccessful who follow a "dead man's dead legacy". Such unacceptable conditions put on the Western media by the brainwashed Chinese nationalities that their arguments must meet to support their position,Â the Western media must report only about a situation in Tibet and China, what the communist regime tries sort of to suggest that they don't live up to their standard of balanced reporting.
It is true that the Chinese media have received widespread international criticism in their biased coverage. So many western and Tibetan media has done an excellent analysis of the true nature of Chinese media in recent years, which focuses attention on the misleading, specially on Tibet and in some cases simply wrong use of pictures of a Tibetan family before 1940s with few other recent well-dressed family photos (A nice house with a big television) of their happy life there to illustrate childish stories about the developments in Tibet made by the Chinese government. We the people of Tibet clearly know that Western media were sympathised with the Tibetan side and not the Chinese government when it came to Tibet and China. This isn't just an issue of Tibet, but for the sake of principles of democracy, peace, freedom and human rights.
A release through Xinhua mistakenly claimed "a policeman somewhere has been killed by rioters". The Western media immediately reported. But how easy is it coherently to quiz anyone about how, why and when this occurred? Will an eye-witness account be given? A will an honest assessment of injuries on both sides be given? When we ask, in what direction were the retaliatory shots fired, who was running where, do we get a response? There is no official to give one proper source. The exile Tibetan government and media, on the other hand, always ready to answer their, they engage in questioning. They differentiate between the claims of which they are certain, the claims they attribute to eye-witness reports, and the claims they say are second-hand and unverified. They seek to make what they say coherent and comprehensible.
Â The Western media report not only about the world, they report about their own errors too. They do not always do so properly, but quite often they will use reports about their own responsibility in order to increase their credibility: They say they make errors, this is unavoidable, but they recognize them and inform about them. In the case of Tibet, they had the best reasons for some of their errors in reporting: If the Chinese government had not barred them from reporting from the areas in Tibet, they could have offered a completed information about the 2008 widespread peaceful protests against China's rule.
We all are now well aware of the harshest censorship in Tibet in history. Thanks to the information technology that has brought a new kind of revolution in journalism in most of parts of the world. However we understand that we are talking about a very dangerous and extremely effective propaganda machine which has existed for many decades, since dictator Mao era. Authorities in China have long expected whatever they say about Tibet will indeed become the final reality to the world. In a hurry to change news angle in reporting news they fail to check poor ability or unfair test questions of reports, or worse, attribute news to a totally own created sources. China is the best example of the greatest enemy to press freedom.